We hope that you will join us for this year’s star-studded gala, A TASTE OF SOMETHING NEW, on Monday, May 1. After years of presenting The 24 Hour Musicals as our annual gala, we are mixing things up this year with a star-studded celebration of the best of the new — from new food to new work — at the Diamond Horseshoe in midtown Manhattan.
A TASTE OF SOMETHING NEW will extend our tradition of supporting new work to showcasing some of the best new food around, enjoying tastes of more than a dozen of New York City's best new restaurants and individual chefs along with custom celebrity entertainment.
The Exchange is a leading American institution committed to the creation of bold new work by the most innovative artists from around the world. The Exchange is not a traditional theatre company: we spend more than 90% of our time and budget on programs that allow other companies and artists to develop and display bold, innovative, original work, and on creative initiatives that push the industry and the theatrical form.
This past June, we celebrated our 10th year of The Orchard Project - our annual month-long summer intensive - which has supported over 200 productions and companies to date. In just ten years, The Orchard Project has become *the* place where performers and creators from around the world come to create their next show. Notable productions and companies to take part in The Orchard Project include: the Broadway musical Amelie, Robert Schenkkan’s All the Way (2014 TONY Award for Best Play and now an HBO Film), The Object Lesson (currently running at New York Theatre Workshop), last year’s sold out A Foreign Body at the Le Parker Meridien, and recent shows at BAM Next Wave, The Royal Court in London, The Public Theater, Labyrinth Theatre Company, Tectonic Theater Project, The Atlantic Theater Company, Pig Iron, The Rude Mechs, American Repertory Theater, and many others.
The event, raising funds to expand Orchard Project's programming, will also honor acclaimed playwright, screenwriter, and Exchange Board Member Robert Schenkkan. Robert is a Pulitzer Prize, TONY, and WGA Award winner, a three-time Emmy nominated writer. As the author of fifteen plays that include All the Way, The Great Society and The Kentucky Cycle (Pulitzer prize, Tony and Drama Desk nominations), and a musical, The Twelve, and screenwriter of films including Hacksaw Ridge (six Oscar nominations) and The Quiet American, Robert's work has taken epic political moments and made them personal, and taken personal stories and elevated them to the epic. His prolific body of work is only matched by his advocacy for other artists and the continued evolution of the dramatic form, serving as a model for us all.
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