Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Hirschfeld at the Playhouse: A Special Event Celebrating the Work of Al Hirschfeld

By Charlie Nork
Individual Giving Manager

WCP Artistic Director Mark Lamos with a Hirschfeld piece
which highlights 20 stars from the theater's history
Please join us for a one-night-only celebration of the artistry of Al Hirschfeld!

Al Hirschfeld (1903-2003) began his performance portraiture in 1926. His signature work, defined by a linear calligraphic style, made his name a verb. To be "Hirschfelded" was a sign that one has arrived. To a great extent, Hirschfeld documented the history of the performing arts in the twentieth century and beyond. “Hirschfeld at the Playhouse” is a satellite event in conjunction with the New-York Historical Society Museum and Library’s exhibition, “The Hirschfeld Century: The Art of Al Hirschfeld,” Which runs May 22-October 12. You can see this special exhibition in Westport on one night only!

Mr. Hirschfeld presenting a special drawing
commissioned by the Playhouse. 
Monday, June 29, 2015

6:00 pm: Those with patron-level tickets are invited to cocktails and dinner with special guests in the midst of the art in the Sheffer Studio, followed by commentary on each piece. Patrons will move to the theater for the documentary screening at 8 p.m.
Patron-level tickets, which include dinner, are $125 per person.

8:00 pm:“The Line King”, The American Masters’ documentary screening in the Jason Robards Theater. Followed by a Q&A with Louise Kerz Hirschfeld, President of the Hirschfeld Foundation, and Susan Dryfoos, writer and director of the film, moderated by Playhouse Artistic Director, Mark Lamos.
Supporter-level tickets, which include the film screening and Q&A, followed by admission to the exhibition, are $20 per person.

The Hirschfeld display at the Playhouse will feature art from private collections. Among the Playhouse friends loaning their Hirschfeld’s to the exhibit are Maureen Anderman, Jill Eikenberry, Joanna Gleason, James Earl Jones, Christopher Plummer, Jake Robards, and Edwin Schloss.

Author David Leopold will also be on hand to sign copies of his book, “The Hirschfeld Century: Portrait of an Artist and His Age,” recently published by Alfred A. Knopf.

To purchase tickets, call (203) 227-4177 or visit

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1 comment:

mark lawrence said...

Elated to know about this special event. Last month, I arranged my grandfather’s memorial ceremony at best event space in the city. Did wonderful decorations for this venue and had good time there. We all enjoyed this party very much.