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TCG Gala Evening to Honor Phylicia Rashad and Condola Rashad

Monday Nov 13, 2017

On Monday, November 13 at New York's Espace, Theatre Communications Group's 2017 Gala Evening will honor the award-winning artistry and ground-breaking careers of mother and daughter Phylicia Rashad and Condola Rashad.

The 2017 Gala honors individuals that have made theater the family business, impacting the U.S. theater field for multiple generations. This special evening will also commemorate the 20th Anniversary of TCG's National Council for the American Theatre, a group of trustees from around the country who have shaped their communities and influenced the national theater landscape.

The evening will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and special performances at 7 p.m. Guests have been asked to wear festive attire. All proceeds benefit TCG's wide-ranging programs to strengthen and promote the multi-generational theater field, while making a better world because of theater.

"Our theater field draws great strength from our multi-generational leadership, and from the artistry and craft that are passed down from one generation to the next," said Teresa Eyring, executive director, TCG. "There is no more inspiring example of that intergenerational exchange than the work of Phylicia and Condola Rashad. We are grateful for the opportunity to honor them at our 2017 Gala, and celebrate the work of TCG and the vitality of the field we serve."

Phylicia Rashad was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2016, the same year in which she received the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play for her performance as Shelah in Tarell Alvin McCraney's "Head of Passes." Broadway credits include Violet Weston in "August: Osage County," Big Mama in Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," Aunt Ester in August Wilson's "Gem Of The Ocean" (Tony Award nomination), Queen Britannia in Shakespeare's "Cymbeline" at Lincoln Center, The Witch in Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods," and Sweet Anita in "Jelly's Last Jam."

Rashad received both the Drama Desk and the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her riveting performance as Lena Younger in the Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin In The Sun." Rashad served as the first Denzel Washington Scholar at Fordham University, and as Master Teacher for the 2015 Lunt Fontanne Fellows at the Ten Chimneys Foundation. She has also conducted Master Classes at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Vassar, Howard University, and Carnegie Mellon University.

Condola Rashad began her career onstage in Lynn Nottage's 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Ruined," and has since been nominated for Tony Awards for her roles in "Stick Fly," "The Trip to Bountiful," and "A Doll's House, Part Two." Earlier this year, Rashad completed production on the Netflix film "Come Sunday," and in spring of 2016, Rashad completed production on Academy Award-nominee Milcho Manchevski's independent film "Bikini Moon."

Rashad co-starred in Joshua Marston's "Complete Unknown" opposite Michael Shannon and Rachel Weisz, and in Jodie Foster's "Money Monster," opposite George Clooney and Julia Roberts. On television, Rashad is known for her role as the young, motivated Assistant District Attorney Kate Sacker in Showtime's acclaimed series "Billions"; other credits include "Smash," "Sex and the City 2," and "The Good Wife."

Theatre Communications Group's 2017 Gala Evening will be held on Monday, November 13 at New York's Espace, 635 West 42nd Street.

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