Christine Ebersole and More to Perform at TACT's 2016 Spring Gala Honoring Simon Jones

The Actors Company Theatre (TACT) announced today that the TACT 2016 Spring Gala will honor former TACT Co-Artistic Director and current company member Simon Jones. The Gala will be held on Monday, May 9 at the The University Club (1 West 54th St., New York, NY 10019).

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 6:30 PM, followed by a 7:30 PM program including dinner, a live auction, and musical entertainment by two time Tony Award-winner Christine Ebersole, Judy Blazer, and Steve Ross. Original member of Monty Python and BAFTA Fellow Michael Palin, will introduce a tribute to TACT Honoree Simon Jones. Jeffrey Saver will serve as the evening's musical director.

Simon Jones' career has flourished in theatre, film, television, radio, commercials, and voice-overs here in the United States, in Great Britain, and throughout the World. Simon's many memorable performances range from hilarious comedies to dynamic dramatic turns including the seminal BBC miniseries of Brideshead Revisited, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; his Broadway turn in Blithe Spirit, TACT's productions of The Cocktail Party or Home, to his most recent comedic turns in this season's Salons of She Stoops to Conquer and The Magistrate.

Tickets can be purchased for $500 at www.tactnyc.org or by calling 212-645-8228. The TACT Gala Committee includes Nora Chester, Scott Alan Evans, Michele Geist, Cynthia Harris, Doug Hood, Stephen Lindenmuth, Susan Mindel, Roy Otwell, Louise Schraa, and Lynn Wright; with an Honorary Gala Committee including Michael Blakemore, Betty Buckley, Jim Dale, Tyne Daly, Christine Ebersole, Robert Foxworth, Neil Gaiman, Terry Gilliam, Cynthia Harris, Rosemary Harris, Dana Ivey, Dame Angela Lansbury, Michael Palin, Richard Thomas, Dame Harriet Walter, and Sam Waterston.

TACT/The Actors Company Theatre (Scott Alan Evans, Executive Artistic Director and Nora Chester & Jeffrey C. Hawkins, AssociateArtistic Directors) is a company of theatre artists that reveals, reclaims, and reimagines great plays of literary merit, creating an intimate theatre experience for its audience by focusing on the text and the actor's ability to bring it to life.

TACT's celebrated company of actors was drawn together in 1992 by a love of the literature of the theatre. Since that time, they have grown to become a true ensemble: a group that has developed a common vocabulary and a technique based on their specific artistic vision and collective body of work. TACT Company Members, whose cumulative experience includes scores of significant roles on and off Broadway, in the country's finest regional theatres, and in many films and television shows, have received Emmy, Obie, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards, in addition to Tony nominations.

Heralded by the Wall Street Journal as "The 2012 Company of the Year," TACT has enjoyed a run of successful productions since it first made its move from its "in-concert" style performances to fully-staged productions in the 2006/07 season. Since that time TACT has become a celebrated presence Off-Broadway with their presentations of such diverse and critically-acclaimed works as David Storey's Home, Edward Bond's The Sea, Milan Stitt's The Runner Stumbles, Tennessee Williams' The Eccentricities of a Nightingale (included in The New York Times "Top 10 Theatre Picks for 2008"), Sir Alan Ayckbourn's Bedroom Farce, Arthur Miller's Incident at Vichy, Sidney Howard's The Late Christopher Bean, T.S Eliot's The Cocktail Party (included in the Wall Street Journal's "Best of 2010" list), Vaclav Havel's The Memorandum, John Cecil Holm and George Abbott's Three Men on a Horse, A.R. Gurney's Children, the 2012 Drama Desk-nominated production of Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers, Brian Friel's Lovers, Anita Loos' Happy Birthday, William Inge's Natural Affection, and Christopher Durang's Beyond Therapy, Frank Marcus' The Killing of Sister George and Beth Henley's Abundance (Winner, "Best Play Revival" - Off-Broadway Alliance). Last season, the company presented Israeli playwright Motti Lerner's Hard Love and George Bernard Shaw's Widowers' Houses, in a co-production with the Gingold Theatrical Group. For more information, visit www.tactnyc.org.

Photo of Christine Ebersole by Kevin Alvey


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