Rite of Spring 2017
Join us as we celebrate the Lantern's 2016/17 Season and present the annual Luminary Award recognizing the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD for his significant contributions to the performing arts in Philadelphia.
The Evening Includes
Enjoy a cocktail reception, buffet dinner, silent auction, award presentation, and live musical entertainment featuring theater artists from Villanova's 2002 Barrymore Award-winning production of Chicago.
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Tickets start at $200
Our Luminary Award Honoree
Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD has served as Villanova University's president since 2006. Under his leadership, Villanova has charted a course of significant transformation, including launching an ambitious ten-year strategic plan and the university's largest comprehensive fundraising campaign, initiating a vibrant physical campus renovation, and dramatically expanding student opportunities.
Father Donohue is a tenured associate professor who served as chair of Villanova's Department of Theatre from 1992 to 2006. He is also a six-time Barrymore Award nominee for Outstanding Direction of a Musical, winning in 2002 for his production of Chicago. He holds an MA in theater from the Catholic University of America, a MDiv from the Washington Theological Union, and a PhD in theater from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
About the Lantern
Lantern Theater Company is committed to an authentic and intimate exploration of the human spirit in our choice of classics, modern, and original works for the stage. We seek to be a vibrant and contributing member of our community, exposing audiences to great theater, inviting participation in dialogue and discussion, engaging audience members on artistic and social issues, and employing theatrical language and techniques to enrich learning in the classroom.
Founded in 1994 by Charles McMahon and Michael Brophy, the Lantern has produced over 90 plays by a wide range of contemporary and celebrated classic playwrights. We reach a growing audience of over 20,000 each season through three core programs: our mainstage productions, our audience enrichment series, and our education program, Illumination.
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Proceeds benefit Lantern Theater Company's award-winning artistic and education programs, and your ticket purchase is tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. Questions? Please contact Ali Nebistinsky firstname.lastname@example.org or 215.829.9002 x106.
Header Photo: Geneviève Perrier and Charlie DelMarcelle in A Child's Christmas in Wales (2014); Kittson O'Neill, Maxwell Eddy, and Alex Boyle in Arcadia (2014); Damon Bonetti, Daniel Fredrick, and Dave Johnson in The Hound of the Baskervilles (2015); and Kirk Wendell Brown and Peter DeLaurier in The Train Driver (2014). Photos by Mark Garvin.