photo of Mr. Gurney by Walter Kurtz

Join us for Keen Company’s
18th Annual Benefit Gala

A. R. Gurney

Monday May 21st, 2018

Manhattan Penthouse
80 Fifth Avenue, New York NY 10011

with special performanceS by


Mr. Gurney was a legendary playwright, Pulitzer Prize Nominee, and long-time collaborator with Keen Company.

Help us salute his life and work as we honor him with the Keen Vision Award!

The evening will also include extraordinary performances, musical entertainment, and backstage stories!

6:30pm - Cocktail reception, open bar, and prize raffle. 
7:30pm - Formal dinner, presentation of our honoree, and performances.

Each ticket includes a cocktail party, open bar, formal dinner, and entertainment. Tickets range from premium tables of ten to single discounted subscriber tickets.

Mood is festive. Dress is cocktail. Fun is a given.

Celebrate with the stars!

The evening will include special performances and backstage stories
by the follow guests!


2018 Benefit Committee:

Linda D'Onofrio (Committee Chair)
Elizabeth Corradino
Rose Courtney
Barbara McIntyre Hack
Patricia Stockhausen

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Mr. Gurney was born in 1930 in Buffalo, New York. He graduated from Williams College in 1952, served as an officer in the Navy, and afterwards attended the Yale School of Drama. For many years, he taught literature at MIT, but moved to New York in 1982 to devote more time to writing for the theatre.

In addition to Later Life, his many acclaimed plays include Ancestral Voices, Another Antigone, A Cheever Evening, The Cocktail Hour, The Dining Room, Far East, The Fourth Wall, The Golden Age, Love Letters, The Middle Ages, Mrs. Farnsworth, O Jerusalem, The Old Boy, Scenes from American Life, The Snow Ball, Sweet Sue, and Sylvia, among others.

He has won a number of awards during his career, including a Pulitzer Prize Nomination, and is now a member of Theatre Hall of Fame and American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Mr. Gurney was married to his wife Molly for over 60 years. They have four children and eight grandchildren. On Tuesday June 13th 2017, he died in his New York apartment, with his family by his side. This is the way he wanted it.

More information on Mr. Gurney's illustrious career can be found here.

A. R. Gurney & Keen Company



by A.R. Gurney
directed by Jonathan Silverstein

with Ann McDonough, Claire Lautier, Samantha Soule, Dan Daily, Timothy McCracken, Mark J. Sullivan

designed by Daniel Baker, Josh Bradford, Theresa Squire, and Dana Moran Williams

* Drama Desk Nom, Outstanding Revival of a Play
* Drama Desk Nom, Outstanding Direction of a Play
* Drama Desk Win, Outstanding Ensemble


THE OLD BOY - Season 13

by A.R. Gurney
directed by Jonathan Silverstein

with Marsha Dietlein Bennett, Cary Donaldson, Chris Dwan, Laura Esterman, Tom Riis Farrell, Peter Rini

designed by Steven Kemp, Jennifer Paar, Josh Bradford, Ryan Rumery, M. Florian Staab, and Ricola Wille



by A.R. Gurney
directed by Jonathan Silverstein

with Liam Craig, Barbara Garrick, Laurence Lau, Jodie Markell

designed by Steven Kemp, Jennifer Paar, David Lander, Obadiah Eaves, Ricola Wille, and Dave Bova

 Mr. Gurney chatting  The Old Boy  with Artistic Director Jonathan Silverstein

Mr. Gurney chatting The Old Boy with Artistic Director Jonathan Silverstein

Keen Co Board of Directors:

George Bean, Bill Bradford (Treasurer), Elizabeth Corradino (Secretary), Rose Costello Courtney, Linda D’Onofrio, Maralène Downs (President), Barbara McIntyre Hack, Marsha Mason, David McMahon, Charles Snipes, Patricia Stockhausen, Chris Yegen (Chair)

Keen Co Advisory Council:

Cathy Altholz, Josh Bradford, Mike Emmerman, Catherine Engel, Patricia Follert (Chair), Timothy Grandia, Brian d’Arcy James, Blake Lawrence, Kelli O’Hara, Mark Orsini, Pamela Thomas, Ernest Wong

If you have any questions about the evening, please contact Ashley DiGiorgi at or 212-216-0963.