SEPTEMBER 26 - 29, 2019

2019 Performance Gala

Performance Gala with Kathleen Turner

Thank you for joining us at the Performance Gala, our annual fundraising dinner at Town Hall in Provincetown!

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The evening featured cocktails, dinner, music by Jim Brosseau, performances by Daniel Irizarry and Charlie Munn, and an onstage conversation with our guest of honor:
Golden Globe Winner and Tony and Academy Award nominee Kathleen Turner.


This event was held on June 1, 2019

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Catered multi-course dinner by Around Town Events

Performances by Daniel Irizarry and Charlie Munn

On-stage discussion with Kathleen Turner of her life and career

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2019 Performance Gala with Kathleen Turner

Town Hall, Provincetown | June 1, 2019 | Photos by Dan McKeon

Photo by Dan McKeon


Photo by Dan McKeon


Photo by Dan McKeon


Photo by Dan McKeon


Photo by Dan McKeon


Photo by Dan McKeon


Photo by Dan McKeon


Photo by Dan McKeon


Photo by Dan McKeon


Photo by Dan McKeon


Photo by Dan McKeon


Photo by Dan McKeon


Photo by Dan McKeon


Photo by Dan McKeon

About Kathleen Turner

“The roles from mature women onstage are a thousand times better than anything written in film.
The screen roles are usually stereotypes: the evil mother, the bitter spinster. Whereas in theater
there's Martha or Mother Courage -- I could name many characters I'd love to do.
That's why, knowing where my career could grow as I got less desireable for the camera,
I focused on theater.”

- Kathleen Turner, interview in Vulture, August 2018


A Broadway veteran, bona fide film star, and accomplished acting teacher, Kathleen Turner has been nominated twice for the Tony Award, for her performance as Maggie in the 1990 revival of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and as Martha in the 2005 revival of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Beloved for her roles in classic films like Body Heat, The Man with Two Brains, The War of the Roses, The Virgin Suicides, and Peggy Sue Got Married – for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress – Turner has always excelled in carving fresh and memorable lines between comedy and drama, from her über-sultry turn as Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit to her gleeful life of suburban crime in John Waters’ Serial Mom.

Twice a winner at the Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress for her roles in Romancing the Stone and Prizzi’s Honor, Turner has been nominated three other times for a Golden Globe, and received an Academy Award nomination in 1986 for her performance in Peggy Sue Got Married.

Turner has a storied career on television, including appearances on Friends, Californication, King of the Hill, Law & Order, Nip/Tuck, and The Simpsons. She has taught acting classes at New York University, serves on the boards of Planned Parenthood, People for the American Way, and Citymeals on Wheels, and is an honorary board member for the International Human Rights Arts Festival in New York City.

Turner has taken two productions from Broadway to London’s West End: Terry Johnson’s The Graduate in 2000 (in the role of Mrs. Robinson) and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 2006. In 2014, she starred opposite Ian McDiarmid in Stephen Sachs' Bakersfield Mist at the Duchess Theatre in London.

Following her 2011-2012 run in the Broadway production of Matthew Lombardo’s High, Turner has appeared on stage in regional theaters around the country, including as the title character in Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins at the Philadelphia Theatre Company, the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, and the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. At Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., she starred in Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and her Children and in Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking.

Most recently, Turner has developed her first cabaret performance, Finding My Voice, which debuted in Philadelphia in 2017, and which then ran in London at The Other Palace Theatre and toured the United Kingdom. This February, she performed in the Donizetti opera La Fille du Régiment at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

Turner is the co-author of the 2018 book Kathleen Turner on Acting: Conversations About Film, Television, and Theater (with Dustin Morrow) as well as the 2008 memoir Send Yourself Roses: Thoughts on My Life, Love, and Leading Roles (a collaboration with Gloria Feldt).

In Kathleen Turner on Acting, Turner recalls of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: “Once we got past the battle to allow us to do the original play, the original third act, then that opened up a lot of doors, in terms of exploring humor in the play. I cannot help but look for the humor in everything. I think that it is the best part of life, finding ways to laugh at it.”

About Daniel Irizarry

The 2019 Gala will feature a preview performance by Daniel Irizarry and Charlie Munn of a world-premiere comedy by Yukio Mishima.
The connections between Mishima and Williams make for a “rich field to dive into,” says Irizarry, a New York City-based performer and educator.
In September, Irizarry will direct and perform in the full production of this Mishima comedy, which will be announced on the night of the Gala. This will be his first time with the Festival.

Irizarry is the artistic director of One-Eighth Theater, which has been in residency twice at the experimental theater company Mabou Mines in New York, and which has taken shows and workshops to Japan, the United Kingdom, Poland, Lithuania, Germany, Turkey, Romania, Korea, Cuba, and Puerto Rico.

Irizarry has a strong background in commedia dell’arte, slapstick, and physical performance. He holds degrees from the University of Puerto Rico and from Columbia University, where he was the first Puerto Rican accepted into the MFA Acting Program. His newest production, Numbness: Chapter 2 with Laura Butler Rivera -- called "a quick firing collage [of] contagious insanity by StageBiz" -- is currently running through May 18 at the New Ohio Theatre in New York City's West Village.

About Jim Brosseau

JIM BROSSEAU, Writer/Pianist/Composer

Award-winning journalist Jim Brosseau has played piano at events and clubs in New York, Washington, DC, and Provincetown, MA, where he was honored for a volunteer music program for senior citizens.

In addition to his show on the nation’s gun obsession, “Locked and Loaded (An American Musical),” Brosseau is the book writer and composer of “Delicate Lessons,” a coming-of-middle-age work.

The editor of a popular anthology on civility and veteran of such magazines as Town & Country and Condé Nast Traveler—where he shared in a National Magazine Award—Brosseau has written for numerous publications, including GQ and ForbesLife.





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

Cocktail Hour

Fruit and Cheese Board
Brie and Raspberries in Filo
Stuffed Mushrooms (vegan)
Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops


Main Course 

Braised Chicken Leg in Lemon Sauce (gluten-free)
Whole chicken leg hand-seasoned with kosher salt, black pepper and lemon peel, oven-seared and finished with a hint of lemon puree and lemon peel

Roasted Cod Piccata
In white wine, capers, butter, and lemon

Roasted Bell Peppers Stuffed with Vegetarian Chili and Rice (vegetarian; gluten-free)
Bell pepper layered with rice and spicy vegetarian chili with vegetables, peppers, and beans, topped with melted cheese



Traditional Tossed Salad
Mixed baby greens, tomato, red onion, cucumber, carrot, and croutons, dressed with house Italian



Petits Fours
Dessert Mousse: Double Chocolate Duo, Creme Caramel, Cappucino Chocolate, Raspberry Lemon
with coffee and tea service


Catering by Around Town Events and Catering
Provincetown, Massachusetts

Gala Committee:
Jim Mauro, Chair
Deborah Bowles
Albert Carey Jr.
Charlene A. Donaghy
Jeff Peters


Sponsored by

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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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