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Running of the Red Bulls Gala Benefit

We are celebrating our 20th anniversary season and honoring Alfred Molina and K. Ann McDonald, with an intimate soirée featuring fine dining, live music & entertainment, and ​a few surprises.

This event is Red Bull’s most significant fundraiser. All proceeds make our work possible. It will also be an unforgettable evening of fun and frolic. 

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Begun in 2009, Matador Awards are given annually to recognize individuals or organizations that have demonstrated extraordinary talent, service, or significant achievements in the Classical Theater. For a list of previous honorees, visit here.

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Matador Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Classical Theater


A seasoned theater and film actor who has been featured in an extensive range of plays and films, from Oklahoma! in the West End (which earned him a Laurence Olivier Award nomination) to Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark and Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man. Alfred portrayed Touchstone in Kenneth Branagh's film version of Shakespeare's As You Like It, Stephano in Julie Taymor’s Tempest, with other RSC credits including Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew. Alfred made his Broadway debut in Yasmina Reza’s Art in 1998 and subsequently performed on Broadway as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Mark Rothko in Red, and is appearing in Uncle Vanya this spring. 

Presented by JULIE TAYMOR

Alfred Molina

George Mayer Award for Extraordinary Service to Classical Theater


An advocate for Shakespeare for the young, inspired by her own lifetime of study, Ann helped establish Shakespeare in Schools at Red Bull, having supported us for 20 years. After 20 years on the Board of The Shakespeare Society, and over 40 years as a commercial litigator, Ann is now a freelance Shakespeare dramaturg and educator. In 2007, Ann, together with the Hunts Point Alliance for Children, co-founded the Hunts Point Children’s Shakespeare Ensemble (now in partnership with The Public Theater), for which she has been the dramaturg for 17 years. Other Shakespeare theater companies for which she is currently the dramaturg include Apocalyptic Artists Ensemble (NYC) and Shakesperience Productions (Waterbury CT).


K. Ann McDonal

Photos from the event

Photos by Rebecca J. Michelson

Event Photots

Howard Owens, Chair

Noah Millman, Vice Chair

John Yavroyan, Treasurer

Wendy Smith, Secretary

Benjamin Plum

Matthew Rauch

Peter Rigby

Rick Sordelet

Sarah Sosbe

Raphael Nash Thompson

Jesse Berger

Joanna Cole

Christopher Earl

Judith Esterquest

Katherine Hood

James Killerlane, III

Sir Patrick Stewart, Honorary Chair

Daniel Breaker

J. Smith-Cameron

Bill Camp

Michael Cerveris

John Douglas Thompson

Michael Emerson

Kathryn Meisle

Jack O’Brien

Patrick Page

Estelle Parsons

Matthew Rauch

Laila Robins

Jay O. Sanders

Michael Stuhlbarg

Michael Urie

Marc Vietor

Charlayne Woodard


Annie Abramczyk

Joanne Casey

Mary Collins

Christopher Earl

Katherine Hood

Haley Huxley

Sally Huxley

Peter Rigby

Michael Arad

Peter Avery

Jonathan Bank

Tim Carroll

Roger Danforth

Susan Doran

Jack Doulin

Anne Dunning

Elizabeth Egloff

Carl Forsman

Joseph A. Hardy

Amy Harris

Stuart Howard

Michael Kahn

David Kalodner

David Leong

Jason Loewith

Cynthia Mayeda

Bradley McCormick

Evangeline Morphos

Gregory Mosher

Jessica Niebanck

Jack O'Brien

Ted Pappas

Clint Ramos

Alice Scovell

Gabriel Shanks

Elizabeth Smith

Ian Strasfogel

Sam Sweet

Cathy Tempelsman

Lisa Timmel

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