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Red Bull Theater will honor Alfred Molina for achievement in classical theater and K. Ann McDonald for service to classical theater, Monday June 3rd
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 08:31 pm EDT 04/10/24

RED BULL THEATER

Will Honor

ALFRED MOLINA

with the Matador Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Classical Theater

and

K. ANN McDONALD

with the George Mayer Award for Extraordinary Service to Classical Theater

RUNNING OF THE RED BULLS GALA BENEFIT

Monday June 3rd at The Bowery Hotel

Hosted by Patrick Page

Featuring Performances by Amber Gray and more

Special Guests and Presenters Will Include Michael Cerveris, Robert Cuccioli, Paige Davis, Stephen DeRosa, Tovah Feldshuh, Zainab Jah, Mark Linn-Baker, Ismenia Mendes, Miriam Silverman, Julie Taymor, Mary Testa, John Douglas Thompson, Marc Vietor, and More To Be Announced

Red Bull Theater (Jesse Berger, Founder and Artistic Director; Martin Giannini, Executive Director) today announced that Alfred Molina will be honored with the Matador Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Classical Theater and K. Ann McDonald will receive the George Mayer Award for Extraordinary Service to Classical Theater at the Running of the Red Bulls Gala Benefit on Monday June 3rd (6pm). This intimate soirée, celebrating Red Bull's 20th anniversary season, will be held on the expansive terrace of the chic Bowery Hotel (335 Bowery at East 3rd Street) and will feature an evening of live entertainment, fine dining, and great company,

"What a thrill to be capping our 20th anniversary season with this joyful gathering, celebrating two extraordinary people. In addition to honoring the esteemed Alfred Molina for his extraordinary achievements as an actor—and recognizing the indispensable support of the K. Ann McDonald for her extraordinary service to classical theatre and Shakespeare. It will be an absolute joy to gather our community, to celebrate our 20th year sharing great classic stories Off-Broadway!" said Mr. Berger.

Julie Taymor will present the Matador Award to Mr. Molina. John Douglas Thompson will present the George Mayer Award for Extraordinary Service to Classical Theater to Ms. McDonald.

The evening will be hosted by Patrick Page (RBT: Coriolanus, The Duchess of Malfi; currently: All the Devils Are Here; Hadestown - Tony Award nomination, Grammy Award; Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, Lion King) and feature a performance by Amber Gray (Countess Hélène in Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812 - Theatre World Award; Persephone in Hadestown - Outer Critics Circle Award; Tony, Drama League and Lortel award nominations; other credits include the World Premiere of Stephen Sondheim's Here We Are at The Shed and Macbeth on Broadway with Daniel Craig & Ruth Negga).

Special guests and presenters will include Michael Cerveris, Robert Cuccioli, Paige Davis, Stephen DeRosa, Tovah Feldshuh, Zainab Jah, Mark Linn-Baker, Ismenia Mendes, Miriam Silverman, Mary Testa, Marc Vietor, and more to be announced shortly, Mr. Vietor will direct the evening's entertainment.


MATADOR AWARDS FOR EXTRAORDINARY ACHIEVEMENT IN CLASSICAL THEATER

Begun in 2009, Matador Awards are given annually to recognize individuals or organizations that have demonstrated extraordinary talent, service, or significant achievements in the Classical Theater. The awards are presented each year at the Running of the Red Bulls, Red Bull Theater's annual gala benefit. Previous honorees have included F. Murray Abraham, Kate Burton, André De Shields, Olympia Dukakis, Richard Easton, Michael Kahn, Jack O'Brien, Patrick Page, Lynn Redgrave, Sir Patrick Stewart, Daniel Sullivan, Julie Taymor, and Charlayne Woodard. The Matador Award for Extraordinary Talent for Classical Theater has been awarded to Oscar Isaac, Hamish Linklater, Ismenia Mendes, Martha Plimpton, Lily Rabe, Condola Rashad, Matthew Rauch, Olivia Reis, Juliet Rylance, Liev Schreiber, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Michael Urie. Previous recipients of the George Mayer Award for Extraordinary Service to Classical Theater include Alliance of Resident Theaters/New York, American Theatre Wing, The Angelo Patri Middle School, Arts in the Armed Forces, Axe-Houghton Foundation, Jim Bredeson, Fund for the City of New York, Katherine Hood, The Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation, George Wm. Mayer Jr., Off-Broadway Angels, Howard Owens, Heather Randall, The Shakespeare Society, The Michael Tuch Foundation, Theatre Development Fund.

ABOUT RED BULL THEATER

Red Bull Theater, hailed as "the city's gutsiest classical theater" by Time Out New York, brings rarely seen classic plays to dynamic new life for contemporary audiences, uniting a respect for tradition with a modern sensibility. Named for the rowdy Jacobean playhouse that illegally performed plays in England during the years of Puritan rule, Red Bull Theater is New York City's home for dynamic performances of great plays that stand the test of time. With the Jacobean plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries as its cornerstone, the company also produces new works that are in conversation with the classics. A home for artists, scholars, and students, Red Bull Theater delights and engages the intellect and imagination of audiences, and strives to make its work accessible, diverse, and welcoming to all. We value and practice inclusiveness, equity, and diversity in all of our activities, and are committed to antiracist action. Red Bull Theater believes in the power of great classic stories and plays of heightened language to deepen our understanding of the human condition, in the special ability of live theater to create unique, collective experiences, and in the timeless capacity of classical theater to illuminate the events of our times. Variety agreed, hailing Red Bull's work as: "Proof that classical theater can still be surprising after hundreds of years."

Since its debut in 2003 with a production of Shakespeare's Pericles starring Daniel Breaker, Red Bull Theater has served adventurous theatergoers with Off-Broadway productions, Revelation Readings, and the annual Short New Play Festival. The company also offers outreach programs including Shakespeare in Schools bringing professional actors and teaching artists into public school classrooms; Bull Sessions, free post-play discussions with top scholars; and Classical Acting Intensives led by veteran theater professionals. During the pandemic, Red Bull created several new and ongoing programs to serve audiences and artists with our mission: the Red Bull Theater Podcast, Online Readings, Seminars, and more.

"The classics-shaking Red Bull Theater," as Time Out NY has called it, has produced 24 Off-Broadway productions and over 200 Revelation Readings of rarely seen classics, serving a community of more than 5,000 artists and providing quality artistic programming to an audience of over 65,000. The company's unique programming has received ongoing critical acclaim and has been recognized with Lortel, Drama Desk, Drama League, Callaway, Off-Broadway Alliance, and OBIE nominations and Awards.

For more information about the Running of the Red Bulls Gala, or any of Red Bull Theater's programs, visit www.redbulltheater.com .
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