Mark Dendy, who won an OBIE two seasons back for his acclaimed choreography for the Off-Broadway Wild Party at Manhattan Theatre Club, is adding some entertainment to a different kind of party. On June 23, The Madoo Conservancy, public gardens located in Sagaponack, NY (in the Hamptons), will offer its annual "Summer's Eve" benefit and feature the world premiere of a dance based on A Midsummer Night's Dream, performed by Mark Dendy Dance and Theatre.
According to spokespersons at The Karpel Group, the benefit will honor horticultural director Marco Polo Stufano, who tends the woodlands in Wave Hill of the northwest Bronx. The Madoo Conservancy was founded in 1994 "to preserve the gardens in perpetuity."
Choreographer Dendy, who formed his dance company in 1983, expressed enthusiasm over creating a site-specific piece for Madoo. "The possibilities for a melding of creativity are endless," he said in a statement.
The "Summer's Eve" benefit takes place 5:30-8 PM at Madoo. Tickets are $150. Those paying $500 and above will be invited to a dinner at the home of Joshua Lehrer and Jeffrey Seller, the latter a co-producer of Broadway's Rent.
For information on the Madoo benefit call (631) 537-8200. — By David Lefkowitz