SEPTEMBER 27 - 30, 2018

2018 Annual Dinner Gala & Auction featuring Amanda Plummer

Tennessee Williams Annual Dinner

An evening of Wine & Roses, featuring Amanda Plummer. Dinner guests heard the exciting 2018 Festival program, Wishful Thinking, at our annual gala fundraising dinner, our biggest event of the spring season!

Guests met award-winning actor Amanda Plummer, this year's TENN Award recipient in an intimate post-dinner interview.


Silent Auction included private summer cocktail parties with Michael Cunningham and Tony Kushner

Live Auction included pieces by Jo Hay, KJ Shows, John Dowd, Marian Roth, and a private dinner at Strangers & Saints.

Performances

This event took place on Saturday June 2

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Wine & Roses

Featuring Amanda Plummer
TENN Award Recipient

On Saturday June 2nd, the Festival welcomed Tony and Emmy Award winning actor Amanda Plummer as guest of honor at our annual gala, where we announceed the 2018 program of plays.

We were also thrilled to present Ms. Plummer with the second annual TENN Award, which 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 2018 Festival productions, including a mini "sneak preview" performance of The Rose Tattoo by Irene Glezos

During the multi-course dinner by Cosmos Catering a brief auction of Provincetown art and other exciting items preceded a personal interview with Amanda Plummer.

 

About Amanda Plummer

“What I got from Tennessee himself, and from a few other people that were really close to him,
is that no one could laugh at absurdity, at tragedy, like he could.
And it’s in his writing — the lightness, that light touch,
humor in the darkest places.”

- Amanda Plummer in The New York Times

 

For decades, Amanda Plummer has given life to the work of Tennessee Williams. She played Laura Wingfield in a Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie in 1983, one year after her star performance as Agnes in the Broadway run of John Pielmeier’s Agnes of God (which earned her a Tony Award at age 24).

Over the years, she has shown a commitment to bringing lesser-known Williams plays to light, which has led to roles in productions of The Gnädiges Fräulein, Summer and Smoke, The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore, The Two-Character Play, and the world premiere of The One Exception.

Last year, Plummer played the sketch artist Hannah Jelkes in American Repertory Theater’s revival of The Night of the Iguana – a performance that Bob Verini of Variety described as “superb.” In his review, Verini wrote that “Plummer has always excelled in playing delusional creatures with a sense of the fantastic … that otherworldly quality [is] grounded by age and experience now. Plummer completely, believably embodies this self-described Nantucket spinster who takes the world as it comes with no little wit and an endless supply of charity.”

Plummer is also an accomplished television and film actor. Her screen credits include roles in Joe Versus the Volcano, The Fisher King, Pulp Fiction, The World According to Garp, and on The Outer Limits and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

She has portrayed a colorful range of characters over the years, garnering two Tony Award nominations in addition to her win, as well as a Theatre World award, two Drama Desk awards, two Outer Critics Circle awards, a Boston Critics Circle award, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, three Emmy awards, a Hollywood Drama Critics Award, a Saturn Award, and a Cable Ace Award. She has received nominations from BAFTA, the Chicago Film Critics Association, the American Comedy Awards, the Cable Ace Awards, and the Golden Globes.

“The thing about passion is that it makes you dream yourself into the play's world and then the work comes from that,” Plummer told the Los Angeles Times in 1988, a few months after turning 30. “Without the need to do a play, the work becomes harder, it becomes work. If you have passion for it, you're halfway there already when it comes to creating something. It's easy to dream yourself into the character and living among the people.”

Auction Items

John Dowd and David Kaplan at the Tennessee Williams Annual Dinner. Photo by Josh Andrus

We are pleased to present the following items for auction at the Tennessee Williams Annual Dinner.

The silent auction is only open to ticketed guests at the Annual Dinner.

The live auction is open to the public at 8:00pm. Absentee bids are accepted until noon on June 1, 2018. Email info@twptown.org for more information on how to place an absentee bid.

 

Silent Auction, Saturday June 3, 6:30 - 8:30pm

 

Tony Kushner courtesy of Barclay Agency

A Summer Salon with Tony Kushner
July 23, 2018
Truro, MA

Provincetown boasts some of the world's most politically relevant literary figures. Come spend an intimate evening over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in a lovely Truro home with award-winning playwright, essayist, screenwriter, and activist, Tony Kushner.

 

Michael Cunningham courtesy of Barclay Agency

A Summer Salon with Michael Cunningham
August 23, 2018
Provincetown, MA

Meet the Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Michael Cunningham in a friendly conversation over dinner and drinks in Provincetown's East End, where you can relax and do a deep dive into The Hours or A Home at the End of the World with the author himself.

 

Godwin Awador playing Ghanaian Djembe drums at the 2017 Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival. Photo by Ride Hamilton

Hand-made African Instruments

Own a piece of history! Bid on the Ghanaian drums and xylophone from last year's Ten Blocks on the Camino Real. These hand-carved drums from Accra were played by Godwin Awador on a five-city tour of the U.S., including Provincetown. These two djembe drums and the African balaphone with hand-carved mallets can be yours. Proceeds from the auction of these items will go to the artists from the National Theatre of Ghana and the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival.

