A Conversation with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Luis A. Miranda Jr.

Friday, November 16, 2018
Gil Cates Theater

Friday, November 16 at 12:00pm
Benefiting UNIDOS and Geffen Playhouse

Join writer and lyricist, and his father, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Luis A. Miranda Jr. in an intimate conversation about the long-term recovery of Puerto Rico, advocacy, and Hamilton’s run in Puerto Rico. Moderated by Soledad O'Brien.

VIP Level $5,000 per couple or $2,500 per individual
Includes pre-show reception at 11:30am, listing as a Host Committee member, VIP seating and valet parking.
To purchase VIP tickets, please contact Jamie Mikelich.

$300 Premium Orchestra Seating
$200 Center Orchestra Seating
$150 Outer Ring Orchestra Seating
$100 Mezzanine Seating

Generously Sponsored by
Loretta Everett Kaufman & Victor Kaufman

Unscripted Speakers Series Produced by
Loretta Everett Kaufman & Pamela Robinson

Sponsored by

100% of proceeds will benefit UNIDOS and the Geffen Playhouse Education and Community Engagement programs.

Tickets are 100% tax deductible.



Meet The Artists

Lin-Manuel Miranda is a Pulitzer Prize, Tony, Emmy and Grammy award-winning composer, lyricist and actor. He is the creator and original star of Broadway’s Tony-winning Hamilton and In the Heights. His additional Broadway credits include Bring It On: The Musical (co-composer/co-lyricist, Tony nomination for Best Musical), and West Side Story (2009 revival, Spanish translations). A 2015 MacArthur Foundation Award recipient, Miranda composed songs for Disney’s Moana (2017 Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Original Song). He has actively supported the relief efforts in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria in September 2017, creating the benefit single, “Almost Like Praying.” TV/Film credits include Saturday Night Live (2017 Emmy Nomination, Guest Actor), Sesame Street, The Electric Company, House, DuckTales, Curb Your Enthusiasm, 200 Cartas, The Odd Life of Timothy Green and Moana. Miranda received his B.A. from Wesleyan University in 2002. He lives with his family in NYC.

Luis A. Miranda Jr. is Founding Partner of The MirRam Group, a government affairs, lobbying and political consulting firm in New York City. He has previously served in three New York City mayoral administrations. Mr. Miranda is the Founding President of the Hispanic Federation and past chairman of the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation. He is board chair of the Latino Victory Fund and the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance. He is a board member of The Public Theater, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, NYC & Company and the Amber Charter School Foundation. Mr. Miranda chairs the advisory boards to Broadway League’s Viva Broadway, and the Caribbean and Latin American Studies Department at the CUNY Graduate Center. He earned his BA degree from the University of Puerto Rico and pursued graduate work in psychology at New York University. He and his wife Dr. Luz Towns-Miranda have been married for 39 years and have two adult children, Luz Miranda-Crespo and Lin-Manuel Miranda. They reside in the Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights/Inwood.

One year after Hurricane Maria, thousands are still displaced, have no homes, jobs, or access to health care in Puerto Rico. Schools have been closed, businesses have struggled to reopen, and the island's most vulnerable residents are just one storm away from losing what little they have. Puerto Rico still needs our help!

The goal of our UNIDOS Program is clear: to serve the immediate and long-term needs of families and communities in Puerto Rico. To do so, the Federation has taken unprecedented action, helping to coordinate hundreds of donation drives in the U.S. mainland, distributing millions of pounds of food, water and essentials to those most affected by the storm, delivering emergency relief aid to the 78 hard-hit municipalities, and seeding 20 million dollars to support emergency relief and recovery projects throughout Puerto Rico.

The scale of disaster in Puerto Rico requires all of us to support our fellow American citizens on the island and families whom have been displaced in what is unquestionably a long journey towards a just recovery.

Geffen Playhouse has been a hub of the Los Angeles theater scene since opening its doors in 1995. Noted for its intimacy and celebrated for its world-renowned mix of classic and contemporary plays, provocative new works and second productions, the non-profit organization continues to present a body of work that has garnered national recognition. Named in honor of entertainment mogul and philanthropist David Geffen, who made the initial donation to the theater, the company was founded by Gilbert Cates and is currently helmed by Executive Director Gil Cates, Jr., Artistic Director Matt Shakman and Board Chair Howard Tenenbaum. Proudly associated with UCLA, the Geffen welcomes an audience of more than 130,000 each year, and maintains an extensive education and outreach program, designed to engage young people and the community at large in the arts.

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