SEPTEMBER 21 - 24, 2017

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Saturday June 3
6:30 Cocktail Hour
7:15 Dinner & Gala
Seats: VIP $350 | Standard $175
Tables: VIP $2500 | Standard $1250
Head Table With Dana Delany $500
Cocktail Hour Only $100
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2017 Annual Dinner Gala & Auction

Tennessee Williams Annual Dinner

FEATURING DANA DELANY

Our gala fundraising dinner and live auction, presenting the first annual TENN Award. Dinner guests will be the first to hear the exciting 2017 Festival lineup, celebrating Tennessee Williams and William Shakespeare.

The biggest event of the season
with wine, bubbly and beer
and a live auction featuring Provincetown art

Gala Committee
Deborah Bowles, co-Chair
James Mauro, co-Chair
Patrick Falco
Marcy Feller

 

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The price of your ticket, less $50 for the cost of the meal, is considered a tax-deductible donation to the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival.

 

 

the Tennessee Williams Annual Dinner

Featuring Special Guest Dana Delany
And the TENN Award to Michael Kahn

 

On Saturday June 3rd, the Festival will welcome two-time Emmy Award-winning stage and screen actor Dana Delany as our guest of honor when we announce the 2017 program of plays at our annual gala.

We are also thrilled to introduce you to the Tenn Award, which will be given to theater director Michael Kahn. The award is given for advancing the spirit of Tennessee Williams through excellence in the performance, study, or promotion of American Theater. 

After a celebrity-infused cocktail hour, Festival Curator David Kaplan will reveal the exciting 2017 Festival productions from around the globe. During the multi-course dinner by The Canteen, a brief auction of Provincetown art and other exciting items will precede a personal interview with our guest of honor.

VIP Tables accommodate 8-10 guests
Standard Tables accomodate 8 guests
Art Auction opens to the public at 8:15pm!

About Dana Delany

Dana Delany appears at the 2017 Tennessee Williams Annual Dinner

"Since childhood, my dream was to play Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof ...
Now I get to play the older women. Now the juicy stuff really starts."

- Dana Delany

 

Delany comes to Provincetown following her recent appearance onstage as Maxine, the hotel manager in the 1961 Tennessee Williams play The Night of the Iguana – a role previously played by Bette Davis and Ava Gardner – in a production directed by Michael Wilson at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge in February and March. 

Delany’s career spans more than thirty years, including leading roles on several hit TV shows including ABC’s China Beach from 1988-1991, for which she won two Primetime Emmy Awards. More recently, Delany starred in the ABC dramas Body of Proof and Desperate Housewives, and in films including Light Sleeper, Tombstone, Exit to Eden, Fly Away Home, True Women, and Wide Awake. She is currently starring in season two of Hand of God on Amazon.

Delany’s desire to become an actor began in childhood, when she attended many Broadway shows with her family. Born in New York City, Delany grew up in Stamford, Connecticut. She performed onstage as a student at Phillips Academy in Andover and later majored in theater at Wesleyan University, during which time she honed her craft in summer stock productions. 

In the 1980s, before moving to Hollywood, Delany starred in the Broadway show A Life and received critical acclaim in Nicholas Kazan’s 1983 off-Broadway production of Blood Moon. She returned to theater in the 2000s, appearing in a production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Dinner With Friends that ran in New York, Los Angeles, and Boston, as well as in a 2003 San Diego production of Much Ado About Nothing, in which she played the funny and irascible leading lady Beatrice.

About Michael Kahn

Michael Kahn will be honored with the TENN Award at the 2017 Tennessee Williams Annual Dinner. Photo by Sarah Voisin

"I am thankful that the Tennessee Williams festival in Provincetown
has dedicated the past 12 years to uncovering lesser-known and
unseen Williams, and I am honored to receive this year’s TENN Award. "

- Michael Kahn

 

“Michael Kahn is a brilliant theater artist," says Festival Executive Director Jef Hall-Flavin, "and because of his longstanding commitment to staging great texts, audiences better understand what makes Tennessee Williams our great American playwright. His tireless passion for Shakespeare, which has animated his 31-year tenure at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, opens up new worlds to us year after year, even within well-known and much-loved texts.”

Festival Curator David Kaplan feels that Kahn is especially noteworthy because “he's been an advocate for Tennessee Williams since the 1960s. The collective impact of his work has changed Williams' reputation – especially for the one-acts. These productions successfully expand, for audiences and theater artists, the magnitude of Williams’ achievement, well beyond conventional cultural gate-keepers.”

Hall-Flavin adds that “Kahn’s direct personal connection to Williams in the ’60s and ’70s, combined with his 50-plus years of work to champion lesser-known plays by Williams, positions him beautifully to receive this award. His legacy as a Williams director and our work here at the Provincetown Festival are in perfect harmony.”

"I am eager to see the festival continue to grow,
and I look forward to seeing more discoveries made
by Williams-inspired artists around the world in coming years.”

- Michael Kahn

 

About Michael Kahn

Born in Brooklyn in 1937, Kahn has worked as Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) in Washington, D.C. since 1986. Concurrently, he was also the Richard Rodgers Director of the Drama Division at the Juilliard School in New York City from 1992 to 2006.

Kahn began his career Off-Off Broadway in 1964, directing experimental plays and other works that included Shakespeare. He became a staff member at Juilliard in 1968.

In addition to his extensive credits directed Shakespeare over the years, Kahn has a storied history of directing Williams plays. He directed the inaugural production of Camino Real at the new Robert S. Marx Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park in 1968.

His 1974 production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the American Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, CT transferred to Broadway in 1975 – a run that earned Elizabeth Ashley a Tony nomination for her portrayal of Maggie the Cat alongside Keir Dullea, Fred Gwyne, and Kate Reid.

In a 2013 essay for The New York Times, Jeb Brown reflected on his role, as a ten-year-old actor, in that production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and recalls the regular presence of “Tennessee himself” during that yearlong rehearsal process. “It’s almost hard to imagine today that he collaborated with us as a living playwright,” Brown wrote. “He assembled a new third act for our production, revised the play extensively and went on record again and again with his enthusiasm for Michael Kahn’s staging. And he reserved special, worshipful praise for Liz, whom he felt was giving audiences the Maggie he had always imagined.”

In the mid-1970s, Kahn directed a cast of Juilliard students (which included Robin Williams) in The Night of the Iguana, as well as a production of A Streetcar Named Desire at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ that featured actors Glenn Close as Stella and Shirley Knight as Blanche. In 1975 he produced a revised version of Kingdom of Earth at the McCarter, which was directed by Garland Wright.

Kahn directed The Glass Menagerie for the Chautauqua Theater Company in 1985, Ten by Tennessee off-Broadway for The Acting Company’s 1985-86 season, and Five by Tenn for The Acting Company’s 1987-88 and 1990-91 seasons.

In 2004, Kahn directed a new Five By Tenn that featured the world premieres of five one-acts plays, which he staged at the Manhattan Theatre Club and at STC in Washington, D.C. His successful staging of those one-acts, which were not offered for production or publication during Williams’ lifetime, provided much of the impetus for getting them published in what became Mister Paradise and Other One-Act Plays in 2005.

At the STC, Kahn’s Tennessee Williams directing credits also include productions of Sweet Bird of Youth in 1998 and Camino Real in 2000. He has also worked as the artistic director for several other companies, directing regional theater and opera and receiving numerous awards and honors.

On February 8, 2017, Kahn announced that he will resign as Artistic Director in July 2019.

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