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Vanessa Redgrave, Kyra Sedgwick, Kevin Bacon and Trudie Styler.  Photo by:  Rose Billings

 

Vanessa Redgrave, Kyra Sedgwick, Kevin Bacon and Trudie Styler

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 Culture Project  held a commemorative gala and naming ceremony for its newly christened Lynn Redgrave Theater (formerly known as 45 Bleecker Street) on Monday June 3 at Stage 48 in honor of the late Ms. Redgrave.
 
Vanessa Redgrave, Liam Neeson and Ms. Redgrave’s three children Annabel Clark, Ben Clark and Pema Clark served as Honorary Chairs of the Gala, at which the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) was also be honored for its dedication to advancing and protecting human rights. Executive Director of the CCR, Vincent Warren, and CCR President Emeritus Michael Ratner accepted the award on behalf of the organization, which has been a long-time collaborator with
 Culture Project.
 
Kyra Sedgwick, Golden Globe® and Emmy Award®-winning star of stage, screen and television, hosted the evening for the theatre that shines an artistic spotlight on human rights issues, where both she and Ms. Redgrave performed in the New York production of The Exonerated.

 
“Culture Project plays such a vital role in drawing people’s attention to issues that often go unchallenged by those without a voice so this Gala marks quite an emotional return to the proverbial boards that Lynn and I trod a decade ago,” Ms. Sedgwick said. “Lynn was a professional inspiration so, to be opening a theater named for her and reflective of her wonderful ability to make a difference in people’s lives through performance, is a touching and
 humbling privilege.”
 
“In celebrating Lynn Redgrave’s legacy of artistic excellence married with a bold human rights advocacy, we are delighted to have Kyra hosting this Gala,” said Allan Buchman, Founder and Artistic Director of Culture Project. “She broke ground here alongside Lynn in a production that helped raise awareness of the injustices faced by death row inmates across America, and returns now to help us affirm the newly named theater’s commitment to social justice.”
 
“The Lynn Redgrave Theater stands for everything it’s namesake held dear: playwriting, education and the joy of acting infused
with a very clear sense of integrity and fairness,”
 Mr. Buchman continued.
 
"CCR is the ideal ally in our efforts as we challenge injustice in our quest for a more humane civil society," Mr. Buchman added. "They are at the forefront of every battle that defines who we are as a nation whether it is Guantanamo torture stop and frisk illegal surveillance or government abuse of power. They have our collective back as a people they stand out because they stand up for what they stand for. They have played a crucial role in the development of our signature Blueprint for accountability series and been the inspiration behind the choices of many of our plays."
 
Sisters Lynn and Vanessa performed together at Lynn’s last Culture Project outing in 2007 with their late brother Corin Redgrave and his daughter Jemma, in A Question of Impeachment, a series of evenings exploring the case for the impeachment of former President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.
 
In addition to appearing as Sonia “Sunny” Jacobs in the original run of The Exonerated, Lynn Redgrave’s association with Culture Project was instrumental in the development of her third play, Nightingale, for which a number of developmental public readings of the play were presented at the theater.
 
Jillian Crane Kahn and Alfred Kahn are Chairs of the Gala. In addition to Allan Buchman, the Benefit Committee includes Ibrahim AlHusseini, Jill Brooke, Steven Donziger & Laura Miller, Robert Dunn, Jodie Evans, James Grant, Eva & Yoel Haller, Steve & Ruth Hendel, Lucy Jarvis, Lauren Embrey, Marc Kaplan, Katherine Keating, Rick Miramontez, Beatrix Ost & Ludwig Kuttner, Rosemary Pritzker, Michael Ratner, Cornelia Ravenal & Mikael Sodersten, Nicole Reeber, Bill Robinson, Melissa Spohler, Sandy Tabatznik, Vince Warren, Monica Winsor & Joshua Mailman, and Tom Wirtshafter.

 
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About Culture Project
Culture Project is dedicated to addressing critical human rights issues by shining an artistic spotlight on injustice. By fostering innovative collaboration between human rights organizations and artists, it aims to inspire and impact public dialogue, encouraging democratic participation in the most urgent matters of our time.

