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Photo Flash: Jules Fisher, Lynn Nottage, Phylicia Rashad and More at TCG's 2014 Gala

Yesterday, November 10, 2014, Theatre Communications Group (TCG) celebrated its annual gala. This year the organization honored Jules Fisher, Lynn Nottage, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation at 583 Park Avenue in New York City. The performances included previews of two productions from TCG Member Theatres: A Walk on the Moon (New York Stage and Film) and Immediate Family (About Face Theatre, Center Theatre Group, and the Goodman Theatre). Scroll down for photos from the event!

Guests included: Joseph P. Benincasa, Eric Bogosian, Jo Bonney, Ping Chong, Elizabeth Le Compte, Kelly Cooper, Larry and Sophie Cripe, Josh and Ako Dachs, Rinde Eckert, Brad and Louise Edgerton, Teresa Eyring, David and Kiki Ramos Gindler, Sheldon and Margery Harnick, Ted Hartley, Steve and Ruth Hendel, Rhoda Herrick, Barbara Howard, David Henry Hwang, Julia Jarcho, Noel Kirnon, Pavel Liska, Richard Maxwell, Michael Mayer, Kevin E. Moore, Raelle Myrick-Hodges, Lynn Nottage, Heather Randall, Phylicia Rashad, Vicki Reiss, Diane Rodriguez, Judith O. Rubin, Roche Schulfer, Paula Tomei, Basil Twist, Robert Warren, Kate Whoriskey, and George C. Wolfe.

The honorees were all chosen because of their remarkable careers and their impact on TCG.

"We're thrilled to celebrate three honorees that have made such an indelible impact on the theatre field," said Teresa Eyring, executive director of TCG. "From Jules Fisher's living legacy in designing lights for over 300 productions on and off-Broadway; to Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's transformative support for theatres and theatre artists; to the modern-day classics such as Intimate Apparel and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ruined penned by Lynn Nottage; the 2014 Gala is an opportunity to express our gratitude for these honorees who have given our field so much."

The event also featured a "Who's Who" of American Theatre. The Gala Chair was Joshua Dachs, the Honorary Gala Chairs were Ruth and Stephen Hendel, and the host of the evening was Jessica Hecht.

George C. Wolfe presented Jules Fisher his award, Kate Whoriskey presented to Lynn Nottage, and Judith O. Rubin presented to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, accepted by Ben Cameron, Program Director for the Arts.

A Walk on the Moon is the story of a woman's affair with a free-spirited traveling salesman in the tumultuous summer of 1969. Immediate Family is a comedy about the complex intersection of race, sexuality, and religion. Additional exciting performances will follow after the excerpts from these plays.

"The 2014 Gala evening is also an opportunity for us to celebrate the artistic vitality and diversity of the not-for-profit theatre field," said Eyring. "It wouldn't be a true theatre party without sharing a scene or two, and these two performances should kick off the night on an entertaining and thought-provoking note."

The 2014 Gala Evening supports Theatre Communications Group's core programs, including its grant-making arm, now celebrating more than 40 years of providing transformative grants to artists and theatre companies. This special evening celebrated not only the work TCG has done but also the indelible contributions made by all grantees to the American theatre field.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Zeigler/ Patrick McMullan Company

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