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New York Stage and Film Honors Laura Linney and Jordan Roth at Annual Winter Gala

Rick Miramontez / Jaron Caldwell / Elizabeth Wagner
rick@oandmco.com / jaron@oandmco.com / elizabeth@oandmco.com




New York, NY – New York Stage and Film (Johanna Pfaelzer, Artistic Director; Mark Linn-Baker, Max Mayer, Leslie Urdang, Producing Directors) has announced that its Annual Winter Gala, to be held on Sunday, December 12, 2010 at The Plaza Hotel (770 Fifth Avenue, New York City), will honor Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning actress Laura Linney and Jujamcyn Theaters President, Jordan Roth.

This year, New York Stage and Film’s Honorary Gala Chairs include Billie Joe Armstrong, Harvey Fierstein, John Benjamin Hickey and Michael Mayer.

“We are all thrilled to have the opportunity to pay tribute to Laura Linney and Jordan Roth,” said Artistic Director Johanna Pfaelzer. “Laura is an actress of unparalleled talent and her dedication to storytelling in all its forms embodies the values of New York Stage and Film. And, of course, we are enormously proud to claim Jordan as our own – he first came to New York Stage and Film as an apprentice during our 1995 summer season, and returned as a staff member in 1997. Jordan’s commitment to creating a home on Broadway for a new generation of theatermakers and theatergoers is inspiring not just to us, but to the artists whose work we support.”

Founded in 1985 by Producing Directors Mark Linn-Baker, Max Mayer and Leslie Urdang, and now under the leadership of Artistic Director Johanna Pfaelzer, New York Stage and Film (SAF) is a not-for-profit company dedicated to the development and production of new works for theater and film. SAF has developed and produced premiere works by such writers as John Patrick Shanley, Jon Robin Baitz, Steve Martin, Theresa Rebeck, and Eve Ensler.

All proceeds from the evening will benefit New York Stage and Film’s support of artists from around the country in the development and production of original work for theater and film. www.newyorkstageandfilm.org.


Laura Linney received a Tony Award nomination and a Drama Desk Award nomination for her role as photo journalist Sarah Goodwin in the Tony-nominated production of Donald Margulies’ “Time Stands Still” and has brought her performance as Sarah back to life on Broadway until early in 2011. Laura can now be seen on the highly anticipated Showtime dark comedy series, “The Big C” in which she stars and Executive Produces, about Cathy Jameson, a suburban mom who is diagnosed with cancer and tries to find humor in the disease. Laura Linney received an Academy Award nomination in the Lead Actress category for her role in the box office hit, The Savages, opposite Phillip Seymour Hoffman and also starred in the critically acclaimed HBO miniseries “John Adams,” for which she won an Emmy Award, a SAG Award and a Golden Globe. Next up on the big screen for Linney includes the Mark Ruffalo drama, Sympathy for Delicious. Laura’s additional credits include, Kenneth Lonergan’s You Can Count On Me for which she was nominated for an Oscar, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Golden Globe Award and an Independent Spirit Award. She received the award for Best Actress from the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics for her work in that film. In 2006 she received Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award nominations for her work in The Squid and the Whale. In 2004, she starred in Kinsey, opposite Liam Neeson and directed by Bill Condon, for which she was nominated for an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award. In addition, she won the award for Best Supporting Actress” by the National Board of Review for her work in Kinsey. In 2003, Laura appeared in the ensemble romantic comedy Love Actually, written and directed by Richard Curtis. She was also seen that year in Mystic River, directed by Clint Eastwood. Laura was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama by The British Academy of Film and Television Arts for Mystic River. Her other credits include Congo, Absolute Power, directed by Clint Eastwood, Primal Fear opposite Richard Gere and directed by Gregory Hoblit, The Truman Show opposite Jim Carrey, The House of Mirth, Lorenzo’s Oil, Dave, Searching for Bobby Fischer, A Simple Twist of Fate, The Mothman Prophecies, The Life of David Gale, PS, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Breach, Man of the Year, Driving Lessons, Jindabyne, The Hottest State, The Nanny Diaries, The Other Man and City of Your Final Destination. This August, Laura returned to Showtime’s “The Big C” which also stars Oliver Platt and Gabourey Sidibe. In 2004, Linney appeared on NBC’s comedy hit “Frasier.” She appeared in four episodes as Dr. Frasier Crane’s love interest, Charlotte. For this role, Laura won a 2004 Emmy Award for Best Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. She previously won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress for Showtime’s “Wild Iris” opposite Gena Rowlands. Additional television appearances include the lead role of Mary Ann Singleton in PBS’s “Tales of the City” based on the novels by Armistead Maupin, a role which she reprised in “More Tales of the City” for Showtime. Laura was also seen opposite Joanne Woodward in the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of “Blind Spot” and opposite Steven Weber in “Love Letters” directed by Stanley Donen. Linney is a graduate of Juilliard. In January 2010, Laura starred in Donald Marguiles’ production of Time Stands Still opposite Eric Bogosian, Brian d’Arcy James and Alicia Silverstone, for which she received Tony, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk nominations. Laura starred in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Christopher Hampton’s Les Liaisons Dangereuse with Ben Daniels. She was nominated for a Tony for her performance in Richard Eyre’s The Crucible, opposite Liam Neeson. In 2006, Laura starred in Donald Margulies’ Broadway staging of Sight Unseen, the same play she did 12 years ago. For her role as Patricia she received a Tony nomination as well as nominations from the Drama League, the Drama Desk Club and the Outer Critic Circle for Outstanding Actress in a Play. Her additional theatre credits include roles in the Broadway presentations of Six Degrees of Separation; The Seagull; Hedda Gabler, for which she won a 1994 Calloway Award; Phillip Barry’s Holiday, a comedy of manners, opposite Tony Goldwyn; Honour, Sight Unseen, for which she earned a Theatre World Award and a Drama Desk nomination; and John Guare’s Landscape of the Body at the Yale Repertory Theatre.

