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JASON ALEXANDER TO HOST DGF GALA ON 11/4 IN NYC // DRAMATISTS GUILD FOUNDATION
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 10:23 am EDT 10/15/19

JASON ALEXANDER TO HOST THE DRAMATISTS GUILD FOUNDATION’S

2019 DGF GALA ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4

2019 DGF Gala Honorees to Receive Inaugural Alan Jay Lerner Awards
for Their Outstanding Legacies of Supporting Writers Across the Country

Tony Award-winning star of stage and screen Jason Alexander to host The Dramatists Guild Foundation’s 2019 DGF Gala on Monday, November 4 at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York. 2019 DGF Gala to include inaugural presentations of Alan Jay Lerner Awards to pay tribute to the Foundation's founder, Alan Jay Lerner, and be given to individuals with outstanding legacies of supporting writers across the country.

The previously announced 2019 DGF Honorees, Tony Award-winning songwriting duo Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island), the President of Concord Theatricals, Sean Patrick Flahaven, along with TodayTix Founders Brian Fenty and Merritt Baer, will be presented with the newly established Alan Jay Lerner Awards. DGF's highest honor, these Awards are named after the legendary Lyricist who founded DGF in order to create a resource that supports the lives and artistry of writers.

“I am so thrilled to honor Lynn and Stephen and continue their legacy of support for young and emerging artists,” said Jason Alexander. “The Foundation insures there will be artists just as profound well into the future.”

“The Lerner family is honored that DGF has created an award acknowledging the legacy of Alan Jay Lerner,” said Liza Lerner, daughter of the late Alan Jay Lerner. “He would be thrilled to know that the work of the Foundation continually supports emerging playwrights and lyricists. On behalf of the entire family, we thank you.”

DGF’s annual Gala celebrates artists and honors patrons of the American theater community in gratitude of their continued support of emerging writers and creators. The 2019 evening’s program will be directed by Kathleen Marshall. Additional performers and participants will be announced at a later date.

The Dramatists Guild Foundation supports the future of American theater by supporting the writers who create it. DGF’s programs and initiatives help propel playwrights, composers, lyricists, and book writers to their full potential by providing arts education and resources across the country.

The 2019 DGF Gala is supported in part by Concord Theatricals/Sean Patrick Flahaven, TodayTix/Brian Fenty and Merritt Baer, Meg Fofonoff, Elizabeth Dewberry, and Barbara & Emery Olcott.

For tickets to DGF’s 2018 Gala, please visit: https://dgf.org/gala, email: dgf@total-managment.com, or call: 212-878-6646.

For more information about the Dramatists Guild Foundation, please visit: www.dgf.org, and follow on social media: @dgfound.


About Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF):

Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF) a national charity that fuels the future of American theater by supporting the writers who create it. The Dramatists Guild Foundation fosters playwrights, composers, lyricists, and book writers at all stages of their careers. DGF sponsors educational programs; provides awards, grants, and stipends; offers free space to create new works; and gives emergency aid to writers in need. In supporting and nurturing the creators of today, they protect the stories of tomorrow. For more information about DGF, please visit dgf.org.

About Jason Alexander:

Best known for his award-winning, nine-year stint as the iconic “George Costanza” of television’s Seinfeld, Jason Alexander has achieved international recognition for a career noted for its extraordinary diversity. Aside from his performances on stage, screen and television, he has worked extensively as a writer, composer, director, producer and teacher of acting. In between all that he has also become an award-winning magician, a notorious poker player and a respected advocate on social and political issues. In addition to his Tony Award-winning performance in Jerome Robbin’s Broadway, Alexander has garnered six Emmy nominations, four Golden Globe nominations, an American Television Award and two American Comedy Awards. He won two Screen Actor Guild Awards as the best actor in a television comedy despite playing a supporting role and in 2012 he was honored to receive the “Julie Harris Award for Lifetime Achievement” from the Actor's Fund, among other accolades. You can stay in touch with Jason via Twitter: @IJasonAlexander.
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