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Alley Theatre toasts 4 powerhouses of the stage at Tony Award-Winning Evening
Four renowned artists took center stage at the recent 2023 Alley Theatre Award for Lifetime Achievement: A Tony Award-Winning Evening earlier this month. The chic soiree honored costume designer Susan Hilferty, sound designer Scott Lehrer, playwright and director Richard Nelson, and lighting designer Jennifer Tipton.
All four are among the most influential and renowned names in the theater industry for their craft. By the numbers, they combine for a staggering 109 Broadway productions, five Tony Awards (including 21 nominations), one Olivier Award, one Grammy Award, nine Drama Desk Awards (including 29 nominations), and many other accolades.
Houston audiences can see their work for themselves in the Alley's world premiere of Anton Chekov's Little ComediesLittle Comedies, on stage through October 29 and directed by Nelson, and with costumes by Hilferty, sound by Lehrer, and lighting by Tipton.
"Nelson and his design team ... have each had remarkable careers individually and have worked together for decades to create this intimate form of theatre," wrote Alley artistic director Rob Melrose in his notes for the Playbill for Little Comedies. "Their long-term collaboration and the extraordinary results are unique and special."
Melrose led a discussion with the four at the event, chaired by Jeremy and Wendi Monthy.
Lois Stark, a lifetime trustee of Alley Theatre, and the person who conceived the theater's Lifetime Achievement Award, was in attendance with her husband George. Others in attendance were Franci Neely, Carl Palazzolo, Craig and Angela Jarchow, Steve and Christina Morse, Roger and Connie Plank, Tom Mays and Orlando Zayas, Derek and Lara Hollingsworth, Erin Carpenter, Amelia Hartman, Alejandra and Dimitri Papakyriacou, Lisa Helper and Patrick Myatt, Dick and Jane Schmitt, Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, Heather Almond, and Dean and Jane Gladden.
Johanna Terry Events designed the event and Culinaire provided catering.