New York's Repertorial Espanol will hold its 2001 Gala Celebration on June 7 at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan. The event will honor playwright and director Moises Kaufman (Gross Indecency, The Laramie Project), jazz composer and performer Chico O'Farrill, and Fannie Mae chairman and CEO Franklin D. Raines. Entertainment will be provided by Chucho Valdes.
The Masters of Ceremonies will be Olga Alvarez (News Anchor, WXTU Channel 41) and Ricardo Villarini (News Anchor, WNJU Channel 47).
The reception begins at 6:30 PM with dinner and dancing at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $600. Call (212) 997-0100.
Operating since 1968, Repertorio Espanol presents new and classic plays (e.g., Lorca, Marquez) in Spanish, very often with English translation available via headsets. The theatre also presents theatre companies from around the Latin-American world, as well as participating in various community outreach programs, such as "Dignidad!", which introduces young people to Hispanic theatre and culture.
—By Robert Simonson
and David Lefkowitz