The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0168 Friday, 23 February 2007
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: Friday, February 23, 2007
Subject: Will Awards
The following is from PLAYBILL online.
Playbill: DC's Shakespeare Theatre to Present Will Awards March 4
By Kenneth Jones
22 Feb 2007
Avery Brooks, Patrick Page and Geraint Wyn Davies are among 15 company
actors of Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC., to be honored
with the William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre. The
Shakespeare Theatre Company will host its 20th Annual Gala, at which the
Will Awards are handed out, March 4, at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium.
At the gala, the Shakespeare Theatre Company's core company members will
be honored with the William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre (the
Will Award) in recognition of their distinguished work in classical theatre.
The gala benefits the Shakespeare Theatre Company Free for All - two
weeks of free Shakespeare presented by the company each summer at Carter
Barron Amphitheatre - as well as other artistic programs. The gala is
chaired by Kathleen and Chris Matthews, and Maureen and Bill Torgerson.
The gala's honorary patrons are His Excellency the British Ambassador
and Lady Manning.
The Shakespeare Theatre Company's core company members include Emery
Battis, Avery Brooks, Helen Carey, Franchelle Stewart Dorn, Edward Gero,
Philip Goodwin, Tana Hicken, Floyd King, Claire Lautier, Andrew Long,
Patrick Page, Nancy Robinette, David Sabin, Ted van Griethuysen and
Geraint Wyn Davies.
Together with artistic director Michael Kahn, since 1986, "these artists
have brought to vibrant life groundbreaking, thought-provoking and
eminently accessible classic theatre in a uniquely American style." Kahn
stated, "Over the past 20 years, I have had the great fortune to work
closely with these 15 supremely talented individuals. They are some of
the most gifted artists working in the theatre, and they are the
foundation on which the Shakespeare Theatre Company was built. We are
thrilled to honor their contribution to classic theatre and the many
memorable performances they have given us over the years."
The evening's events will begin with a cocktail reception and receiving
line, followed by dinner, and then the award ceremony and program.
The Will Award is an annual honor given by the Shakespeare Theatre
Company to a person (or persons) who has made a significant contribution
to classical theatre in America.
Past recipients include Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Dame Judi Dench,
Fiona Shaw, Ralph Fiennes, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Dame Maggie Smith, Hal
Holbrook, Patrick Stewart, Sam Waterston, Lynn Redgrave, Christopher
Walken, Morgan Freeman, Mel Gibson, Kenneth Branagh, Christopher
Plummer, Kevin Kline, the late Joseph Papp and Shakespeare Theatre
Company artistic director Michael Kahn.
Individual tickets and tables to the Will Awards range from $750 to $25,000.
For further information about the 20th Annual William Shakespeare Award
for Classical Theatre, call Joanne Coutts, special events manager, at
(202) 547-3230 ext. 2330.
The troupe is currently presenting Richard III starring Geraint Wyn
Davies, through March 18.
[Editor's Note: Congratulations to long-time SHAKSPER member, Ed Gero. -HMC]
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