Suzan Lori-Parks was honored at Signature Theatre's gala, hosted by Edward Norton.
Suzan Lori-Parks was honored at Signature Theatre's gala, hosted by Edward Norton.
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Signature Theatre held its annual gala on Monday, May 8, at the Pershing Square Signature Center. The event, hosted by Signature board chair Edward Norton, celebrated Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, Signature's 2016-17 Residency One Playwright, as well as Signature's official airline Delta Air Lines.

Dave Malloy, currently starring in Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, takes a photo with spouse Eliza Bent
Dave Malloy, currently starring in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, takes a photo with spouse Eliza Bent.
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This year's gala included cocktails, dinner, and entertainment with special appearances by Brandon J. Dirden, Michael McKean, Alicia Hall Moran, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and Daniel J. Watts. In addition to celebrating Parks and Delta Air Lines, the gala also raised funds to support Signature's artistic programs and the Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access.

Delta Air Lines received the inaugural Margot Adams Signature Award in memory of Adams' husband Mason. Adams is a long-standing Signature trustee. Henry Kuykendall, vice president – New York, accepted the award on behalf of Delta Air Lines.

Daphne Rubin-Vega performed at the event.
Daphne Rubin-Vega performed at the event.
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Parks is a MacArthur Award winner. Her work as a playwright includes 2002 Pulitzer Prize-winning Topdog/Underdog, Venus, and Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3).

Cochairs for the event included Sylvana Ward Durrett; Kate and Harold Hope; Daniela and Ted Lundberg; Nina B. Matis and Alan Gosule; Edward Norton and Shauna Robertson; Kristen M. O'Hara; Edward G. Skyler, Citi; Mark Subias; Sara and Nathaniel Zilkha; Bank of America; Bloomberg Philanthropies; and Time Warner Inc.