Black-Tie Bash Toasts Return to Normal for Houston Theater

Russell and Jody Radoff, Bunny Radoff, Brad Radoff

STAGES, WHICH YESTERDAY announced its return to in-person performances at its still-new campus, celebrated a return to normalcy with a black-tie gala at The Gordy. Nearly 200 supporters raised a glass to surviving the tumultuous year, which included plentiful pivots to digital programming and livestream performances by the troupe.


The evening kicked off with entertainment by singers Teresa Zimmerman and John Ryan del Bosque, who serenaded guests as they entered the beautiful building, decked out by Bergner & Johnson in greenery and elements like paper lanterns from floor to ceiling.

Originally scheduled to take place in January of this year, the gala was successfully rescheduled, thanks to the hard work of event chairs Cabrina and Steven Owsley, underwriting chairs Vicki West and Ralph Burch, and auction chairs Jo Dee and Cliff Wright. Speaking of the auction: Packages included trips to Marfa and Costa Rica, and even a walk-on role in Stages' upcoming holiday season's Panto production.

Before dinner, patrons mingled with Stages actors and board members, catching up on the wild year and chatting about the season ahead. The meal of chinois salad and chicken and shrimp with duck-fat-fried rice, courtesy of Wolfgang Puck, was stellar, as was the encore of key lime pie and espresso tiramisu. Guests then made their way outside to The Gordy's Brown Foundation Lawn — the site of a handful of socially distant performances this spring — for cocktails.

The evening raised an impressive $670,000 for Stages, and certainly marked an exciting moment for Houston's fine-arts scene.

Alicia and Garrett Gordy

Brandon McClendon, Ashley Jackson, Chase Brooks

Charles and Kerry Walker

Denise Fennell, Teresa Zimmerman

Dominic Cellitti, Steve Breyfogel

Erica Noll, Mike Cardigan

Glenda and Russell Gordy

Kalinda Campbell, Sledge Leonidas

Isla and T.R. Reckling, Carroll Goodman and John Wessels

Mrytle Jones, Candice Penelton

Ralph Burch and Vicki West

Susan and Neal Hirsch

Tara Simon, George Lancaster, Mauri Oliver

William Finnorn, Cabe Miller

Kenn McLaughlin, Cabrina and Steven Owsley

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