Acting Company's 2013 Gala to Honor Dana Ivey on 10/21

Nathan Lane, Harold Prince, Angela Lansbury, Laura Osnes, Harriet Harris, Kate Burton, Kristine Nielsen, Alfred Uhry will salute actress Dana Ivey and arts patron Barbara Fleischman at The Acting Company's Gala on Monday, October 21 at Capitale. Ms. Ivey will receive the John Houseman Award recognizing her profound commitment to the development of American actors and a national audience for the theater. Ms. Fleischman will be presented the Warburg Humanitarian Award for her outstanding philanthropic endeavor and support of the arts. Harriet Harris (Cinderella) and Barclay Collins are Gala Chairs, Nathan Lane (The Nance) and Hal Prince (21 Tony Award winner) will present the awards; Stephen DeRosa (Boardwalk Empire) will host, Laura Osnes (Cinderella) will perform. Tributes will be offered by a host of celebrities. Three hundred guests complete an industry-filled audience of producers, directors, entertainers and other notables including TheHonorable Thomas Kean, record producer Clive Davis, playwrights Alfred Uhry and Elizabeth Egloff, actresses Angela Lansbury (upcoming in London's Blithe Spirit), Debra Monk (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), Kate Burton (Scandal), Kristine Nielsen(Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) and Patricia Conolly, directors Nicholas Martin (Vanya and Sonia and Masha an Spike),Jack O'Brien (Macbeth), Mark Lamos (Harbor) and Walter Bobbie (Venus in Fur) and producers Jack Viertel, James Houghtonand Edgar Lansbury.

Dana Ivey, a board member and ardent supporter of The Acting Company, originated the lead role in Driving Miss Daisy and has appeared in Present Laughter (with Nathan Lane), Hamlet (with Kevin Kline), the original Sunday in the Park with George, Henry IV(with Kevin Kline, Richard Easton, Ethan Hawke), The Rivals, Butley (with Nathan Lane) and dozens of others on and off-Broadway. Her many films include The Color Purple, The Help, Sabrina, Sleepless in Seattle and Postcards from The Edge. Her Television work includes Homicide, Oz, Sex in the City, Law & Order, Monk, Frasier and a recurring role in Boardwalk Empire. Ms. Ivey has been a tireless worker for The Acting Company as well as Theatre for a New Audience and Actors' Equity pursuing her passion for quality theater, exceptional acting and building audiences.

Barbara Fleischman is one of the country's foremost art patrons and philanthropists, serving on the boards of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The New York Public Library, The Frick Collection, British Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, Archives of American Art, The Juilliard School and The Acting Company. She and her late-husband, Lawrence Fleischman, donated their 300-piece collection of classical antiquities as well as a theater to the Getty and have endowEd Galleries in several museums.

Founded by Oscar winner John Houseman and current Acting Company Producer Margot Harley in 1972, The Acting Company is America's most honored touring repertory theater having reached 3.5 million people in 48 states and 10 foreign countries with 137 classic and new works. Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, Rainn Wilson, Jeffrey Wright, Jesse L. Martin, Frances Conroy, Keith David, Hamish Linklater, Harriet Harris and David Ogden Stiers are but a few who began their careers on tour with The Acting Company, which was honored with a TONY Award for Excellence in Theater. The Company will present Hamlet in repertory withRosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead January 9-February 1, 2014 at the Pearl Theater as part of its 41st National Tour. Tony Winner John Rando (A Christmas Story, Carousel) will direct Tom Stoppard's seminal work in the first New York production in 27 years.

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