Best-Selling Author John D. Spooner and Visionary Jungle Book Director Mary Zimmerman To Be Honored at Huntington Theatre Company's Spotlight Spectacular Monday, April 28, 2014

(BOSTON) — Best-selling author, investment manager, and Huntington Theatre Company Triustee John D. Spooner and Mary Zimmerman, the visionary and acclaimed director of the Huntington's recent productions of The Jungle Book and Candide, will be honored with the Wimberly Award at the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award recipient's 2014 Spotlight Spectacular on Monday, April 28, 2014.

"As a staunch advocate with a deep commitment to the Huntington, John has provided us with generous support and wise counsel for more than a decade," says Huntington Managing Director Michael Maso. "In honoring John with the Wimberly Award, we also honor his beloved late wife Susan, who also served as a Huntington Trustee and whose lasting mark on our organization continues to be felt today. We also salute the Spooners' support of many other organizations, with an emphasis on John's past service on the Massachusetts Cultural Council and as a longtime board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Boston."

"Mary Zimmerman is one of the Huntington's most imaginative and beloved artists," says Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois. "Her productions are utterly transporting; I can't think of a more worthy artistic honoree at this year's Spotlight Spectacular." The MacArthur Fellow and Tony Award-winning director's ravishing musical adaptation of The Jungle Book (September — October 2013) received widespread critical and audience acclaim and holds the record as the highest grossing production in the Huntington's history. Zimmerman previously directed adaptations of Candide, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Journey to the West for the Huntington.

Guests will be treated to rousing entertainment by a quartet of beloved Zimmerman performers: Tony Award nominee André DeShields (King Louie in The Jungle Book), Kevin Carolan (Baloo in The Jungle Book), Geoff Packard (the title role in Candide and Lt. George & others in The Jungle Book), and Lauren Molina (Cunegonde in Candide), under the musical direction of frequent Zimmerman collaborator Doug Peck (The Jungle Book and Candide). Additional surprises will be announced at a later date.

The Huntington's festive annual event raises money to support the Huntington's programs, including its award-winning youth, education, and community initiatives that reach more than 30,000 annually. Chaired by Huntington Trustee Susan B. Kaplan and designed by Rafanelli Events, the event begins at 6pm at the Boston Park Plaza Castle and will feature a cocktail reception, live auction offering unique items, seated dinner provided by MAX Ultimate Food, presentation of the Wimberly Awards, and entertainment. Guests will also have the opportunity to "Sponsor a Class" at a student matinee of the Huntington's 2014-2015 Season. Additional funds to support the Huntington will be raised through an online auction that will open for bidding on Friday, April 11.

Table prices start at $7,500 and individual ticket prices start at $500. For more information about the event or to sponsor a table or purchase tickets, contact Alli Engelsma-Mosser at 617 273 1536 or aemosser@huntingtontheatre.bu.edu.

 

About the Honorees

John D. Spooner has served as a Huntington Board member since 2002. He is an investment adviser, author, and columnist for Improper Bostonian magazine. His most recent book is No One Ever Told Us That: A Grandfather's Letters on Life and Money (2012), the #1 Boston Globe best-seller for which he is touring nationwide. It will also be published in Japan, China, and Korea. Additional best-sellers include the nonfiction Confessions of a Stockbroker, Smart People: A Users Guide to Experts, and Sex and Money, and the novels Class and The Foursome. His articles have appeared regularly in magazines such as Playboy, Town and Country, The Atlantic Monthly, Time, and The Boston Globe.

As managing director of the wealth management of The Spooner Group at Morgan Stanley, he manages the assets of over 2,000 clients from all over America and around the world. He lectures widely on the philosophy of investing and has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs, including CNBC, Fox News, and NPR and has been a guest commentator on Bloomberg National Radio.

Mr. Spooner, a co-founder of the Curious George Foundation, formerly served on the baord of the Harvard Alumni Association. He was previously a director of The Atlantic Monthly, a contributing editor for Worth magazine, business editor of Boston Magazine, and a member of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, an agency that distributes all arts funding for the Commonwealth.

He was named "Boston's Best Investment Advisor" by Improper Bostonian and one of the 100 Best Investment Advisors in America by Barron's and was honored with the Literary Lights Award, given to New England's most distinguished writers by the Boston Public Library..

Inc. Magazine said about him, "Spooner, known nationally as the author of Smart People and Confessions of a Stockbroker, is a phenomenon, as much as psychologist and futurist as an investment advisor." Robert B. Parker, author of the Spenser series, said, "Spooner is one of the best writers in America," and The Boston Globe has called him "a national treasure."

Mary Zimmerman returns to the Huntington having previously directed her adaptation of Leonard Bernstein's Candide, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Journey to the West. Her Broadway work includes her Tony Award-winning production of Metamorphoses (Circle in the Square Theatre). Her other works include Arabian Nights, The Odyssey Argonautika and The Secret in the Wings (Lookingglass Theatre Company), The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, Mirror of the Invisible World, Silk, Galileo Galilei, an opera with Phillip Glass (Goodman Theatre), and Eleven Rooms of Proust (About Face Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre Company, and Goodman Theatre). These shows have been subsequently produced at such theatres as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Second Stage Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre Company, McCarter Theatre, Center Theatre Group's Mark Taper Forum, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage, and Seattle Repertory Theatre. Other credits include Pericles and All's Well That Ends Well at Goodman Theatre, Henry VIII and Measure for Measure (New York Theatre Festival's Shakespeare in the Park) and White Snake (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). Metropolitan Opera credits include Lucia Di Lammermoor, La Sonnambula, and Armida. She is the recipient of a 1998 MacArthur Fellowship and the 2002 Tony Award for Best Director of a Play, and is a professor of performance studies at Northwestern University.

 

About the Huntington Theatre Company

Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award and named Best of Boston 2013 by Boston magazine, the Huntington Theatre Company has developed into Boston's leading professional theatre and one of the region's premiere cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Bringing together superb local and national talent, the Huntington produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions, runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development, and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso and in residence at Boston University, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org.

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