Soho Rep Spring Gala 2011 To Honor Marian Seldes

Soho Rep Spring Gala 2011 To Honor Marian Seldes

Blythe Danner, Ted Danson, Parker Posey, Peter Dinklage, Lili Taylor, Michael Stuhlbarg and more to perform at the Soho Rep SPRING GALA 2011 honoring Marian Seldes. Hosted by Tim Blake Nelson the evening will also feature musical performances by Jomama Jones & The Lisps. The stage performance will feature scenes and songs from past and upcoming Soho Rep shows. Special musical guest will be Jomama Jones - who had a critically acclaimed run at Soho Rep earlier this season - in addition to The Lisps, performing a song from their new musical FUTURITY. Doors open on Monday, May 2nd at 6:30pm at the Highline Ballroom (431 West 16th Street) in Manhattan; for tickets please visit the Soho Rep website - or call 212-647-1828.

The Soho Rep 2011 Spring Gala will honor Marian Seldes for her long and illustrious career as one of the American theatre's most accomplished and beloved actresses. A prominent figure in the theatre community for more than 50 years, Ms. Seldes made her Broadway debut in 1947 in Judith Anderson's MEDEA directed by John Gielgud, and her most recent appearance on Broadway in Terrence McNally's DEUCE in 2007, with Angela Lansbury. Her other Broadway turns - they count twenty-four to date - include: Edward Albee's A DELICATE BALANCE, for which she won her first Tony Award; Albee's TINY ALICE; FATHER'S DAY (Tony Nomination), the original production of EQUUS, RING ROUND THE MOON (Tony Nomination), the revival of DINNER AT EIGHT (Tony Nomination), and DEATHTRAP (Tony Nomination). DEATHTRAP also won Ms. Seldes her place in Guinness's book of world records for playing every performance during the shows run from 1978 to 1982, that's a total of 1,809 performances. Ms. Seldes received her second Tony Award only last year, when she was honored with the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Tony Award. Her numerous Off-Broadway credits include the Pulitzer Prize-winning THREE TALL WOMEN, PAINTING CHURCHES (Outer Critics Circle Award), THE GINGER MAN (OBIE Award), Albee's THE PLAY ABOUT THE BABY, etc.

Ms. Seldes has also appeared frequently in film and on television - she was the president of Wellesley in Mona LiSA SMILE, she was MURPHY BROWN's aunt, Mr. Big's mother in SEX AND THE CITY, HOME with Marcia Gay Harden, etc. In addition to her work on stage and in front of the camera, Ms. Seldes had a hand in molding many aspiring actors - from 1969 to 1992 she was on staff at the Juilliard School, teaching the craft of acting to such pupils as Kevin Kline, Robin Williams, Patti LuPone and Laura Linney.

On board to help honor Ms. Seldes will be host Tim Blake Nelson ("The Incredible Hulk," "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"), Emmy and Tony Award-winner Blythe Danner ("Meet the Parents," BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE), Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winner Ted Danson ("Damages," "Cheers"), Parker Posey ("Best in Show," "Superman Returns"), Peter Dinklage ("The Station Agent," "Death at a Funeral"), Lili Taylor ("Mystic Pizza," "I Shot Andy Warhol"), Michael Stuhlbarg ("Boardwalk Empire," THE PILLOWMAN), and more to be announced later.

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