Stage Luminaries Return to Boston as Huntington Theatre Company Hostsa Tribute to Peter Altman March 27

in Arts, News Releases
March 1st, 2000

Contact: Balsom & Associates, 617-451-3392

(Boston, Mass.) — On Monday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m., the Huntington Theatre Company will host a special performance of musical numbers and dramatic readings featuring many of the leading theatrical artists who have appeared on its stage over the past 18 seasons in honor of outgoing Producing Director Peter Altman.

Among the artists scheduled to appear in “A Tribute to Peter Altman” will be Tony Award-winners Elizabeth Franz, Tammy Grimes, Maryann Plunkett, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Lloyd Richards and Pulitzer Prize-winner August Wilson.

This special event will inaugurate The Altman Fund for Artistic Diversity, which will support and nurture theatre artists of color at the Huntington, providing enhanced professional development and ongoing opportunities to realize their creative talents.

According to Huntington Theatre Company’s Chairman of the Board, J. David Wimberly, The Altman Fund has been created “in recognition of the remarkable contributions that Peter Altman has made to the diversification of theatre in Boston and to his 18 years of artistic achievements at the highest level.”

From the Huntington’s 1986 production of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone to this season’s east coast premieres of Philip Kan Gotanda’s Sisters Matsumoto and August Wilson’s King Hedley II, the theatre has been home to a significant number of works that speak to the diversity of American culture. Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992; The Woman Warrior, Nomathemba; Blues for an Alabama Sky and the theatre’s 14-year relationship with August Wilson are just the prime examples of the theatre’s commitment to presenting plays by and about communities of color.

In his 18 seasons as artistic leader of Boston’s major resident professional theatre, Peter Altman has presided over 96 different productions, including 14 premieres of new works and adaptations as well as 37 regional premieres. A Tribute to Peter Altman, Monday March 27 at 7:30pm at the Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Avenue. Tickets for the performance are $40 & $30 (with a $5 discount for subscribers) and available at the Huntington Box Office at 617/266-0800 and online at www.bu.edu/huntington.

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