The Signature Theatre's 2018 gala, held March 12 at The Pershing Square Signature Center, celebrates late Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee and honors the leadership of former President of the Signature Board of Trustees, Michael Rauch.
The gala takes place on what would have been Albee’s 90th birthday.
The evening includes cocktails, dinner, and entertainment. Mercedes Ruehl (Edward Albee’s Occupant) and Peter Francis James (Edward Albee’s The Lady from Dubuque) will host, with special appearances by Will Eno, Katie Finneran, Bill Irwin, Pam MacKinnon, Dave Malloy, Lois Smith, Sir Patrick Stewart, and more.
The gala raises funds for Signature’s playwright residencies, productions, and Ticket Initiative.
Albee was Signature’s third Playwright-in-Residence during the 1993–1994 season and remained a loyal supporter of the company. Since his original season, Signature has produced several of his plays, including the current production of Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo: Homelife & The Zoo Story, directed by Lila Neugebauer. He also served on Signature’s Board of Trustees for 17 years.
Rauch will be the first individual to receive the Margot Adams Signature Award, in memory of Adams’ husband Mason. Adams is a long-standing Signature Trustee, and the award is given to those who “embody her passionate and visionary championship of Signature.” The Michael and Betty Rauch Fund for Residency Five, in honor of Signature Theatre’s late Founder and Artistic Director James Houghton, was recently established. Rauch also served as president of the Board for eight years and played a significant role in the building of the Pershing Square Signature Center.