SEPTEMBER 21 - 24, 2017

2017 Annual Dinner Gala & Auction

Tennessee Williams Annual Dinner


Thank you to our sponsors, table champions, and ticket buyers for making the 2017 Annual Dinner our most successful yet! Because of all the generous donations made at the event to our silent and live auction, adopt-a-show program, and more, after expenses we are excited to announce that the event netted $38,718 to support the Festival!

Special thanks to Dana Delany for being our guest of honor and for inspiring us with her wit and talent, and to our co-chairs, Debbie Bowles and Jim Mauro, for their leadership.

Mark your calendars for next year's event: June 2, 2018 - be there!


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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the Tennessee Williams Annual Dinner

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


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

We were also thrilled to introduce you to the Tenn Award, which was 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 revealed 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 preceded a personal interview with our guest of honor.


Photo Album

Gabby Hanna, Marcy Feller, Dana Delany and Sallie Tighe at the 2017 Tennessee Williams Annual Dinner in Provincetown. Photo by Dan McKeon

Gabby Hanna, Board Member Marcy Feller, guest of honor Dana Delany, and auctioneer Sallie Tighe celebrating at the Tennessee Williams Annual Dinner in Provincetown on June 3, 2017.

All Photos by Dan McKeon.

Dana Delany with Festival Curator David Kaplan at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Annual Dinner. Photo by Dan McKeon 

Dana Delany with Festival Curator David Kaplan.

Dana Delany with Festival donor Gaby Kupfer. Photo by Dan McKeon

Dana Delany with Festival donor Gaby Kupfer.

Cortile Gallery owner Kerry Filiberto with artist A. Paul Filiberto, who donated a painting for the live auction at the Tennessee Williams Annual Dinner. Photo by Dan McKeon

Cortile Gallery owner Kerry Filiberto with artist A. Paul Filiberto, who donated a painting for the live auction.

Vicki Hicks, Dana Delany, Harriet Finkelstein, Michael Kelly, and Mark Berryhill at the Tennessee Williams Annual Dinner in Provincetown. Photo by Dan McKeon 

Vicki Hicks, Dana Delany, Harriet Finkelstein, Michael D Kelly, and Mark Berryhill enjoying the cocktail hour at the Annual Dinner

Bill Evaul, center, with Board President Patrick Falco (left) and guest at the Tennessee Williams Annual Dinner in Provincetown. Photo by Dan McKeon

Bill Evaul (center) who donated a painting of Tennessee Williams for the art auction, and a guest, with Board President Patrick Falco 

Jay Kubesch, Dana Delany, and Fermin Rojas at the Tennessee Williams Annual Dinner in Provincetown. Photo by Dan McKeon

A stylish trio of Dana Delany with Jay Kubesch (left) and Fermin Rojas who donated a fantastic fundraising brunch at their Provincetown Home for Ms. Delany.

Festival Director Jef Hall-Flavin announces the TENN Award to Michael Kahn at the Tennessee Williams Annual Dinner. Photo by Dan McKeon

Executive Director Jef Hall-Flavin announces the TENN Award, given to Michael Kahn.

Gala co-Chair Jim Mauro with David Datz at the Tennessee Williams Annual Dinner. Photo by Dan McKeon

Gala co-Chair Jim Mauro with David Datz.

Festival Sponsor Terry McCumber of the Boatslip Board Member Jon Hansen, Jodi Hansen, and Festival Producing Director Charlene Donaghy at the Tennessee Williams Annual Dinner. Photo by Dan McKeon

Festival Sponsor Terry McCumber of the Boatslip, Board Member Jon Hansen, Jodi Hansen, and Festival Producing Director Charlene Donaghy. 

Festival donors Doug Dolezal, Greg Welch, Robert Buck, Nick Clayton and guests at the Tennessee Williams Annual Dinner. Photo by Dan McKeon

Festival donors Doug Dolezal, Greg Welch, Robert Buck, Nick Clayton and guests.


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.

