By Matthew Blank
06 Mar 2012
The evening, which celebrated the $8 million renovation, began at 6:30 PM with cocktails and music followed by a dinner, performance and live auction at 7:30 PM.
Scheduled to appear were Larry Bryggman (Festen), Jez Butterworth (Jerusalem), Norbert Leo Butz (Catch Me If You Can), Kathryn Erbe (The Grapes of Wrath), Giancarlo Esposito (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), Amanda Green (High Fidelity), James Monroe Iglehart (Memphis), Peter Maloney (West Side Story), Eloise Mumford (Speed-the-Plow), Elizabeth Olsen (Impressionism), singer-songwriter Joan Osborne, Mary Beth Peil (Follies) and Isiah Whitlock, Jr. (The Iceman Cometh).
Items up for bid at Bring It On Home included a 10-day retreat to Thailand; a stay in Paris at the Four Seasons George V with dining from Alain Ducasse; and a trip to Los Angeles including accommodations at the Beverly Hills Hotel and dinner with Atlantic ensemble members William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Atlantic's productions, new play development initiatives and arts education programs for more than 3,000 public school students across New York City.
Past Atlantic galas have saluted Emmy and Golden Globe winner Felicity Huffman, Atlantic co-founders William H. Macy and David Mamet as well as Academy Award winner Mary Steenburgen and husband Emmy and Golden Globe winner Ted Danson.
Atlantic Theater Company, under the artistic direction of Neil Pepe and managing direction of Jeffory Lawson, is an award-winning Off-Broadway theatre. The plays in the Atlantic repertory, from both new and established playwrights, are "boldly interpreted by today's finest theater artists and resonate with contemporary audiences."