Acclaimed Hollywood actress and Law & Order star, S. Epatha Merkerson to serve as keynote speaker
In celebration of the Detroit Repertory Theatre’s 60th anniversary, the organization will host its annual black-tie fundraising gala and awards ceremony on Sat., Nov. 19. In honor of the Detroit Repertory Theatre’s efforts, UAW-Ford announced its donation of $20,000 to help keep community theatre thriving.
“The partnership between the Detroit Repertory Theatre and UAW-Ford is a natural,” said Bruce Millan, Detroit Repertory Theatre’s Managing Director. “Both institutions have been dedicated to Detroit for a long time and both have a deep concern for the well-being of workers; in the Repertory’s case the livelihood of workers in local professional theatre.”
In celebration of 60 years of theatre production, the evening will be rounded out with a live performance of the play The Realization of Emily Linder beginning at 8:30 p.m. In its Michigan premiere, the play depicts the story of growing old while breaking old habits, renewing the mind and recharging life.
“UAW-Ford is committed to serving the community, and helping to keep local arts alive and accessible,” said UAW-Ford Vice President Jimmy Settles. “We are proud to partner with the historic Repertory Theatre, as it celebrates 60 years of production excellence.”
“At Ford Motor Company, we believe that community theatre is one place where artists can express themselves,” said Bill Dirksen, Ford Motor Company, vice president, Labor Affairs. “When we invest in arts and culture in the community, we are supporting diversity of thought, creativity and self-expression.”
The annual gala will take place at the Detroit Repertory Theatre beginning with a reception at 6:30 p.m., which will include a VIP meet and greet, complimentary champagne and hors d’oeuvres. The program is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m., with a keynote from acclaimed actress and Law & Order star S. Epatha Merkerson speaking to the importance of keeping arts and culture alive. Former CBS Detroit television anchor Amyre Makupson will be mistress of ceremonies. The night will end with an awards presentation where artists from the previous season will be honored.
In addition to their generous donation, UAW-Ford Vice President Jimmy Settles and Ford Motor Company Labor Affairs Vice President Bill Dirksen also will serve as honorary co-chairs of the 60th Anniversary Gala. As a result of UAW-Ford’s contribution, Ford employees will receive half-off ticket prices for the entire show season. Employees must show their badge to receive the discount.