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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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Nancy Opel and Jillian Steward


Nancy Opel and Jillian Steward


Brian Richard Mori, Dick Cavett, Frances Sternhagen and Jan Buttram


Dick Cavett and Frances Sternhagen


Dick Cavett and Frances Sternhagen


Frances Sternhagen


Dick Cavett


Frances Sternhagen


Frances Sternhagen and Donald Brenner


Laura Daniel


Nanda Anand


Mary John Sullivan and Robert Sullivan


Taylor Richter, Evan Burkert, Allison and Rene Burkert


Rene Burkert and Anna Pitts


Rene Burkert and Natalie Ball


Melanie


Melanie


Melanie and Craig Horsley


Frances Sternhagen and Melanie


Frances Sternhagen and Melanie


Stanley Bahorek and Ethan Heard


Stanley Bahorek


Sheila Burkert, Frances Sternhagen, Barbara Blair Randall and Jan Buttram


Frances Sternhagen and A.R. Gurney


John Cunningham


Martha Rogers Cavett and Frances Sternhagen


Helen Sneed


Chairs of tonight's event-Hilary Edison and Betsy Pitts with honoree Sheila Burkert


Alfred Uhry


Cherry Jones and Jan Buttram


Cherry Jones


Cherry Jones


Kathleen Chalfant


Kathleen Chalfant


Kathleen Chalfant

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