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CELEBRATING THE SPIRIT OF PARTNERSHIP Thank you for joining us for the Primary Stages 2017 Gala, marking thirty-three years of inspiring, supporting, and sharing the art of playwriting. Tonight, we are celebrating the spirit of partnership that is central to the work of theater, honoring three pairs of people who exemplify mutual passion, support, and collaboration. First up are Janet and Marvin Rosen, stalwart theater supporters and members of the Primary Stages family who brought In Transit, originally produced in our 2010/11 season, to Broadway last December. Next are our corporate honorees, Jose Mendez of The Excel Group and Katie Graziano of MIC Floor Covering LLC, who in addition to running successful businesses, also founded The Colors Foundation, which promotes youth development through the arts. Finally, we round out our list of honorees with the Tony Award-winning team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, well known for their Broadway hits Once On This Island, Ragtime, Anastasia, and Rocky, among many others. In celebration of these extraordinary partnerships, we look to our own collaborations at Primary Stages—those whom we strive to support and those who support us. Whether through our mainstage productions, our classes at the Einhorn School of Performing Arts, the Primary Stages/Fordham MFA in Playwriting, the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group, or our education programs for New York City public school students, our collaborations and partnerships make us stronger and more vibrant as an organization. Tantamount among these partnerships is the one we hold with you, our audiences and supporters who make all of this work possible. We are incredibly grateful to have you as our partners in sharing, inspiring and supporting the art of playwriting in all its many forms. We hope that we prove to be just as generous in our partnership.

Andrew Leynse Artistic Director

Shane D. Hudson Executive Director


BRAVO and THANKS  to  PRIMARY STAGES

and to all of tonight’s  brilliant honorees! –TED SNOWDON & DUFFY VIOLANTE


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ARTISTIC HONOREES

LYNN AHRENS AND STEPHEN FLAHERTY PRODUCER HONOREES

JANET B. ROSEN AND MARVIN ROSEN CORPORATE HONOREES

JOSE MENDEZ AND KATIE GRAZIANO Performances by David Abeles, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Moya Angela, Liz Callaway, Quentin Earl Darrington, James-Allen Ford, Laurel Harris, Russ Kaplan, Ramin Karimloo, Erin Mackey, Lea Salonga, Margo Seibert, Chesney Snow, James Snyder, Mariand Torres, Aurelia Williams, Sara Wordsworth Tributes by Kate Hamill, Benjamin Kamine, Tom Kirdahy, Terrence McNally, Jason O’Connell, Kimberly Senior, Thom Sesma, Sharon Washington Dinner and Dessert Music by Sterling Strings Announcements Miranda Wilson Live Auction with CK Swett Musical Direction by Deborah Abramson Bassist Randy Landau Directed by Noah Himmelstein Produced by Erin Daley We wish to express our gratitude to the Performers’ Unions: ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION, AMERICAN GUILD OF MUSICAL ARTISTS, AMERICAN GUILD OF VARIETY ARTISTS, SAG-AFTRA through Theatre Authority, Inc. for their cooperation in permitting the Artists to appear on this program.


CONGRATULATIONS TO PRIMARY STAGES ON THEIR ORAL HISTORY PROJECT. IT WILL PRESERVE FOREVER THE LEGACY OF OFF BROADWAY THEATER. PRIMARYSTAGESOFFCENTER.ORG –JANET B. ROSEN AND MARVIN ROSEN


SPONSORS Honorary Co-Chairs Tom Kirdahy Terrence McNally Honorary Committee David Abeles Jason Alexander Christy Altomare Kristen Anderson-Lopez Moya Angela Michael Arden Adam Bashian Liz Callaway Mario Cantone Graciela Daniele Quentin Earl Darrington Jerry Dixon Robert Dorough James-Allen Ford Frank Galati Justin Guarini Ann Harada Laurel Harris Nikki M. James Russ Kaplan Ramin Karimloo Andy Karl Andrew Keenan-Bolger Kait Kerrigan Marc Kudisch LaChanze Brian Lowdermilk Rebecca Luker Erin Mackey Terrence Mann Kathleen Marshall Rob Marshall Andrea Martin Marin Mazzie Audra McDonald Brian Stokes Mitchell Donna Murphy

