Photo Coverage: Matthew Broderick, Laura Benanti, and More at Williamstown Theater Festival's 2012 Benefit
On the heels of its record-breaking 2012 Summer Season, Williamstown Theatre Festival payed tribute to Abe Burrows, the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and director, at its 2012 Benefit, lats night, November 18 at the Edison Ballroom. The evening featured performances by recent Williamstown Theatre Festival alumni David Hyde Pierce (director of last season's The Importance of Being Earnest), Steven Pasquale and Kelli O'Hara (WTF's Far From Heaven), Greg Naughton, Malcolm Gets (WTF's Ten Cents a Dance) and more. BroadwayWorld was there for the event and we bring you photon coverage below!
The Artist Committee for this year's Gala includes some of the Festival's best and brightest, including: Becky Ann & Dylan Baker, Bob Balaban, Laura Benanti & Steven Pasquale, Leslie Bibb, Lewis Black, Ty Burrell, Bobby Cannavale, Patricia Clarkson, Bradley Cooper, Blythe Danner, Tyne Daily, Susie Essman, Jessica Hecht & Adam Bernstein, Mimi O'Donnell & Philip Seymour Hoffman, Debra Monk, Emily Mortimer & Alessandro Nivola, Kelli O'Hara & Greg Naughton, David Hyde Pierce and Sam Rockwell. Fredda Harris and Katharine Kollath Peabody serve as Co-Chairs, and James Burrows (Emmy Award-winning son of Abe Burrows) and Laurie Burrows Grad serve as Honorary Chairs.
Since 1955, the Williamstown Theatre Festival has brought America's finest actors, directors, designers, and playwrights to the Berkshires, engaging a loyal audience of both residents and summer visitors. Each WTF season is designed to present unique opportunities for artists and audience alike, revisiting classic plays with innovative productions, developing and nurturing bold new plays and musicals, and offering a rich array of accompanying cultural events including Free Theatre, Late-Night Cabarets, readings, workshops, and educational programs. While best known for our acclaimed productions, WTF is also home to one of the nation's top training and professional development programs for new generations of aspiring theatre artists and administrators. Now under the leadership of Artistic Director Jenny Gersten, WTF was honored with the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre in 2002 and The Commonwealth Award for Achievement in 2011.
Photo Credit: Jennifer Broski
KK Peabody, Fredda Harris