Godspell Cast Will Entertain at Acting Company Gala; Award Recipients Announced

By Andrew Gans
25 Oct 2011

At The Acting Company's Masquerade Gala, which will be held Nov. 14 at Capitale, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Joseph Benincasa, chairman and president, respectively, of The Actors Fund, will accept the Joan Warburg Humanitarian Award.



The award honors the Fund's "extraordinary legacy of providing health and human services to the entertainment community since 1882." In a statement Margot Harley, producing artistic director of The Acting Company, said, "The Actors Fund is the perfect recipient of the Joan Warburg Humanitarian Award named for a woman deeply involved in dozens of projects for the betterment of mankind." Previous recipients include Martin Segal, Harry Belafonte, Gerald Schoenfeld, Phyllis Newman, William Zabel, Abigail Disney and Tom Viola.

The evening will also feature the presentation of the John Houseman Award to James Bundy, Dean of Yale School of Drama and artistic director of Yale Repertory Theatre, for "his profound commitment to the development of classical actors and a national audience for the theater." Previous Houseman Award recipients include Joe Papp, Harold Prince, Bernard Gersten, Michael Kahn, Kevin Kline, Marian Seldes, Tony Randall, Zelda Fichandler, Julie Harris and Jack O'Brien.

Presenters of the awards include David Hyde Pierce and Charles S. Dutton. The cast of the Broadway revival of Stephen Schwartz's Godspell cast will entertain. Acting Company alumnus Hamish Linklater will emcee.

For ticket information call (212) 258-3111.

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Founded by Oscar winner John Houseman and current Producing Artistic Director Margot Harley in 1972, The Acting Company is America's leading and most honored touring repertory theater having reached 3.5 million people in 48 states and 10 foreign countries with 136 classic and new works.