Honorary Committee (continued) George Newall Christiane Noll Mary Beth Peil Gerianne Perez Arbender J. Robinson Lea Salonga Margo Seibert Chesney Snow James Snyder Bobby Steggert Susan Stroman Richard Thomas Alex Timbers Mariand Torres Darko Tresnjak Nicholas Ward Aurelia Williams Julie White Lillias White Sara Wordsworth Karen Ziemba Gold Sponsors The Howard Gilman Foundation Greenberg Traurig, LLP Carol Roaman Janet B. Rosen and Marvin Rosen Ted Snowdon and Duffy Violante Silver Sponsors The Excel Group Arlene L. Goldman Jay and Diane Goldsmith Alexander and Eleanor Holtzman Irwin and Ann Blumenthal Jacobs Robin Rednor-Veghte and Robert Kennedy Carol Scibelli Jeremy Smith


SPONSORS CONTINUED Bronze Sponsors Catherine Adler Lee Alpert, Flooring Solutions Stefany and Simon Bergson Sue Breger Marc and Stephanie Breslaw Ronald and Nancy Carr Michael Catalano, MJH Mechanical Madelyn and Jay Coopersmith Jamie deRoy Domingo Diaz, Diaz Architect & Associates, P.C. Dr. Leonard and Marlene Freeman Valerie Gordon-Johnson and Doug Johnson Mike Gunzer, Gunzer Electric Jane Harmon HBO Nancy Hollander and Ken Sunshine Willy Holtzman and Sylvia Shepard Larry Hong, Belle Lighting Inc. Aron Kachkar, Secure Door & Hardware, Inc. Emily and Paul Kandel Renee Landegger and Susan Rose Andrew Leynse and Mary Bacon Sham Malhotra, King Freeze Mechanical Corp. Conor Mckenna, Top Notch Finishes Sarah Merians Photography Music Theatre International The Numad Group Luis Peredo, Perma Iron Craft Corp. Marla Persky and Craig Heberton IV Daniel and Paula Reingold Maria and Michael Rodriguez, Alliance Building Services Rosenberg & Estis, P.C. Leslie and Richard Roth Rabbi Barton and Jane Shallat Steve Shane

Bronze Sponsors (continued) The Shubert Organization Sarah Steinberg The Dorothy Strelsin Foundation Jose M. Toro, RPA, Cushman & Wakefield Arline Vogel and Harry Precourt William Morris Endeavor Morton Wolkowitz and Anita Keal Gala Benefit Committee Sue Breger, Co-Chair Arlene L. Goldman, Co-Chair Jamie deRoy Marlene Freeman Carol Roaman


BEST WISHES TO PRIMARY STAGES ON ANOTHER GREAT SEASON! –CAROL ROAMAN


BOARD OF DIRECTORS Board of Directors Janet Reed Ahearn Sue Breger, President Emerita Casey Childs, Founder Jamie deRoy Douglas Durst Arlene L. Goldman, Vice President Eleanor Holtzman Shane D. Hudson, Executive Director Ann Blumenthal Jacobs Paul Kandel Elisabeth Lerner, Secretary Andrew Leynse, Artistic Director Gregory Macosko, Treasurer Jose Mendez, President Marla Persky Robin Rednor-Veghte Carol Roaman Janet B. Rosen Carol Scibelli Jeremy Smith Ted Snowdon Amit Solomon Sarah Steinberg Arline E. Vogel Corporate Advisory Board Marc Breslaw Eric Chelman Domingo Diaz Jose Mendez Jose M. Toro, RPA

Emeritus Members Michael Fabrikant Marlene Freeman Douglas M. Green Jonathan C. Herzog Karen LaRosa Doug Nevin In Memoriam Geoffrey Chin Anne Einhorn Marvin Einhorn Louise Rockwell Robert Sorenson Sandy Westin Elizabeth Wilson


The Rosens are red Being called sages For doing work that they love At Primary Stages   Congratulations Janet and Marvin Rosen   Carol Scibelli

Congratulations to Primary Stages and my dear friends, Marvin and Janet Rosen. You inspire me in so many ways, especially your love and support of the arts. -Arlene Goldman


