The Fund's Annual Chairman's Awards Gala will be held at Tavern on the Green, and David Hyde Pierce — who was just nominated for a Tony for his work in Curtains — will be Master of Ceremonies. Olympia Dukakis, Nathan Lane and Karen Ziemba (also a 2007 Tony nominee) will also be on hand to present the honorees with their awards. Perloff will receive the NCTF Achievement in Theatre Award, Stritch will be honored with the Theatre Artist Award and Citi Private Bank will receive the Corporate Leadership Award.
The evening begins at 6:30 PM with cocktails, followed by dinner at 7:30 PM. Director/choreographer Denis Jones will oversee the evening's entertainment, which features appearances by Broadway performers. The black-tie event also includes a silent auction.
In a recent statement NCTF executive director Bruce Whitacre said, "We are very pleased to recognize especially their support for many of our member theatres. Carey Perloff's achievements in San Francisco have just been extraordinary. With ACT celebrating its 40th anniversary, and Carey concluding fifteen years as artistic director, we salute Carey and an institution that is one of our country’s leading developers of actors, a standard bearer of artistic excellence, and a major forum for new plays. No words can describe the ability of Elaine Stritch to knock out an audience with her talent. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to recognize this amazing star."
The National Corporate Theatre Fund is an association of ten not-for profit theatres "dedicated to increasing the participation of corporations and their employees in the support of theatre across the country and in New York." The member theatres include Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Conservatory Theater, American Repertory Theatre, Center Theatre Group, The Cleveland Play House, Guthrie Theater, Long Wharf Theatre, The Old Globe, Seattle Repertory Theatre and Trinity Repertory Company.
Tavern on the Green is located in Manhattan at Central Park at West 67th Street. Individual tickets are priced $1,000 with tables ranging from $10,000-$25,000. For reservations, call Lucia Gaida at (212) 750-6895. For more information visit www.nctf.org.