Parties & Openings
April 22 – E. Chatham
Habitat For Humanity Brunch
April 14 – Pittsfield
Susan Merrill Exhibit Opening
April 7 – Ghent
Ghent Playhouse Gala
Ghent Playhouse Toasts Annual Benefit With “The Gin Game”
Jamie Larson reports from Ghent. On Saturday, April 7, The Ghent Playhouse held its annual benefit to support and herald the theater’s impressive 43rd season. The event featured a staged reading of “The Gin Game” starring Monk and Cathy Schane-Lydon, who turned in riveting and nuanced performances even at this preproduction phase. The small playhouse gets a lot of support from its community but a surprising number of fundraiser attendees from farther afield were happy to support the local theater community that’s alive and well in the center of Ghent. [Above: The Playhouse’s longest involved member, Cathy Lee-Visscher, and its senior member, Bernie Handler.]
Cathy and Monk Schane-Lydon on stage in “The Gin Game” (photo by Cindy Smith); Father George Fleming, from St. James Church, in a handsome suit he purchased from Rewraps, which supports PS21, and PS21 Board President Judy Grunberg.
Playhouse board members and staffers Vivian Wachsberger, Artistic Director Cathy Lee-Visscher, Vice President Sam Reilly, Linda Murawski, Joe Sicotte, President Kelly Mackerer, Dylan Wijiono and Mark Wilson.
Former Olana chairman Rick Sharp and his fifth-grade sweetheart Joan Ershler, with Lucy and Bill Jackson, who’ve known each other since they were 11; Chase and Paula Pugliese from East Greenbush.
Loyal patrons and volunteers Tom and Kathy Rector from Ellenville (Kathy can often be found in the box office); Spencertown Academy board member Jill Kalotay, former theater director for the NYS Council on the Arts Robert Zukerman, artist Jen Moseman and Chatham Education Foundation president Judy Staber.
Playhouse photographer Cindy Smith and Joan Fuess; Albert and Diana Wellington from Lee, Mass. said they encourage anyone from the Berkshires to come to the Ghent Playhouse — it’s well worth the trip.