To Recognize Longtime Patrons
The Huntington Theatre Company's annual
benefit, Spotlight Spectacular!, will be held on Monday,
April 26, 2004, at the Cyclorama building at the Boston Center for the
Arts. Chaired by Huntington Trustee David Epstein and
his wife Betsy, this year's benefit will honor long-time
Huntington patrons and supporters, Nancy and Edward Roberts.
This fundraising event will feature a seated dinner,
entertainment, and both a silent and live auction. Proceeds will help
to support the Huntington's programs, including its award-winning Youth,
Education, and Community Outreach Programs.
Spotlight Spectacular! will take place at the Boston Center for the Art's
(BCA) Cyclorama building, adjacent to the new Theatre Pavilion that the
Huntington is building in partnership with the BCA. The evening's entertainment
will include Julie White ("Bad Dates,"
"Six Feet Under"), James Alexander
and Terita Redd ("Ain't Misbehavin'").
Auction items for Spotlight Spectacular! include a chance to be a Ball
Boy/Girl for a Celtics home game at the Fleet Center,
an opportunity to play catch on the field at Fenway Park,
and other unique items.
Honorees Nancy and Edward Roberts
Nancy and Edward Roberts have supported the Huntington since its beginning.
Ed Roberts, the David Sarnoff Professor of Management of Technology at
MIT, is the founder and chair of the MIT Entrepreneurship
Center and has long headed the MIT Management of
Technology and Innovation group. In addition to co-founding
a number of successful hi-tech ventures, Ed is also a prolific researcher
Nancy Roberts, a three-time graduate of Boston University,
is founder of the Technology in Education graduate program
at Lesley University and is currently a professor and
the Director of Lesley's Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Division.
The Roberts' generous support of the Huntington's new
Theatre Pavilion has enabled the construction of the new Nancy and Edward
Roberts Studio Theatre.
The Huntington's Youth, Education, and Community
Proceeds from Spotlight Spectacular! help to support the programs of the
Huntington, including its Youth, Education, and Community Outreach Programs,
which offer students and underserved communities increased access to theatre.
Funded almost entirely by contributions, the Huntington's Education and
Outreach Department has provided opportunities for more than 200,000 students
since its inception. The Huntington's community access programs include
audio-described shows and ASL-interpreted performances that make it possible
for blind and low-vision patrons and Deaf and hard-of-hearing theatregoers
to enjoy Huntington productions, as well as special discount programs
for community groups such as Elder Arts, Big Brother/Big Sister, and AIDS
Tables for this benefit are available for $7,500, $10,000, and $15,000.
Individual tickets are priced at $500 each. For information,
contact Amanda Hennessey at 617-273-1522.