David S. Kessler remembers a time when he and his wife went to a church hall to see a play and there were more people on stage than in the audience. And that was Woolly Mammoth Theatre in the early days.
Today on Metro Connection, WAMU 88.5 listeners will learn about the Gary Lee Maker Award and hear from its just- announced first recipient, long time theatre supporter, David Tannous. Metro Connection producer Rebecca Sheir found the story of creating an award for an audience member a perfect fit for this week’s theme ‘Outside the Box’.
The Gary Lee Maker Audience Award presented to a member of the audience whose love for theatre is an inspiration to all.
The Gary Lee Maker Award is intended for the mostly unrecognized supporter – the sort of person every theater wants in its audience — one who laughs freely, applauds enthusiastically, speaks well of theatre and its practitioners, gives a supportive word or a sympathetic ear to theater artists, and in general gives a return […]
When we commissioned Washington, DC glass artist Teddie Hathaway to create the Gary Lee Maker Award, we asked that the piece express several things: the energy and creativity of live performance and the idea that the award recipients are stars among audience members.
Gary Lee Maker, a gentle, sensitive man, full of warmth and good humor, was a passionate supporter of Washington area theatre. He could often be seen in the audience with his long time partner Paul Desmarais, and, after, in the lobby, giving words of encouragement to artists and producers. He died February 17, 2011 at […]