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Theater Communications
Group Gala
May 13, 2013
Gala Angel Orensanz Foundation

Theater Communications Group's ( goal is to promote regional theaters in the United States by enhancing communication among theaters groups, awarding grants and publishing books about the theater. Every year they hold a Gala to celebrate regional theater and raise funds for the grants that help regional theater create original works and to support TCG's book publishing arm.

On May 13, 2013, TCG honored Ruth and Stephen Hendel and Ming Cho Lee at their annual Gala Evening which was held at the Angel Orensanz Foundation (172 Norfolk Street) in New York City. Actress Jessica Hecht was the evening's emcee and famed playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America) presented a surprise award to TCG Publisher Terry Nemeth, for his support of the book program. The event hosted two hundred guests and surpassed its financial goal.

The highlight of the evening were the performances. Each year, select regional theaters are invited to perform musical excerpts from one of their new projects. This year it was "Rapture" from Sky-Pony: Raptured, "Willow" from Venice, and "Hallelujah" from The Last Goodbye.

The Gala co-chairs were playwright Lydia R. Diamond and interior designer Jasmine M. Keller. The Gala honorary chairs were Anne Kaufman, Obie award-winning director; Nelle Nugent, Broadway producer; Judith O. Rubin, chairman of the board of Playwrights Horizons; and Liz Smith, gossip columnist.

The Honorary Gala Committee included: Ralph Bryan, Philip Himberg, Heather Randall, Diane Rodriguez, Roche Schulfer, and Anna Strasberg.

Playwrights in attendance included: Eric Bogosian, Thomas Bradshaw, Ping Chong, Nilo Cruz, Will Eno, Melissa James Gibson, Jessica Hagedorn, Karen Hartman, Amy Herzog, Danny Hoch, Tina Howe, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Samuel D. Hunter, Tony Kushner, Emily Mann, Ellen McLaughlin, Richard Nelson, Lynn Nottage, Adam Rapp, José Rivera, Wallace Shawn, and Michael Weller.

The guest list included: Lydia R. Diamond, Michael David, Douglas Carter Beane, Teresa Eyring (TCG), Heidi Ettinger, Rhoda Herrick, Jasmine Keller, Tom Keller, Anne Kaufman, Richard Kornberg, Christine Lahti, Todd London, Iris Love, Kevin McCollum, Nelle Nugent, Judith O. Rubin, Jolyon F. Stern, Liz Smith and Doug Steiner.











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