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Swank River Oaks mansion sets the stage for Alley Theatre's Artists Dinner

Swank River Oaks mansion sets the stage for Alley's Artists Dinner

Alley Theatre Artists Dinner September 2013 Deana Blackburn, Dean Gladden and Jane Gladden
Deana Blackburn, left, with Dean and Jane Gladden at the Alley Theatre Artists Dinner. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Alley Theatre Artists Dinner September 2013 Josie de Guzman and Gregory Boyd
Josie de Guzman and Gregory Boyd at the Alley Theatre Artists Dinner. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Alley Theatre Artists Dinner September 2013 Todd Waite, Deana Blackburn and Larry Blackburn
Todd Waite, left, with Deana and Larry Blackburn at the Alley Theatre Artists Dinner. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Alley Theatre Artists Dinner September 2013 Jerry Finger and Nanette Finger
Jerry and Nanette Finger at the Alley Theatre Artists Dinner. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Alley Theatre Artists Dinner September 2013 Elizabeth Black and James Black
Elizabeth Black and James Black at the Alley Theatre Artists Dinner. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Alley Theatre Artists Dinner September 2013 Meredith Long and Cornelia Long
Meredith and Cornelia Long at the Alley Theatre Artists Dinner. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Alley Theatre Artists Dinner September 2013 Margaret Alkek Williams, Jim Daniel
Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel at the Alley Theatre Artists Dinner. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Alley Theatre Artists Dinner September 2013 Roger Aksamit, Lori Pinder
Roger Aksamit and Lori Pinder at the Alley Theatre Artists Dinner. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Alley Theatre Artists Dinner September 2013 Deana Blackburn, Ken Kades and Mady Kades
Deana Blackburn, left, with Ken and Mady Kades at the Alley Theatre Artists Dinner. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Alley Theatre Artists Dinner September 2013 Jeffrey Bean and Christa Bean, Emily Neves, Andrew Love
Jeffrey and Christa Bean, from left, Emily Neves and Andrew Love at the Alley Theatre Artists Dinner. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Alley Theatre Artists Dinner September 2013 Brian Teichman, left, and Andrew Cordes
Brian Teichman, left, and Andrew Cordes at the Alley Theatre Artists Dinner. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Alley Theatre Artists Dinner September 2013 Ralph Burch and Beth Madison
Ralph Burch and Beth Madison at the Alley Theater Artists Dinner. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Alley Theatre Artists Dinner September 2013 Florence Langford and Tom Langford
Florence and Tom Langford at the Alley Theatre Artists Dinner. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Alley Theatre Artists Dinner September 2013 Sanford Robbins and Kate Robbins
Sanford and Kate Robbins at the Alley Theatre Artists Dinner. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Alley Theatre Artists Dinner September 2013 Amy Miller and John Miller
Amy and John Miller at the Alley Theatre Artists Dinner. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Alley Theatre Artists Dinner September 2013 Deana Blackburn, Dean Gladden and Jane Gladden
Alley Theatre Artists Dinner September 2013 Josie de Guzman and Gregory Boyd
Alley Theatre Artists Dinner September 2013 Todd Waite, Deana Blackburn and Larry Blackburn
Alley Theatre Artists Dinner September 2013 Jerry Finger and Nanette Finger
Alley Theatre Artists Dinner September 2013 Elizabeth Black and James Black
Alley Theatre Artists Dinner September 2013 Meredith Long and Cornelia Long
Alley Theatre Artists Dinner September 2013 Margaret Alkek Williams, Jim Daniel
Alley Theatre Artists Dinner September 2013 Roger Aksamit, Lori Pinder
Alley Theatre Artists Dinner September 2013 Deana Blackburn, Ken Kades and Mady Kades
Alley Theatre Artists Dinner September 2013 Jeffrey Bean and Christa Bean, Emily Neves, Andrew Love
Alley Theatre Artists Dinner September 2013 Brian Teichman, left, and Andrew Cordes
Alley Theatre Artists Dinner September 2013 Ralph Burch and Beth Madison
Alley Theatre Artists Dinner September 2013 Florence Langford and Tom Langford
Alley Theatre Artists Dinner September 2013 Sanford Robbins and Kate Robbins
Alley Theatre Artists Dinner September 2013 Amy Miller and John Miller

The theatrics were all playful in Deana and Larry Blackburn's River Oaks swankienda when they opened their expansive home for the Alley Theatre's Artists Dinner during which Alley patrons were invited to get up-close and personal with members of the resident company.

Alley artistic director Gregory Boyd and managing director Dean Gladden were front and center as were theater favorites James Black, Josie de Guzman and Todd Waite, among others. Special guest was Sanford Robbins, director of You Can't Take It With You, the Alley's season opener.

City Kitchen provided the sustenance for diners who were seated at elaborately dressed tables, thank you Jonathan Andrew Sage, in the dining room and the wine cellar. As the plates were cleared and conversation peaked, guests moved to the loggia where a lavish dessert buffet beckoned.

Among those breaking bread with the Alley team were Cornelia and Meredith Long, Nanette and Jerry Finger, Jessie Marion, Brian Teichman and Andrew Cordes, Beth Madison and Ralph Burch, Mady and Ken Kades, Kathryn Ketelsen, Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel.