THE HASTY PUDDING THEATRICALS ANNOUNCES MILO VENTIMIGLIA
THE HASTY PUDDING THEATRICALS ANNOUNCES
AS 2019 MAN OF THE YEAR
CAMBRIDGE, MA (January 30th, 2019) – The Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the oldest theatrical organization in the United States, announces internationally-recognized, two-time Emmy-nominated actor MILO VENTIMIGLIA as the recipient of its 2019 Man of the Year Award. The Pudding is excited to honor a talented actor, director, and producer who has made significant impressions on television and film.
The Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ 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 1967. Its past recipients include, among others, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Robert DeNiro, Harrison Ford, Justin Timberlake, Robert
Downey Jr., Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and most recently, Paul Rudd, the 52nd Man of the Year.
The Man of the Year festivities, presented by RELATED, Equinox, and MAC Cosmetics, will take place on Friday, February 8th, 2019. The Hasty Pudding Theatricals will host a celebratory roast for Mr. Ventimiglia and present him with his Pudding Pot at Farkas Hall, which has been the Pudding’s historic home in the heart of Harvard Square since 1888. A press conference will follow the roast at 8:30pm.
After the press conference, Mr. Ventimiglia will attend the opening night of the Pudding’s 171st Production, France France Revolution, a historic first full performance in which the cast will include both men and women. Though women have been part of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals since the 1930s and have held leadership roles on the undergraduate Executive Board from the 1970s through today, HPT 171 marks the first year in which casting was open to Harvard students of all genders.
“We are so excited to honor Milo Ventimiglia as our 53rd Annual Man of the Year,” said Grace Ramsey, President of HPT, “We’ve loved his performances in ‘This is Us,’ ‘Heroes,’ and ‘Gilmore Girls,’ but more importantly, he is the childhood crush of our two esteemed producers Elizabeth and Mariana! We hope that he will not only enjoy his night as our honoree, but will also enjoy watching history unfold on the Hasty Pudding stage.”
MILO VENTIMIGLIA is an American actor, director, and producer.
Milo currently stars on the critically acclaimed drama series “This is Us.” He has been nominated twice for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (2017 & 2018) and a Critic’s Choice Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series (2019) for his portrayal of the family patriarch, Jack Pearson. The show won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series and the People’s Choice Award for Best New Drama. In 2016, he reprised his role of Jess in the continuation of critically acclaimed television drama “Gilmore Girls’, which returned with four 90-minute episodes on Netflix. His other television credits include a memorable recurring role as ‘The Ogre’ in the FOX drama “Gotham,” the Frank Darabont helmed TNT drama “Lost Angels”, NBC’s “Heroes,” the critically acclaimed drama “American Dreams” and David. E. Kelley’s drama “Boston Public.”
Milo’s passion for the art of acting keeps him drawn to both studio and independent features. Milo is wrapped production on the Fox 2000 feature film “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” an adaptation of the international best-selling novel by Garth Stein. The book focuses on a family dog named Enzo who evaluates his life through the lessons learned by his human owner, a professional race-car driver named Denny Swift, played by Milo. The film will be released in September 2018. Ventimiglia recently starred alongside Jennifer Lopez in the romantic comedy “Second Act” and had a memorable cameo in “Creed II.” He starred alongside Sylvester Stallone as his son in sixth installment of the Rocky series “Rocky Balboa, in Adam Sandler’s “That’s My Boy,” and “Grown Ups 2” and alongside Nicole Kidman in “Grace of Monaco.” His other film credits include Xan Cassavetes’ “Kiss of the Damned,” a remake of the 1986 Burt Reynolds drama “Heat” alongside Jason Statham” and the “Killing Season” with Robert DeNiro.
Through his production company, DiVide Pictures, Milo executive produced the dramedy “Relationship Status,” which debuted at Tribeca and premiered in 2016 exclusively on the streaming video app Verizon G90. He produced and starred in the web series “Chosen,” which launched on the multi-platform entertainment network Crackle and won a Seoul Drama Award in 2015. DiVide has sold over eleven projects to various networks and currently has active development with NBC and Fox.
Milo is involved with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America organization (IAVA) which supports veterans who need help when they return home from the war. He recently traveled across three continents to five countries with the USO to spend time over the holidays meeting with the servicemen and women of the armed forces.
PRESS CREDENTIALING is now open for the Man of the Year event. An online application form can be found at www.hastypudding.org/media-room and complete forms may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
TO PURCHASE TICKETS to the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ 171st production, France France Revolution, contact the HPT Box Office at 617-495-5205 or order online at www.hastypudding.org/buy-tickets. The show will be performed at Harvard University’s historic Farkas Hall at 12 Holyoke Street from February 8th-March 10th. The company then travels to New York to perform at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College on March 15th and 16th (call 212-772-4448 for tickets), followed by performances on March 20th-22nd at Hamilton City Hall in Bermuda.
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 comprises 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 Play) 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.
THE HISTORY OF THE PUDDING
In 1795, twenty-one Harvard students crowded into a dorm room to celebrate the establishment of a new on-campus society. Members pledged to maintain the club’s secrecy and “to cultivate the social affections and cherish the feelings of friendship and patriotism.” Most importantly, they mandated that “the members in alphabetical order shall provide a pot of hasty pudding for every meeting.” With this ritual, the Hasty Pudding Club found its namesake, and the theatrical organization of today found its simpler roots.
The turn of the century saw the introduction of a new tradition into club meetings. In response to increased rowdiness and anarchy, a mock criminal court was improvised to try club members for “insolence” and “contempt of the club.” These trials were a great success, and the club constitution was amended to incorporate these dramatizations into every club meeting. Through the years, these productions became more elaborate, with the addition of costumes and eventually scripts.
In 1844, Harvard senior Lemuel Hayward broke with tradition and secretly arranged the production of a comedic opera, “Bombastes Furioso,” instead of the expected mock trial. Thus, the first Hasty Pudding Show was born, starting a tradition that has continued for 171 productions, interrupted for only four years by the two World Wars.
The modern Pudding Show has evolved into a spectacle beyond anything ever envisioned by the founders of the original secret society. Every year, HPT produces an original, entirely student-written and composed, pun-filled musical extravaganza. Undergraduates are now provided guidance by theatrical veterans, and sets and costumes rival those of many professional productions. The show runs for four weeks in Cambridge before an annual tour in New York City and Bermuda. Some of America’s most prominent personalities got their start in the Pudding, including Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, JFK, Jack Lemmon, Alan Jay Lerner, David Javerbaum, and Rashida Jones.
With the introduction of the Woman of the Year celebration in 1951, and the Man of the Year in 1967, the Pudding has gained an international audience— but remains at its heart an organization driven by the enthusiasm and exuberance of its undergraduate members.
The Pudding Show remains in its essence a no-holds-barred burlesque, now with Harvard students of all genders welcome as cast members on stage.