ABOUT PRIMARY STAGES Since our founding in 1984, Primary Stages, the definitive home for the art of new American playwriting, has grown into one of New York’s leading Off-Broadway theater companies—sharing the art of playwriting for over three decades. Over the course of our history, we have produced over 130 critically acclaimed productions, commissioned over 20 new works, and have further supported the art of playwriting by providing artistic and financial resources to playwrights through commissions, readings, and workshops. Through our playwright-driven programming, our intensive and comprehensive education programs, and our inclusive access programs, we truly nurture the art of playwriting. Primary Stages is committed to supporting playwrights at all stages of their careers and providing an artistic home where they can hone their craft and develop their latest works. We began our journey in a 99-seat venue on 45th Street in the mid 1980s, premiering new works by David Ives, Conor McPherson, Daisy Foote, Mac Wellman, Melissa Manchester, and John Patrick Shanley. Included among these initial offerings were the original productions of All in the Timing and The Model Apartment—well before their revivals with us at our second home, 59E59 Theaters. In 2004, we began a decade-long residency at 59E59 Theaters, where we had the good fortune of producing a number of notable and exciting new plays, including Horton Foote’s Dividing the Estate, The Day Emily Married, and Harrison, TX; Terrence McNally’s The Stendhal Syndrome and Dedication, or the Stuff of Dreams; Danai Gurira and Nikkole Salter’s In the Continuum; A.R. Gurney’s Black Tie; Charles Busch’s The Tribute Artist and Olive and the Bitter Herbs; and the a cappella musical In Transit with book, music, and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan, and Sara Wordsworth, which celebrated a Broadway run last season. More recently, we produced a handful of new works at The Duke on 42nd Street, including Billy Porter’s While I Yet Live, Deborah Zoe Laufer’s Informed Consent, and David Ives’ Lives of the Saints, before moving to our new home at the historic Cherry Lane Theatre two seasons ago with productions of Dan O’Brien’s The Body of an American, Ike Holter’s Exit Strategy, an extended run of Horton Foote’s The Roads to Home, Tanya Saracho’s Fade, and Michael McKeever’s Daniel’s Husband. We are currently in the final week of performances for Scott Carter’s The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord, and we look forward to presenting Kate Hamill’s playful new adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, starting on November 7.


OUR BEST WISHES FOR A SUCCESSFUL SEASON. ELEANOR & ALEX HOLTZMAN

CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES TO LYNN AHRENS AND STEPHEN FLAHERTY JANET B. AND MARVIN ROSEN JOSE MENDEZ AND KATIE GRAZIANO FROM JEREMY SMITH AND FRIENDS


MAKING THEATER ACCESSIBLE TO PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS Primary Stages strives to make its productions accessible to audiences of all ages. A variety of initiatives aimed at intermediary, secondary, and college students, as well as young people under the age of 35, serve to alleviate ticket price as a barrier to theater attendance. Our commitment and dedication to maintaining and growing all audiences includes numerous access and education programs.

FREE STUDENT MATINEES In 1995, Primary Stages established its Free Student Matinee Program to ensure access to quality live theater for high school students. Today, performances are dedicated specifically for New York City public school students and afterwards, students have the exciting opportunity to participate in talkbacks with members of our casts and creative teams.

TEENWRIGHTS PLAYWRITING PROGRAM Offered free of charge, our afterschool playwriting program takes places at high schools throughout New York City. A 10-visit residency teaches the fundamental building blocks of playwriting and culminates in a reading of the students’ short original plays by professional actors.

TIXTEEN FREE TICKET INITIATIVE New York City middle school, high school, Pathways to Graduation, and YABC students are invited to attend Primary Stages productions free of charge. Students receive two tickets to any production simply by showing a valid student ID at the box office. The second ticket may be used by a guest of any age. Tickets are also offered to community partners (i.e., youth theaters and mentorship programs) as a safe and supportive way to introduce Primary Stages to young people.


CONGRATULATIONS PRIMARY STAGES! -JAY AND DIANE GOLDSMITH


TRAINING A NEW GENERATION OF ARTISTS As is central to our mission, Primary Stages provides support for artists through the continuum of their careers, whether they are starting their journey as a writer, need to refresh their craft, or require a springboard to the next stage of their professional life.

PRIMARY STAGES EINHORN SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS (ESPA) Primary Stages ESPA is a multidisciplinary school that offers a flexible schedule of approximately 125 classes and workshops in writing, acting, and directing each year. The majority of ESPA students are either working in the theater or trying to break into this competitive industry. ESPA students have gone on to work professionally with Primary Stages and other theater companies such as Lincoln Center Theater, Labyrinth Theater Company, Women’s Project Theater, and Second Stage. In addition to giving students the opportunity to study with prominent working theater artists such as David Auburn, Judy Gold, Joshua Harmon, Kelli O’Hara, Kimberly Senior, and Quincy Tyler Bernstine, we provide countless opportunities for students to collaborate on projects and build artistic networks. ESPA is open to all artists, in all stages of their careers.

