What better organization to honor "Women of Achievement" than Woman's Project & Productions, which, since 1978, has dedicated itself to staging works by women. As such, the organization will hold its Women of Achievement Awards benefit gala, June 8, with recipients to include poet Maya Angelou, philanthropist and fundraiser Sallie Bingham, Women's Project founder Julia Miles, and actress Whoopi Goldberg.
WPP's board of directors chose to give artistic director Miles the award in honor of the organization's 20th anniversary. Goldberg most recently starred on Broadway in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way To The Forum. It's anticipated that her significant other, Frank Langella (Present Laughter, The Father) will present the award to her.
Emceeing the event will be 1998 Tony nominee Linda Lavin (The Diary of Anne Frank).
Former honorees expected to attend the the event include Zoe Caldwell (Master Class, Kitty Carlisle Hart and Blair Brown (The Secret Rapture, Arcadia). Expected the audience are Kathleen Chalfant (Nine Armenians), Maria Irene Fornes (Mud), producers Rocco Landesman and Robert Whitehead, Laura Pels and Isabelle Stevenson.
Recent works produced by Women's Project & Productions include WP&P is dedicated to staging works by women, including such recent stagings as The Water Children and Phaedra in Delirium.
For tickets ($350+) and information on the "Women of Achievement" awards gala at NY's Tavern on the Green call (212) 838-2660.
-- By David Lefkowitz