All Actor’s Equity members are invited to eat now, and pay later (if they can) at Bouillon Marseille and Nizza
Simon Oren, Chef Andy D’Amico, and Robert Guarino are feeding the community that has fed them all these years. Starting Monday, October 12, from 9pm every night of the week, anyone with an Actor’s Equity card can eat for free (not incl. drinks, and gratuity) at their bistro Bouillon Marseille and Italian inspired Nizza both located at 630 Ninth Avenue (44th Street).
For the past 20 years these restaurants have been the home of many actors pre and post performances. Now, as the industry is decimated due to Covid-19, the three partners want to make sure that the arts community stays well fed. The restaurant will keep a house account for each person who dines, and when the theater returns to New York, and actors start working again, the amount owed can be paid off as slowly or quickly as possible, if at all. This sense of giving is exactly what is needed during this time, when humanity needs to kick in, and help each other survive during this pandemic.
MARSEILLE and NIZZA in Hell''s Kitchen -- Actor's Equity members eat for free
For my money, the theatre is up there in the ten top reasons to be human. I leave my home and go sit in a dark room with complete strangers and watch actors do their stuff because I want to be inspired. I’m asking to be involved. I’m volunteering to be led down any old path they choose as long as they don’t let go of my hand.
And if I see a show, and it is NOT so very good – I will try to divert you, because I don’t want you to come to the temple when the preaching isn’t up to snuff. I will bar the door, I will swing from rafters, I will yell FIRE just to set your feet on a path that does not lead to disappointment. Do something different with your evening I will say. Save your money for dinner with a friend you haven’t seen in months because you are too frigging busy. Go take a walk with your dog or your child or your significant other. Go to bed early, I will say. Don’t come to the theatre when it is less than it can be.
I’m an usher snob, and that’s all there is to it.