The Wooster Group's spring benefit to be held April 2 at The Performing Garage
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 08:43 am EST 03/06/19

spring benefit to be held on April 2 at The Performing Garage

Hosted by Sam Gold
with Frances McDormand & Joel Coen,
Cindy Sherman, and Maura Tierney

Special performance by
Suzzy Roche, Lucy Wainwright Roche, and Loudon Wainwright III

The Wooster Group will hold a spring benefit on Tuesday, April 2 at the company’s home, The Performing Garage (33 Wooster Street). The event will be hosted by Sam Gold, with Frances McDormand and Joel Coen, Cindy Sherman, and Maura Tierney, and will feature a musical performance by Suzzy Roche, Lucy Wainwright Roche, and Loudon Wainwright III.

The evening kicks off with drinks at 6:30 PM, followed by an intimate dinner created by chef Alejandro Alcocer of L’Estudio, with wine donated by Thackery & Company Winemakers. Attendees will dine family-style alongside the hosts, benefit committee members, and the Wooster Group company including Elizabeth LeCompte, Kate Valk, Ari Fliakos, and Scott Shepherd. The evening will conclude with the musical performance.

The benefit brings together several artists who have worked closely with The Wooster Group in the last twenty years. Host Sam Gold, who won a Tony Award for directing Fun Home, was assistant director and dramaturg with The Wooster Group from 2003-2005. Gold is currently directing the Broadway production of King Lear starring Glenda Jackson.

Gold will be joined by three longtime Wooster Group artistic associates: Frances McDormand, Maura Tierney and Suzzy Roche. McDormand, an Academy, Emmy and Golden Globe awardee, has performed with the company in North Atlantic; To You, The Birdie! (Phèdre); and Early Shaker Spirituals: A Record Album Interpretation. Tierney, an Emmy awardee for The Affair, first worked with the Group in North Atlantic and now appears in its production The Town Hall Affair. Roche, a singer/songwriter and member of the Roche Sisters, has performed in the Group’s House/Lights, To You, The Birdie! (Phèdre), Cry, Trojans! (Troilus & Cressida), Early Shaker Spirituals: A Record Album Interpretation and A Pink Chair (In Place of a Fake Antique).

The Wooster Group’s benefit committee features Rita Ackermann, George Ahl, Yesim Ak, Nancy Barber and William Stone, Vivien Bittencourt and Vincent Katz, Winsome Brown and Claude Arpels, Nancy Campbell, Molly Davies, Jeffrey Deitch, Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, Robert Gober and Donald Moffett, Laurie Hawkinson and Henry Smith-Miller, Titia Hulst, Siri Hustvedt and Paul Auster, Joan Jonas, Alan Mark and Jeffrey Fraenkel, Frances McDormand, Orentreich Family Foundation, The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, David Salle, and Tanya Selvaratnam.

All proceeds from the benefit will support The Wooster Group’s creation of new work for theater.

For tickets, visit www.thewoostergroup.org/benefit or (212) 966-9796.

Led by Elizabeth LeCompte, The Wooster Group is an ensemble of artists who create, produce, present and perform new work for theater. The Group creates its work through a distinctive collaborative process with a focus on experimentation and the synthesis of multiple art forms. The Group’s theater work is known for its innovative use of lighting, sound, and video technologies.

Founded in 1975, the Group has remained at the forefront of experimental theater for decades. The Group’s major works include: Rumstick Road (1977), Nayatt School (1978), L.S.D. (…Just The High Points…) (1984), Frank Dell’s The Temptation of St. Antony (1988), Brace Up! (1991), The Emperor Jones (1993), The Hairy Ape (1996), House/Lights (1999), To You, The Birdie! (Phèdre) (2002), Poor Theater (2004), Hamlet (2007), the 360º video installation There Is Still Time . . Brother (2007), the opera La Didone (2009), Vieux Carré (2011), Early Shaker Spirituals: A Record Album Interpretation (2014), The Room (2016), The Town Hall Affair (2017), The B-Side: “Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons,” A Record Album Interpretation (2017), and A Pink Chair (In Place of a Fake Antique) (2018).

The Group’s founding members were Spalding Gray (1941-2004), Elizabeth LeCompte, Jim Clayburgh, Ron Vawter (1948-1994), Willem Dafoe, Kate Valk, and Peyton Smith. Wooster Group director Elizabeth LeCompte has received fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation and the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts Distinguished Artists Fellowship for Lifetime Achievement in the American Theater, as well as the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award and the 2016 Dorothy & Lillian Gish Award. Associate director Kate Valk has received the Guggenheim and TCG/Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships, as well as the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Performing Artist Award. The Group and its members have also won nine Obie Awards, six Bessie Awards, and the National Endowment for the Arts Ongoing Ensembles Grant.

The Performing Garage in the Soho neighborhood of lower Manhattan is The Wooster Group’s permanent home and performance venue. The Group owns and operates the Garage as a shareholder in the Grand Street Artists Co-op, which was originally established as part of the Fluxus art movement. The Group regularly tours its productions throughout the United States and internationally.

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