2015 Man & Woman Of The Year


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CHRIS PRATT

2015 MAN OF THE YEAR 

CAMBRIDGE, MA (January 14, 2015) – The Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the oldest theatrical organization in the United States, announces Chris Pratt as the recipient of its 2015 Man of the Year Award. The Pudding is excited to honor a performer who became a bona fide Hollywood heavyweight in the past year, going from lovable supporting roles to headlining two of the highest grossing blockbusters of the year.  Pratt joins his Parks & Recreation co-star Amy Poehler, who was recently announced as the Hasty Pudding’s 2015 Woman of the Year.

The Man and Woman of the Year Awards are presented annually to performers who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment. The Man of the Year award was established in 1963. Its past recipients include, among others, Clint Eastwood, Tom Cruise, Robert de Niro, Harrison Ford, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Bruce Willis, Justin Timberlake, James Franco, and most recently, Neil Patrick Harris.

The Man of the Year festivities, presented by The Related Companies, will take place on Friday, February 6, 2015. The Hasty Pudding Theatricals will host a celebratory roast for the actor and present him with his Pudding Pot at Farkas Hall, the Hasty Pudding’s historic home in the heart of Harvard Square since 1888. A press conference will be held at 8:30 p.m., following the roast. Afterward, the Pudding will stage the opening night performance of its 167th production, ¡Oops!... Madrid It Again!

“We vehemently deny that the members of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals are obsessed with Parks & Recreation” said Jason Hellerstein ’15, President of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. “There is absolutely no basis to the rumors of ritualistic weekly viewings of the show at the Hasty Pudding Clubhouse… Joking aside, Chris Pratt’s recent achievements as an actor are outstanding and we could not be more thrilled to host him and celebrate his talent as only the Pudding can.”

Best known for his role as "Andy Dwyer" on Parks & Recreation, Chris Pratt is fast becoming one of Hollywood’s most sought- after leading men. Pratt will next star in Universal’s Jurassic World (4th installment of the Jurassic Park film franchise from executive producer, Steven Spielberg) in June 2015. Most recently, Chris top lined as "Star-Lord" in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which was one of the top 3 grossing films of 2014 with over $600 million at the global box office. Pratt also lent his vocal talents to lead character, "Emmett" in the enormously successful animated feature, The Lego Movie, which made over $400 million worldwide.

Press credentialing is now open for the Man of the Year event. Press information and an online application form can be found at http://hastypudding.org/media-room and completed forms may be submitted to press@hastypudding.org.

To purchase tickets to the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ 167th production, ¡Oops!... Madrid It Again! contact the HPT Box Office at 617.495.5205, or order online at the Pudding’s website, www.hastypudding.org. It will be performed at Harvard University’s historic Farkas Hall, located at 12 Holyoke Street, starting February 6th. The show continues in Cambridge until March 8th. The company then travels to New York to perform at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College on March 13th and 14th (call 212.772.4448 for tickets), followed by performances on March 18-20 at Hamilton City Hall in Bermuda.

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AMY POEHLER

2015 WOMAN OF THE YEAR 

CAMBRIDGE, MA (January 6, 2015) – The Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the oldest theatrical organization in the United States,  announces Golden Globe Award winning actress, comedian, producer, writer and best-selling author AMY POEHLER as the recipient of its 2015 Woman of the Year Award. The Pudding is proud to honor a talented and hilarious actress whose brand of comedy fits so well with the Pudding’s own tradition of satire and social commentary.

The Woman of the Year Award is the Hasty Pudding Theatricals oldest honor, bestowed annually on performers who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment. Established in 1951, the Woman of the Year Award has been given to many notable and talented entertainers, including Meryl Streep, Katharine Hepburn, Julia Roberts, Jodie Foster, Elizabeth Taylor, Anne Hathaway, Claire Danes, and most recently, Marion Cotillard and Dame Helen Mirren.

The Woman of the Year festivities, presented by The Related Companies, will begin at 2:45 p.m. on January 29, 2015, when Poehler will lead a parade through the streets of Cambridge. Following the parade, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals will host a celebratory roast for the actress. At 4:00 p.m., Poehler will be presented with her Pudding Pot at Farkas Hall, the Hasty Pudding’s historic home in the heart of Harvard Square since 1888. A press conference will follow the presentation. Afterward, Hasty Pudding cast members will perform several musical numbers from the group’s 167th production, ¡Oops!... Madrid it again!

 “We are extremely excited to announce Amy Poehler as our 2015 Woman of the Year. She is an accomplished performer, incredible comedian, and an inspiration to everyone in the Hasty Pudding.” said Jason Hellerstein, '15, President of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. “We look forward to welcoming Ms. Poehler and celebrating and honoring her achievements in a truly unique and memorable way.”

AMY POEHLER is one of Hollywood’s most versatile and sought after talents. She currently stars on the Emmy-nominated Parks and Recreation as “Leslie Knope,” a role for which she has received much critical acclaim, including a 2014 Golden Globe win and five consecutive Emmy nominations. Poehler can also be seen as the host and producer of her award-winning online series Smart Girls at the Party and will be featured in a number of upcoming film projects, including Sisters alongside Tina Fey and as the voice of “Joy” in Pixar’s next animated film, Inside Out. Poehler will also return for a third and final time as co-host of the 72nd Golden Globe Awards this January. Poehler spent seven seasons on Saturday Night Live and is a founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Her first book, Yes Please, debuted at #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list.

Press credentialing will open on: Wednesday, January 7th for the Woman of the Year event. Press information and an on-line application form can be found at http://hastypudding.org/media-room and completed forms may be submitted to press@hastypudding.org.

To purchase tickets to the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ 167th production, ¡Oops!... Madrid it again! contact the HPT Box Office at 617.495.5205, or order online at the Pudding’s website, www.hastypudding.org. It will be performed at Harvard University’s historic Farkas Hall, located at 12 Holyoke Street, starting February 6th. The show continues in Cambridge until March 8th. The company then travels to New York to perform at Hunter College’s Kaye Playhouse on March 13th and 14th (call 212.772.4448 for tickets). The tour continues to the Hamilton City Hall in Bermuda for performances on March 18th-20th.

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ABOUT THE HASTY PUDDING INSTITUTE OF 1770

The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770’s philanthropic mission is to provide educational and developmental support in all aspects of the performing arts for the underprivileged, to encourage satire and comedy, and to cultivate young talent around the world. The Institute is comprised of The Hasty Pudding Club (the oldest social club in the United States), The Hasty Pudding Theatricals (the third oldest theater group in the world, after the Comédie Française and the Oberammergau Passion Players) and the Harvard Krokodiloes (the foremost collegiate a cappella group in the United States). Over the last two centuries, it has grown into a premiere performing arts organization, a patron of the arts and comedy, and an advocate for satire and discourse as tools for change worldwide.

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