TCG Gala Honors The Piano Lesson's Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson Jackson January 9 | Playbill

Benefits and Galas TCG Gala Honors The Piano Lesson's Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson Jackson January 9

The evening also features performances by Tony winner Lillias White, Sidney DuPont, and Alex Newell.

Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Jackson arrive on the red carpet on opening night of The Piano Lesson Heather Gershonowitz

Theatre Communications Group honors Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson Jackson during its 2023 TCG Gala, Our Stories, January 9 at The Edison Ballroom in New York City.

Samuel L. Jackson is currently back on Broadway in the first Main Stem revival of August Wilson's The Piano Lesson, which is directed by Jackson's wife, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, making history as the first woman to ever direct a Wilson play on Broadway.

READ: LaTanya Richardson Jackson Talks Being 1st Female Director of an August Wilson Play on Broadway

The evening begins at 6 PM with cocktails followed by a 7 PM seated dinner and entertainment beginning at 7:20 PM. Co-chairs are Broadway producer Brian Anthony Moreland and theatre publicist and past honoree Rick Miramontez.

Performers include Tony nominee Sidney DuPont (Paradise Square), Alex Newell (Shucked), and Tony winner Lillias White (Hadestown, The Life). 

The Gala also celebrates the launch of TCG’s One Million Books Campaign, which will make one million TCG plays available to schools, libraries, community centers, independent bookstores, and more. The book program, which commits to the life-long career of its playwrights, keeping all of their plays in print, features the work of Annie Baker, Nilo Cruz, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Larissa FastHorse, Athol Fugard, Quiara Alegría Hudes, David Henry Hwang, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Tony Kushner, Young Jean Lee, Lynn Nottage, Suzan-Lori Parks, Sarah Ruhl, Heidi Schreck, Stephen Sondheim, Paula Vogel, and August Wilson. 

“We’re thrilled to honor the iconic talents of philanthropists and humanitarians Samuel and LaTanya Richardson Jackson during their Broadway run of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play,” said Teresa Eyring, executive director and CEO of TCG, in an earlier statement. “TCG had a long and deep relationship with Mr. Wilson. His transformational speech, The Ground on Which I Stand, was first delivered at the 1996 TCG National Conference, and in 2007, TCG Books was honored to publish his American Century Cycle in a gorgeous, hard-cover boxed set. The Gala will also be an opportunity to lift up TCG Books’ One Million Books Campaign, ensuring readers across the country will have access to not only Wilson’s plays, but TCG Books' extensive library of titles.”

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