"Scrubs" actor Zach Braff will host the Huntington Theatre Company's May 9 Spotlight Spectacular! gala, honoring playwright Lydia R. Diamond, at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel.
Huntington artistic director Peter DuBois has been announced to stage Braff's new play, All New People, for Second Stage Theatre Off-Broadway this summer. He previously directed Braff in Trust at Second Stage in the summer of 2010.
Diamond, who is a Huntington Playwriting Fellow alumna, will be presented with the Wimberly Award during the event. Also honored will be Huntington trustee Bill McQuillan.
The Huntington produced Diamond's Stick Fly — about an African-American family's summer on Martha's Vineyard, under the direction of Kenny Leon — in early 2010.
Diamond's works also include Voyeurs de Venus, The Bluest Eye, The Gift Horse, Stage Black and Harriet Jacobs. She is a faculty member of Boston University and has had her works produced at Arena Stage, The New Victory Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage, McCarter Theatre, Playmakers Rep, Chicago Dramatists, Congo Square, MPAACT, True Colors Theatre Company, L.A. Theatre Works and Company One.
Proceeds from Spotlight Spectacular! support the Huntington’s Student Matinee Series, the Huntington-Codman Academy Charter Public School Partnership and Poetry Out Loud.
Tickets to the gala, which includes dinner, cocktails, dancing and entertainment, can be arranged by phoning (617) 273-1536.
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