GABRIELLE T. RAACKE - international
German-born artist Gabriele T. Raacke is known for her innovative and often whimsical reverse-painting-on-glass pieces but has simultaneously worked as a backdrop painter, set designer, and
She started in theater in the early 1980’s collaborating with several avant-garde companies and theaters in New York City including Lee Nagrin’s Sky Fish Ensemble, La Mama and YoMama. She worked on Nagrin’s piece Bird/Bear which won an OBIE Award for Best New American Play in 1986.
After relocating to East Hampton she was involved with Oddfellows Playhouse and Kids Connect productions on the East End. During the last 15 years, Gabriele has been working with the East End Special Players, a group of learning challenged adult actors, starting with backdrop paintings, then as costume designer and, since 2013, as the group’s producer.
When not in the theater Gabriele can be found in her East Hampton studio. She started exhibiting her paintings in 1995 and has since shown her work in New York City and the East End. Her glass paintings have also been exhibited at the Hilla von Rebay museum in Germany.
In 2015, several of her glass paintings formed the basis of a piece called “The Fish Juggler” performed by the East End Special Players. The group interpreted the depicted stories in their own way and played the characters in Gabriele’s paintings. Recreating the paintings’ background, Ms. Raacke also designed and built the set for
the production. The piece was performed at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton.
TONY WALTON ADVISOR s a Director and Designer honored with 16 Tony Award nominations for his Broadway sets and costumes. Pippin; House of Blue Leaves; and Guys and Dolls won him the ‘Tony’. Mary Poppins; The Boy Friend; The Wiz and Murder on the Orient Express earned him 5 Academy Award nominations, All That Jazz the ‘Oscar’ and Death of a Salesman the ‘Emmy’. His productions as director include Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, Coward’s After the Ball; Shaw’s Major Barbara; The Devil’s Disciple and Candida - all for the Irish Rep. And for the John Drew he has directed Orson Welles’ Moby Dick, Rehearsed starring Peter Boyle; Peter Shaffer’s Equus and Gift of the Gorgon both starring Alec Baldwin. In 1991 he was elected to the Theatre Hall of Fame.
SIMON JONES advis made his Broadway debut in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing and has since appeared in Benefactors, The School for Scandal, Getting Married, Private Lives, The Real Inspector Hound, The Herbal Bed, Ring Round the Moon, Waiting in the Wings, and Blithe Spirit. He was for ten years co-artistic director of TACT (“The best theatre company in New York” – WSJ, 2012), and has worked in all media (including playing Blythe Danner’s boyfriend in Tattingers TV series). Nonetheless he’s still best known as ‘Bridey’ in Brideshead Revisited and ‘Arthur Dent’ in the BBC Radio & TV series, "The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy", and will headline in the stage version touring the UK extensively this fall. and .