Photo Coverage: Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams Opening Night Party

Presented as the first production of Primary Stages' 2005-2006 season, Terrence McNally's new play Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams opened at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street) on Thursday, August 18th at 7 PM. Directed by Michael Morris, the cast features Nathan Lane, Michael Countryman, Alison Fraser, Darren Pettie, R.E. Rodgers, Marian Seldes and Miriam Shor.

The newest play from the Tony Award-winning author of The Stendhal Syndrome (which received its world premiere at Primary Stages), Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, Master Class, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Lips Together,Teeth Apart and The Lisbon Traviata concerns a life-changing encounter between Lou and Jessie Nuncle, the producers of a struggling children's theatre, and Annabelle Willard, the owner of an abandoned grand theatre the Nuncles covet.

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Isabella Rosselini

Robert Klein and Tony Roberts

Jamie DeRoy

Elaine Orbach

Susan Stroman

Walter Bobbie

Amy Irving and Andrew Leynse (Artistic Director, Primary Stages)

Nathan Lane

Nathan Lane

Michael Countryman and family

Alison Fraser

Joshua Jackson

Michael Morris

Terrence McNally

R.E. Rodgers

Marian Seldes

Marian Seldes meets her number one fan!

Miriam Shor shows off her tattoo

Miriam Shor

Darren Pettie


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Ben Strothmann Ben Strothmann has been a portrait and theatrical photographer since 1995. Since building his first darkroom in his hometown of Milwaukee WI, his portrait studio now looks out over Manhattan where he shoots headshots and production photos. Born to a famous cheesecake lady (Suzy Strothmann of Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes), Ben is also an actor and pianist. Currently he lives in Astoria and studies guitar and Icelandic. Ben is also a volunteer for The Heart Gallery ( and helps NYC foster children find permanent, loving families. Ben is proud to be a part of the world famous singing waitstaff at Ellen's Stardust Diner. See for more info.


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