“Watch the Stars Come Out” –International Jazz Artist Alexis Cole and Obie Award-Winning Playwright Susan Miller to Grace the Stage at WCT Gala Westchester Collaborative Theater’s blockbuster salute to entertainment includes performance by Cole and keynote by Miller
Ossining, NY – A dynamic duo, internationally acclaimed jazz artist Alexis Cole and Obie award-winning playwright Susan Miller (My Left Breast), are two of the headliners set to grace the stage on Saturday, September 16, at Westchester Collaborative Theater (WCT)’s “Watch the Stars Come Out,” the theater group’s most ‘starstruck’ annual fundraiser to date. The blockbuster event will feature a performance by Cole, one of Ossining’s own, and remarks by Miller on her commitment to support WCT’s unique mission to develop new, innovative work for the theater plus candid, insider insights on the state of theater in today’s reframed market. Cole will be accompanied by Emmy nominated composer/producer and arranger Kinny Landrum of Sleepy Hollow on keyboard for the entertainment segment of the evening.
The dazzling 6 – 10 pm gala, held at Shattemuc Yacht Club, 46 Westerly Road in Ossining overlooking the Hudson River, will also include gourmet buffet fare, an open bar, live and silent auctions and a big ticket raffle. Tickets, $100 per person, may be purchased through www.wctheater.org or by check to WCT, PO Box 522 Ossining, NY 10562.
Miller has received multiple Obies as well as the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the Pinter Review Prize and has led her My Left Breast tour to universally rave reviews both in New York City and nationwide. Her works have been seen at Second Stage, the Public Theatre; Phoenix Repertory; and the Mark Taper Forum (LA).
Called “one of the great voices of today,” Cole has been compared to the likes of Sarah Vaughan and has performed with the Boston Pops and New York Philharmonic. The recipient of a Swing Journal Gold Disk award, and the NY Jazzmobile and Montreux Jazz Festival vocal competitions, she heads the Jazz Voice Program at SUNY Purchase.
The live auction will feature a one-week stay at the Mayan Palace Beach and Golf Resort timeshare and other desirable items for bidding. The big ticket raffle will be two Saturday night orchestra tickets to the Broadway run of Prince of Broadway, a salute to six decades of music from Harold Prince. Silent auction items, donated by local businesses and organizations, will include restaurant gift certificates; spa packages; artwork; wine baskets; sporting event tickets and memorabilia, and tickets to kid-friendly activities.
Westchester Collaborative Theater is a multicultural, cooperative theater company located in Ossining, NY, dedicated to developing new work for the stage and bringing live theater to the community. It is comprised of local playwrights, actors, and directors who employ a Lab approach in which new stage works are nurtured through an iterative process of readings, critiques, and rewrites. When work is ready for production, it is presented to the public at its new theater space.
WCT is committed to furthering theater arts in our community. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and a recipient of production grants from ArtsWestchester and New York State Council on the Arts.