FORDHAM/PRIMARY STAGES MFA IN PLAYWRITING The Fordham/Primary Stages MFA in Playwriting is a two-year accredited program that offers writers the opportunity to develop and produce their work in a rigorous university setting while building a relationship with our company. Over the course of their time with us, the MFA candidates receive two productions with professional directors, networking opportunities in the New York industry, plus guidance from Primary Stages staff members and a broad range of professionals working in theater, television, and film. We are very proud to partner with Fordham as we train the next generation of playwrights.

PRIMARY STAGES DOROTHY STRELSIN NEW AMERICAN WRITERS GROUP Since its creation in 1995, The Primary Stages Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group has helped launch the careers of over 40 emerging playwrights and supported the creation of close to 150 new plays. Led by our artistic staff, the Writers Group is composed of seven up-and-coming writers who participate in the program for several years. This multi-year commitment provides writers with the security of an artistic home and enables our staff to form intimate relationships with these artists and give them the personal attention they need to advance their work. The group meets weekly throughout the season, and the goal for each writer is to complete a new play by the end of the spring, which is then given a public reading in our Fresh Ink Reading Series. Our 2017/18 group members include Jonathan Caren, Chisa Hutchinson, Elizabeth Irwin, Josh Koenigsberg, Paola Lázaro, Susan Soon He Stanton, and Leah Nanako Winkler.


CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF ESPA IN HONOR OF THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF PRIMARY STAGES EINHORN SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS (ESPA), HERE ARE TEN THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT OUR SCHOOL. 1. Primary Stages ESPA is open to all artists, in all stages of their careers. 2. Our multidisciplinary classes have trained playwrights, actors, and directors in all phases of their development. 3. Our focus is on nurturing, advocating, and honoring artists by providing them developmental opportunities, space to write and rehearse, and a family of collaborators. 4. Payment plans are available for all classes, making Primary Stages ESPA one of the most affordable training options in New York City. 5. At its inception in 2007, Primary Stages ESPA was originally named the Primary Stages School of Theater. 6. Primary Stages School of Theater was renamed the Einhorn School of Performing Arts in honor of Marvin and Anne Einhorn. This honor was not in response to a financial endowment, but as a symbolic way to celebrate the Einhorns’ decadeslong gift of time and spirit. 7. Our heart is in New York City, but having worked with artists in 23 states and several countries, our school truly has a global reach. Our award-winning family of instructors are all working theater artists in NYC and around the country. 8. Since 2011, Primary Stages ESPA has produced over 200 short plays and monologues as part of our Detention Performance Series. 9. We have helped 31 playwrights develop original works into Off-Broadway readings as part of our ESPA Drills Reading Series, which was launched in 2010. 10. As of Fall 2017, Primary Stages ESPA has a community of over 3,000 artists.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE HONOREES ROBERT KENNEDY AND ROBIN REDNOR

