celebrate our 30th Anniversary at the Annual Gala

Presentation of the 2018 Burbage award for achievement in expanding the love of Shakespeare and the Robin Goodfellow award for extraordinary service to the American Shakespeare Center.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

6:00pm Arrivals at the Blackfriars Playhouse

6:30pm Performance

8:00pm Dinner & Dancing at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel

Also included with your gala ticket:
  • Saturday, September 22, 1:00pm – Welcome Toast at the Playhouse
  • Sunday, September 23, 9:30am – Breakfast & Discussion with Ethan McSweeny and Ty Jones at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel
Ticket Information

Single Ticket: $275

Table Sponsorship: $2,750 (includes seating for eight guests and two ASC Artists)

Dress Code: Cocktail

Robin Goodfellow Award: The Citizens of Staunton

In 1998 a small band of forward-thinking citizens invited the (touring) Shenandoah Shakespeare Express to settle in Staunton. Three years later, the Blackfriars Playhouse opened in the heart of downtown. Through their patronage at the theatre; their generous financial support; their work to create city-wide hospitality; one by one, person by person, the Citizens of Staunton have welcomed ASC into the rich landscape of the Queen City. We honor you for giving us our home. Award to be accepted by Mayor Carolyn Dull.

Burbage Award: Ty Jones, Classical Theatre of Harlem

Bolstered by artistic vision, a sense of civic duty, and strong business acumen, Ty Jones created a new Shakespeare tradition for Harlem. For the past six years, Uptown Shakespeare in the Park has welcomed growing crowds topping 15,000 to Marcus Garvey Park for free, world-class productions of classic plays as seen through the lens of the African American diaspora. Each production is linked with an education program where local teens create and perform their own version of the play on the mainstage. In addition to serving as the Classical Theatre of Harlem’s producing artistic director, Ty is an award-winning actor, playwright, and screenwriter with credits off and on Broadway and in television and film.

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