Hasty Pudding’s 2016 Woman of the Year: Kerry Washington!

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Everybody don your white gloves and coat, hoist your huge glass of red wine, and toast Olivia Pope Kerry Washington!  Sure, she’s awesome every day (seriously — does she ever have a bad hair day?) but right now we’re celebrating Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals for voting her this year’s Woman of the Year.  Last year it was Amy Poehler, and every year since 1951 there have been an amazing list of women who’ve been tapped.  Peep the photos!

Read on for the full press release, and congrats to Ms Washington!

THE HASTY PUDDING THEATRICALS CELEBRATE KERRY WASHINGTON AS 2016 WOMAN OF THE YEAR

CAMBRIDGE, MA (January 28, 2016) – The Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the oldest theatrical organization in the United States,  welcomed Golden Globe and Emmy Awards nominated actress, KERRY WASHINGTON to Harvard University, where she received her Woman of the Year Award.

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, Dame Helen Mirren and Amy Poehler.

The Woman of the Year festivities, presented by RELATED, began with a rowdy parade through the streets of Cambridge. Weather was cooperating this year with sunny skies and above-freezing temperatures. Following the parade, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals hosted a celebratory roast for the actress at Farkas Hall, the Hasty Pudding’s historic home in the heart of Harvard Square since 1888. The roast included a number of tasks Ms. Washington had to accomplish before being deemed worthy of the famous Pudding Pot. Because of her portrayal as a “fixer” in Scandal, she had to demonstrate her talent at breaking things, which came in the form of smashing various objects, from a piñata to an egg on a cast member’s face. She was also challenged to a pop-corn eating contest by an elephant, and had to sing a lullaby with a Ray Charles impersonator. After receiving her Pudding Pot, Ms. Washington led the audience in a pledge for compassion and inclusiveness. A press conference will followed the presentation, and to close the festivities the Hasty Pudding cast members performed several musical numbers from the group’s 168th production, That 1770s Show.

The Hasty Pudding Theatricals will celebrate their 50th Man of the Year, JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT,  on Friday, February 5, 2016, starting with a special public event in front of 96 Winthrop Street at 3:45pm. The traditional roast and Pudding Pot ceremony will follow at Farkas Hall, along with the Premiere of HPT168: That 1770s Show.

To purchase tickets to the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’168th production, That 1770s Show 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 5th. The show continues in Cambridge until March 6. The company then travels to New York to perform at Hunter College’s Kaye Playhouse on March 11th and 12th (call 212.772.4448 for tickets). The tour continues to the Hamilton City Hall in Bermuda for performances March 16th – March 18th.

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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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