Photo Flash: Joanna Coles, Rosie O'Donnell and More at Women's Project Theater's 2013 Women of Achievement Gala
Helen Gurley Brown (1922-2012) was 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.
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"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).
Women's Project was founded in 1978 by Julia Miles to address the significant under- representation of women in the American theater, and has since built a tremendous legacy. Although even today women playwrights and directors severely lack parity in pay and opportunity, the extraordinary women artists who have broken through the glass ceiling have all first crossed the threshold at WP, including Eve Ensler, Lynn Nottage, Maria Irene Fornes, Suzan-Lori Parks, Sarah Ruhl, Paula Vogel, and Anna Deavere Smith, among the many. Throughout its 35-year history, Women's Project Theater has produced and/or developed over 600 plays and published 11 anthologies of plays.
The artistic heart of Women's Project Theater lies in the Lab: a two-year residency program for women playwrights, directors and producers. The Lab provides members with a vital professional network, entrepreneurial and leadership training, rehearsal space, and most significantly, tangible opportunities for the development and production of bold new work for the stage.
Recently acclaimed plays produced by Women's Project Theater include last season's How the World Began and Milk Like Sugar and, from season's past, Freshwater, Aliens with Extraordinary Skills, crooked, Sand, Or, Smudge, Lascivious Something and Apple Cove.
For more information, visit www.womensproject.org/awards.htm.Photo Credit: Rob Rich
Lucia Hwong Gordon
John Mahdessian, Dorinda Medley
Tina Storper, John Mahdessian, Dorinda Medley
JAnn Leeming, Annette Green
Julie Crosby, Gina Benko, Megan Carter
Coco Chau-giang Thi Nguyen, Betina Bennett
Nick Miscusi, Bronwen Bouth
Donna Kalajian Lagani