Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Gala Honors Christopher Durang & Stephen Sultan

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Primary Stages held their annual Gala last night, November 11, at The Edison Ballroom (240 W. 47th Street). The event honored Tony Award-winning playwright Christopher Durang and President of the General Counsel at Dramatists Play Service, Stephen Sultan. The evening featured performances by Rachel deBenedet (Catch Me If You Can, Addams Family), Alan Paul (Grease, Oliver!, Manhattan Transfer), Michele Ragusa (Urinetown, Ragtime, A Class Act, Adrift in Macao), and Alton F. White (The Color Purple, The Lion King, Ragtime). Co-Chairs include Catherine Adler, and HBO represented by Barbara Thomas.

BroadwayWorld was there for the special event and you can check out photos below!

Christopher Durang won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play for his Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. His plays include Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, Beyond Therapy, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Betty's Summer Vacation, and Miss Witherspoon. Since 1994, he and Marsha Norman have been co-chairs of the Playwriting Program at the Julliard School.

Stephen Sultan has been President and General Counsel at Dramatists Play Service, Inc. for the past 21 years. During that time, the company has acquired 17 Pulitzer Prize winning and 16 Tony Award winning plays. He has been a great advocate and supporter of emerging playwrights throughout his tenure at DPS.

Primary Stages is an Off-Broadway theater company dedicated to inspiring, supporting, and sharing the art of playwriting. We operate on the strongly held belief that the future of American theater relies on nurturing playwrights and giving them the artistic support needed to create new work.

Photo Credit: Stephen Sorokoff

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Stephen Sultan, Christopher Durang , Primary Stages Board of Directors


Casey Childs, Founder & Executive Producer


Andrew Leynse, Artistic Director


Elliot Fox, Managing Director


Christopher Durang


Ilene Kristen, Alan Paul, Carole Demas, Patricia Birch, Louis St. Louis


Christopher Durang & Tommy Tune


Christopher Durang & Fyvush Finkel


Frederick Adler & Catherine Adler, Gala Chair


Fyvush Finkel


John Patrick Shanley


Tommy Kail


The Edison Ballroom


Barry Kleinbort, Jamie deRoy, Jack Gindi, Paula Kaminsky Davis, Carol Scibelli


Michael Alden & Stefany Bergson


Jack Gindi, Paula Kaminsky Davis, Barry Kleinbort


EDa Sorokoff & Tommy Tune


Silent Auction


Carol Scibelli, Richard Winkler, Jamie deRoy


Silent Auction


Raachel DeBenedet & Michele Ragusa


Michelle Bossy, Associate Artistic Director


Carol Scibelli, Jamie deRoy, Paula Kaminsky Davis


The Edison Ballroom


Kristen Nielsen


Carole Demas & Ilene Kristen


Carole Demas & Ilene Kristen


Carole Demas, Alan Paul, Ilene Kristen


Carole Demas, Alan Paul, Ilene Kristen

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