McDonald will present a solo concert in support of the theatre and Southern Connecticut State University’s John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts, with which the theatre has recently partnered.
“I have long admired Long Wharf Theatre and their bold conviction to build a new, inspired vision for regional theatres across the country,” said McDonald. “Long Wharf’s leadership has done the tough work of thinking outside of the box and reimagining what’s possible for artists and audiences alike. I am so eager to return to New Haven and share this moment with the Long Wharf community at such an important stage in their history.”
McDonald previously appeared in the 50th anniversary benefit thrown by Long Wharf in 2015. This years celebration will include a cocktail hour, a silent auction, and a dinner prior to McDonald taking the stage.
"Since undertaking its new model, Long Wharf Theatre continues to demonstrate leadership in presenting boundary-breaking theatre with productions like Live From the Edge and attracting top-tier talent to New Haven like Audra McDonald," said Adriane Jefferson, the director of cultural affairs for the city of New Haven. "More than ever, Long Wharf Theatre is open for business and at the center of New Haven's cultural revitalization. I so look forward to celebrating with our community at this year’s benefit and appreciate the important role the institution plays in putting New Haven on the map for theatre-lovers nationwide."