Theater Communications Group's (tcg.org)
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,
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.