Off-Broadway's Theatre For A New Audience has reason to celebrate. After a season highlighted by an artistic collaboration with London's (new) Globe Theatre on Two Gentlemen Of Verona, and a daring Changeling, the theatre will hold its tenth annual gala tonight, May 12, the 432nd birth date of William Shakespeare.
Roy Blount Jr. Will emcee the evening, which begins at 6 PM at the Hudson Theatre in the Hotel Millennium. With Richard Peaslee composing an original song in accompaniment, Blount will read from his own "Getting Off - The Ins And Outs Of Shakespeare." Also on the “Bill” will be excerpts from Christopher Luscombe and Malcolm McKee's The Shakespeare Revue, which was originally performed at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Luscombe, McKee and Nicola Keen have flown in from London for the event.
Senator Roy M. Goodman will serve as honorary chair for the gala, with co- chairs Theodore Rogers and Laura Zeckendorf. Irene Worth, currently Off- Broadway in the solo The Gypsy And The Yellow Canary, serves as celebrity chair. Guests expected include Borough President Ruth Messinger, cultural affairs commissioner Rudy Crew, Didi Conn, David Shire, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Julie Taymor, and Zoe Caldwell & Robert Whitehead.
Theatre For A New Audience was founded by Jeffrey Horowitz in 1979 and has since produced several Shakespeare plays, including Henry V, As You Like It and Two Gentlemen Of Verona, all starring the new Globe Theatre's artistic director, Mark Rylance.
For tickets ($350+) and information on the Theatre For A New Audience Tenth Annual Gala, May 12, call (212) 229-2911. --By David Lefkowitz