Since 1971, the Annenberg Center has been host to innovative performing artists from around the world--and several of them return for Monday's celebration, which begins with a reception at 6 p.m. in the Center's Studio Lobby, with Bob Bush on the piano. At a 7 p.m. dinner in the main lobby, celebrities and honored guests will pay tribute to the Center's star-studded history.
A showcase performance in the Zellerbach Theatre at 8:15 p.m. features entertainers who have appeared on stage at the Annenberg Center over the past quarter of a century. Dancer/choreographer David Parsons performs an astounding signature dance piece, Caught. Jazz vocalist Sandra Reaves belts out jazz vocals from her one-woman show, Late Great Ladies of Blues & Jazz. Composer/musician Philip Glass will perform on the piano. Giovanni Zoppe of the Zoppe Circus Europa will perform gravity-defying acrobatics. Playwright Bruce Graham directs David Ingram in The Tablecloth of Turin, a short, hilarious monologue by Ron Carlson, originally produced by the Philadelphia Festival Theatre for New Plays. The Penn Glee Club will present a special tribute, and a multi-media retrospective of the Center's 25 years will cap the performance.
At the conclusion of the show, the audience will be invited onto the Zellerbach stage for dancing to the Rich Posmontier ensemble, or back to the main lobby where local band The Low Road will provide alternative sounds and rhythms. Champagne, desserts and coffee will be served, and dancing will continue until midnight.
With its three unique state-of-the-art theatres, the Center began 25 years ago to bring classic and contemporary theatre, dance, and music to audiences of all ages. Imported stars such as Jason Robards, Glenn Close, Morgan Freeman, Twyla Tharp and Alvin Ailey have performed there. The Philadelphia International Theater Festival for Children and Dance Affiliates, the exciting Dance Celebration series, are two acclaimed perennials.
The Center is also home to Penn's Theatre Arts program and many student performing groups. Philadelphia Festival Theatre for New Plays, and the Institute for Arts in Education.
A commemorative program book with archival photographs documenting the Center's 25-year history will be prepared for the Gala.
Tickets for the black-tie gala are $175-$225 per person for the entire evening, or $75 per person for the performance and the party. Support at higher levels will be acknowledged prominently, and patrons making a contribution of $1250 or more will have a seat in the Zellerbach named in their honor. Special student prices are available. With each valid PennCard, students may purchase two tickets for the entire evening at $75 each, or for the performance and party at $25 each. For more information call 898-4759.
Volume 42 Number 29
April 23, 1996
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