 

 

Live Auction, Saturday June 3, 8:00pm


Jo Hay - Whiskey (2017) Oil on Canvas 24x30. Donated by Jo Hay Open Studio, Provincetown, MA

Jo Hay

Whiskey. 2017
Oil on Canvas, 24x30
Gallery Price: $3500 (Reserve: $2000)

Jo Hay is a contemporary British American portrait painter whose work focuses on acknowledging human courage characterized by those who dare to stand up and express who they are or what they believe. "The rabbit paintings, which I also consider portraits, are a place for me to find new ways of constructing a living figure without being concerned with facial likeness or gender." Inspired by the current political climate Hay is also developing a series of large-scale portraits of women who are making outstanding efforts with regard to human rights.

Donated by Jo Hay Gallery

 

Marian Roth. At the Wharf: Blue. Pinhole Cibachrome print. 14x4 signed by the artist. On auction at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Annual Dinner.

Marian Roth

At the Wharf: Blue
Archival Deluxe Cibachrome Direct Positive Print, 21x12 Framed
(Image created in a multiple aperture pinhole tube camera, signature in verso)
Gallery Price: $1000 

Marian Roth moved to Provincetown in 1982 to fulfill a dream of living and making art in a community of creative people. She has never thought of leaving. Well-known in the world of photography for her innovative camera obscura work, Marian has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pollock Krasner Fellowship, a fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and was honored with a lifetime award for artistic excellence by PAAM. She currently exhibits in Provincetown with AMP Gallery.

 

KJ Shows - Blue Jacks - Oil on Canvas 30x40. Courtesy of Jo Hay Open Studio, Provincetown, MA

KJ Shows

Blue Jacks
Oil on Canvas, 30x40
Gallery Price: $4000 (Reserve: $2500)

KJ Shows, a Texas-born Maine resident is a full-time artist that uses highly-skilled observation and meticulous attention to detail in her work. Because shoes are an extension of the human foot on its journey through life, KJ Shows believes that shoes have an ability to record and recall life’s memorable moments and sentiments. 

Donated by Jo Hay Gallery

 

John Dowd. Across Pilgrim Lake, oil on linen, 30x40. To be auctioned at the Tennessee Williams Annual Dinner

John Dowd

Across Pilgrim Lake
Oil on Linen, 30x40
Gallery Price: $8500

This large-scale landscape is a bit of a departure for John Dowd, whose iconic images of Cape houses and streetscapes have become synonymous with Provincetown realism. The Festival is pleased to offer this stunning rendering of the view from Pilgrim Lake in bright, expressionistic hues, where the low purple horizon line gives way to a brilliant orange sky.

John Dowd has been called the "poet painter of Provincetown." His 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

 

Private Chef’s Dinner for Six

Strangers & Saints, Provincetown
Value: $2300

Embark on a journey of Italian food and wine with Executive Chef and Sommelier Fred Latasa-Nicks from Strangers & Saints Restaurant in Provincetown. You and 5 of your guests will enjoy an intimate evening at Strangers & Saints to be scheduled in the Fall of 2018. Mr. Latasa will introduce and explain each course and wine pairing as you taste the delights of Italy. This will be an unforgettable evening for the lucky group who wins this item.

 

Adopt a Show at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival! Donate today.

Adopt-a-Show!

In our ever-popular Adopt-a-Show auction, you can make a bid to help underwrite a production! As an “Adopt-a-Show” supporter, you will have a chance to meet the cast of the show you’re backing during the Festival in September, as well having your name listed on the website as a contributor.

Menu

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

Appetizers

International Cheese & Fruit Platter
Marinated Olives
Spiced Nuts
Crostini & Crackers

Middle Eastern Feast
Butternut Squash & Tahini Spread
Burnt Eggplant with Garlic, Lemon & Pomegranate Seeds
Assorted Vegetables & Grilled Pita

 

Hors D’oeuvres

Swiss Chard & Walnut Boreks (Turkish Savory Phillo Turnovers) 
Assorted Deviled Eggs
Thai BBQ Salmon Kebabs
Iggy's Grilled Bruschetta with Naragansett Creamery Mozzarella,
Prosciutto, and Long Nook Farm Truro Honey
Spicy Korean Gochu-jang Beef Kebabs

 

Salad

Organic Greens & Seasonal Vegetables
Citrus Shallott Vinaigrette
Artisanal Baguette & Sweet Cream Butter

 

Main Course 

Panko & Almond Crusted Haddock with Clementine Beurre Blanc
Mashed Potatoes
Sauteéd Garlic Green Beans

or

Herb Marinated Chicken with Wild Mushroom Marsala Sauce
Israeli Couscous
Sauteéd Garlic Green Beans

or

Homemade Mushroom Ravioli (vegetarian)
Basil Butter, Oven Dried Tomatoes & Asiago
Seasonal Vegetable Bundles

 

Dessert

Buttermilk Shortcake with Fresh Strawberries
Strawberry Sauce & Whipped Cream
Wellfleet Coffee Roaster's Organic Free Trade Coffee
Assorted Teas

 

Catering by Cosmos Catering
Provincetown, Massachusetts

 

Wines by Fleur du Cap
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Chenin Blanc
Chardonnay
Cabernet Sauvignon

 

 

Photo Album

2017 Annual Dinner

Here's a look at last year's Annual Dinner with Dana Delany...

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.

 

Gala Committee
Jim Mauro, Chair
Deborah Bowles
Albert Carey Jr.

 

Sponsored by

 

Fleur du Cap wines. Stellenbosch South Africa

Cosmos Catering Provincetown

 

 

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

 

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