Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala

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On Monday, May 13 Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for Theatre honored Ruth and Stephen Hendel and Ming Cho Lee at their Gala Evening. The evening was held at the Angel Orensanz Foundation (172 Norfolk Street) in New York City, cocktails started at 6pm and dinner started at 7pm. Jessica Hecht was the emcee of the evening; the Gala co-chairs were playwright Lydia R. Diamond and interior designer Jasmine M. Keller. The Gala honorary chairs were Anne Kaufman, Obie award-winning director; Nelle Nugent, Broadway producer; Judith O. Rubin, chairman of the board of Playwrights Horizons; and Liz Smith, gossip columnist. The event hosted 200 guests and surpassed its financial goal. Scroll down for photos from the gala!

The Honorary Gala Committee included: Ralph Bryan, Philip Himberg, Heather Randall, Diane Rodriguez, Roche Schulfer, and Anna Strasberg.

A wonderful list of TCG-published playwrights came out to celebrate the over 30-year history of TCG books as an independent trade publisher of dramatic literature. Tony Kushner presented a surprise award to TCG Publisher Terry Nemeth, for his support of the book program.

The playwrights in attendance included: Eric Bogosian, Thomas Bradshaw, Ping Chong, Nilo Cruz, Will Eno, Melissa James Gibson, Jessica Hagedorn, Karen Hartman, Amy Herzog, Danny Hoch, Tina Howe, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Samuel D. Hunter, Tony Kushner, Emily Mann, Ellen McLaughlin, Richard Nelson, Lynn Nottage, Adam Rapp, José Rivera, Wallace Shawn, and Michael Weller.

The guest list included: Lydia R. Diamond, Michael David, Douglas Carter Beane, Teresa Eyring (TCG), Heidi Ettinger, Rhoda Herrick, Jasmine Keller, Tom Keller, Anne Kaufman, Richard Kornberg, Christine Lahti, Todd London, Iris Love, Kevin McCollum, Nelle Nugent, Judith O. Rubin, Jolyon F. Stern, Liz Smith and Doug Steiner.

The Gala Evening featured performances from TCG Member Theatres around the nation, which included three musical excerpts that were performed from Rapture from Sky-Pony: Raptured, Willow from Venice, and Hallelujah from The Last Goodbye.

TCG will be publishing Ming Cho Lee: A Life in Design, a retrospective of his work by Arnold Aronson, in the fall of 2013. Gala attendees had a unique opportunity to have their names published in that title, as well as other 2013-14 TCG Books titles.

For over 50 years, Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, has existed to strengthen, nurture and promote the professional not-for-profit American theatre. TCG's constituency has grown from a handful of groundbreaking theatres to nearly 700 member theatres and affiliate organizations and more than 12,000 individuals nationwide. TCG offers its members networking and knowledge-building opportunities through conferences, events, research and communications; awards grants, approximately $2 million per year, to theatre companies and individual artists; advocates on the federal level; and serves as the U.S. Center of the InterNational Theatre Institute, connecting its constituents to the global theatre community. TCG is North America's largest independent publisher of dramatic literature, with 12 Pulitzer Prizes for Best Play on the TCG booklist. It also publishes the award-winning AMERICAN THEATRE magazine and ARTSEARCH, the essential source for a career in the arts. In all of its endeavors, TCG seeks to increase the organizational efficiency of its member theatres, cultivate and celebrate the artistic talent and achievements of the field and promote a larger public understanding of, and appreciation for, the theatre. For more information, visit www.tcg.org.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Ziegler/ Patrick McMullan Company

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Atmosphere

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Atmosphere

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Maria Dizzia, Will Eno, Teresa Eyring

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Lydia Diamond, Paul Oakley Stovall, Jose Rivera

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Hannah Shankman, Lauren Fitzgerald, Preston Whiteway

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Lauren Fitzgerald, Preston Whiteway

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Roy Gabay, Richard Nelson

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Lynn Nottage, Josh Dachs, Ako Dachs

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Doug Steiner, Teresa Eyring, Roy Gabay

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Jay Armstrong Johnson

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Jay Armstrong Johnson

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Jay Armstrong Johnson

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Liz Smith, Jessica Hecht

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Victoria Platt, Jennifer Damiano

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
The Gala

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Ming Cho Lee

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Emily Mann

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Richard Nelson

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Ruth Hendel, Stephen Hendel

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Eric Bogosian, Quiara Alegria Hudes

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Bridgid Coulter, Marshall Jones, Chantal Jean-Pierre, Lydia Diamond, Olga Sanchez

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Michael Rosenberg, Douglas Carter Beane, Michael David

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Paula Black, Ralph Bryan

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Terry Nemeth, Ming Cho Lee, Betsy Lee

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Alissa Hendel, Sam Hendel

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Steve Zelson, Shelley Zelson

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Maria Dizzia, Kevin Moriarty

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Ralph Bryan, Lauren Mitchell, Michael David

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Michael Rosenberg, Douglas Carter Beane

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Tim Sanford, Judy Rubin

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Margo Lyon, Tony Kushner

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Tony Kushner, Teresa Eyring

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Terry Nemeth, Tony Kushner

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Tony Kushner

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Terry Nemeth, Teresa Eyring

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Jasmine Keller, Lydia Diamond

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Jessica Hecht

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Bob Haiman, Quiara Alegria Hudes, Tom Keller

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Kevin McCollum, Jane Mauer

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Jonathan Reynolds, Heidi Ettinger, Jo Bonney

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Win Neuger, Judy Lynn Prince

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Tom Keller, Victoria Keller, Win Neuger

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Rolise Rachel

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Jasmine Keller, Dafina McMillan

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Jasmine Keller, Kevin Bitterman, Dafina McMillan

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Jasmine Keller, Kevin Bitterman

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Christine Lahti, Philip Himberg

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Philip Himberg, Claybourne Elder, Michael Porto, Eric Rosen

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Gail Bryan, Ralph Bryan

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Delphine de Causans

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Bob Haiman, Judy Lynn Prince

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Dafina McMillan, Diane Rodriguez, Olga Sanchez

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Philip Himberg

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Tom Keller, Lydia Diamond, Oskar Eustis, Jasmine Keller, Victoria Keller

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
TCG Playwrights

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
TCG Playwrights

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Jasmine Keller, Teresa Eyring, Lydia Diamond

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Mark Cuddy, Jasmine Keller, Joe Haj, Teresa Eyring, Lydia Diamond, Dawn Chiang, Tim Jennings

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Christine Lahti, Jessica Hecht

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Teresa Eyring, Anne Kaufman, Christine Lahti, Liz Smith, Jessica Hecht

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Christine Lahti, Liz Smith

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Liz Smith, Jessica Hecht

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Terry Nemeth

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Ming Cho Lee

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala
Ruth Hendel, Stephen Hendel

Photo Flash: Tony Kushner, Jessica Hecht, Ming Cho Lee and More at TCG's 2013 Gala

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