Actor, Albany theater company supports Ukraine

PHOTO COURTESY OF ADAM WILSON-HWANGVlad Panchishak, an actor from Ukraine with the Harbinger Theatre company, is raising funds for refugees from his country.


Vlad Panchishak, an actor from Ukraine with the Harbinger Theatre company, is raising funds for refugees from his country.

Albany-based Harbinger Theatre and Vlad Panchishak, an actor with the company, are raising money for Ukrainian refugees.

“We stand with Ukrainians and their fight for their country and safety, and we want to use our platforms to spread awareness about a fundraiser being organized by one of our actors for the run of ‘Admissions’ by Joshua Harmon,” Harbinger Theatre said in a statement.

Panchishak is a native of Ukraine who moved to the United States at a young age. The 21-year-old, who is a student at the University at Albany, plays Charlie Luther Mason in “Admissions,” which the theater company is producing this weekend and next at Albany Barn. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to ShelterBox USA, which provides shelter, food, water and other supplies to Ukrainian refugees.

“The recent Russian invasion on Ukraine has been heartbreaking,” Panchishak said in a statement. “The unjust, and unprovoked war has displaced hundreds of thousands of innocent Ukrainians who are searching for food, water and shelter. It has been very difficult for me to continue with my everyday life while constantly worrying about the lives and freedom of my people. Waiting for the morning to come, and checking on family and friends at all times while praying that they remain safe.”

Panchishak and his family are raising awareness about the violence in Ukraine and funds for the people who are suffering. Donations can also be made in person at any of the showings of “Admissions” and the family also set up a Venmo account (@HelpUkraine) to accept donations.

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“Trying to think of any way I could help remotely, and make a difference. Doing this play has provided me with a little bit of an escape from the chaos going on around the world. I know they say that acting shouldn’t be therapy, but it helps to get my mind off things. At least for a little while,” Panchishak said.

The play, written by Joshua Harmon, follows Sherri Rosen-Mason, the head of the admissions department at a New England prep school who is fighting to diversify the student body. Alongside her husband, the school’s headmaster, they’ve largely succeeded in bringing a stodgy institution into the twenty-first century. But when their only son sets his sights on an Ivy League university, personal ambition collides with progressive values.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5, as well as Thursday, March 10 to Saturday, March 12. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at the show’s eventbrite page. Attendees are required to have the full vaccination series and wear masks during the performance.

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