CURTAIN CALL, A Celebration of Theatre, To Be Held in Asbury Park

On October 22, 2018, New Jersey Theatre Alliance ("the Alliance") will host Curtain Call, its annual celebration of theatre, at The Asbury Hotel in Asbury Park. Honorees include the education leaders of its member theatres, as well as board president Larry Capo whose lifelong dedication to the arts has made a lasting impact on The Alliance and our state arts community. The event, which is open to the public, will take place from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm and includes buffet stations, wine and beer, entertainment, a silent auction, and a 50/50 raffle.

"We are so delighted to be recognizing Larry Capo with this year's Star Award for his incomparable dedication, leadership and support of the Alliance and our members," said John McEwen, Executive Director of New Jersey Theatre Alliance. "The talent and commitment of the education leaders of our member theatres enriches the lives of young people and adults through innovative programs that build self-esteem and encourage self-expression."

The Alliance member theatres are large, mid-sized, and small non-profit theatres that produce musicals, classics, contemporary dramas, new works, and/or children's plays. Each is a fully functioning business that pays its staff and artists (designers, technicians, directors, and actors) while contributing substantially to the state's economy.

"We couldn't be more proud to chair this event and acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of Larry Capo and the 34 theatre members being honored for their innovative and engaging programs they bring to their communities," said Co-Chairs Linda Kinsey and Donald Ehman. "Exposing people of all ages to the arts is imperative to a well-rounded, cultured society."

Proceeds from the event will strengthen the Alliance's role as a critical resource for the state's arts community and advance its programs that benefit children, seniors, people with disabilities, and the theatre-going public. Enthusiastically supporting Curtain Call as title sponsor is Mills + Schnoering Architects LLC.

"As a firm dedicated to the design and preservation of theatres around the country," said Michael R. Schnoering, FAIA, a partner at Mills + Schnoering Architects, "we are genuinely committed to advancing the arts and appreciate the dedication of those who share our passion."

To date, Bank of America, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Carolyn J. Ferolito, Liz Fillo & Chris Coucill, Ruth & Arthur Fost, Bob & Joan Rechnitz, and the Mayo Performing Arts Center have also joined the Alliance as sponsors of the event.

Founded in 1981, New Jersey Theatre Alliance was the first statewide service organization for professional, not-for-profit theatre companies in the United States, and is a leader in developing model programs that unite, promote, strengthen, and cultivate professional theatre in New Jersey. Funding for New Jersey Theatre Alliance, a not-for-profit organization, is provided in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, as well as contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations including the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Bank of America, The Shubert Foundation, and The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation. More information can be found at njtheatrealliance.org

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