Laura Osnes, Brian d'Arcy James, Zosia Mamet & More Set for Atlantic Theater Company's Annual Gala, 2/24
Atlantic Theater Company will present their annual Gala on Monday, February 24, 2014 at The Pierre (2 East 61st Street). Directed by Neil Pepe with musical direction by Matt Gallagher, Writers' Choice will salute Atlantic's iconic playwrights with an evening of unexpected songs.
For this year's Gala, Atlantic asked alumni playwrights to choose a favorite song and a favorite musician to perform it. Writers' Choice will feature special tributes to Annie Baker, Martha Clarke, Stephen Adly Guirgis, David Mamet, Conor McPherson, and Doug Wright from presenters and performers Jonathan Cake, Bridget Everett, John Gallagher Jr., Rick Holmes, Brian D'Arcy James, Gary Jules, John Kelly, Zosia Mamet, Julianne Nicholson, Laura Osnes, Michael Park, Mary Beth Peil and Isiah Whitlock, Jr. among others.
The Gala will begin at 6:30pm at The Pierre with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, followed by a three-course dinner at 7:30pm, a live auction, and star-studded musical entertainment. Auction services will be provided by Nicholas D. Lowry, President of Swann Auction Galleries (www.swanngalleries.com). Among the packages available for bidding are:
· A 10-day retreat to Thailand at two of the most renowned and exclusive resorts in the world
· A luxurious stay in Paris at the Four Seasons George V, complete with dining from Alain Ducasse
· A trip to Los Angeles including accommodations at the Beverly Hills Hotel and dinner with Atlantic celebrity friends
The annual Gala is Atlantic's most important fundraising event of the year. Gala contributions make up more than 25% of the total donations to Atlantic in an entire season and will benefit Atlantic's productions, new play development initiatives, and arts education programs for more than 3,000 public school students across New York City. These programs give children from underserved backgrounds the increasingly rare opportunity to express themselves creatively and promote in-school engagement.
Past Atlantic Galas have saluted Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning actress and Ensemble member Felicity Huffman, Atlantic co-founders William H. Macy and David Mamet, and Academy Award winning Atlantic Ensemble member Mary Steenburgen and husband Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Ted Danson. Recent Galas have included performances from Michael Cerveris, Brian D'Arcy James, Jan Maxwell, Mary Beth Peil, Tonya Pinkins, David Pittu, and Joan Osborne.
ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY is the award winning Off-Broadway theater that produces great plays simply and truthfully utilizing an artistic ensemble. Atlantic believes that the story of a play and the intent of its playwright are at the core of the creative process. The plays in the Atlantic repertory, from both new and established playwrights, are boldly interpreted by today's finest theater artists and resonate with contemporary audiences.