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Cause Celebre Benefit: ‘Unlucky Gal: The Jane Doe Story’ Play w/ Tribute to Judy Collins, Martin Garbus, and Mike Osgood

April 21 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join Cause Celebre Productions for a performance of Unlucky Gal: The Jane Doe Story, followed by a special tribute to iconic folk singer Judy Collins, legendary attorney Martin Garbus, and former Deputy Chief of the NYPD Mike Osgood.

VIP reception follows.

About Unlucky Gal: The Jane Doe Story

Unlucky Gal: The Jane Doe Story, is the second part of Cause Celebre’s series exploring seven controversial cases of legendary attorney Martin Garbus, described by The Guardian as “one of the world’s finest trial lawyers.”

Unlucky Gal tells the story of Jane Doe, a twenty-seven year old gay black woman who was raped in Prospect Park in April, 1994.

Two days later, Mike McAlary of the The New York Daily News began publishing a series of three articles, based on anonymous police sources, claiming that Jane Doe was lying about her assault, although the NYPD did have evidence to the contrary. Devastated, Jane Doe sued McAlary and the The New York Daily News for libel, but lost.

In 2013 the play Lucky Guy, based on McAlary, opened on Broadway. Marty Garbus wrote an editorial for The New York Times pointing out that Jane Doe’s story still had not been told, and asked, “Who will tell Jane Does’ story?”

In 2017, Michael Osgood, Deputy Chief of the NYPD’s Special Victims Unit, heard a radio interview that mentioned the Jane Doe case and Marty’s op-ed. Osgood read the piece, and knowing Garbus’ reputation, reopened the case. In 2018, DNA evidence revealed Jane Doe’s attacker.

Jane Doe’s fight for justice took nearly two and a half decades. It’s time to tell her story. Unlucky Gal is that story.

Play and Tribute Tickets – Purchase on Eventbrite

$45 – Limited Priority Seating
$25 – General Admission

Performance scheduled for 2:00-4:00pm


VIP Tickets: Play, Tribute, and Reception – Purchase by Phone or Email

$250, includes limited priority seating for play.
(Admission is tax deductible)

Reception is scheduled for 4:00-6:00pm.

TO PURCHASE: Call 646-366-9340 or email

Proceeds from the event will be used towards the furtherance of the goals of Cause Celebre: to connect theatre, film and television with compelling causes.


April 21
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Adler Hall
2 W 64th St
New York, NY 10023 United States
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