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March 8, 2005

Walnut Street Theatre Honors Actors’ Equity President Patrick Quinn With Edwin Forrest Award at Annual Gala

Saturday, March 12, 2005 - 6 PM - Benjamin Franklin House, Philadelphia

Patrick Quinn The Walnut Street Theatre will honor Actors’ Equity President Patrick Quinn, and Board Chairman Louis W. Fryman, with the 2005 Edwin Forrest Award at its 196th Annual Gala on Saturday March 12, 2005 in Philadelphia. The black-tie gala honors a member of the artistic and business community for their contributions to American theatre. The award was created in 1990 in honor of American Actor Edwin Forrest, a Philadelphia native who made his debut at the Walnut in 1820.

Mr. Quinn, also a Philadelphia native, has served as President of Actor’s Equity Association, the Union for professional Actors and Stage Managers in the US since 2000. He recently appeared as Daddy Warbucks in the Walnut Street Theatre’s record-breaking engagement of ANNIE, and reprised that role in this season’s ANNIE WARBUCKS.

His Broadway credits include: Lehman Engel in the Tony Award-nominated A CLASS ACT; Uncle Max Detweiler in the Broadway revival of THE SOUND OF MUSIC; Lumiere in Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST; Max in LEND ME A TENOR; the devilish Applegate in the revival of DAMN YANKEES; as well as A DAY IN HOLLYWOOD, A NIGHT IN THE UKRAINE, OH! COWARD and Perchik in the revival of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF with Zero Mostel. He was also seen in WONDERFUL TOWN and THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE at City Center Encores! as well as numerous Off Broadway productions and national tours. Earlier this month, he appeared at the George Street Playhouse in LEND ME A TENOR.

Patrick is a trustee of The Actors’ Fund of America, and, in 1985, was a co-founder of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the theater industry’s answer to that health crisis. Since that time, through audience appeals, benefits, and corporate support, the organization has raised over 190 million dollars nationally to assist those living with the disease, funding local organizations and charities across the country. BC/EFA now also offers large financial grants for other important causes, such as Breast Cancer research, medical treatment for the uninsured, and most recently to aid the victims of the Southeast Asia tsunami disaster. He currently serves as Vice-President of the organization.

Also being honored is Walnut Street Theatre Board Chairman Louis W. Fryman, for his untiring efforts on behalf of the theatre for six seasons. “As Board Chairman, his greatest legacy has been the acquisition of property to the east of the theatre for future expansion,” said Artistic Director Bernard Havard. Mr. Fryman has been a member of Actors’ Equity since 1959.

For gala tickets and information, call 215-574-3550.

Press Contacts: Actor’s Equity
David Lotz / Communications Director / 212.869.8530.x410
Maria Somma / Spokesperson / 212.869.8530.x425
Walnut Street Theatre: Carrie L. Gorn / 215.574.3555

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