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Dean Gladden, Anna Deavere Smith, and Rob Melrose (Photo: Priscilla Dickson)
Dean Gladden, Anna Deavere Smith, and Rob Melrose (pictured, from left) celebrated the start of the 2022-23 Alley Theatre season with its 76th Opening Season dinner. Alley board members, theatre patrons, and members of the Alley’s Resident Acting Company enjoyed the special evening chaired by Board member Rob Thornton and his wife Nicole. Board president Ken Kades emceed the event which included dinner catered by the Four Seasons Hotel. Event honorees were Anna Deavere Smith and Nina Vance. As the founder of the Alley and its first artistic director, Nina was inducted as the inaugural member of Alley Theatre’s Hall of Fame. Anna Deavere Smith, actress, playwright, teacher, and author, was presented with the Alley Theatre’s Award for Lifetime Achievement. The evening concluded with a performance by Alexandra Silber who will appear as a lead in the Alley’s production of Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me A Soprano.
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