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The Geffen Playhouse Backstage at the Geffen Gala

Geffen Playhouse producing director
Gil Cates.

Honoree Helen Mirren.
Academy Award winning actress Dame Helen Mirren received the 2007 Distinction in Theater Award from the Geffen Playhouse during its Backstage at the Geffen Gala on
April 30 at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

The Fifth Annual star-studded event and reception was a “behind-the-scenes” peek at
the performing arts through play readings and intimate storytelling by Dana Delany, Joely Fisher, Greg Germann, Neil LaBute, Christine Lahti, David Mamet, Dick Van Dyke, and Robert Wuhl.  The presentation of Mirren's award by John Lithgow closed the Gala on an elegant high note.  The evening also recognized outgoing Board of Directors chairman, Herb Gelfand, for his extended service and dedication to the Geffen Playhouse.  The fun-filled evening raised more than $500,000 benefiting the Geffen Playhouse's Education and Outreach Programs, including a capital gift of $250,000 naming the education program “The Beverly and Herb Gelfand Bridge to Education.”

Geffen Playhouse Board members Pamela Robinson Hollander, David Pence and Fred Specktor were co-chairs of the event, and producing director Gil Cates served as emcee.

Geffen Playhouse artistic director Randy Arney with Christine Lahti and Robert Wuhl.

Joely Fisher.

Dana Delany.

Debbie Reynolds with George Furth.

Helen Mirren with husband Taylor Hackford.

Karl and Mona Malden.

Dick Van Dyke with his wife Michelle.

Kirsten Vangsness.

Army Archerd with Christine Lahti.

Photos: Images 1-2, 4-5, 6-7, 10: Amy Tierney/Lee Salem Photography;
Images 3, 8-9, 11: Lee Salem Photography
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