Celebrates 25th Anniversary with
ONE BIG BALL!
Valentine’s Day 2011
On Monday, February 14, 2011 – Valentine’s Day – Naked Angels will celebrate its 25th Anniversary as one of the most innovative theatre companies in New York with a spectacular Gala at Roseland Ballroom (239 West 52nd Street). Naked Angels company members Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are Honorary Co-Chairs for the event. Conceived as an imagined history of Naked Angels – and promising to be bigger than all of the company’s previous parties put together – One Big Ball will be a frivolous and inauthentic romp through Naked Angels’ 25 years, written and performed by Naked Angels members, with many friends and surprise guests. Naked Angels company member and Tony Award-winner Joe Mantello directs the evening.
About February’s event, Sarah Jessica Parker said, “Matthew and I are thrilled to be a part of the Valentine’s festivities. Naked Angels has always meant a great deal to me and my family, and I look forward to celebrating this incredible 25 year milestone.”
February’s celebratory event will bring the company and guests back to the beginning. The year was 1986. Reagan was president, Top Gun was raking it in at the box office, and the Beastie Boys ruled the airwaves. And there, in the midst of it all, on a hot summer’s night, at a dive bar in Hell’s Kitchen, a group of young artists were sharing a drink (or two) and dreaming of a place—a creative haven—where they could develop provocative and groundbreaking new work… and throw some kick-ass parties, too. And by the end of the night, as the place was emptying out and last call had been given, Naked Angels was born.
One Big Ball kicks off with a VIP cocktail reception at 6PM, followed by dinner and performances at 7:30PM. Proceeds from the event will help fund Naked Angels’ ongoing new play development.
Participating artists scheduled to appear:
Jace Alexander*, Taro Alexander*, Jon Robin Baitz*, Craig Bierko, Patrick Breen*, Nicole Burdette*, Bobby Cannavale, Kathleen Dennehy*, Paul S. Eckstein*, Ned Eisenberg*, Beth Emelson*, Noah Emmerich, James Gandolfini, Gina Gershon*, Brett Goldstein*, Paul Gruen*, Evan Handler, Mariska Hargitay, Instant Girl, Richard Kind, Christie Wagner Lee*, John Leguizamo, Warren Leight*, Ilana Levine*, Kenneth Lonergan*, Brian MacDevitt*, Bruce MacVittie*, Julianna Margulies, Jodie Markell*, Jesse L. Martin, Michael Mastro*, Michele Mayas*, Jean Marie McKee*, Jack Merrill*, Lisa Beth Miller*, Rob Morrow*, Geoffrey Nauffts*, Joe Pantoliano, Pippin Parker*, Timothy Britten Parker*, Frank Pugliese*, Tim Ransom*, Theresa Rebeck*, Ron Rifkin*, John Slattery, Fisher Stevens*, Ben Stiller, Billy Strong*, Christine Taylor, Lili Taylor*, Marisa Tomei*, Nancy Travis*, Steven Weber, Bradley White*, Gareth Williams*, Kelly Wolf*, George Xenos*, Missy Yager*, Andy Yerkes and MORE.
* Denotes Naked Angels Company Member
Individual tickets for One Big Ball, including dinner and the show, are available for $500. Individual tickets for dinner and the show plus admission to the VIP cocktail reception are available for $1,000. Tables of ten are available for $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000. For more information on purchasing tickets visit www.nakedangels.com/join/gala25/ or call (212) 343-7394.
ABOUT NAKED ANGELS
SINCE 1986, NAKED ANGELS has been committed to strengthening a community of artists through the development and production of provocative new work. The company has played a role in developing critically acclaimed new plays including The Substance of Fire, Side Man, Tape, Fault Lines and most recently the Tony Award-nominated Next Fall. From New York to LA, they inspire artists to generate fresh voices and create new work through their popular Tuesdays@9 (cold readings of plays, screenplays, stories and music in early development), 1st Mondays (public readings of new plays), and Angels in Progress (weeklong workshops). Their newest venture, Naked Radio, brings the work of talented new writers from the stage to the digital airwaves through weekly blogs and podcasts.
NAKED ANGELS celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year as one of the most innovative theatre companies in New York with a full season of exciting new work spanning the 2011 calendar year.
In addition to the company’s 25th Anniversary Gala on February 14, 2011 at Roseland Ballroom, the season will include three new productions:
NAKED FOOTPRINTS: AN ISSUES PROJECT
NAKED ANGELS’ signature fast-paced, raucous and irreverent festival of original material exploring urgent issues of the day
March 24 – April 2, 2011
A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE
World Premiere of a new play commissioned by NAKED ANGELS
Written by BEKAH BRUNSTETTER
Directed by founding company member PIPPIN PARKER
at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre
June 14 – July 24, 2011
World Premiere of a new play by ZAYD DOHRN
at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre
2011 marks the first year in which NAKED ANGELS will offer a full three-show season, as well as the first time the company will offer a season membership package. Advance tickets, including priority seating and discounts, are available exclusively to members. Membership levels, benefits and pricing are available at NakedAngels.com/Season25.
As previously announced, Andy Donald, current Associate Artistic Director of NAKED ANGELS, will assume the role of Artistic Director of the company in July 2011, succeeding current Artistic Director Geoffrey Nauffts. Nauffts, a Tony-nominated Naked Angels company member, will retain his status as a company member, take a new role on the Naked Angels Board, and continue to work with the company as a playwright and director.
Naked Angels is led by Geoffrey Nauffts (Artistic Director), John E. Alexander (Managing Director) and Andy Donald (Associate Artistic Director).
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