 Founded by Allan Buchman in 1996, Culture Project has premiered celebrated shows including The Exonerated, Sarah Jones' Bridge & Tunnel, Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom, Lawrence Wright's My Trip To Al-Qaeda, Tings Dey Happen, the Lucille Lortel Award-winning world premiere of George Packer's Betrayed, and Temple University's acclaimed production of In Conflict. Culture Project also produced "Breaking the Silence, Beating the Drum", a groundbreaking concert at the United Nations to commemorate the abolition of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.

 In 2012, Culture Project celebrated its return to the theaters at 45 Bleecker Street. Since then, productions have included James X, directed by Gabriel Byrne, the revival of Rinde Eckert’s acclaimed And God Created Great Whales, Shaheed: The Dream and Death of Benazir Bhutto, along with the 10th anniversary remount of The Exonerated. http://cultureproject.org/

 
About Lynn Redgrave
Lynn Redgrave was born in London into a family of actors and enjoyed a remarkable career on stage, screen, and beyond spanning four decades. She was nominated for 3 Tony Awards, 2 Oscars, 2 Emmys, a Grammy and most recently was the recipient of a 2008 New York Emmy. Film highlights include Georgy Girl (Oscar nomination, Golden Globe, New York Film Critics awards), Gods and Monsters (1999 Golden Globe, Independent Spirit Award, Oscar nomination), Shine (BAFTA and SAG nominations), and Kinsey. She was a founding member of The Royal National Theatre and was the author of four plays, Shakespeare For My Father (which examines her relationship with Sir Michael Redgrave), The Mandrake Root (loosely based on her mother, the actress Rachel Kempson), and Nightingale (a fictional meditation on the life of her maternal grandmother, Beatrice Kempson, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Solo Performance), which enjoyed its New York premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club in 2009.

 She performed her last work, Rachel and Juliet, at Tucson, Arizona's Invisible Theatre and Washington, D.C.'s Folger Theatre. She also appeared Off Broadway in MCC Theater's Grace, under the direction of Joseph Hardy. She wrote the text for Journal, A Mother and Daughter's Recovery From Breast Cancer, featuring photographs by her daughter, Annabel Clark, currently in its third printing from Umbrage Editions. Recent film credits include The Jane Austen Book Club and the final Merchant / Ivory production, The White Countess, acting alongside sister Vanessa and her niece, the late Natasha Richardson. Recent television credits include ABC's "Desperate Housewives," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and with America Ferrera in "Ugly Betty."

She can be heard as the voice of Nanny in the animated film series of Me, Eloise and in the animated feature My Dog Tulip, which was an official selection of the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. She was a prolific "voice on tape" and her last audio book release was Roald Dahl's The Witches, for which she received a Grammy nomination. Ms. Redgrave was inducted into the Theater Hall in January, 2009. Lynn Redgrave (67) passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 2, 2010 at her home in Connecticut.

 
About Kyra Sedgwick
Kyra Sedgwick has conquered success on stage, screen and television. She has received multiple Golden Globe nominations (2007 win for “The Closer”), Emmy nominations (2010 win for “The Closer”), SAG nominations as well as two Independent Spirit Award nominations, a Theater Award, Los Angeles Drama Desk Critics Circle Award and a Dramalogue Award. Over her seven season tenure, Sedgwick’s role as “Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson,” on TNT's first original series "The Closer," garnered her a Golden Globe Award in 2007 for "Best Dramatic actress" - television, four Emmy nominations and a win for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series” in 2010, seven SAG nominations, and a 2009 People Choice Award for "Favorite TV Diva". The series concluded its seventh and final season on TNT August 13th, 2012.

Her film credits include the upcoming Rays of Light, The Possession, Man on a Ledge, Gamer, The Game Plan, Loverboy, The Woodsman, Phenomenon, Born on the Fouth of July and Heart and Souls. Additional television credits include work on award-nominated Showtime and HBO series. Her theatre credits include Culture Project's New York production of The Exonerated, a triumphant run of Nicholas Hytner's Twelfth Night at Lincoln Center, Ah Wilderness! for which she won the Theater Award, and David Mamet's Oleanna, which garnered her a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and a Drama League Award.

 
About the Center For Constitutional Rights
The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.
 

 

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