Hedgerow Theatre Company, America’s oldest professional resident theater company, is celebrating its 95th Anniversary with a benefit honoring actress Penelope Reed for her lifetime of work. Reed is not only the 2017 Barrymore Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, but she is also its Artistic Director Emeritus.
Penelope Reed (center) in the fall 2017 production of “Blithe Spirit” at Hedgerow Theatre. Photo by Ashley LaBonde
Hedgerow Theatre Company’s “Belle of the Ball” Benefit will be co-chaired by Board Members Jane McNeil and Richard Taxin, and will be held Friday, March 23rd from 6:30-10:00 pm at the Old Mill, 9 Old Mill Lane, Rose Valley, PA 19063
. Tickets start at $95 per person and include an open bar and buffet dinner. The Benefit will start with a cocktail hour from 6:30-7:30.
At 7:30pm, students from the Hedgerow Theater School will invite guests into dinner and a presentation through song. All monies raised at the event will be dedicated to The Penelope Reed Education Fund to preserve the theatre’s educational programming for underserved youth and The Jewel Box Theatre Campaign dedicated to the refurbishing and preservation of Hedgerow’s theatre dating from the 1840s.
The evening’s honoree, Penelope Reed, has been a vital part of not only the Philadelphia theatre community but nationally. Through her performances, classes and leadership, she has influenced generations of artists, audiences and companies.
Hedgerow Theatre Company, founded in 1923 by Jasper Deeter, quickly gained a national and international reputation as a proving ground for artists such as Susan Glaspell, Eugene O’Neill, Countee Cullen, Henrik Ibsen, George Bernard Shaw, Theodore Dreiser and Wharton Esherick. Today, the company consists of seven resident actors and an extended company of 10. Hedgerow Theatre, led by Producing Artistic Director, Jared Reed, seeks to connect and enrich the lives of company, patrons and community in the shared experience of ensemble theater, through performance and theatre education of the highest quality. Hedgerow is located outside Philadelphia at 64 Rose Valley Road
in Rose Valley, PA (near Media). For more information on Hedgerow Theatre and its current company and productions visit www.hedgerowtheatre.org