SOURCE: Avi Oster Media

Avi Oster Media

July 24, 2011 22:42 ET

Avi Oster Sponsors WordTheatre® "Speaking in Tongues" Featuring Stars of Boardwalk Empire, True Blood, Avatar, Law & Order With Pulitzer Prize Winners, Guggenheim Fellows and PEN/Faulkner Recipients

Event Supports The Pushcart Prize Fellowships; Avi and Jane Oster Selected to Vanity Fair Writer George Wayne's List of New York's "50 Most Fabulous People"

EAST HAMPTON, NY--(Marketwire - Jul 24, 2011) - Last night, Avi Oster sponsored the WordTheatre's "Speaking in Tongues," an evening of world class performances in support of the Pushcart Prize Fellowships, the endowment for The Pushcart Prize, considered one of the most important publishing projects in American history. Oster is the principal of Avi Oster Media, an entertainment enterprise that specializes in connecting the best in the worlds of music, fashion, networking, events, and philanthropy.

"Speaking in Tongues" brought the stars of Boardwalk Empire, True Blood, Avatar, Law & Order and more with Pulitzer Prize winners, Guggenheim Fellows and PEN/Faulkner recipients. Together they celebrated The Pushcart Prize, an annual anthology of stories, poems, essays and memoirs selected from hundreds of small magazines and presses throughout the world. WordTheatre is dedicated to inspiring a love of language and literature by presenting live performances of contemporary short stories with renowned actors and authors.

The evening was a busy night for Oster. He and his sister Jane Oster were also selected to Vanity Fair writer George Wayne's list of New York's "50 Most Fabulous People" at Wayne's 50th birthday celebration.

"Some of the most remarkable ideas come from unlikely collaborations. WordTheatre's 'Speaking in Tongues' is a prime example of the incredible potential that's revealed when people from distinct industries like literature and entertainment work together," remarked Avi Oster. "Avi Oster Media's goal is to connect people and inspire great energy and new ideas, and we're honored to have been a part of WordTheatre's exciting evening."

Avi Oster regularly hosts and supports high-level networking events featuring an eclectic mix of the best in entertainment, fashion, finance, music, philanthropy and public service gathering to build relationships and enjoy an evening of entertainment. Previously, Oster and multi-platinum artist and Grammy Award winner Ne-Yo hosted 360 Induced, an intimate event featuring live performances by Estelle and Ne-Yo. In addition, Oster has collaborated with Nolcha Fashion Week, one of New York's premiere platforms for top designers in the industry, and Stephen Seo, the modern bespoke brand specializing in stylish, custom-tailored clothing for men and women and the exclusive designer for the principal cast members of HBO's comedy-drama Entourage. He also supported Catherine Fulmer's Southern Crawl, an evening of fashion and music featuring a presentation of Fulmer's Fall 2011 women's collection along with music by emerging Soul singer Marla Joy.

"Speaking in Tongues" was held at Guild Hall in East Hampton, NY, and was produced and directed by Cedering Fox. It featured performances by:

  • Amy Irving (Carrie)
  • CCH Pounder (Avatar)
  • Chris Bauer (True Blood)
  • Colman Domingo (Scottsboro Boys)
  • Harris Yulin (Training Day, Scarface)
  • Kathryn Erbe (Law and Order: Criminal Intent)
  • Kevin Corrigan (The Departed)
  • Vincent Piazza (Boardwalk Empire)

Since 2003, WordTheatre has created special event programming for important national and international organizations. As WordTheatre has found many of its favorite authors in the pages of The Pushcart Prize: Best of The Small Presses' annual anthologies, WordTheatre® frequently hosts benefits for The Pushcart Prize Fellowships as a thank you to founder and editor Bill Henderson and all the distinguished judges who are committed to keeping independent voices in literature alive.

The Pushcart Prize was started in 1976 and has featured many notable writers early in their careers, including Raymond Carver, Tim O'Brien, Jayne Anne Phillips, Charles Baxter, Andre Dubus, Susan Minot, Mona Simpson, John Irving, and Rick Moody.

About Avi Oster
Avi Oster is the principal of Avi Oster Media, an entertainment enterprise that specializes in connecting the best in the worlds of music, fashion, networking, events, and philanthropy, and Oster Properties, a real estate management and development company, which purchases, develops, and owns shopping centers and residential and hospitality properties throughout the tri-state area. He has also ventured successfully in the fashion arena, most recently collaborating with Nolcha Fashion Week, one of New York's premiere platforms for top designers in the industry, and with Stephen Seo, the modern bespoke brand specializing in stylish, custom-tailored clothing for men and women and the exclusive designer for the principal cast members of HBO's comedy-drama Entourage.

About WordTheatre
WordTheatre®: Giving Voice to Great Writing is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring a love of language and literature by presenting live performances of contemporary short stories with renowned actors and authors in Los Angeles, New York and London. The goal is to ignite a whole new generation of literature fans!

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