PHOTO CALL: Inside Roundabout's Spring Gala; Bernadette Peters, Liam Neeson, Alan Cumming, Brian d’Arcy James and More Celebrate Sam Mendes
11 Mar 2014
Roundabout Theatre Company, under the artistic direction of Todd Haimes, presented its annual spring gala March 10 at the Hammerstein Ballroom. The evening celebrated Academy Award, Olivier and Golden Globe winner Sam Mendes, who was presented with The Jason Robards Award for Excellence in Theatre.
The 2014 gala, entitled In Here, Life Is Beautiful, began at 7 PM with dinner and a live auction, followed by a tribute to Mendes.
All proceeds from the event benefit Roundabout Theatre Company's Musical Theatre Fund and Education programs. Award-winning actress and Roundabout board member Cynthia Nixon makes an appearance on behalf of Education at Roundabout. She participates in a live auction to raise funds for the Roundabout extensive education programs, which serve over 6,000 students and teachers in schools throughout all five boroughs.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.