More Theatre; More Masters.
Holland Taylor, Elaine Stritch, and Steven Scheuer

Honoree Edward Albee and Marian Seldes

The first ever Harold Clurman Festival of the Arts presented by the Stella Adler Studio of Acting (May 5-8) drew SRO crowds from all over the country for the four day festival of poetry readings, plays, concerts and symposia featuring world class artists.

The festival launched with Ronald Rand’s stunning portrayal of the esteemed critic, director and author, Let It Be Art: Harold Clurman’s life of Passion. A star-studded panel of actors who had collaborated with Clurman featuring Roy Scheider, Elaine Stritch, Lois Smith, Zoë Caldwell followed. Drama critic Howard Kissel moderated the lively panel discussion, which went from hilarious remembrances-from Stritch and Caldwell- to the quite serious regarding Clurman’s influence on American Theater.

Alida Brill and Joan Micklin Silver

Zoe Caldwell

For the next three days, The Studio was a beehive of culture buffs swirling throughout the theater - readings by an esteemed group of poets including Marilyn Hacker, Grace Schulman, Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott, Pulitzer Prize Winner Charles Wright and Martha Serpas with Hacker and revered critic and writer Harold Bloom introducing the poets.

Long time Studio members Cynthia Adler, and Holland Taylor, on a break from her starring role in the CBS hit comedy Two and a Half Men, not only greeted the guests but set the stage for each performance. Saturday evening featured noted actress Elizabeth Parrish in a reading of her new solo piece and an open mic session hosted by Mariana Bell and Shannon Sutherland. Sunday’s program featured two brilliant concerts Laurence Gingold playing the works of Aaron Copeland and new music composer Ned Otter playing jazz.

With an audience that spilled out to the halls, the ever-luminous Marian Seldes took to the stage as legendary Algonquin with Dorothy Parker in Ellen M. Violett’s Dorothy Parker Gets The Last Word. From her opening line “What Fresh Hell is this” the audience was taken on a merry ride with Seldes and her fellow cast mates Joby Earle.

While the festival clearly paid tribute to Clurman who co-founded the Group Theater with Elia Kazan and Lee Strasberg, it celebrated the new generation of torchbearers with a smashing production of 21-year-old Stella Adler Studio of Acting student, Robbie Collier Sublett’s new play entitled Calacas, directed by Steve Cooke. The play has already been optioned by Broadway producer Amanda Lipitz.

The following Monday evening brought together four of America’s greatest living playwrights- Edward Albee, Horton Foote, Israel Horowitz and John Guare for a provocative discussion on their work with Clurman, the director and quickly swung to the state of criticism today. On critics Albee noted “Their function was to lead us toward that which was interesting to see in the theater ,“ citing a Clurman Contemporary Walter Kerr as an example of critics that knew and cared about the theater and felt responsible to the audience. Today he said, “ I do notice the majority of critics seem to be very interested in the sound of their own voices rather than in the sound of the voices of the people they are meant to serve.”

Holland Taylor and John Wegorzewski

Barbara Feldon and Shelley Schultz

Betsy Parrish and Marian Seldes

Israel Horovitz

Brenda Siemer and Roy Scheider

Holland Taylor and Ellen M. Violett

Ellen Adler and John Guare

John Guare and Ronald Rand

Gordon Foote

L. to r.: Ellen Adler and Mike Medavoy; Jerome and Grace Schulman with Ingrid Nama.

Steven Scheuer and Edward Callaghan

Rose Billings and Charles Grodin

Pure Vision Arts, New York City’s premier studio and exhibition space for artists with autism and development challenges, held a celebratory reception honoring Lorraine Bracco and Esther Cohen. Pure Vision Arts was created in 2002.

The evening included Pure Visionary Awards, ending with an auction and sale of new paintings at the Marlborough Chelsea Gallery at 211 West 19th.

Steven Green was event chairperson. Guests included Edie Falco, Congressman Anthony Weiner, Jason Cipolla, Mark Green and of course the honorees.
Anthony Weiner

Esther Cohen, Joe Gordon, and Susan Provenzano

Clockwise from left: David Sweet; Steven Green and Joe Gordon; Steven and Mark Green; Bob Donnally and Jim Surdoval.

Susan Brown and Leon McCutcheon

Esther Cohen and Lorraine Bracco

Joe DePaolo and Edie Falco

Jason Cippolla and Lorraine Bracco

Richard Haas and Steven Green

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For the 9th consecutive year, the gala opening night preview of SOFA NEW YORK 2006, the International Exposition of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art, benefited the Museum of Arts & Design and its exhibitions and public programs. Event co-chairs are Sandra B. Grotta and Jack Lenor Larsen.

Those attending the gala enjoyed the first, exclusive private viewing of an extraordinary selection of more than 1,000 exquisitely designed, unique objects. These works that bridge craft and the decorative and fine arts were created by some of the world’s most renowned contemporary artists, represented by 50 of the finest international galleries and dealers. Opening night proceeds benefited the Museum, its exhibitions and educational programs.

The evening was  a feast for the palate as well as the eye. The theme for the gala was “A Taste of New York,” featuring delights from some of New York’s finest restaurants such as Barbetta, Café Boulud, David Burke and Donatella, E.A.T., Fresh Shore and Coast, La Goulue, Michael’s, Park Avenue Café, and Zarela.

SOFA NEW YORK draws more than 12,000 visitors each year and is widely considered a defining event in the decorative and fine arts world. The New York Times has called the SOFA NEW YORK expositions, “a stunning array of art ... known for reflecting and setting cutting-edge design trends.”

The event will be open to the public Thursday-Sunday,
June 1-4. For more information, visit:

Museum Chairman Barbara Tober, Orly Friedman, and Matthew and Kay Bucksbaum

Roseanne Raab

Leslie Ferrin and friend with Jane Korman

Museum Director Holly Hotchner and Alan Docter

Adrienne Landon and Dorothy Twining Globus

Lillian Silver, Jerome Chazen, and Paul Stankard

Barbara Tober and Ellen Liman

Norman and Suzanne Cohn

Peter Olsen, Paul Stankard, and Jack Lenor Larsen

Lino Tagliapietra and Barbara Tober

Jerome Chazen, Museum trustee Sandra Grotta and Ursula Ilse-Neuman, MAD’s Curator of the Collection

Louis Rey and Nanette Laitman, President of the Museum’s Board of Trustees

Photographs by Jimi Celeste/©Patrick McMullan (Pure Vision).


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