The gala event — entitled Catch the Spirit of Black Theater — will include a "roast and toast" to Douglas Turner Ward, the co-founder of the New Federal Theatre; an awards presentation; and performances by African American stars of film, TV and theatre. Show time is 3 PM.
Among those scheduled to take part in the afternoon event are Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter, Obba Babatunde, Amiri Baraka, Mayme Hansberry, Robert Hooks, Reginald Vel Johnson, LaTanya Richardson-Jackson, Samuel L. Jackson, S. Epatha Merkerson, Phylicia Rashad, Ruben-Santiago Hudson, Kiki Shepard, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Glynn Turman, Leslie Uggams, Denzel Washington and Hattie Winston.
Catch the Spirit of Black Theater will honor Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope composer Micki Grant; playwright Ed Bullins; and Tony Award winning director George C. Wolfe. Special awards will be presented to the ensemble cast of the revival of A Raisin in the Sun and to the Theater Development Fund for its support of minority artists and companies.
Dinner will follow the 3 PM festivities. Tickets are priced $75, $175 and $300 with tables priced $3,000-$25,0000. Call (212) 838-2660 or (212) 307 4100.
Founded by Woodie King Jr. in 1970, "the New Federal Theater has gone on to international acclaim for its bold mission to integrate minorities and women into the main stream of American theater by training artists for the profession and by presenting plays by minorities and women to integrated, multi-cultural audiences — plays which evoke the truth through beautiful artistic recreations of ourselves."