GOSH!ABOUT: Actors Choice Gala by Atlantic Theater Company
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This was the Atlantic Theater Company: Actors Choice Gala, held on Monday, March 7th, 2016 at the Pierre Hotel in New York which celebrated Atlantic’s Actors with a night of music and performances directed by Neil Pepe, with Musical Direction by Matt Gallagher. Also honouring David Richenthal and the Richenthal Foundation for their long-term support of Atlantic’s mission.
The annual Gala is Atlantic’s most important fundraising event of the year. Gala contributions make up more than 25% of the total donations to Atlantic in an entire season and will benefit Atlantic’s productions, new play development and arts education initiatives for more than 3,500 public school students across New York City. These programs give children from under served backgrounds the increasingly rare opportunity to express themselves creatively and promote in-school engagement
This year, Atlantic asked a slate of favourite Atlantic actors to choose a song they love and a favourite musician to perform it for this special celebration. The Gala included special tributes from the following actors:
Academy Award-winning Ensemble member Mary Steenburgen (“Justified,” “Last Man on Earth”)
Golden Globe & Emmy Award winner Ted Danson (“Cheers,” “Fargo,” “CSI”)
Tony Award nominee Mary Beth Peil (“The Good Wife,” Follies, The Threepenny Opera)
Tony Award winner John Gallagher, Jr. (Spring Awakening, Short Term 12)
Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Seven Guitars, Lackawanna Blues, Skeleton Crew)
Other performances and appearances included,
Tony Award nominee Will Chase (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, “Nashville,” “Smash”)
Kathryn Erbe (The Father, “Law & Order)
Will Forte (“Saturday Night Live,” “Last Man on Earth,” Keanu)
Emmy Award nominee T.R. Knight (It’s Only a Play, “Grey’s Anatomy”)
Zosia Mamet (“Girls,” “Mad Men,” The Kids are Alright, Really Really)
Singer songwriter Ingrid Michaelson (albums Be OK, Lights Out)
Jessica Molaskey (Sunday in the Park with George, Parade, The Who’s Tommy)
Emily Mortimer (“The Newsroom,” Shutter Island, Match Point, Parlour Song)
Eloise Mumford (Fifty Shades of Grey, “The River”)
Tony Award nominee Alessandro Nivola (The Elephant Man, Selma)
Emmy Award nominee Timothy Olyphant (“Justified,” “Deadwood,” Hold on to Me Darling)
Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes (The Bandstand, Cinderella, The Threepenny Opera)
Grammy Award-nominated Jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli (Dream)
Obie Award winner Adam Rapp (Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling, Red Light Winter)
Pulitzer Prize & Tony Award winner John Patrick Shanley (Doubt, Prodigal Son, Storefront Church)
Blues musician Bill Sims, Jr. (Grammy-nominated Heritage Blues Orchestra)
Jason Sudeikis (“Saturday Night Live,” Sleeping with Other People)
Isiah Whitlock, Jr. (“The Wire,” Pete’s Dragon, Chi-Raq, Farragut North)
Olivia Wilde (“Vinyl,” “House MD,” Tron)
Pulitzer Prize & Tony Award winner Doug Wright (I am My Own Wife, Grey Gardens, Posterity)
ABOUT ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY
ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) is the award winning Off-Broadway theater that produces great plays simply and truthfully, utilizing an artistic ensemble. Atlantic believes that the story of a play and the intent of its playwright are at the core of the creative process. The plays in the Atlantic repertory, from both new and established playwrights, are boldly interpreted by today’s finest theater artists and resonate with contemporary audiences.
It was founded by David Mamet and William H. Macy is now in 30th season. The organization is dedicated to teaching students to create their own work and to become artistic entrepreneurs based on a distinct acting technique called Practical Aesthetics.
Their Atlantic for Kids programs introduces per-kindergarten to middle school students to the art of simple storytelling through theater and presents two children’s productions each season. There is an Educator Night that allow for teachers, teaching artists, and administrators to see a show and engage in a post-show forum with Atlantic’s education and creative teams.
Atlantic has garnered 12 Tony Awards®, 15 Lucille Lortel Awards, 16 Obie Awards, 7 Drama Desk Awards, 6 Outer Critics Circle Awards, 3 Drama League Awards, 3 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Atlantic also operates The Atlantic Theater Company Acting School, which has an undergraduate program in conjunction with New York University, as well as a two-year professional acting program and a six-week intensive workshop every summer. Atlantic for Kids and the Educational Outreach Program partners with schools and teachers throughout the greater metropolitan area coordinating in-school visits of teaching artists and post-theater talkbacks.
Atlantic Theater Company at The Linda Gross Theater is located at 336 West 20th Street Atlantic Stage 2 is located at 330 West 16th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues).
More information about the organization and their programs can be found on their website: https://atlantictheater.org/
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