CASEY CHILDS, SALLY PLASS

CONGRATULATIONS ON THE ORAL HISTORY PROJECT. –ANN BLUMENTHAL JACOBS AND IRWIN JACOBS


CELEBRATING THE PIONEERS OF OFF-BROADWAY In June of 2014, Primary Stages launched the Primary Stages Off-Broadway Oral History Project. While the history of Broadway is widely chronicled, there are far less archival materials documenting the development of the Off- and Off-Off Broadway movements. As the progenitors of theater companies and artistic practices begin to leave us, it felt vital to capture their memories for scholarly purposes, but also for the edification of theater-lovers in New York and around the world. In the last three years, this project has recorded over 300 hours of digital interviews with over 100 pioneers of the New York City Off-Broadway movement. Sometimes, the conversations occurred at our midtown office, but often we were invited into the artist’s home. The stories that have been captured for this and future generations are priceless. In March of 2017, we launched primarystagesoffcenter.org, the website that houses these rare interviews and makes them accessible to the general public. Under the leadership of Project Director Sally Plass, Project Producer Casey Childs, and Editor and Technical Co-Coordinator David Goldsmith, we will continue to produce over 50 new interviews a year that will all be available free of charge on our site. Also, visit our new Facebook page at PrimaryStagesOffCenter, which keeps the public abreast of new interviews posted to the Off-Center website. Off-Center includes interviews by Joanne Akalaitis, Tanya Berezin, Andre Bishop, Anne Bogart, Charles Busch, Kathleen Chalfant, Lori Tan Chinn, Ping Chong, Lynn Cohen, Christopher Durang, Donald and Anne Farber, Fyvush Finkel, Richard Foreman, Richard Frankel, Arthur French, Micki Grant, John Guare, A. R. Gurney, Sheldon Harnick, Joseph Hardy, Terese Hayden, Robert Heide and John Gilman, Israel Horovitz, Tina Howe, Eric Krebs, Deborah Lee Lawlor, Baayork Lee, Ming Cho Lee, Ralph Lee, Paul Libin, Jo Sullivan Loesser, William Ivey Long, Elizabeth Ireland Mccann, Michael Mcgrinder, Lynne Meadow, Chuck Mee, Barbara Montgomery, George Morfogen, Robert Moss, Brian Murray, Julius Novick, Dorothy Olim, Steve Olsen, Fred Papert, Gail Merrifield Papp, Nicky Paraiso, Estelle Parsons, Everett Quinton, Rosalba Rolon, David Rothenberg, Donn Russell, Richard Schechner, Julian Schlossberg, Terry Schreiber, Lois Smith, Ted Story, Black-Eyed Susan, Rosemarie Tichler, Jean-Claude Van Itallie, Jennifer Von Mayrhauser, Robert Walter, Tony Walton, Douglas Turner Ward, Charles Weldon, Elizabeth Wilson, Moni Yakim and Mina Yakin, Jerry Zaks, Paul Zimet, and Steve Zuckerman.


ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, TWICE ON THIS ISLAND, ... AND MANY MORE. VAL + DOUG JOHNSON KELPIE ARTS LLC


CONGRATULATIONS TO PRIMARY STAGES ON ANOTHER STELLAR SEASON! –The Greg and Mari Marchbanks Foundation


Marvin and Janet –

CONGRATULATIONS ON THIS WELL-DESERVED HONOR. YOUR SUPPORT OF PRIMARY STAGES IS WONDERFUL! Steven Goldman and Family


“If religion and comedy had a baby, this would be it!”

presents

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THOMAS JEFFERSON, CHARLES DICKENS AND COUNT LEO TOLSTOY:

DISCORD

by SCOTT CARTER (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, HBO’S “REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER”) directed by KIMBERLY SENIOR (DISGRACED)

DUANE BOUTTÉ

Parade, The Bubbly Black Girl…

MICHAEL LAURENCE Appropriate, The Morini Strad

THOM SESMA

Pacific Overtures, Man of La Mancha

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT THRU OCTOBER 22 ONLY AT CHERRY

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From the writer of Bedlam’s Sense and Sensibility

in association with Jamie deRoy presents

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by KATE HAMILL based on the novel by JANE AUSTEN directed by AMANDA DEHNERT presented in a co-production with HUDSON VALLEY SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2017 AT CHERRY

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Fade, Exit Strategy, The Roads to Home, Daniel’s Husband.


STAFF Artistic Director Andrew Leynse Executive Director Shane D. Hudson Founder Casey Childs Artistic Associate Erin Daley Associate to the Artistic Director Lucy McMichael Off-Broadway Oral History Project Director Sally Plass Tow Foundation Playwright in Residence Sharon Washington Artistic Fellow Emmy Albritton Director of Education and Outreach Amy Harris Associate Director of Education, ESPA Sarah Matteucci ESPA Coordinator Miranda Wilson Co-Director, Fordham/Primary Stages MFA in Playwriting Elliot Fox Education Program Administrator Will Pomerantz Director of Development Erica Raven-Scorza Government and Education Affairs Sue Breger Manager of Individual Giving and Special Events Alexandra Marrs Development Assistant Eleanor Konrad

Director of Marketing and Communications Phil Haas Marketing Associate Chelsea Anderson-Long Marketing and Ticketing Assistant Veronica Shea Graphic Designer Ted Stephens III, The Numad Group Photographer James Leynse General Manager Dean A. Carpenter Production Manager Will Duty Company Manager Claudia McCoy IT and Rentals Manager David L. Goldsmith Interns Julia Chen, Kara Hogan, Sarah McGrath, Thanh Nguyen, Bethany Sharp General Press Representatives Matt Ross Public Relations Matt Ross, Liz Lombardi, Claire Wojciechowski, Sarah Sgro Casting Director Stephanie Klapper Event Coordinator Lisa Seidman Gala Stage Manager Anne Huston


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