2011 "Spotlight Spectacular"
To Be Hosted by Zach Braff
Screen and stage actor, writer, and director Zach
Braff will host the Huntington Theatre Company’s
2011 Spotlight Spectacular! gala benefit on Monday, May 9, at
the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel. The event will honor Boston playwright
Lydia R. Diamond and Trustee Bill McQuillan
with The Wimberly Award, the Huntington’s highest honor.
from Spotlight Spectacular! support the Huntington’s programs, including
its award-winning Youth, Education, and Community initiatives such as
the Student Matinee Series (serving 8,000 students annually),
the Huntington-Codman Academy Charter Public School Partnership,
and Poetry Out Loud (serving a record 18,000+ students
from over 70 schools this year).
Braff and Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois first
collaborated in the summer of 2010 when Braff starred in the world premiere
production of "Trust," directed by DuBois,
at Second Stage in New York. DuBois will direct Braff’s
play "All New People" at Second Stage this
Braff’s feature film writing and directorial debut, "Garden
State," premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival
and earned him a coveted WGA nomination for Best Original
Screenplay. The film also earned him an Independent Spirit Award
for Best First Feature as well as a nomination for Best First Screenplay.
In addition, Braff was awarded Best Directorial Debut by the National
Board of Review, Breakthrough Director by the Hollywood
Film Festival, and Most Promising Filmmaker by the Chicago
Film Critics Association. Braff can be seen this spring in the
Tribeca film, "High Cost Of Living," for director
He was nominated for a 2005 Primetime Emmy Award
and for 2005, 2006 and 2007 Golden Globe Awards
for his portrayal of Dr. John "J.D." Dorian in the NBC comedy
“Scrubs.” His film credits include roles in "The
Broken Hearts Club," "Getting To Know You," "Manhattan
Murder Mystery," "The Last Kiss," and
"The Ex." His stage experience includes roles in The
Public Theater productions of "Twelfth Night"
and "Macbeth" directed by George
Lydia R. Diamond is a Huntington Playwriting Fellow alumna
and the author of the Huntington’s hit production of "Stick
Fly." Her other Boston productions include "Harriet
Jacobs" at Central Square Theatre, and "Voyeurs
de Venus" and "The Bluest Eye" at
Company One. Her work has been produced at many theaters around the country
including Hartford Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Arena Stage, Goodman
Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and True Colors
Theatre Company. She serves on the faculty at Boston
Bill McQuillan is the immediate past President of the Huntington
Board of Trustees, of which he has been a member since 1998.
Bill served with distinction as Vice-Chair of the Setting the
Stage Campaign and was a driving force behind the creation of
the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center
for the Arts, as well as the Huntington’s first-ever institutional
endowment. He is the president of Boylston Properties,
a real estate development firm in Boston.
Chaired by Huntington Overseers Bryan Rafanelli and
Fancy Zilberfarb, the 2011 Spotlight Spectacular! will feature
a cocktail reception, a silent auction, a seated dinner, live auction,
entertainment, and dancing.
An online auction at huntingtontheatre.org/auction
will allow Huntington patrons and friends to bid on items prior to the
event. Online, silent, and live auction items available last year included
tickets to a Ringo Starr concert, a walk-on role in the
film "What’s Your Number," a “Come
as your Favorite President” cocktail party with Trustees
Doris Kearns Goodwin (Team of Rivals) and Richard
N. Goodwin ("Two Men of Florence"),
a Tony Awards package, and much more. The gala will also
offer an opportunity for guests to “Sponsor-a-Class”
in support of the Huntington’s Student Matinee Series.
Spotlight Spectacular! sold out in 2010, raising $625,000. This year’s
table prices range from $7,500 to $25,000 with individual tickets available
from $500 to 2,500. For more information about the event, to sponsor a
table, or to purchase tickets, contact Shaine Belli at 617 273-1536 or