Saturday, November 18, 2017

Theatre Communications Group Hosts 2017 Gala

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 Earlier this week I attended Theatre Communications Group's 2017 Gala, which honored Doug Wright, Scott Frankel, Michael Korie and Michael Greif, the amazing creative team of the popular Broadway play War PaintThe celebration featured special performances by actor Samuel E. Wright, the original Mufasa in Broadway's The Lion King, accompanied by Michael Forman.  Original Broadway cast members John Dossett and Chris Hoch performed “Dinosaurs from War Paint, accompanied by Paul Staroba. TCG’s Board Member Marshall Jones III welcomed guests and introduced TCG's Executive Director Teresa Eyring and Deputy Director/COO Adrian Budhu, who gave the benefit’s opening remarks.

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“We are celebrating with a truly dynamic representation of our field including artists, trustees, theatre staffs, individual donors, business partners and members of the media. We are thrilled to honor the War Paint creative team, as well as our National Council for the American Theatre while raising crucial funds to support the groundbreaking work of TCG"- Teresa Eyring

Samuel E. Wright
The TCG 2017 Gala celebrated the legacy in our national theatre field and honored the longstanding contributions made by theatre artists and trustees to make a better world for and because of theatre.  Guests were also able to show their support by pledging donations throughout the evening.   
The National Council for the American Theatre received an award which was accepted by Chair Judith O. Rubin. TCG's National Council celebrated 20 years of service to TCG and the field. Comprised of theatre trustees from across the US, NCAT advises and supports TCG in helping to ensure the health and vitality of resident theatres across the US, including New York.

TCG Board Chair, Kevin Moriarty of Dallas Theater Center, gave the closing remarks: “I am moved by the complex and wonderful national theatre ecology we enjoy, with remarkable artists such as Doug, Michael, Scott, and Michael, resident theatres such as the Goodman--that invest in new work and giving it the highest visibility, and volunteer trustees who support the work at every stage."
The arts are such an important and influential part of life, we should try to support and appreciate them whenever we can.  The evening was an incredible success and I felt honored to be a part of it. 


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