The drama and dinner will be on stage for one night only, when The Juilliard School hosts a benefit adaptation with period music of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, starring actors Sir Derek Jacobi, Richard Clifford, Juilliard alumna Monica Raymund, countertenor David Daniels, and baritone Bob McDonald, with period instrumentalists from Juilliard415, on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 7 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater.
The guest actors perform selected readings from The Tempest with songs by Handel, Humfrey, Banister, Locke and others that were inspired by Shakespeare’s magical and romantic comedy. Benefit audience members join the artists onstage immediately following the performance, for a gala dinner, complete with tempting menu by Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs.
The evening benefits Juilliard Drama, and remaining benefit tickets for the performance and post-performance dinner, ranging from $1,000 - $50,000, are available by calling (212) 799-5000, ext. 329. Benefit performance-only tickets, ranging from $75 - $125 are available; information may be obtained at the same number.
A very limited number of non-benefit balcony seats ($50) are available directly from Juilliard’s Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office, located at 155 West 65th Street, may be purchased online at http://events.juilliard.edu, or by calling CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500.
The benefit committee for the evening includes: Michele Ateyeh, Allison Blinken, Barbara File, Barbara G. Fleischman, Mary Rodgers Guettel, Suzie Kovner, Stewart Manger, Stephanie Palmer McClelland, Diane Morrison, and Katheryn C. Patterson.
Among the guests planning on attending this special performance are Juilliard Board Chair, Bruce Kovner, and his wife Suzie Kovner, Juilliard President Joseph W. Polisi, Julie A. Choi and Claudio Cornali, Pam Daley, Barbara G. Fleischman, Judi Sorenson Flom, Mary Rodgers and Henry Guettel, Beth and Christopher Kojima, Ellen and James S. Marcus, Stephanie Palmer McClelland and Carter McClelland, Dinny and Lester Morse, and Katheryn Patterson and Thomas Kempner, Jr.
For the complete press release with bios on the artists, go to: http://www.juilliard.edu/newsroom/releases/current/2011-June_Tempest.php.
To read The New York Times review of Sir Derek Jacobi in the current Donmar Warehouse production of King Lear at BAM, go to: http://theater.nytimes.com/2011/05/07/theater/reviews/king-lear-with-derek-jacobi-at-bam-review.html?partner=rss&emc=rss.
To read a review of countertenor David Daniels’ recent Carnegie Hall concert with soprano Dorothea Röschmann and Juilliard415, go to: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/05/arts/music/juilliard415-at-carnegie-hall-review.html.
ABOUT JUILLIARD DRAMA DIVISION
During the course of its history, Juilliard’s Drama Division has become one of the most respected programs for actor education in the English-speaking world. The division’s outstanding creative reputation, distinguished faculty, and extraordinary level of rigor have enabled more than forty years of alumni to excel as artists, leaders, and global citizens. The Drama Division continues to cultivate gifted young actors, providing them with the necessary breadth of knowledge and skills required to interpret a broad range of theatrical works. More than 80 percent of Juilliard’s drama alumni actively work in theater, film, and television.
For additional information, go to www.juilliard.edu.