The tribute Gala, to be held at the Puck Building, will include a reception with many distinguished guests and performers, dinner, musical entertainment and silent auction.
Scribe Stoppard is a three-time Tony Award winner for his plays The Real Thing, Travesties and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and was also nominated for The Invention of Love and Arcadia. Among his film work, he earned an Academy Award for his screenplay for "Shakespeare in Love" and was Oscar-nommed for "Brazil." The Coast of Utopia begins Broadway performances at Lincoln Center Theatre's Vivian Beaumont Theater in October following its London debut.
The Williamstown Theatre Festival has produced Stoppard's On the Razzle, Travesties and has twice presented Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. WTF artistic director Rees appeared in the original West End runs of Stoppard's The Real Thing and Hapgood. Rees and actor Bill Irwin will participate in the tribute portion of the evening.
Broadway stars and Williamstown vets Catherine Brunell (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Kerry Butler (Hairspray), Kate Burton (The Constant Wife), Matt Cavenaugh (Urban Cowboy), Nikki Renée Daniels (Les Miserables) and Malcolm Gets (Amour) will be among the performers in attendance. More names are to be announced.
Joanne Woodward serves as Honorary Chair of the Gala with Honorary Co-Chairs Marge Champion, Connie Cincotta, Blythe Danner, Dana Ivey, Bebe Neuwirth, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ann Reinking, Jean Kennedy Smith and Kathleen Turner. Tickets for the Gala (which include the reception, dinner, entertainment and tribute) range from $350 for a patron ticket to $10,000 for an Angel table and can be purchased by calling the Festival at (212) 395-9090 or (413) 458-3200. WTF is on the web at wtfestival.org.