Elaine Stritch will present two-time Academy Award winner Fonda with the Theatre Artist Award, while Swoosie Kurtz will present Breglio (A Chorus Line, Dreamgirls 2009 tour) with the Achievement in Theatre Award. Lauren Ambrose will present USA Today's Ed Cassidy with the Corporate Leadership Award.
Michael Ritchie and Tony nominee Kate Burton host the 6:30 PM gala, which takes place at Cipriani's Pegasus, located within Rockefeller Plaza.
NCTF executive director Bruce Whitacre said in a previous statement, "The entire theatre community is thrilled that Jane Fonda is back on Broadway, and NCTF and its theatres are privileged to honor her for her immeasurable contributions to our culture on so many levels. The not-for-profit theatre world has relied on John Breglio's passionate advocacy for a generation, and the creative community has equally benefited from his wisdom. As he assumes an ever more prominent role as a producer, his achievements in theatre are only increasing. USA Today is one of the very few institutions to continue to cover theatre on a national basis, and they have been extremely generous to the theatre community through support of NCTF, the Tonys, and many other ways. On behalf of our theatres, I congratulate our distinguished honorees and thank them for stepping up with us in these very challenging times to help keep live theatre in America vibrant and successful."
The NCTF is an association of ten of America's not-for-profit theatres dedicated to increasing the participation of corporations and their employees in support of theatre across the country and in New York. All proceeds from the gala evening benefit NCTF's development of new American plays and world-premiere works.
Among the participating theatres are the Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Conservatory Theater, American Repertory Theatre, Center Theatre Group, The Cleveland Play House, Guthrie Theater, Long Wharf Theatre, The Old Globe, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Trinity Repertory Company. Cipriani's Pegasus is located at 30 Rockefeller Center. Tickets and table reservations are available by phoning (212) 750-6895 or by visiting www.nctf.org.