The Barrow Group to Honor Shimite Obialo and Vaughn Buffalo at 2017 Benefit Parties

The Barrow Group announced today their 2017 Benefit Parties, which will celebrate the work of TBG's long-successful producing theatre company while also raising funds for student scholarships to support greater diversity at The Barrow Group.

TBG will honor Shimite Obialo and Vaughn Buffalo, two supporters who have championed the company's mission to create excellent theatre, using an aesthetic that encourages authentic, clear, and spontaneous storytelling.

Guest artists participating in the evenings include the actors Zach Booth (Damages), Trish Alexandro (The Unrepeatable Moment), Amy Hargreaves (13 Reasons Why), Chris Roberti (Broad City), Monique Gabriele Curnan (Taken), Sarah Street (Abigail's Party), K. Lorrel Manning (Enemy of the People), Eddie Robinson, Chanelle McCoy and Mary Regency Boies.

This company will perform the works of Arlene Hutton, Scott Organ, Lynn Halliday, Sam Evans and Justin Tyler. The evenings will also feature solo show excerpts performed by Ana Del Castillo (The Moth) and Martin Moran (The Tricky Part).

Tickets are $60 for each night, which includes an open bar and refreshments. In addition, TBG is offering raffle packages for only $10 per chance, which can be purchased online at www.barrowgroup.org. You need not be present to win Broadway and Off-Broadway tickets, class passes, restaurants, spa services and more.

Memberships for The Barrow Group 2017/18 Season are also on sale now, beginning at $65. Packages are available online at www.barrowgroup.org.

ABOUT THE HONOREES:

Shimite Obialo is a New York-based corporate attorney at Lowenstein Sandler, entrepreneur, musician and art collector. She is passionate about community empowerment, cultural heritage and supporting the arts. Shimite has generously donated many hours of pro-bono legal advisory for The Barrow Group (TBG), including incorporation and by-law work to ensure compliance with state law. As a member of the TBG Board of Trustees from 2014-2016, she spearheaded TBG's Diversity Committee, which created strategies to diversify TBG's constituents and students. As a result, with the help of the Citrin Foundation, TBG created its first scholarship program for students ages 7-17 from low income families. Additonally, Shimite helped TBG develop its Corporate Workshop programming. Shimite holds degrees from Duke University and Columbia Law School.

Vaughn Buffalo has served on The Barrow Group (TBG) Board of Trustees since 2009. Through his leadership, Vaughn has helped TBG triple our annual budget. He has made key introductions to professionals who are passionate about the arts and donate their expertise to TBG pro-bono. Vaughn founded his law firm, Buffalo & Associates, in 2003 as a full-service business-centeRed Law firm. He was previously Of Counsel at Baurner Baron LLP and an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and Mayer Brown. He is a graduate of Harvard University and Columbia Law.

About The Barrow Group:

The Barrow Group's 2016/17 Season will conclude with EXPECTING ISABEL, which begins performances on June 10. The Season began with Mike Leigh's ABIGAIL'S PARTY, a New York Times Critics' Pick, directed by Lee Brock. This was followed by Seth Barrish and K. Lorrel Manning's new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE in March 2017.

Founded in 1986, The Barrow Group strives to produce theatre that enlightens, inspires, and fosters community, and to help people tell stories simply and spontaneously. We accomplish this by developing and producing new and existing plays with artists from all backgrounds. We also offer performing arts classes sharing specific techniques that maximize spontaneity and clarity to a diverse group of artists, from beginners to professionals. We believe well-told stories energize people to do great things. The Barrow Group has won Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards and has been named one of the top places to study performing arts in New York City by CBS News. Past company members and alumni have won Academy, Emmy, Tony, OBIE, and Lucille Lortel Awards.

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