photos by: Shauna Alexander and Jeff Martin
brief words by: Svetlana
Shakespeare Theatre Company held their annual performance and gala this Sunday. The event was themed Gala Shakespearissimo and featured performances from Shakespeare’s Italy set plays, as well as performances from ballets, operas and other stagings inspired by those plays. The slightly-rained on crowd enjoyed and evening’s worth of aaaahs and oooohs presided over by René Auberjonois (who starred in STC’s “Imaginary Invalid last year). Performers included the inimitable miss Paloma Herrera, The Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble performing a very special rendition of “I feel pretty”, Rebecca Luker, F. Murray Abraham doing a very ominous Merchant of Venice and Frederica von Stade, on her farewell tour.
The performance part of the evening concluded with the lovely Anette Bening being awarded the William Shakespeare award for Classical Theatre and then the crowd dispersed into two separate directions:
-the Gala After Hours for patrons under 40 was held on site at the Harman Hall and featured all the BYT photographer regulars (it’s a circuit, you know) in their Sunday night best, Will Eastman presiding over the dance floor and an open alcohol/gelato bar (a little something for everyone). And-if you had a good time here- we highly recommend you check out STC’s “Under 35” programs and discounts for future bonding over theatre opportunities (these photos are by Shauna)
-and the adults ventured over to the National Building Museum for a decidedly fancier fundraising gala (which Jeff Martin stealthily covered for us)
Photos by Shauna: