Vineyard Theatre hosts happy hour conversations for reimagined Spring gala
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 06:08 pm EDT 04/01/21

Vineyard Theatre presents

The Tasting Room
A series of intimate virtual happy hour conversations

Nicholas Braun, Sterling K. Brown,
Billy Crudup, Jeremy O. Harris, Holly Hunter,
Michael R. Jackson, John Kander,
Danny Meyer, Lin-Manuel Miranda,
John Cameron Mitchell, Randy Rainbow,
David Rockwell, M. Night Shyamalan,
J. Smith-Cameron, Anya Taylor-Joy,
KT Tunstall

Between May and June 2021, Vineyard Theatre will offer a series of intimate virtual conversations with prolific figures spanning multiple sectors - a wide range of thinkers and creators who will speak candidly about what it means to contribute to the cultural life of our country before, during, and beyond our current moment.

The current lineup includes Danny Meyer and David Rockwell, M. Night Shyamalan and Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicholas Braun, J. Smith-Cameron and Holly Hunter, Billy Crudup and Sterling K. Brown, KT Tunstall and Randy Rainbow, Michael R. Jackson and John Cameron Mitchell, Jeremy O. Harris, Lin-Manuel Miranda and John Kander.

These conversations are the Vineyard's innovative alternative to their annual in-person gala. Guests will also receive gift boxes that include wine and curated provisions from select Union Square businesses to support the community of The Vineyard's location.

Vineyard Theatre gratefully acknowledges the Blavatnik Family Foundation as Series Sponsor.

Single tickets, starting at $2,500, are available for each of the private events; or patrons can purchase Tasting Room "Table" packages, starting at $10,000, for discounted group admission and the ability to spread tickets across multiple events. Admission in each Zoom room is limited to 10-15 households. In addition to the small group gatherings, a conversation between Lin-Manuel Miranda and John Kander will be shared as a larger community event this spring. Access to this special benefit event will be included in all ticket and table packages for the main series, and will be made available to the general public for a suggested donation, with more information to be announced soon.

Reservations of these one-of-a-kind events are expected to sell quickly. To reserve your spot and see up-to-date availability visit www.vineyardtheatre.org/2021-gala. You can also reach out to Director of Development Trent Anderson at 646-931-4727 or email gala@vineyardtheatre.org.

Danny Meyer and David Rockwell - Tuesday, May 11 at 6PM ET
Celebrated restaurateur Danny Meyer and Tony Award winning set designer and architect David Rockwell will team up again to discuss the world of fine dining, storytelling through architecture, and their many collaborations designing interiors for Meyer's flagship restaurants.

M. Night Shyamalan and Anya Taylor-Joy - Wednesday, May 12 at 4PM ET
Legendary filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Old [upcoming]) and Golden Globe winning actress Anya Taylor-Joy ("The Queen's Gambit," Emma) will reunite to discuss their experiences working together on the films Split and Glass and give an inside look at the actor-director collaboration.

Holly Hunter, J. Smith-Cameron, and Nicholas Braun - Sunday, May 16 at 6PM ET
Oscar winner Holly Hunter and acclaimed actors J. Smith-Cameron and Nicholas Braun will come together for a lively conversation about their experiences working together on the Emmy-winning HBO series "Succession," the portrayal of big media on the small screen, and their wide-ranging acting careers.

Billy Crudup and Sterling K. Brown - Thursday, May 20 at 6PM ET
Emmy winners Billy Crudup ("The Morning Show," The Vineyard's Harry Clarke) and Sterling K. Brown ("This is Us," "The People v. O.J. Simpson") will discuss the current and evolving landscapes of American theatre, film and television, and the process of creating characters in each medium.

KT Tunstall and Randy Rainbow - Wednesday, May 26 at 6PM ET
Rockstar KT Tunstall will join comedian/satirist Randy Rainbow to chat about the process of songwriting for their respective media, their sources of inspiration and creativity, and the many ways musical artists are responding to the current moment.

Michael R. Jackson and John Cameron Mitchell - Tuesday, June 8 at 6PM ET
Pulitzer Prize winner Michael R. Jackson (A Strange Loop, Vineyard Artist in Residence) and Tony winner John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) will discuss creating shows that changed the way LGBTQ+ stories were represented on stage and a vast range of other topics in a no holds barred conversation.
Jeremy O. Harris (Pairing and Date to be Announced)

Tony-nominated playwright and screenwriter Jeremy O. Harris (Slave Play, The Vineyard's "Daddy") will join another leading cultural figure for a candid conversation about their intersecting interests and the influence of art in society.

About Vineyard Theatre

Vineyard Theatre is an Off-Broadway theatre company dedicated to nurturing the voices of daring artists and developing and producing work that pushes the boundaries of what theatre can be and do. One of the country's preeminent centers for the creation of new plays and musicals, our work seeks to challenge and inspire all of us to see ourselves and our world from different perspectives.

The Vineyard's 2019-2020 Season included Tina Satter's Is This A Room, named "Best Theater of 2019" by The New York Times and New York Magazine and winner of the Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience; and Lucas Hnath's Dana H., New York Times Best Theatre of 2020 and New York Times Critic's Pick, which won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show. Other notable premieres include Ngozi Anyanwu's Good Grief; Jeremy O. Harris' "Daddy"; Mara Nelson-Greenberg's Do You Feel Anger?; David Cale's Harry Clarke (2018 Drama Desk, Obie, Lucille Lortel Awards); Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman's Indecent (two 2017 Tony Awards); two Pulitzer Prize-winning plays, Paula Vogel's How I Learned To Drive and Edward Albee's Three Tall Women; Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Gloria; Nicky Silver's The Lyons; Marx, Lopez and Whitty's Avenue Q (Tony Award, Best Musical); Kander, Ebb, and Thompson's The Scottsboro Boys; Bell and Bowen's [title of show]; Polly Pen's Goblin Market; Tarell Alvin McCraney's Wig Out!; Jenny Schwartz' God's Ear; Will Eno's Middletown ; Becky Mode's Fully Committed; Colman Domingo's Dot, and many more.

The Vineyard's Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, Susan Stroman Directing Award, and Colman Domingo Award provide residencies to early-career artists and our education programs serve over 700 NYC public high school students annually in collaboration with Developing Artists. Works developed and premiered at our home in Union Square have gone on to be seen around the world and The Vineyard is proud to be the recipient of special Drama Desk, Obie and Lucille Lortel Awards for artistic excellence.

The Vineyard's 2020-2021 Artists-in-Residence include John J. Caswell, Jr., The Commissary, Michael R. Jackson, Charly Evon Simpson, Tyler Thomas, York Walker and Whitney White.

Vineyard Theatre's leadership includes Artistic Directors Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern and Managing Director Suzanne Appel.
Link http://www.vineyardtheatre.org/2021-gala

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