Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Perseverance and Preservation

Theatre Forward Board at Theatre Forward 's 2018 Chairman’s Awards Gala.
On the evening of Tuesday, April 24, Ward Landrigan, CEO of Verdura and Nico Landrigan, President of Verdura and Belperron, toasted the Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation (HCPF) in their Fifth Avenue gallery. The cocktail party was given in celebration of the Foundation’s upcoming Benefit Weekend, to be held September 28 – 30, 2018 at Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California. Built by William Randolph Hearst and architect Julia Morgan in the first quarter of the twentieth century, Hearst Castle was donated to the state of California in 1957 and is now part of the California State Park System.

Hearst’s grand-daughter Anne Hearst McInerney and her husband Jay McInerney, served as co-hosts.  Brooke Shields and legendary tennis player John McEnroe and Patty Smyth attended to show their support for the Foundation, alongside Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Gillian Hearst, Susan Gutfreund, George Farias, Sharon Bush, Peter Thomas Roth, fashion designers Nicole Miller and Barbara Tfank and Town & Country’s editor-in-chief Stellene Volandes.
Bettina Zilkha, Anne Hearst McInerney, and Gillian Hearst
The primary mission of the Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation is to preserve and restore the 25,000 pieces of rare art and artefacts that furnish the castle so that it can continue to benefit the public, as was Hearst’s intention. To that end, Verdura generously donated a portion of sales from Tuesday’s kick-off event to the Foundation, in addition to contributing a Gold “Curb-Link” Necklace Chain to be auctioned at the Benefit Weekend in September. Like the Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation, Verdura shares a commitment to preserving their history in that they continue to draw from the archives of Duke Fulco di Verdura for their timeless and elegant jewelry designs.
George Farias and Alison Mazzola Debbie Bancroft and Jay McInerney
The evening also offered the guests the chance to try on the jewelry – an opportunity that Christopher Mason used to sample a vibrant Belperron beaded necklace. Other guests who had the opportunity to see Verdura’s stunning designs included Janna Bullock and Zoe Bullock Remmel, Alex Hitz, Lisa Jackson, Bettina Zilkha, Debbie Bancroft, Rose Dergan, Antoinette Denisof, and Leslie Stevens. The fashionable crowd also included Liliana Cavendish, Margo Langenberg, Lisa Resling-Halpern, Lisa McCarthy, Sherri Stephenson, Jill Roosevelt, Paul Beirne, Jay Snyder, Chris Meigher, Robert Zimmerman and Alison and Sylvia Mazzola.

The champagne, jewels, and conversation all sparkled brightly as guests spent the evening in support of the Foundation. Other supporters in attendance included Mark Gilbertson, Topsy Taylor, Henry Heller, Mary Snow, Bernice Schoenbaum, Sherri Stephenson, Jim Signorelli, Taylor and Brad Black, John and Denise Ward, Evie and David Lasry, Sarah Gilford Wolfe, Jack Lynch, Jeffrey Eldredge, and Ashley Britt McDermott.
Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia and Ward Landrigan Peter Thomas Roth
Brooke Shields, Nico Landrigan, and Kim Landrigan
Mark Gilbertson, Mary Snow, and Philipp Triebel
Margo Langenberg and Edgar Batista Susan Gutfreund
Christopher Mason
Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Anne Hearst, Liliana Cavendish, and Sharon Bush
Chris Meigher and Jack Lynch Jay McInerney and Jay Snyder
John McEnroe, Patty Smyth, and Brooke Shields
Barbara Tfank and Diane Smith Butacin Balkan and Lisa Halpern
Rose Dergan, Claibourne Worth Poindexter, and Bernice Schoenbaum
Zoe Bullock Remmel and Janna Bullock Stellene Volandes and Lisa Jackson
Recently Theatre Forward hosted their 2018 Chairman’s Awards Gala at the Pierre New York. The annual gala supports the work of Theatre Forward, currently celebrating its 40th Anniversary, which is dedicated to advancing American theatres and its communities by providing funding and other resources to the country’s leading nonprofit theatres. Pamela Farr and Buford Alexander and James S. and Lynne P. Turley served as Gala Co-Chairs.

The works of Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® winner August Wilson (Fences, The Piano Lesson, Jitney) were honored with the Legacy Award, Tony Award® nominee David Yazbek (The Band’s Visit, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty) was honored with the Creative Achievement Award and Citi received the 40th Anniversary Corporate Leadership Award. Chazz Palminteri (A Bronx Tale, Bullets Over Broadway), Danny Burstein (Fiddler on the Roof) and LORT President and Guthrie Managing Director Jennifer Bielstein served as award presenters.
Taylor Louderman and Ethan Slater Jim and Lynne Turley
Lindsay Moore, Zak Resnick, Carrie St. Louis, Telly Leung, Julia Murney, and Geraldine Anello
Guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner, and a silent auction. Auction proceeds will benefit the creation of theatrical works and theatre education programs across the country serving 500,000 students. Carrie St. Louis (Wicked, Rock of Ages), Telly Leung (Aladdin), Julia Murney (Wicked, Hair) and Zak Resnick (Mamma Mia!, Piece of My Heart) kicked off the evening with a 40th Anniversary medley music directed and arranged by Geraldine Anello and choreographed by Patrick O’Neill and Beth Leavel and Matthew Sklar performed a number from the upcoming Broadway musical The Prom. As a tribute to August Wilson, Kathryn Bostic and Eddie Allen performed her original piece “State of Grace” and August Wilson Monologue Competition Finalist Chloe’ Lomax-Blackwell performed a monologue from King Heldey II. Katrina Lenk and the musicians of The Band’s Visit performed “Something Different” in tribute to David Yazbek, the show’s composer.
Cast and Creative Team of The Band's Visit
In addition to the general support of their member theatres, Theatre Forward also offers key programs in two areas, Advancing Strong Theatre and Educating Through Theatre. Their new Advancing Strong Theatre initiative supports productions advancing theatres’ Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) goals for a targeted under-represented community and their Educating through Theatre Initiative supports education programs for underserved children. Taylor Louderman from Mean Girls the Musicaland Ethan Slater from SpongeBob SquarePants The Musicalattended the evening to share their experience with theatre education and introduce the $40 for 40 fundraising initiative.

