Wednesday, February 12, 2014

PlayGround Announces 2014 Gala Honorees!

PlayGround has just announced the line-up for this year’s Gala fundraiser on Monday, April 7 at American Conservatory Theater: award-winning actor/director/playwright Colman Domingo and San Francisco Chronicle theatre critic Rob Hurwitt. The evening features an onstage conversation with Domingo and Hurwitt, a reception and silent auction, seated dinner, and presentation of the 2014 PlayGround Emerging Playwright Awards, June Anne Baker Prize and PlayGround Fellowship. Honorary co-chairs for this year’s gala are Jean and Michael Strunsky. For tickets and information, visit

Colman was most recently featured in the Bay Area with his play, Wild with Happy, which received its critically-acclaimed West Coast premiere at TheatreWorks last spring following its world premiere at New York’s Public Theater. He was a mainstay of the Bay Area acting and directing scene for more than a decade, including work with PlayGround, before heading to New York in the early 2000s. His solo play A Boy and His Soul received its London premiere at the Tricycle Theater and Australian premiere at The Brisbane Powerhouse Theater. He is a Tony Award nominee for The Scottsboro Boys, which he took to London this past fall. He recently received stand out notices for Lincoln opposite Daniel Day Lewis and Lee Daniel’s The Butler. 

Mr. Domingo has been honored with some of the highest honors of the American stage as the winner of  OBIE, Lucille Lortel, GLAAD, Connecticut Critics Circle, Bay Area Theater Critics Circle, and Drama League Awards. Broadway credits include the Tony Award winning musicals Passing Strange and Chicago. He has been nominated for the Drama Desk, Audelco and Fred Astaire Awards. Recent film work includes All is Bright, Newlyweeds, and Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer and Passing Strange. He has recently directed Off Broadway premieres of Exit Cuckoo (Working Theater), No Parole (All for One), Single Black Female (New Professional Theater), and Up Jumped Springtime (Lincoln Center Director’s Lab/HERE). Regionally for Berkeley Rep, Geva Theater, Theater Rhinoceros, The Complex, Inquiline Theater Company and Intersection for the Arts.

Gala host committee members include past honorees Amy Freed, Philip Kan Gotanda, Jonathan Moscone, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Bruce Norris, Lynn Nottage, Carey Perloff, and Octavio Solis. The honorary committee includes Daniel E. Cohn & Lynn Brinton, Delia Ehrlich, composer John Kander, Fred Levin & Nancy Livingston, Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock, Tony Award-winning playwright/musician Stew, Broadway director Susan Stroman, and actor Sharon Washington.

All proceeds benefit PlayGround and its award-winning new play incubator programs. Since 1994, PlayGround has nurtured nearly 200 Bay Area playwrights, supporting the development of over 650 original short plays and 50 new full-length plays. PlayGround alumni have gone on to win local, national and international honors for their short and full-length work, including recognition at the Humana Festival, Sundance Festival, DC’s Source Festival, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Aurora Theatre's Global Age Project, Internationalists Playwriting Prize, and New York International Fringe Festival, among others.; this event serves to recognize and support the ongoing efforts of these theatre artists. 

Event:             2014 PlayGround Benefit & Awards Night with Colman Domingo and Rob Hurwitt 
Date/Time:     Monday, April 7, 2014 
Location:        American Conservatory Theater, 415 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 
Tickets:           Host Table of 10 - $10,000
                       Premium* Table of 10 - $5,000
                       Benefit Table of 10 - $3,000
                       Premium* Individual Ticket - $500
                       Benefit Individual Ticket - $300 

* Premium tables and premium individual tickets include priority seating nearest our guests-of-honor and listing as part of the benefit honorary committee.

For more information, call (415) 992-6677, or visit


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