The beloved, Tony Award-winning actress Marian Seldes was honored at the 2011 LOVE 'N' COURAGE Gala - a benefit for the award-winning Theater for the New City's Emerging Playwrights Program - on Monday, February 28.
Performers included: Tammy Grimes, the Wendy Osserman Dance Company, Rod Rodgers Dance Company, Bina Sharif, Jean-Claude van Itallie, Boleros by the Pablo Mayor Trio, last year's LOVE 'N' COURAGE honrees Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson, and this year's honoree herself, Marian Seldes.
LOVE 'N' COURAGE honored Marian Seldes for her long and illustrious career as one of the American theatre's most accomplished and beloved actresses. A prominent figure in the theatre community for more than 50 years, Ms. Seldes is the winner of the Tony Award for her performance in the original production of Edward Albee's A DELICATE BALANCE, and also appeared in his play TINY ALICE, and more recently in Mr. Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama THREE TALL WOMEN in New York and on national tour. Her many Broadway credits include EQUUS, DEATHTRAP, IVANOV, DINNER AT EIGHT and DEUCE. She received the 2010 Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement. Her numerous Off-Broadway credits include FATHER'S DAY, for which she won the Drama Desk Award; and PAINTING CHURCHES, for which she received the Outer Critics Circle Award.
Lee Roy Reams has made numerous appearances on Broadway since his debut in SWEET CHARITY in 1966: 42ND STREET, OKLAHOMA!, APPLAUSE, LORELEI, HELLO, DOLLY!, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, AN EVENING WITH Jerry Herman and THE PRODUCERS.
Celebrating its 39th year, Theater for the New City is a long-running bastion for new theatrical works. While talented emerging playwrights often find themselves competing for funding with more established writers; Theater for the New City's mission is to offer "love and encouragement" to these struggling artists with its Emerging Playwrights Program, established in 1971. Theater for the New City is a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center known for its high artistic standards and community service. One of New York's most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC's Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard, Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piñero and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody.
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Photo Credit: Genevieve Rafter-Keddy