Annual Fundraiser

On Friday, November 1st, New Beginnings hosted an intimate evening at The New Vic featuring a theatrical performance of Food and Shelter, by Jane Anderson, the fanciful but heartrending story of a homeless family splurging on a day at Disneyland, written by Emmy award-winning writer, Jane Anderson, and directed by award-winning theatre and film director, Jenny Sullivan.

This was a wonderful opportunity for our donors to support New Beginnings as we leverage the power of theatre to introduce new community members to our work, and to engage the public to confront important social issues in our community that remain unaddressed. The evening directly benefited New Beginnings’ programs, services, and clients, enabling us to remain accessible to all.

Food and Shelter
by Jane Anderson

We’re pleased to announce our cast, which include Joe Spano (NCIS, Apollo 13, NYPD Blue, and Fracture), Eric Lange (Victorious, Lost, Narcos, and The Bridge), Chris Butler (Designated Survivor, Rescue Dawn, The Good Wife, and King & Maxwell), and Faline England (9-1-1, The Mentalist, Station 19, and Valentines Day), Stephanie Edwards (KTLA’s legendary television host, co-host of the Tournament of Roses Parade and the first female host of AM America), and Hope Dekkers (The Nightingale and The Tower at Libby Bowl).

Cast includes Joe Spano, Eric Lange, Chris Butler, and Faline England

Stephanie Edwards

Stephanie Edwards

Actress Hope Dekkers

Hope Dekkers



Food and Shelter is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company. Thank you to our sponsors:

Understudy Sponsors – Anonymous, Mary Becker, Harrison Gunther Foundation, Moody Family, Honorable Susan Rose, and the Zegar Family

Dramatist Sponsor – Glenn and Amy Bacheller, Dan and Emily Engel, and Jackie and Paul Kurta

Cottage Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine             Santa Barbara Independent (Sponsor)          bouchon Santa Barbara (sponsor)

New Beginning Staff and Cast of Food and Shelter

Cast of Food and Shelter

Sponsors for New Beginnings' Production of Food and Shelter