Kathleen Chalfant -- Photo by Mark Dye

(Photo Mark Dye)

Sam Rudy -- La Mama Gala -- Photo by Walter McBride

(Photo Walter McBride)










One of my personal favorite press agents, Sam Rudy (35 years a publicist and currently representing Hamilton), will be deservedly honored alongside Vineyard Theatre Board President, award winning actress Kathleen Chalfant.  The 2016 Gala Fundraiser will take place on Monday, March 14, 2016, beginning at 6:30pm, at Edison Ballroom (240 West 47th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue).

About Ms. Chalfant, Artistic Director Douglas Aibel says, “Kathleen Chalfant is one of those rare artists whose extraordinary gifts as an actress are matched by her remarkable humanity and service to the community. She has been a deeply cherished member of The Vineyard family, acting memorably in Vineyard productions through the years, and serving with great distinction on The Vineyard Board of Directors. We are indebted to her for her work as a passionate advocate for our company, and just as importantly, as a beloved friend. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to honor this very special person, who has contributed so mightily to the cultural and spiritual life of our city. We can’t wait to celebrate her accomplishments!”

About Mr. Rudy, Executive Producer Jennifer Garvey-Blackwell states, “Sam Rudy has been a vital part of Vineyard Theatre for 25 years. He is what we call a good old-fashioned press agent, a true gentleman of the theatre. Sam is respected in the New York theatre community because of his work and his smarts, but he is beloved because of his heart. We are delighted to toast our press agent and dear friend Sam for all of his contributions to The Vineyard and the theatre community at large at our annual Gala this year along with the wonderful Kathleen Chalfant.”

Kathleen Chalfant is Vineyard Theatre’s newly elected Board President and has entered her 20th year of Board service. She made her Vineyard premiere in the 1983 production of Brian Friel’s FAITH HEALER, later appearing in THE PARTY (based on three stories by Virginia Woolf and adapted by Ellen McLaughlin), Sybille Pearson’s TRUE HISTORY AND REAL ADVENTURES, and Jenny Schwartz’s SOMEWHERE FUN. In addition to the advocacy she has brought to this organization, The Vineyard honors Kathleen Chalfant for her contributions to the field and her generous philanthropy.


The Vineyard’s Gala event will include a cocktail hour and auction, dinner, and the performance. Tables are $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000, and individual tickets are $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000. Tickets can be purchased by emailing gala@vineyardtheatre.org or calling 212-353-3366, ext. 227  www.vineyardtheatre.org