Westport Playhouse to Honor Phylicia Rashad During Annual Gala

By Adam Hetrick
May 29, 2013

Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad will be honored by the Westport Country Playhouse during the Connecticut theatre's Sept. 16 gala.



Rashad, who staged A Raisin in the Sun for Westport audiences last season, will be celebrated during the company's annual gala, which features words and performances by stars from the stage and screen.

Past honorees have included Bernadette Peters, Kander and Ebb, Mary Rodgers Guettel and more.

Rashad received a Tony and Drama Desk Award for her performance as Lena Younger in the 2005 revival of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, as well as a Tony nomination for her performance as Aunt Esther in August Wilson's world-premiere play Gem of the Ocean. Her acting credits on Broadway also include August: Osage County, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Into the Woods, Jelly's Last Jam and The Wiz. Her numerous television appearances include "The Cosby Show," "Steel Magnolias" and "A Raisin in the Sun."

Gala tickets range from $2,500 to $250. They are available by phoning (203) 227-5137, ext. 123 or e-mailing ejuviler@westportplayhouse.org.

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