At­tack The­atre’s One Night Stand

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Style & Seen - — Pa­tri­cia Sheri­dan

I#RockOn: It was a One Night Stand to re­mem­ber at the Ace Ho­tel in East Lib­erty Satur­day night. The At­tack The­atre ben­e­fit was a three-way-kind-of party be­cause this dance com­pany knows how to leave an im­pres­sion. Sup­port­ers could at­tend it all with the Rock Leg­ends ticket, or opt for Ball­room Blitz, or sim­ply dance the night away with Gym Class He­roes. Hard­core partiers be­gan the evening with Rock Leg­ends, which had guests room hop­ing on the ho­tel’s third floor for cock­tails and canapes. Chair­ing the party were Paul Purdy and David Onufer and Dawn Davies with Fran­cois Bitz (with twin daugh­ters Zoe and Agnes). Board chair Jeff Bergman and Christie Siebert Smith hosted a party in the Green Room, while Mary Beth and Dave John­son helped Richard Parsakian cel­e­brate his 70th birth­day in his room. Other room hosts in­cluded Gail and Steve Mosites and Jerry Morosco and Paul Ford. “I just love see­ing not only how ev­ery­one is dressed but the dif­fer­ent themes the room hosts have cre­ated,” said Michele de la Reza, co­founder of At­tack The­atre with her hus­band, Peter Kope. “This is a time for peo­ple to un­leash their creativ­ity and the rooms are per­sonal and artis­tic and rocky.” She added, “This year’s One Night Stand has just been re­ally tremen­dous be­cause there is such an out­pour­ing of sup­port for our pro­grams and our vi­sion.” Guests came dressed as rock stars through the decades, or just as fa­natic groupies. Nearly 200 gath­ered to help sup­port the the­ater’s arts and ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams. Per­for­mances by At­tack The­atre dur­ing a sit­down din­ner in the ball­room com­prised the Ball­room Blitz por­tion of the evening, which was fol­lowed by a dance party in the gym for those who bought the Gym Class He­roes ticket. Among the nearly 200 rock­ers en­joy­ing Kathryn Hei­de­mann & The One Night Band (with Robin Prasad and Josh Ver­banets) were ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Re­becca Him­berger, Pam and Ken McCrory, Drs. Alan and Tammy Mur­dock, Mark Fla­herty and Mary McKin­ney, Larry Leahy, Francine Abra­ham, Monica and Adam Hertz­man, Becky Mingo and Dutch MacDon­ald, Suz Falvey, Joy Sato, Al­lan Philp, Ge­off Bond and El­iz­a­beth Frame and Daniel Flee­gle.

At­tack The­atre dancers per­form.

Alexan­dra Wim­ley/Post-Gazette pho­tos

Event chairs David Onufer, left, and Paul Purdy.

Event chairs Fran­cois Bitz and Dawn Davies with their twin daugh­ters Zoe and Agnes Bitz.

Sa­man­tha Levin­son and Judd Poeske.

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