Photo Blog: 2017 Gala Highlights

“This is the most fun I’ve ever had!” -Bob Schieffer, probably just being really polite

This past weekend the American Shakespeare Center held its annual Gala, a weekend full of activities including one-night-only performance performance of Emma Whipday’s In Search of Shakespeare, featuring renowned newsman Bob Schieffer in full Elizabethan garb.

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Bob Schieffer and David Anthony Lewis in In Search of Shakespeare.  Photo by Lauren Rogers.

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Guests enjoy In Search of Shakespeare.  Photo by Lauren Rogers.

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Allison Glenzer in In Search of Shakespeare.  Photo by Lauren Rogers.

The performance was followed by dinner, award presentations, and dancing at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel.

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Table design by Amanda Williams.  Photo by Lauren Rogers.

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Co-Founder and Director of Mission Ralph Alan Cohen, Burbage Award Winner Lesley Currier, Goodfellow Award Winner Robert C. Vaughan III, Honored Guest Bob Schieffer, and Managing Director Amy Wratchford.  Photo by Lauren Rogers.

Burbage Award recipient Lesley Currier is the founder of Marin Shakespeare Company in San Rafael, California.  She leads the company’s Shakespeare for Social Justice program which uses drama therapy techniques with acting instructions to give inmates the opportunity to study and perform Shakespeare, learn teamwork and positive goal-setting, practice self-reflection and self-expression, and build emotional competency and empathy.

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Leslie Currier.  Photo by Lauren Rogers.

Robin Goodfellow Award recipient Robert C. Vaughan III is the Founding President and CEO of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

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Dr. Ralph Alan Cohen and Robert C. Vaughan III.  Photo by Lauren Rogers.

The evening capped off with some solid dance moves.

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Photo by Lauren Rogers.

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Hidden Figures author Margot Shetterly and Former US Poet Laureate Rita Dove doing the Wobble.  Photo by Jeremy Douylliez.

A special Sunday morning brunch followed the next morning featuring a conversation between Ralph Cohen, Bob Schieffer, and Robert C. Vaughan III.