Joanna Coles, Donna Kalajian Lagani and More Named Women's Project Theater's 2013 Women of Achievement

Cosmopolitan Editor-in-Chief Joanna Coles, Senior Vice President/Publishing Director of The Cosmopolitan Group Donna Kalajian Lagani, President of HBO Documentary Films Sheila Nevins, Broadway League Executive Director Charlotte St. Martin and the late Cosmopolitan Editor-in-Chief Helen Gurley Brown are Women's Project Theater's 2013 Women of Achievement who will be inducted at its 28th Annual Gala Celebration at the Three Sixty°,10 Desbrosses Street, Monday, May 13, at 6:00pm.

Helen Gurley Brown (1922-2012) will be honored with a short musical tribute entitled Gurley created by Lynn Rosen and Laura Brenneman, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, who directed Women's Project Theater's first hit of this season, Bethany.

Also on hand for the evening are presenters Andre Bishop, Nina Lannan, Donald J. Loftus, and 1997 Woman of Achievement awardee Rosie O'Donnell.

"Each year, Women's Project Theater takes pride in celebrating the extraordinary accomplishments of women from the worlds of entertainment and business. Past recipients include Thia Breen, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, Mindy Grossman, Bebe Neuwirth, Kathleen Turner, Dame Judi Dench, Gloria Steinem, Tina Brown, Eve Ensler, Whoopi Goldberg, Annie Leibovitz, Estelle Parsons, Laurie Anderson, Suzanne Vega and Joan Osborne to name but a few," said Julie Crosby, the Producing Artistic Director of Women's Project Theater.

This season, Women's Project Theater has presented the 2013 Lortel-nominated productions of Bethany and Jackie. Its third play in this much-lauded 35th Anniversary Season is Collapse now playing at City Center Stage II.

Lucia Hwong Gordon (Women Achievement Award Winner 2009) is chair for the Gala celebration and co-chairs are Paola Bacchini Rosenshein, Jennifer Chambers, Cassandra Del Viscio, Wendy Federman, Angelina Fiordellisi, Cheri Kaufman, Donald J. Loftus, Pamela Morgan, Chau-giang Thi Nguyen, Barbara Regna, Arlene Scanlan, Cassandra Seidenfeld, and Jean Shafiroff. Honorary co-chairs are Sallie Bingham (Women of Achievement Award Winner 1998), Iris Cantor (Women of Achievement Award Winner 2008), Tina Chen (Women of Achievement Award Winner 2003), Bonnie Pfeifer Evans (Women of Achievement Award Winner 2011). Annette Green (Women of Achievement Award Winner 1997), Francine LeFrak (Women of Achievement Award Winner 2006) and Estelle Parsons (Women of Achievement Award Winner 2009).

Single Tickets are $5000, $2500, $1,000, $650. Tables of ten are $50,000, $25,000 and $12,500. For more ticket purchasing information click www.womensproject.org/awards.htm, call 212.228.7446 or email lanie.zipoy@womensproject.org.




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