Lethbridge Herald

Hasty Pudding to honour Elizabeth Banks


Harvard University’s famed Hasty Pudding theatre troupe has named actor and director Elizabeth Banks as the group’s 2020 Woman of the Year.

The troupe’s leaders made the announceme­nt Tuesday, saying Banks was chosen because of her impact in Hollywood as a female director, producer and writer.

“Elizabeth is a role model to all of the young women in the Theatrical­s, especially in a year with a female writer, female producers, and a majority female cast — we all cannot wait to celebrate and meet her,” Natalie Needle, the troupe’s co-producer, said in a statement.

Banks will be honoured with a parade through Cambridge on Jan. 31, followed by a celebrator­y roast where she will be awarded her pudding pot. After the roast, the troupe will perform a preview of “Mean Ghouls,” the group’s second show with a cast that includes women.

Banks is an executive producer on “Shrill,” a Hulu series featuring Aidy Bryant that’s scheduled to begin its second season this month. She made her feature directoria­l debut in 2015 with “Pitch Perfect 2” and last year produced, wrote, directed and appeared in a reboot of “Charlie’s Angels.”

She has received three Emmy nomination­s for roles on “Modern Family” and “30 Rock.”

Born in Pittsfield, Massachuse­tts, Banks graduated from the University of Pennsylvan­ia and received a graduate degree at the American Conservato­ry Theater. A longtime advocate for women’s rights, Banks in October was named chair of the new Creative Council for the Center for Reproducti­ve Rights.

Hasty Pudding Theatrical­s dates to the late 18th century. One of its first mandates was“members in alphabetic­al order shall provide a pot of hasty pudding for every meeting.”

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