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Theatre for a New Audience

Gala Honors Abraham With Scripps Award

Theatre for a New AudienceF. Murray Abraham will be honored this year at the Theatre for a New Audience's annual Spring Gala Monday, May 5, celebrating the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth.

The program will take place at Capitale, 130 Bowery, in New York City. Theatre for a New Audience's elegant and entertaining annual Gala is attended by more than 300 of New York's leading arts patrons and has been hosted by eminent theater artists including Bill Camp, Alfred Molina, and Maggie Siff. The Gala includes a cocktail reception, seated dinner, entertainment, and silent and live auctions.

Abraham will receive the Samuel H. Scripps Award for Extraordinary Commitment to Promoting the Power of Language in Classical and Contemporary Theatre, the 10th annual presentation of the award. The Academy-Award-winning actor played Shylock in the Theatre for a New Audience's 2007 production of The Merchant of Venice, which was revived in 2011 for a tour. Past Scripps Honorees are John Turturro (2013), Michael Boyd (2012), Robert Woodruff (2011), Julie Taymor (2010), Elliot Goldenthal (2010), Mark Rylance (2009), Wallace Shawn (2008), Cicely Berry (2007), Tony Kushner (2006), and Robert Neff Williams (2005).

For Gala ticket information, contact Karen Hershey, 212-343-1920,

February 18, 2014

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