Auction Items

Live Auction, Saturday June 3, 8:15 - Provincetown Town Hall

John Dowd

Summer Night, Beach Point. 2017
Oil on Linen, 48x48
Gallery Price: $12,000 - $15,000

John Dowd has been called the "poet painter of Provincetown." His nostalgic images are rigorously composed to capture the subtleties of light, creating a delicate and emotional experience for the viewer. Unsurpassed in popularity, his work is available at the William Scott Gallery


A Paul Filiberto - Red Poppies, Contemporary Oil on Canvas 40x30 framed - courtesy of Cortile Gallery Provincetown

A. Paul Filiberto

Red Poppies, Contemporary. 2016
Oil on Canvas, 40x30 framed
Gallery Price: $3600

A. Paul, a full-time resident of Provincetown, largely self-taught, has studied and painted with several Provincetown master artists, including Joan Perreira, Rob Longley, and Anne Packard. Exhibited in New York, Canada and on the Cape, his works are among permanent collections worldwide. Available exclusively through Cortile Gallery.


Bill Evaul - Tennessee Williams and Women. Woodcut, ink on paper 36x24 

Bill Evaul

The Bird and the Bard. 2017
Oil on Canvas, 20x16
Gallery Price: $3600

Bill Evaul is a master of the Provincetown white-line woodcut. Visit the Bill Evaul Studio here in Provincetown to see the remarkable range of his work, and how painstakingly it's made. In addition to woodcut prints, he makes works on canvas, paper, watercolor, monoprints, and drawings. Bill has been a Cape artist since 1970 and a featured artist of the Tennessee Williams Festival. 


Dana Delany will appear at the Tennessee Williams Annual Dinner in Provincetown

Brunch with Dana Delany

Sunday June 4, 11:30 - 1:30 pm
At the home of Fermin Rojas & Jay Kubesch
Value: Priceless

Bid on an exclusive meal with the Emmy Award-winning actor Dana Delany. Just eight lucky winners will be able to chat with Dana about her life and career over mimosas in a gorgeous Provincetown home. From her leading roles in China Beach and Desperate Housewives, to her recent stage appearance at A.R.T. in Boston, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to really get to know a Hollywood star.


Silent Auction Items

John M Williams - William Shakespeare, Collage on paper. 16x20 framed. 

John M. Williams

William Shakespeare
Paper Collage, 16x20 framed
Gallery Price: $800

John M. Williams specializes in creating landscape and portrait collages of historical figures. In effect “painting with paper,” John uses hundreds of small pieces of cut paper to create a likeness of his subject revealing the person’s character as well as his historical significance. The results are compelling, multifaceted fine art collages.

As an autistic adult, John sees his work as a metaphor for his daily life. “The world is for me a chaotic place. Thoughts and images swirl around endlessly in my head, making it hard to stay calm and focused. Art helps me live with autism by channeling my energy into creating new visions. I make order out of chaos by organizing many disparate elements into a unified and coherent image." Visit his website for more information.


Yousuf Karsh. Tennessee Williams. Photograph on paper. 20x16 framed

Yousuf Karsh

Tennessee Williams, 1956
Photograph on Paper. 20x16 framed
Gallery Price: $300
Courtesy of Harriet Finkelstein

Yousuf Karsh’s (1908-2002) extraordinary and unique body of work presents the viewer with an intimate and compassionate view of humanity. During his career he held 15,312 sittings, produced over 150,000 negatives, and left an indelible artistic and historic record of the men and women who shaped the twentieth century.



A colorful array of appetizers at the Tennessee Williams Annual Dinner. Photo by Josh Andrus

 Hors D’oeuvres

Farmer's Market Boards:
Crudite, Pickles & Dips, Cured Meats, New England Cheeses & Breads


Kettle of Classic New England Clam Chowder
with Homemade Oyster Crackers
Chilled Chickpea Soup with Lemon & Cumin (vegan)


Main Course 

Inside-out Canteen Roll on Brioche
with Vinaigrette Potatoes and
Summer Beans with Cherry Tomato & Tarragon

Your choice of...
Freshly Shucked Provincetown Lobster (served warm)
Green Goddess Chicken Salad
Ratatouille and Pesto (vegan)



Summer Lemon Meringue Cake, Served Family Style
Stumptown Coffee


Wines by Fleur du Cap



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


Sponsored by

Fleur du Cap Wines South Africa

 The Canteen Provincetown

Cortile Gallery Provincetown

Peak Event Services

Perrys Wine and Liquor Provincetown


Sponsorships Still Available for This Event!


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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.



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