2017 HCA 10th Anniversary Gala
Announcing the performances of the Harman Center for the Arts 10th Anniversary Gala:
A Tribute to D.C. Arts and Great Women of the Classics
Ms. Benton recently starred as Natasha in the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812 alongside Josh Groban. She was nominated in her title role for Best Actress in a Musical in 2017. Her performance earned her another nomination at the Drama Desk Awards, as well as her place as the honoree at the Theatre World Awards. Prior to its move to Broadway, Ms. Benton played the same role at the ART. Previously, she toured in the U.S. and West End productions of The Book of Mormon as Nabulungi.
STC audiences will remember Ms. Sherrill as the leading title role from our 2015-16 production of Kiss Me, Kate. Although she is a New York-based actress, Ms. Sherrill has previously tackled roles across the country including Elise in The First Wives Club in its pre-Broadway run at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre and Donna in Mamma Mia! at Mamma Mia! Las Vegas. She received the 2013 Joseph Jefferson Award for her portrayal of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard at the Drury Lane Theatre.
Mr. Ngaujah originated the title role of the acclaimed musical Fela! on its journey from off-Broadway to Broadway to London and even to Nigeria. The Original Broadway Cast recording was nominated for a Grammy Award. Mr. Ngaujah’s career spans across television, film and the stage. He even recently lent his voice to a video-game character in Overwatch.
Ms. Benton, Ms. Sherrill and Mr. Ngaujah will be joined by several other artists for an evening of multidisciplinary, world-class performances, including:
- Batalá Washington
- Soledad Barrio & Noche Flemenca
- Ana María Martínez
- Gregory Wooddell and Students from STC’s Education programs
- Christylez Bacon and Katie Chambers
- PostClassical Ensemble
Laura Linney, William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre
The Will Award will be presented to Laura Linney for contributions to classical theatre in America. A student of Michael Kahn’s at Juilliard, Laura has a long and illustrious career of artistic achievement. She recently was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for the Manhattan Theatre Club’s hit spring revival of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes, in which she alternated with Cynthia Nixon in the lead roles of Regina Hubbard Giddens and Birdie Hubbard. Other notable classical theatre credits include Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Uncle Vanya, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and The Seagull. She won Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for her performances as Abigail Adams in the HBO miniseries John Adams and as Cathy Jamison in Showtime’s The Big C. For her critically acclaimed performances across theatre, film and television, Laura has been nominated for four Tony Awards, three Academy Awards, a BAFTA Award and five Golden Globe Awards and won a SAG Award, National Board of Review Award, two Golden Globes and four Emmy Awards. She holds two honorary Doctorates from her alma maters, Brown University and The Juilliard School.
Councilmember Jack Evans, Dr. Natwar Gandhi, and the Honorable Anthony Williams, Sidney Harman Award for Philanthropy in the Arts
The Honorable Anthony Williams, Councilmember Jack Evans and Dr. Natwar Gandhi will be awarded the Sidney Harman Award for Philanthropy in the Arts. The Harman Center for the Arts was made possible in part by a large grant from the District of Columbia, that was given when the Harman Center was in the beginning stages of development. . Without the support of then-Mayor Anthony Williams, Councilmember Jack Evans, and then-CFO for the District Dr. Natwar Gandhi, this home for multidisciplinary arts performances, that the community has enjoyed and embraced for the past decade, would not exist.. Their leadership and philanthropic dedication to the arts in the Washington region has been crucial in allowing STC and the other organizations that perform at the Harman Center for the Arts to strive year after year to reach its full potential. The District Shakespeare Student Matinee program was created in response to the District of Columbia’s generous contribution. Launched in 2011, District Shakespeare aims to provide 100% of D.C.’s public and public charter high school students with the opportunity to see a classic play before they graduate. Each year, STC invites an entire grade from each school to come to the theatre with transportation, an in-class workshop with an STC teaching artist before they see the play, a curriculum guide created by our Education department, a professional development workshop for teachers, and a post-show discussion with the cast included, all free of charge. Proceeds from the gala directly support the continuation of this program.
Tickets & Sponsorship
For more information, contact Amanda Herman, Director of Special Events, at HCAGala@ShakespeareTheatre.org, or 202-547-3230 ext. 2330.
About the Annual Gala
Since its inception in 2006, the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s annual event has been hailed by Washington Life Magazine as the “most buzzed-about gala” and provides indispensable funds for the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s education and outreach programs, including the annual Free For All. Thanks to the generosity of our gala attendees, the Free For All brings two weeks of free Shakespeare to D.C.-area residents each year. Since Michael Kahn founded the event in 1991, more than 660,000 people—many of whom might not otherwise possess the means to see a full-scale theatrical production—have enjoyed some of STC’s most acclaimed productions completely free of charge through the Free For All.