Frances Sternhagen to be Honored at Abingdon Theatre Company's Annual Benefit Gala, 10/7
Abingdon Theatre Company - which has produced more than 80 new American plays in its 21-year history - is set to celebrate its 2013-14 Season with ABINGDON: SWINGING ON A STAR, its Annual Benefit Gala and dinner, on Monday, October 7 at Espace (635 West 42nd Street in Manhattan), beginning at 6pm. Dick Cavett, celebrated author, actor and host of the Emmy Award-winning "The Dick Cavett Show," is set to host.
The entertaining evening honors award-winning veteran of stage, screen and television, Frances Sternhagen (On Golden Pond, Driving Miss Daisy, "Cheers"). The gala also honors Barbara Blair Randall, President of New York's Fashion Center Business Improvement District, and actress Sheila Burkert (Founder, Act II...Gether Youth Troupe).
Proceeds benefit Abingdon Theatre Company's mission to develop and produce new American plays. Abingdon Theatre Company's 21st Annual Benefit Gala features tributes to all three honorees, PLUS Entertainment, silent and live auctions, and exciting surprises throughout the night.
Additional performers and guests are to be announced.
Frances Sternhagen received Tony Awards for her performances in The Good Doctor and The Heiress. She has been nominated five other times forEquus, On Golden Pond, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, Angel and Morning's at Seven. Other Broadway performances include Seascape, All Over and Steel Magnolias. Her most recent performance was at Manhattan Theatre Club in The Madrid with Edie Falco. Ms. Sternhagen received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 OBIE Awards. She received two nominations for the Drama Desk Award for "Outstanding Actress in a Play" for a revival of Long Day's Journey Into Night at the Irish Repertory Theatre and for the World War I drama, Echoes of the War. She won the Distinguished Performances OBIE Award for The Room and A Slight Ache, as well as the Clarence Derwent Award as Shavian Heroine in The Admiral Bashville. Another memorable Off-Broadway performance was the title character in Driving Miss Daisy. Television audiences know her as Esther Clavin on the long-running series, "Cheers." She was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role in "Sex and the City." Film credits include Julie & Julia, Misery, Raising Cain, The Mist, Independence Day, Outland and Starting Over. Other television credits are "The Closer," "ER" and "Law & Order." She worked for many years in soap operas such as "Another World," "The Secret Storm," "Love of Life" and "One Life to Live."
Emcee Dick Cavett was the host of "The Dick Cavett Show," which won three Emmys and aired on ABC from 1968 to 1975 and on PBS from 1977 to 1982. He also hosted talk shows on the USA, HBO, and CNBC cable networks. He is the co-author of two books, Cavett (1974) and Eye On Cavett(1983). He has appeared on Broadway in Otherwise Engaged, Into the Woods and as narrator in The Rocky Horror Show, and has made guest appearances in movies and TV shows including Forrest Gump, Beetlejuice, "The Simpsons," HBO's "Bored to Death" and TBS's "Are We There Yet?." His latest book, published November 2010, is Talk Show: Confrontations, Pointed Commentary, and Off-Screen Secrets. Since 2007, he has written an online opinion column for The New York Times.
Barbara Blair Randall has led the Fashion Center Business Improvement District as its President since 1995. Home to 6,000 businesses in 350 buildings, all located between 41st and 35th Street, from Fifth to Ninth Avenues, New York's Fashion District is still the undisputed home to American fashion, but what was once an area dominated by fashion production has now become a neighborhood with an eclectic mix of uses. Ms. Randall has positioned the district as an ideal midtown Manhattan location for businesses that is now competitive with other midtown business districts.
Actress Sheila Burkert began her professional career in the cast of "Search for Tomorrow." Subsequently, she worked on "Guiding Light," "As the World Turns," "One Life to Live" and "Another World." Stage, TV and film credits also include Burning Blue, and PBS's "Love and Other Sorrows" and "Black & White." Sheila is the founder of the Act II...Gether Troupe where she teaches an ensemble of young girls, ages 7-14. For the past five years, Abingdon has partnered with Sheila to present the work of these girls, who perform original and classic material, including monologues and scenes written by Abingdon playwrights.