Stage and film actor Charles S. “Roc” Dutton will be a featured guest at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center's 6th Annual Summer Gala on Saturday, July 21, in the Sunken Garden on the theater’s grounds off of 305 Grerat Neck Road, Waterford.
The evening will begin at 6 p. m. with cocktails and silent auction, followed by dinner and special program featuring Dutton, a longtime friend of the O'[Neill, doing an exceropt from his in-development in solo bio show.
The annual gala benefits the O’Neill’s year-round activities, dedicated to discovering and developing new work and voices for the American stage.
As a young man, Dutton played principal roles in premiers of many August Wilson plays developed at the O’Neill’s National Playwrights Conference. Since then, he has performed to acclaim with received Tony nominations for his work in The Piano Lesson and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Emmy nominations for roles on “The Practice,” and “Without a Trace.” He has also received recognition from the NAACP with a 1993 Image Award nomination and a 1992 Award for his lead role in the critically acclaimed comedy/drama series “ROC,” where he also served as Executive Producer.
In a recent interview with National Public Radio about his career and time at the O’Neill, Dutton recalls:
"The first time I came to the O'Neill it was like walking through the gates of Theatre Heaven. Never before had I experienced such a sense of artistic comradery. You could feel it, taste it, it was in the air. A strong, wonderful atmosphere. Healthy. Vibrant. A committed group of actors, directors, administrators and staff all there for one purpose.... To serve the playwright and the play! That work. Those moments. Those times I will keep in the sacred chambers of my heart forever. I am honored to give support to this organization."Information about the gala: Suzanne Hendrix, Director of Special Events and Membership at 860-443-5378 x217, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.theoneill.org.