Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Cleared for sunset

The company of The United States of Shakespeare during the curtain call at the Public Theater's annual gala at the Delacorte Theater.
Wednesday, June 7, 2016.Warm, but beautiful summer-like day in New York with lots of sunshine interspersed in the late afternoon by some clouds and raindrops, that cleared for sunset.

Charlotte Ford hosted a 40th anniversary dinner for her friends Diana and Richard Feldman. Diana and Charlotte have known each other since they were schoolgirls in Florence and later at the Sorbonne in Paris – where they took some kind of cooking credit. Anna Bulgari, who was also there last night, took the same course at the same time (or a year after). It was decided last night that she was the only one to develop her talent.
Looking southeast on the East River directly across from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park memorial at the southern tip of Roosevelt Island. The bridge in the distance is the Williamsburg.
Watching the sailboat move upriver as it passes an empty oil barge being towed downriver. The red spot in the distance on the upper right of the photo is the famous Pepsi sign.
I took this photo to demonstrate the size of the barge.
Meanwhile, inside guests are beginning to look for their places. Because "forty" is the "ruby" anniversary, our hostess chose it as the theme for her tables: from the 40 balloons to the red roses and peonies to the strawberry shortcakes.
Richard Feldman taking it all in.
Meanwhile, back outside for one last look at the Pepsi sign and its reflection in the river.
And the 59th Street bridge, 9:30 p.m.
It was a beautiful evening and Charlotte has a great terrace that looks down island as well as Queens and Brooklyn and Roosevelt Island. All was spectacular last night with the sunset as well as the boats on the river. The boats are my obsession. All of them, everything about them and especially the movement and the grace. Then after dark I couldn’t resist going for the truly iconic from the same terrace: the Queensboro (59th Street) Edward I. Koch Bridge, and the Pepsi-Cola sign across the river in Queens. It’s also a great sight from the FDR Drive traveling north or south. It owns it, like the Empire State owns the center of Manhattan.

The Public Theater held its annual gala this past Monday night at the Delacorte Theater in the Park and it was a rollicking, star-studded affair at the theater in the middle of Manhattan surrounded by forests, ponds and lawns and framed by the skyline.  They honored Bank of America for 10 years of leadership and support of free Shakespeare in the Park.
Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis.
Bank of America New York State President Jeff Barker, Oskar Eustis, and Mandy Hackett.
Among those attending the “performance” and the dinner were Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bette Midler, Candice Bergen, David Hare, Michael Bloomberg, Okieriete Onaodowan, Ron Chernow, Katie Finneran, Darren Goldstein, Josie Rourke, Elizabeth Davis, Clint Ramos, David Rockwell, US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Powers. And among the performers were Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Christine Baranski, Phylicia Rashad, F. Murray Abraham, Jimmy Smits, Kate Burton, Ruben Stantiago-Hudson, Bill Irwin, Lily Rabe, Steve Pasquale, Hamish Linklater, Michael Cerveris, Andrew Holland, John Douglas Thompson, Jay O. Sanders, Heather Lind, Sasha Allen, Lisa Kron, Jeanine Tesori, Suzan-Lori Parks, Michael John LaChiusa, Lemon Anderson, Michael Friedman, Sarah Amengual.
Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Heather Lind, Jay O. Sanders, and Bill Irwin performing in The United States of Shakespeare.
Chita Rivera, Michael Friedman, Michael John LaChiusa, Lisa Kron, and Jeanine Tesori performing in The United States of Shakespeare.
Kate Burton and John Douglas Thompson performing in The United States of Shakespeare.
James Shapiro and director Jeremy McCarter performing in The United States of Shakespeare.
The evening celebrated Shakespeare’s 400th Anniversary and his greatest works, as well as the American poems, songs and stories they inspired, all of which were performed by The Public’s and the nation’s-most celebrated actors and musicians — in this one-night-only special event directed by Jeremy McCarter.

The Public Theater under the leadership of Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham is the only theater in New York that produces Shakespeare, the classics, musicals, contemporary and experimental pieces in equal measure. This is Mr. Eustis’ 10th anniversary season at The Public, and he has created new community-based initiatives designed to engage audiences like Public Lab, Public Studio, Public Forum, Public Works, and a remount of the Mobile Unit.
Meryl Streep asThe Donald perfoming onstage at the 2016 Public Theater Gala.
The Public continues the work of its visionary founder, Joe Papp, by acting as an advocate for the theater as an essential cultural force, and leading and framing dialogue on some of the most important issues of our day. 

Creating theater for one of the largest and most diverse audience bases in New York City for nearly 60 years, today the Company engages audiences in a variety of venues—including its landmark downtown home at Astor Place, which houses five theaters and Joe’s Pub; the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, home to free Shakespeare in the Park; and the Mobile Unit, which tours Shakespearean productions for underserved audiences throughout New York City’s five boroughs. 

The Public is currently represented on Broadway by the Tony Award-winning Fun Home and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s acclaimed American musical Hamilton, and Danai Gurira’s Eclipsed featuring Lupita Nyong’o.
Hamish Linklater and Lily Rabe. Phillipa Soo and Steven Pasquale.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Vanessa Nadal, Luz Towns-Miranda, and Luis Miranda.
Daveed Diggs.
Erica Schmidt and Julianna Margulies.
Okieriete Onaodowan.
Katie Finneran and Laurie Eustis. Chloe Malle and Candice Bergen.
Josie Rourke, Public Theater Board Chair Arielle Tepper Madover, and James Graham.
Public Theater Gala Co-Chair Andi Bernstein and Bette Midler.
Diana Taylor, Bette Midler, David Rockwell, Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Gala Co-Char Andi Bernstein.

Photographs by Simon Luethi, Sean Smith, and Richard Termine

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