The 6 PM evening honors Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Daly ( Gypsy, Master Class, "Cagney & Lacey"); businessman Sam D. Altman, who has served on Abingdon's board of directors for ten years; and press agent Shirley Herz, who was awarded a special Tony Award for excellence in the theatre in 2009 and has represented Abingdon Theatre Company since 1999.
Lucie Arnaz ( Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, They're Playing Our Song) and Tony nominee Laurence Luckinbill ( The Shadow Box, Cabaret) co-host the gala, which includes performances from Tony nominee Jonathan Hadary ( Gypsy with Daly, Golden Boy) and Julie Halston ( Anything Goes).
Presenters and special guests include Martin Charnin ( Annie), "Cagney & Lacey" co-star Sharon Gless, opera singer Marilyn Horne, Tony winner David Hyde Pierce ("Fraiser," Curtains) and columnist Liz Smith.
Proceeds from the gala benefit Abingdon Theatre Company's mission to develop and produce new plays by American playwrights.
Since 1993, Abingdon Theatre Company has developed and produced new plays by American playwrights exclusively. Under the guidance of artistic director Jan Buttram and managing director Samuel Bellinger, the company provides a home in which playwrights collaborate with other theatre artists and receive audience feedback through a four-step development process: Page 2 Stage, staged readings, and workout labs, which culminate in studio and mainstage productions.
Espace is located at 635 West 42nd Street. Tickets begin at $400 and can be purchased by contacting Heather Henderson at (212) 868-2055. For more information, visit AbingdontTheatre.org.