MONDAY, MAY 19, 2014  at Trinity Place
THEATRE EAST will present Dominic Chianese, best known for his role as Corrado “Junior” Soprano on the HBO TV series The Sopranos, with its 2014 LAURETTE TAYLOR AWARD on Monday, May 19, at Trinity Place, 115 B’way (between B’way and Trinity Place) in lower Manhattan. The benefit begins with a VIP Cocktail Hour at 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm begins the dinner, program and music. David Chase, who created the hit award-winning television series, will host the event.  Also participating will beTim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Thou?Lincoln), and Graham Russell (Air Supply) for cocktails, dinner, and music. Other special guests to be announced.

Dominic Chianese first appeared on Broadway in “Oliver!” in 1965, and he continues to perform in Broadway, Off Broadway, and regional theatre. Mr. Chianese was in the television series East Side/West Side. In 1974, Francis Ford Coppola cast him as Johnny Ola in The Godfather Part II. Chianese’s other films include Dog Day Afternoon as the father of Sunny (Al Pacino), And Justice For All, and Looking for Richard. Chianese, also a musician, has appeared in many taverns and restaurants, singing and playing guitar.

The Theatre East Laurette Taylor Award was founded in 2009 to celebrate the exceptional artistic contributions of Laurette Taylor (“The Glass Menagerie”) and to celebrate those that have made similar contributions. Mr. Chianese has appeared in several THEATRE EAST productions and readings.
Theatre East is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization putting community back in theatre one play at a time. After producing the premiere of Christopher Durang’s “The Vietnamization of New Jersey” (NY Times Critic’s Pick) and the premiere of Texas playwright David W. Crawford’s “Harvest” (Back Stage Critic’s Pick, Smith & Kraus Best New Plays of 2008) and earning a spot as “producers to watch in 2008” on PBS’s Theater Talk, the husband and wife producing partners, Judson Jones and Christa Kimlicko Jones, along with Joseph Mitchell Parks, founded Theatre East in 2008.
Theatre East is committed to discovering new vivid theatrical works and celebrating all forms of theatre. The Neighborhood Reading Series helps in fostering relationships with playwrights and their work. This Series expands our horizons even further being outside the confines of a full production. In addition, it provides a platform for discussion and community by celebrating plays you may have heard of along with some that might be a bit more obscure or even brand new. Since the readings are free and open to the public, it also aids us in our dedication to the ideal that theatre is not a luxury but should be accessible to everyone, no matter one’s economic or social status. Theatre East Advances The Dialogue of the Shared Human Experience through works that utilize Simple Storytelling, Providing Our community With A Platform to Deepen Its Understanding of themselves, each other and the world we share.
Theatre East (Judson Jones, Artistic Director; Christa Kimlicko Jones, Associate Artistic Director) is a New York based theatre company committed to ensemble collaboration through production of vivid theatrical works that explore our mortality and the shared human experience. They seek to build community by confronting isolation, allowing for a better understanding of their audience and ourselves.


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