Theater for the New City Hosts Star-Studded Benefit Honoring Mario Fratti

Mario Fratti & Liliane Montivecchi

Mario Fratti & Liliane Montevecchi

By John Weatherford

Theater for the New City hosted Love N’ Courage, a benefit for the theater’s emerging playwrights program. Held at the National Arts Club, the event honored Mario Fratti with the theater’s Distinguished Achievement Award.  The gala evening began with a cocktail hour followed by dinner and a star filled show.  Among the luminaries performing were Liliane Montevecchi, F. Murray Abraham, Anna Bergman, Inma Heredia, Phoebe Legere, David Lewis and KT Sullivan.

The equally star-studded audience was presented a new short play by the evening’s honoree, Mario Fratti.  The play, Poets, was performed by Ian Campbell Dunn and Giulia Bisinella.  Other highlights of the evening included The Yip Harburg Foundation Rainbow Troupe providing songs from the 75th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz.  One of the special presentations of the group was a solo by Yip Harburg’s grandson, Ben Harburg.

Betsy von Furstenberg, Patrick Monahan, Tammy Grimes, Crystal Field

Betsy von Furstenberg, Patrick Monahan, Tammy Grimes, Crystal Field

David Sloane & The Rachel Klein Theater Ensemble

David Sloane & The Rachel Klein Theater Ensemble

 

TNC also presented material from their Street Theater Company’s The Ocean Sings, an excerpt from the play Playing Sinatra with Austin Pendleton and Katharine Cullison and a clever and entertaining dance segment by The Rachel Klein Theater Ensemble.  Crystal Field, executive artistic director and founder of TNC, shared with the enthusiastic audience her appreciation for the support of New York City council member, Rosie Mendez, Betsy von Furstenberg and the many other guests who have contributed to the growth and development of TNC over the years.

 www.theaterforthenewcity.net

*Photos/Video: Russ Weatherford

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