The evening will be hosted by Paige Davis; special guests will include Emily Bergl, Richard Easton, Christopher Innvar, Patrick Page, Stephen Spinella, Michael Urie, Marc Vietor and more to be announced shortly.
This year’s Honorary Benefit Committee includes F. Murray Abraham, Michael Cerveris, Paige Davis, Richard Easton, Michael Emerson, Christopher Innvar, Amy Irving, Jan Maxwell, Jack O’Brien, Patrick Page, Lily Rabe, Roger Rees, J. Smith-Cameron, Stephen Spinella, Michael Stuhlbarg, John Douglas Thompson, Michael Urie, Dianne Wiest, and Charlayne Woodard.
Patrick Stewart, an internationally respected actor known for successfully bridging the gap between the theatrical world of the Shakespearean stage and contemporary film and television, continues to demonstrate his versatility with a wide range of projects. Patrick Stewart was most recently seen playing William Shakespeare in Edward Bond’s 1973 play Bingo: Scenes of Money and Death. In 2011, Patrick played Shylock at the RSC in The Merchant of Venice, reunited with director Rupert Goold. In 2010, Patrick voiced the character of William Shakespeare in Disney’s 3D animation Gnomeo and Juliet, with James McAvoy voicing Gnomeo and Emily Blunt voicing Juliet. Patrick was next seen in Macbeth, directed by Rupert Goold, on BBC Four. Patrick starred in RSC's production of Hamlet, in which he played Claudius opposite David Tennant's Hamlet. Following its huge success in Chichester and London, Macbeth transferred to the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and then on to Broadway, where his portrayal secured him a 2008 Tony Award nomination. Patrick was reunited with the RSC in 2005 for their productions of Anthony and Cleopatra and The Tempest. In 1995 Patrick starred on Broadway as Prospero in Shakespeare's classic The Tempest, for which he received a Best Actor nomination from the Outer Critics Circle. He also received the prestigious Will Award from The Shakespeare Theatre (where he memorably performed the title role of Othello featuring an otherwise all African-American cast) in Washington DC, in 1996, in honor of his work on the Shakespearean stage. In 1978 Patrick won the Society of the West End Theatre (now renamed Olivier Awards) Award for his performance as Enobarbus in Peter Brook's production of Antony and Cleopatra (1978) and was nominated for his Shylock in The Merchant of Venice (1978). Patrick has a long standing relationship with the Royal Shakespeare Company and is an Honorary Associate Artist, having been made an Associate Artist in 1967. With the RSC he has played roles such as King John, Shylock, Henry IV, Cassius, Titus Andronicus, Oberon, Leontes, Enobarbus, Touchstone and Launce. He appeared in the legendary Peter Brook production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Alongside his extensive theatre work and performances in classical plays, Patrick has had an enormously successful film and television career, including Star Trek: The Next Generation for seven seasons on television and four subsequent films and the big screen X-Men films. Other film and TV includes: Steamboy, Chicken Little, The Game of Their Lives and Bambi 2, King of Texas, the film adaptation of Paul Rudnick's play Jeffrey, Hedda, Dune, Lady Jane, Excalibur, LA Story, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Gunmen, Masterminds, The Pagemaster, Conspiracy Theory, Safe House, Dad Savage, Prince of Egypt, Eleventh Hour; I, Claudius; Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Smiley's People, The Mozart Inquest, Oedipus in Oedipus Rex, The Devil's Disciple, the title role in The Centerville Ghost, In Search of Dr. Seuss, as well as hosting several documentary series: The Shape of the World, MGM, When the Lion Roars, and several episodes of The Simpsons, American Dad and Family Guy. Some of Patrick’s other stage credits include: David Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre (Broadway and West End), Waiting for Godot (opposite Ian McKellen, West End, Theater Event of the Year Award), Malvolio in Twelfth Night (Chichester), Yonadab (National Theatre), The Master Builder (West End), Johnson Over Jordan in Leeds, The Guthrie Theatre's critically acclaimed production of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Arthur Miller's The Ride Down Mt. Morgan (Broadway),many contemporary works with the RSC, including plays by Tom Stoppard, Edward Bond, Howard Barker and David Rudkin, and his universally acclaimed solo production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol has played Los Angeles, the West End, and Broadway. Patrick has received numerous awards and nominations for his work, including Emmy’s, Tony’s, Grammy’s, Olivier’s, Golden Globes, SAG’s, Outer Critic’s, and more. In 2001 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth conferred on Patrick the order of the Officer of the British Empire, O.B.E. In 2010, Patrick received a knighthood in the New Year Honour’s list for his services to Drama.
