Photo Coverage: Inside Abingdon Theatre Company's SWINGING ON A STAR Gala

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Abingdon Theatre Company - which has produced more than 80 new American plays in its 21-year history -celebrated its 2013-14 Season with ABINGDON: SWINGING ON A STAR, its Annual Benefit Gala and dinner, on Monday night at Espace (635 West 42nd Street in Manhattan). Dick Cavett, celebrated author, actor and host of the Emmy Award-winning "The Dick Cavett Show," hosted. Check out photos from the special event below!

The entertaining evening honors award-winning veteran of stage, screen and television, Frances Sternhagen (On Golden Pond, Driving Miss Daisy, "Cheers"). The gala also honorsBarbara Blair Randall, President of New York's Fashion Center Business Improvement District, and actress Sheila Ball Burkert (Founder, Act II...Gether Youth Troupe).

Presenters and guests included playwright A.R. Gurney, Kathleen Chalfant, Cherry Jones, Sloane Shelton, Lois Smith, musician Melanie, members of the Act II...Gether Youth Troupe, artist Kyle Hardin DeWoody, and others to be announced.

Since 1993, Abingdon Theatre Company has developed and produced new plays by American Playwrightsexclusively. Their actors, directors, designers, producers and dramaturgs have collaborated with more than 200 playwrights to develop original plays. Under the guidance of Artistic Director Jan Buttram and Managing DirectorHeather Henderson, the company provides a safe home where playwrights collaborate with other theatre artists and receive audience feedback through readings and workout labs, culminating in full productions.

For more information, visit www.abingdontheatre.org.

Photo Credit: Genevieve Rafter Keddy

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Photo Coverage: Inside Abingdon Theatre Company's SWINGING ON A STAR Gala
Nancy Opel and Jillian Steward

Photo Coverage: Inside Abingdon Theatre Company's SWINGING ON A STAR Gala
Nancy Opel and Jillian Steward

Photo Coverage: Inside Abingdon Theatre Company's SWINGING ON A STAR Gala
Brian Richard Mori, Dick Cavett, Frances Sternhagen and Jan Buttram

Photo Coverage: Inside Abingdon Theatre Company's SWINGING ON A STAR Gala
Dick Cavett and Frances Sternhagen

Photo Coverage: Inside Abingdon Theatre Company's SWINGING ON A STAR Gala
Dick Cavett and Frances Sternhagen

Photo Coverage: Inside Abingdon Theatre Company's SWINGING ON A STAR Gala
Frances Sternhagen

Photo Coverage: Inside Abingdon Theatre Company's SWINGING ON A STAR Gala
Dick Cavett

Photo Coverage: Inside Abingdon Theatre Company's SWINGING ON A STAR Gala
Frances Sternhagen

Photo Coverage: Inside Abingdon Theatre Company's SWINGING ON A STAR Gala
Frances Sternhagen and Donald Brenner

Photo Coverage: Inside Abingdon Theatre Company's SWINGING ON A STAR Gala
Laura Daniel

Photo Coverage: Inside Abingdon Theatre Company's SWINGING ON A STAR Gala
Nanda Anand

Photo Coverage: Inside Abingdon Theatre Company's SWINGING ON A STAR Gala
Mary John Sullivan and Robert Sullivan

Photo Coverage: Inside Abingdon Theatre Company's SWINGING ON A STAR Gala
Taylor Richter, Evan Burkert, Allison and Rene Burkert

Photo Coverage: Inside Abingdon Theatre Company's SWINGING ON A STAR Gala
Rene Burkert and Anna Pitts

Photo Coverage: Inside Abingdon Theatre Company's SWINGING ON A STAR Gala
Rene Burkert and Natalie Ball

Photo Coverage: Inside Abingdon Theatre Company's SWINGING ON A STAR Gala
Melanie

Photo Coverage: Inside Abingdon Theatre Company's SWINGING ON A STAR Gala
Melanie

Photo Coverage: Inside Abingdon Theatre Company's SWINGING ON A STAR Gala
Melanie and Craig Horsley

Photo Coverage: Inside Abingdon Theatre Company's SWINGING ON A STAR Gala
Frances Sternhagen and Melanie

Photo Coverage: Inside Abingdon Theatre Company's SWINGING ON A STAR Gala
Frances Sternhagen and Melanie

Photo Coverage: Inside Abingdon Theatre Company's SWINGING ON A STAR Gala
Stanley Bahorek and Ethan Heard

Photo Coverage: Inside Abingdon Theatre Company's SWINGING ON A STAR Gala
Stanley Bahorek

Photo Coverage: Inside Abingdon Theatre Company's SWINGING ON A STAR Gala
Sheila Burkert, Frances Sternhagen, Barbara Blair Randall and Jan Buttram

Photo Coverage: Inside Abingdon Theatre Company's SWINGING ON A STAR Gala
Frances Sternhagen and A.R. Gurney

Photo Coverage: Inside Abingdon Theatre Company's SWINGING ON A STAR Gala
John Cunningham

Photo Coverage: Inside Abingdon Theatre Company's SWINGING ON A STAR Gala
Martha Rogers Cavett and Frances Sternhagen

Photo Coverage: Inside Abingdon Theatre Company's SWINGING ON A STAR Gala
Helen Sneed

Photo Coverage: Inside Abingdon Theatre Company's SWINGING ON A STAR Gala
Chairs of tonight's event-Hilary Edison and Betsy Pitts with honoree Sheila Burkert

Photo Coverage: Inside Abingdon Theatre Company's SWINGING ON A STAR Gala
Alfred Uhry

Photo Coverage: Inside Abingdon Theatre Company's SWINGING ON A STAR Gala
Cherry Jones and Jan Buttram

Photo Coverage: Inside Abingdon Theatre Company's SWINGING ON A STAR Gala
Cherry Jones

Photo Coverage: Inside Abingdon Theatre Company's SWINGING ON A STAR Gala
Cherry Jones

Photo Coverage: Inside Abingdon Theatre Company's SWINGING ON A STAR Gala
Kathleen Chalfant

Photo Coverage: Inside Abingdon Theatre Company's SWINGING ON A STAR Gala
Kathleen Chalfant

Photo Coverage: Inside Abingdon Theatre Company's SWINGING ON A STAR Gala
Kathleen Chalfant

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