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Performance Space 122 honors Justin Vivian Bond, Danny Hoch & Carmelita Tropicana at the 30th Anniversary Season Spring Gala featuring a performance by Rufus Wainwright

Performance Space 122 honors

Justin Vivian Bond, Danny Hoch & Carmelita Tropicana

at the 30th Anniversary Season Spring Gala

featuring a performance by Rufus Wainwright

Monday, April 25, 2011

6 11PM at Abrons Arts Center (466 Grand St. at Pitt St.)

Gala Chairs: Jane Friedman and East Village Community Coalition
Honorary Chairs: Eric Bogosian, John Leguizamo, and Mark Russell
Hosted by: John Kelly & Lisa Kron
Performances by: Rufus Wainwright, Nilaja Sun, Ann Carlson,
Moe Angelos, Peggy Shaw, Lois Weaver and more!
Presentations by: Jo Bonney, Kate Bornstein,
NYC Councilmember Rosie Mendez, and Mark Russell
The Shining Star Award will be presented to
Performance Space 122’s Founders & Board Pioneers
Charles Dennis, Tim Miller, Charles Moulton, Peter Rose
Joe Donohue, Chet Kerr, Timothy J. McClimon, Pepon Osorio, Peggy Pettitt, Kathy Spahn
Performance Installation by: Pat Oleszko
Exclusive Screening of STUNT: A Musical Motion Picture
Larry Fessenden's documentary featuring David Leslie's death defying leap off the roof of PS122 circa 1988. (In Maria von Trapp drag no less.)
2011 Ethyl Eichelberger Award presentation by:
Julie Atlas-Muz, Justin Bond, John Kelly, Jennifer Miller, and The Gesso Foundation

Performance Space 122 will honor Justin Vivian Bond, Danny Hoch and Carmelita Tropicana at the 30th Anniversary Season Spring Gala on Monday, April 25 beginning at 6pm at the Abrons Arts Center (466 Grand St. at Pitt Street).  Featuring performances by Rufus Wainwright, Nilaja Sun, Ann Carlson and more, this evening will honor and celebrate those who have made great contributions to PS122 and the performing arts community. The evening will include a performance installation by Pat Oleszko as well as an exclusive screening of STUNT: A Musical Motion Picture.In addition to the celebrating the evenings honorees the 2011 Ethyl Eichelberger Award and Shining Star Award will be presented as well.

Evening Overview

6PM Exclusive pre-performance cocktail & hours d'oeuvres reception

7:30PM Live performances, Award presentations & Live auction

9PM Dessert, Silent auction & Post-show party

9:30PM Ethyl Eichelberger Award presentation & Exclusive screening of STUNT; A Musical Motion Picture,Larry Fessenden's documentary featuring David Leslie's death defying leap off the roof of PS122 circa 1987. (In Maria von Trapp drag no less.)

For thirty years Performance Space 122 has brought edge-melting contemporary performance to life. Now, as the institution boldly considers the future the 30th Anniversary Spring Season kicks into high gear with a gala that promises to be one for the ages.

Justin, Danny and Carmelita are three trailblazers who have each made their mark on Performance Space 122 and in the world of contemporary performance over the past three decades. On this one exceptional nightPS122 honors them for their formative careers while giving special thanks to the founders and original Board Pioneers by presenting the Shining Star award to individuals whose leadership was pivotal in both the foundation and growth of Performance Space 122.

More about the honorees:

Carmelita Tropicana, aka Alina Troyano has been writing and performing her plays and monologues since the early 80’s, performing in many downtown clubs and theaters, including regular appearances during the early days of the seminal WOW (Women’s One World) Cafe, and indeed the early days of Performance Space 122 where she presented her play “Memorias de la Revolucion” in 1987. Her work has toured across the country and to Europe and she has received both an Obie as well as the prestigious Anonymous Was a Woman Fellowship. Her history with Performance Space 122 is a rich one. In addition to “Memorias”, performances at the space include Candela Y Azucar (1989), Brave New Worlds (1992), Milk of Amnesia (1994), Our Sor Juana (1995), Chicas 2000 (1998), and Single Wet Female (2002). She has lent her talent to uncountable benefits, and has served on the Board of Directors since 1999. Performance Space 122 owes much to her hard work and artistry, but also for bringing to the space the community of pioneering feminist performing artists that came of age in the 1980’s.

Danny Hoch is an actor, playwright, and director whose work has garnered a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Obies, the Cal Arts/Herb Alpert Award, and fellowships from Sundance, the N.E.A., and the Tennessee Williams foundation. His work has been performed across the country and toured internationally. He presented his first work at Performance Space 122 in 1997 and went on to premiere his acclaimed shows “Some People” and “Jails, Hospitals, and Hip Hop” there in 1997/98, which were later made into films and HBO specials. In 2000, Danny founded the Hip Hop Theater Festival at PS122. The festival has since presented more than 100 hip hop generation plays and performances and currently takes place in multiple cities across the country. Performance Space 122 is proud to have been a home to Danny’s singular and groundbreaking theater work, and salutes his vision and generosity in encouraging a new kind of theater from a new generation of voices.

Justin Vivian Bond was recently described by the New Yorker as “the greatest cabaret artist of the (current) generation.” The singer/songwriter/performance artist has been nominated for a Tony, and awarded with an Obie, as well as a Bessie. Bond’s full length shows have been presented all over the world. First appearing at Performance Space 122 in 1991 in the cast of Kate Bornstein’s “Hidden: A Gender” directed by Noreen V. Barnes, and produced by Lori E. Seid, Bond returned to the space as half of the duo Kiki and Herb for sold-out shows in 1994 and 1998. In addition to performing at many PS122 benefits, and hosting several of PS122’s longest running series, the biannual variety show, Avant-Garde-Arama, Justin premiered “Lustre” at Performance Space 122 in 2008 after winning the Ethyl Eichelberger commissioning award. PS122 has been enriched not only by Justin’s performances, but by the many individuals from the cabaret and transgender performing community who have appeared onstage and in the audience during them.

Sponsorships from $1,500 - $25,000

Single Tickets from $325

Tickets to post-show party / Ethyl Eichelberger Award presentation: $30

(includes 9PM entry, dessert and open bar)

For tickets and more event information:

Performance Space 122 is one of New York's ultimate destinations for cutting-edge theatre, dance, music, live art and multi-media. Now celebrating its 30th Anniversary Season, PS122 is dedicated to supporting and presenting artists who explore innovative form and provocative content, rigorously challenging the boundaries of contemporary performance. PS122 is committed to a steadfast search for pioneering artists from a diversity of cultures, nations and beliefs

Twitter: @PS122


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