For more information about Theatre Forward and the 2018 Gala, visit
Ashley Park and Taylor Louderman
Terrence Yanni and George S. Smith
Bruce Whitacre, Constanza Romero, David Yazbek, Mike Murray, and John Thomopolous
Ervin Shehati, Rosalyn Shehati, Penny Rousouli, Constantine Rousouli, Effie Thomopoulos, and John Thomopoulos
Ann Van Cleave, Joe Grandy, Danny Burstein, and Beth Leavel
John Dutt and Richard K Greene
Scott Dicus, Marion Dicus, Isabelle Winkles, and Stephen Winkles
Sponsored by Hearst, Thomson Reuters, and Harbers Studios, the 2018 ICP Infinity Awards drew more than 500 guests and raised $1.2 million for ICP’s exhibitions and educational programs including its youth-focused community programs.

Attending were: Ashley Graham (model); Hailey Baldwin (model); Anna Wintour (Editorial Director, Condé Nast); Maria Borges (model); Jason Wu (fashion designer); Glenda Bailey (Editor-in-Chief, Harper’s Bazaar); Stefano Tonchi (Editor-in-Chief, W Magazine); Nina Garcia (Editor-in-Chief, ELLE); Mark Seliger (photographer); Monica Barbaro (actress); Sir Harry Evans (Editor-At-Large, Reuters); Stephen J. Adler (President and EIC, Reuters); Jeffrey Rosen (ICP Board President); Ivan Bart (President, IMG); Deborah Willis (artist); Olu Oguibe (artist); Antwaun Sargent (writer); Adam Fuss (photographer); Lisa Dennison (Chairman, Sotheby’s North America), Lori Ordover (photographer); and philanthropists Caryl Englander (ICP Board Chair); Renee Harbers Liddell (ICP Board EVP); Pat Schoenfeld; Bob Jeffrey; Heather and Bill Vrattos; Fabian Onetti; Bicky Kellner and Dasha Zhukova; along with ICP Executive Director Mark Lubell and Event Co-Chairs Michael A. Clinton, Judith Bookbinder, and Marjorie Rosen.
Event Co-Chairs Marjorie Rosen, Michael A. Clinton, and Judith Bookbinder
The inspiring evening had a decidedly activist bent—with a heavy focus on representation and race in media and the industry as a whole.

Accepting their 2018 Infinity Awards for achievements in photography and visual culture were: Bruce Davidson (Lifetime Achievement); Alexandra Bell (Applied); Samuel Fosso (Art); Dayanita Singh (Artist’s Book); Amber Bracken (Documentary and Photojournalism); Natalie Keyssar (Emerging Photographer); Women Photograph (Online Platform and New Media); Thomson Reuters (Trustees Award); and Juergen Teller (Special Presentation). Maurice Berger (Critical Writing and Research) received the award in absentia.
ICP Executive Director Mark Lubell Bob Jeffrey and Pat Schoenfeld
Natalie Keyssar, Daniella Zalcman, and Mallory Benedict
Renee Harbers Liddell Reuters Editor in Chief Steve Adler
Alexandra Bell, Antwaun Sargent, and Isolde Brielmaier
Jeffrey Rosen
Caryl Englander
Jenny Davidson, Anna Davidson, and Bruce Davidson
Stefano Tonchi and Anna Wintour
Nina Garcia, Hailey Rhode Baldwin, Jason Wu, Ashley Graham, and Maria Borges
Marissa Robin Abendaño, an award-winning artist and the owner of Estella Gallery in New York City, debuted three new series of paintings at Artexpo New York April 19–22, 2018, at Pier 94. Known for her bold, ultra-contemporary style, Abendaño recently began exploring the expressive capabilities allowed by a wider stylistic and technical palette to a captivating effect.

The "Garden" series displays the artist's mastery of color in combination with the impasto technique. In her "Sea" series, Abendaño embeds dried baby roses in the acrylic paint to create pieces that oscillate between hectic and melancholic. The "Rainbow Forest" series conjures feelings of infinite expanse through indivisible fields of line and color. A primarily self-taught artist, Abendaño has exhibited at the National Academy Museum and School, the White Room Gallery, Metro Pictures, Karyn Mannix Contemporary, and the Guild Hall Museum. For more information on Abendaño, visit
Marissa Robin Abendaño
Jane Pontarelli and Jade Perkins
Carla Murguia and Carl Standish Max Laniado
Natalia Beryozkina and Jade Perkins
Jade Perkins and Marissa Robin Abendaño
Lyda and Carl Lindell
Joe Pontarelli, Annie Watt, Jade Perkins, Jane Pontarelli, Marissa Robin Abendaño, and Joel Kincaid
Barbara Marte and Natalia Beryozkina
Nicole Wang and Yul Fang Shi Natalia Beryozkina and Marissa Robin Abendaño
Gary Meisel and Joe Pontarelli
Riley Rothman, Marissa Robin Abendaño, and Phillip Rothman
Caricia Ramirez, Marissa Robin Abendaño, and Violetta Tadla
Booth S701 - Marissa Robin Abendaño
Paintings by Marissa Robin Abendaño
Photographs by Patrick McMullan (Hearst); Annie Watt (Marissa Robin Abendaño)