Matthew Rauch’s credits include: for Red Bull Theater: The Duchess of Malfi (2010 Callaway Award), Edward the Second, The Revenger’s Tragedy; Broadway: The Merchant of Venice, Prelude to a Kiss; Off-Broadway: Kin (Playwrights' Horizons), The Winter's Tale, The Merchant of Venice (Public/Shakespeare in the Park), Still Life (MCC), 1001 (Page 73), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Hurlyburly (New Group), In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer (Keen), Book of Days (Signature). Regional: Red Dog Howls (El Portal), The Front Page (Williamstown), Scramble! (Westport), Modern Orthodox (Long Wharf), The Miser (Arena Stage), Henry V, Macbeth (Shakespeare Theatre-DC), Book of Days (Hartford Stage), Arcadia, Ghosts (St. Louis Rep), The Brothers Karamazov (Cincinnati Playhouse), Cakewalk, Black Snow, The LA Plays (American Rep), many others. Film: Phil Spector, Girls Against Boys, Premium Rush (all upcoming), Stags, The Absence, Breaking Point, No Reservations, Invitation to a Suicide, Frankenfish. TV: “Banshee” (upcoming), “Blue Bloods’ (recurring), “Treme” (recurring), “Pan Am,” “Without a Trace,” ‘Criminal Intent,” “Jonny Zero,” “Navy NCIS,” “Leap of Faith,” “The DA,” “Law and Order.” Screenwriter (with Brad Shelton): Between Two Waves, Fever, “Doctor Bob,” and “In Between Days.”
The Shakespeare Society is a nonprofit cultural organization that supports Shakespeare in NYC through educational, artistic and professional artist programs. Founded in 1997, The Shakespeare Society presents public programs that combine commentary by noted Shakespearean scholars and directors with performances by outstanding actors; educates thousands of students and teachers annually through intensive programs provided free of charge at schools, afterschool programs, and community organizations; and supports theater artists and theatrical institutions through residencies, workshops, open rehearsals, discussions and discounted memberships and classes. Notable scholars, directors and performers that have appeared at The Shakespeare Society include Stephen Greenblatt, Ralph Fiennes, John Douglas Thompson, James Shapiro, F. Murray Abraham, Trevor Nunn, David Scott Kastan, Martha Clarke, Jack O’Brien, Marjorie Garber, Linda Emond, Simon Russell Beale, Jonathan Bate, Wendy Whelan, Tina Packer, and Jefferson Mays. The Shakespeare Society has partnered with organizations including the Public Theater, Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, NYC Department of Education, Hunts Point Alliance for Children, Royal Shakespeare Company, Park Avenue Armory, Morgan Library and Museum, Theater for a New Audience, the Acting Company, Classic Stage Company and Red Bull Theater. The Shakespeare Society’s humanist mission—artistic, literary, and educational—is to bring to everyone the joy and transformative power of the works of William Shakespeare.
Red Bull Theater, hailed as “the city’s gutsiest classical theater” by Time Out New York, is the not-profit Off-Broadway theater company specializing in plays of heightened language, with a unique focus on the Jacobean plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. In the 2012 season, the company produced Jean Genet’s The Maids, nominated as Outstanding Revival by the Lucille Lortel Awards and Distinguished Revival by the Drama League Awards. Following The Maids, the company plans a full-scale revival of Ben Jonson’s classic Jacobean comedy, Volpone. Red Bull Theater embraces the imagination of theatergoers through intimate, imaginative productions of great classic stories. Red Bull Theater’s 2012-'13 Season will be announced at the benefit on June 4th. Acclaimed as “a troupe that lovers of classic theater should put on the must-watch list,” by Charles Isherwood in The New York Times, Red Bull Theater has previously staged productions of Shakespeare’s Pericles, the anonymous Revenger’s Tragedy, Marlowe’s Edward the Second, Middleton’s Women Beware Women, Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi, and the Off Broadway premiere of Dekker, Ford & Rowley’s Witch of Edmonton. Red Bull Theater has staged over 100 readings through its ongoing OBIE Award-winning Revelation Readings, named by the Village Voice “Best Play Reading Series.” Red Bull Theater reaches out to NYC students of all ages through its Direct Address education programs, teaching drama and literacy utilizing Shakespeare, and Red Bull Theater produces an annual In The Raw Workshop developing new plays of heightened language and classics of the future. Red Bull Theater’s productions have enjoyed extended sold-out Off-Broadway runs and consistent critical acclaim. Now in its eighth year of operation, the company’s work has been recognized by five Callaway awards and nominations, three Lortel award nominations, a Drama League nomination, and two OBIE awards.
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