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Photo Call: The Actors Fund Celebrates 75 Years Of Our Town!

March 7, 2013

Photo Credit: Jamie Liles

Blythe Danner, Act I’s Stage Manager, opened Monday’s 75th Anniversary Benefit Reading of Our Town.

It’s undeniable that Thornton Wilder’s Our Town is one of the most important works in twentieth-century American drama, and during Monday night’s special benefit reading for The Fund — celebrating the play’s 75th anniversary — any remaining doubt was vanquished. Directed by Peter Flynn, the incredible cast featured a trio of wonderful actors as the Stage Manager — Blythe Danner, BD Wong and S. Epatha Merkerson (each of whom took an act) — as well as breathtaking performances by Celia Keenan-Bolger (Emily Webb), Leslie Odom, Jr. (George Gibbs), Jerry Dixon (Dr. Gibbs), Adriane Lenox (Mrs. Gibbs), Rebecca Luker (Mrs. Webb) and Howard McGillin (Mr. Webb).

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Mrs. Gibbs (Adriane Lenox) and Mrs. Webb (Rebecca Luker) discuss life in Grovers Corners.

We’d like to thank the entire team, which took time out of their busy schedules to give such an emotional performance to the packed house, including the rest of the Grovers Corners residents: Jerry Dixon (Dr. Gibbs), Ade Otukoya (Joe Crowell/Si Crowell), Daniel Jenkins (Howie Newsome), Adriane Lenox (Mrs. Gibbs), Rebecca Luker (Mrs. Webb), Tyrah Skye Odoms (Rebecca Gibbs), Wolfgang Scheitinger (Wally Webb), Wally Dunn (Professor Willard), Howard McGillin (Mr. Webb), Martin Moran (Simon Stimson), Julia Murney (Mrs. Soames), Philip Hoffman (Constable Warren), Jose Llana (Sam Craig), Wally Dunn (Joe Stoddard) and townspeople Will Boyaijan, Brandon Contreras, Talya Groves, Chelsea D. Harrison, John-Michael Lyles, Melissa Mickens and Cailan Rose.

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Three members the Gibbs family, played by Tyrah Skye Odoms, Adriane Lenox, and Jerry Dixon.

We’d also like to thank scenic designer Ken Goldsein, lighting designer Cory Pattak, sound designer Patrick Weaver, costume supervisor Jennifer Caprio, musical supervisor Mark Fifer, make-up artist Nathan Johnson, hairstylist James Corbett, casting consultant Stephanie Yankwitt, production stage manager Jason A. Quinn, and the rest of the incredible team! And a huge shout-out to the evening’s sponsors: PNC Bank, The New York Times, New York Marriott Marquis, and United Airlines. Without all of you, this incredible evening wouldn’t have been possible!

All photos by Jamie Liles.

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BD Wong took the helm as Act II’s Stage Manager.

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George Gibbs (Leslie Odom, Jr.) waits excitedly as Mr. Webb (Howard McGillin) leads his daughter Emily (Celia Keenan-Bolger) down the aisle.

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As the Act III Stage Manager, S. Epatha Merkerson catches us up on the last nine years in Grovers Corners.

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The townspeople gather to bid Emily farewell.

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As Emily (Celia Keenan-Bolger) discusses what she has learned in death with her mother-in-law (Adriane Lenox), George (Leslie Odom, Jr.) weeps at her gravesite.

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Leslie Odom, Jr. and Tyrah Skye Odoms do some post-show bonding.

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Rebecca Luker and Howard McGillen.

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Jose Llana, Celia Keenan-Bolger, and BD Wong.

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Mario Cantone and Jerry Dixon.

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Julia Murney (the evening’s Mrs. Soames) with Joe Benincasa.

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Celia Keenan-Bolger and John Ellison Conlee.

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Joe Benincasa, Director Peter Flynn, Rebecca Luker and Howard McGillin.

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Actors Fund Chief Advancement Officer Tom Exton, BD Wong, Judy Exton and Charlotte Exton.

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Tim Pinckney, Andréa Burns and Peter Flynn.

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