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ONE NIGHT FOR ONE DROP RETURNS TO ZUMANITY THEATRE FOR ITS FIFTH ANNUAL ALL-STAR BENEFIT. New York-New York, 844-339-2837; onenight.onedrop.org
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One Night for One Drop is the philanthropic spectacle for which the city’s Cirque du Soleil productions go dark to lend their acrobats, aerialists, dancers, and clowns to benefit One Drop, the international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing access to safe water. But the message for this fifth annual performance, say Zumanity performers and writer/ director team Nicky and Laetitia Dewhurst, has broadened. “We wanted to make the show not only about water, but the issues facing the planet as a whole,” Nicky explains. A vintage circus theme provides the conceit, in which an old ringmaster (humanity), who has abused his assistant (the earth) is taken back in time to be taught a lesson. With its simpler but focused elements of clocks, timekeepers, and cogs, you’ll leave with the urgency and resolve of prior years—but, says Nicky, with a glimmer of hope.