Jordan Roth is widely recognized as an industry innovator on Broadway, championing new shows that push the boundaries of theatre and create unique experiences for audiences. As President of Jujamcyn Theatres, Jordan overseas five Broadway theatres, presenting some of the most impactful musicals and plays on Broadway today. Current and recent Tony Award-winning productions include Jersey Boys, Spring Awakening, American Idiot, and FELA! as well as revivals of HAIR and A Little Night Music. Upcoming productions include The Book of Mormon and How to Succeed. Jordan joined Jujamcyn Theaters in 2005 as Resident Producer and became Vice President the following year. Prior to joining Jujamcyn, he produced The Rocky Horror Show, which received four Tony Award nominations including Best Musical Revival, as well as the theater/nightclub sensation The Donkey Show, which ran for six years in New York and has played around the world. Dedicated to expanding and deepening our relationship with artists and their work, Jordan hosts a popular interview series at the venerable 92nd Street Y, facilitating insightful and revealing one-on-one discussions with the most celebrated actors on the Broadway stage. Guests at Broadway Talks have included Billie Joe Armstrong, Sean Hayes, Laura Linney, Nathan Lane, Michael Mayer, David Hyde Pierce, Liev Schreiber and Elaine Stritch. Combining his love of the theatre with his passion for making a difference in our community, Jordan created Givenik.com, a unique service allowing theatergoers to buy discounted tickets and give 5% of their ticket price to the charity of their choice. Givenik.com currently supports over 350 charitable organizations from major national agencies to local PTA groups. In a relatively short period of time, Jordan has generated much interest in his innovative vision and accomplishments. He was included in Fast Company’s “Most Creative People of 2010”, Crain’s “Forty Under 40,” Variety’s “50 Creatives to Watch,” The Daily News’ “50 New Yorkers to Watch,” Time Out New York’s “42 Reasons to Applaud New York Theatre,” Paper Magazine’s “Beautiful People Issue,” and Out Magazine’s “Out 100” twice. Jordan graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University in 1997 with degrees in philosophy and theater, and received his MBA from Columbia Business School. He serves on the Boards of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Times Square Alliance, Freedom to Marry and The Horace Mann School, of which he is an alumnus.

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