Steenburgen and Danson Will Be Honored at Atlantic Theater Benefit April 30

News   Steenburgen and Danson Will Be Honored at Atlantic Theater Benefit April 30 Atlantic Theater Company's 2007 annual spring gala will salute Atlantic ensemble member and Academy Award-winning actress Mary Steenburgen and her husband, Emmy Award winner Ted Danson, April 30 at the Rainbow Room at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan.

The Honorable William Jefferson Clinton and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton will serve as honorary co-chairs.

Academy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress Mary Steenburgen is a member of Atlantic Theater Company whose numerous theatre credits include The Beginning of August at the Atlantic, Candida on Broadway, Marvin's Room, Holiday, The Exonerated and, most recently, Boston Marriage, written and directed by Atlantic co-founder and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright David Mamet.

Steenburgen was awarded an Oscar and Golden Globe Award for the feature film "Melvin and Howard" and is known to television audiences for her role in the hit CBS series "Joan of Arcadia."

Danson is known for his Emmy Award-winning work as Sam in TV's "Cheers," and was Golden Globe nominated for "Becker." His feature films include "The Onion Field," "Body Heat," "Three Men and a Baby" and "Saving Private Ryan."

The husband and wife team are dedicated fundraisers and were presented with Liberty Hill Foundation's prestigious Upton Sinclair Award in 1996 for their work in human rights and environmental causes. "This year's Atlantic gala promises to deliver a lively toast to these two prolific artists and celebrate the accomplished history of the award winning Off-Broadway theatre company," according to the troupe that recently gave us David Mamet's Romance, Martin McDonagh's The Lieutenant of Inishmore and the musical Spring Awakening.

The Gala will begin on Monday, April 30 at 6:30 PM with cocktails and music; and dinner at 7:30 PM followed by a star studded tribute at 9 PM.

Neil Pepe is ATC's artistic director and Andrew D. Hamingson is managing director.

Gala ticket prices are $2,000 (Sponsor), $1,200 (Patron), and $600 for individual tickets. Gala table prices are $20,000 (Sponsor), $12,000 (Producer) and $6,000 (Angel).

To purchase tickets, call (212) 691-5919, ext. 1088. For more information visit www.atlantictheater.org.

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Co-founded by David Mamet and William H. Macy, Atlantic Theater Company is the award-winning Off-Broadway theatre "dedicated to producing great plays simply and truthfully by both emerging and established playwrights." Since its inception, Atlantic has produced more than 100 plays, including the world premieres of the hit musical Spring Awakening, David Mamet's acclaimed Romance, and Woody Allen's A Second Hand Memory and Writer's Block; the American premieres of the Tony Award winning production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh, Mojo by Jez Butterworth and the critically acclaimed production of Martin McDonagh's The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Joe Penhall's Blue/Orange; the New York premieres of Dublin Carol by Conor McPherson, and The Cider House Rules, adapted by Peter Parnell. Over the last two decades, Atlantic has garnered four Tony Awards, five Lucille Lortel Awards, nine Obie Awards, and an Outer Critics Circle Award.

This year's gala proceeds will benefit Atlantic's new play development programs and Atlantic's growing Arts Education and Outreach programs, "Atlantic For Kids" children's productions and Atlantic's in-classroom "Students and Educators" series, serving more than 3,000 New York City public school students annually.

Atlantic recently entered its third decade with a move of the Atlantic Acting School and administrative offices to the Port Authority Building at 111 Eighth Avenue, following a $4 million renovation. The new headquarters, encompassing 25,000 square feet, houses Atlantic Stage 2 — a 99-seat state-of-the-art black box theatre, a lobby with gallery, nine rehearsal and classroom studios, a scenic shop, box office, dressing rooms, student/faculty lounges and administrative and artistic staff offices.

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