Classic Stage Company, which opened its doors in 1967, will celebrate its 50th birthday with a gala celebration honoring Tony Award-winning director John Doyle, who took over as artistic director of the Off-Broadway theatre company in 2015.
The April 23 gala at Bohemian National Hall will also honor CSC board chair Lynn Angelson.
Set to perform are a host of actors who have worked with Doyle, including The Color Purple Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo, Tony Award nominee Judy Kuhn (Passion at CSC), and Tony Award winner Donna McKechnie (Ten Cents a Dance at Williamstown).
Also appearing will be George Abud, Keith Buterbaugh, Karl Josef Co, Matthew Deming, Ben Diskant, Steven Eng, David Michael Garry, Megan Masako Haley, Lee Harrington, Amy Justman, Emily Mechler, Orville Mendoza, Kelvin Moon Loh, Megan Loomis, Jane Pfitsch, Leenya Rideout, Fred Rose, Bruce Sabath, Thom Sesma, Antoine L. Smith, Rema Webb, Elisa Winter, Jessica Tyler Wright, and Katrina Yaukey.
Doyle joined CSC in 2013 as the company’s associate director, having directed the Broadway productions of Company, A Catered Affair, and Sweeney Todd, for which he was awarded the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical.
Christopher Martin founded Classic Stage Company in 1967 in a 100-seat theatre at Rutgers Presbyterian Church on West 73rd Street. In 1973 the theatre moved to its current East Village home, a former carriage house on 13th Street.
The evening begins with cocktails at 6 PM followed by dinner and performances at 7 PM. For tickets and information, call CSC at (212) 677-4210, ext. 13.