Manhattan Theatre Club will celebrate Artistic Director Lynne Meadow's 40th anniversary as the visionary and artistic leader of the organization with a special tribute on Monday, June 18. The event will begin at 6:30 PM with a VIP cocktail reception, followed by a 7:30 tribute event at the Samuel J. Friedman (261 West 47th Street). Immediately after the Friedman tribute event, a party will follow at Copacabana (268 West 47th Street).
Tickets for the event range from $40 to $500 and proceeds from the event will benefit Manhattan Theatre Club. For more information or to purchase tickets online, please visit www.manhattantheatreclub.com/events.
Under Meadow's artistic direction, Manhattan Theatre Club has garnered hundreds of awards and the artists nurtured by her and the company have made MTC a world class theatre. Meadow has been MTC's Artistic Director since 1972 and with Barry Grove, MTC's Executive Producer and her producing partner of 37 years, she has accepted every major theatrical award on behalf of the company including Tonys, Obies, Lortels, Drama Desk Awards, etc. Meadow has directed dozens of new plays both on and off Broadway. Her Broadway directing credits include Margaret Edson's Wit; Donald Margulies' Collected Stories; the 2001 Tony Award-nominated production of Charles Busch's The Tale of the Allergist's Wife; Alan Ayckbourn's A Small Family Business; and Donald Margulies' The Loman Family Picnic. Her Off-Broadway directing credits include Alan Ayckbourn's award-winning Woman in Mind and Absent Friends; the Obie Award-winning Ashes by David Rudkin; Busch's Our Leading Lady; David Greig's The American Pilot; Ron Hutchinson's Moonlight and Magnolias; Marsha Norman's Last Dance; David Edgar's The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs; Principia Scriptoriae; Lee Blessing's Eleemosynary; Biography; Simon Gray's Close of Play; and Sally and Marsha.
Under her artistic leadership for the last three decades, MTC has produced five David Lindsay-Abaire plays including Rabbit Hole; six plays by Donald Margulies including Time Stands Still and Sight Unseen; Lynn Nottage's Ruined; nine plays by John Patrick Shanley including Doubt; two plays by David Auburn including Proof; nine plays by Terrence McNally including Love! Valour! Compassion! and Lisbon Traviata; five plays by Beth Henley including Crimes of the Heart; seven plays by Alan Ayckbourn including Woman in Mind and Absent Friends; Stephen Sondheim's Putting It Together; Ain't Misbehavin'; and Ashes by David Rudkin.
This season, Meadow has produced four productions on Broadway, all of which have received Tony nominations: Terrence McNally's Master Class (Best Revival of a Play), David Ives' Venus in Fur (Best Play, Best Actress – Nina Arianda), Margaret Edson's Wit which Meadow directed (Best Revival of a Play, Best Actress – Cynthia Nixon), and David Auburn's The Columnist (Best Actor in a Play – John Lithgow).