Israeli Stage honors Pelton, Cutler

by Lily Rugo / Beacon Correspondent • November 13, 2014

As the theater company Israeli Stage began its fourth year, it held its inaugural Sabra Award Benefit to honor Emerson President M. Lee Pelton and philanthropist Ted Cutler for their contributions to the arts in Boston.

The awards were held on Nov. 2 at the Goethe-Institut Boston. 

Israeli Stage founder Guy Ben-Aharon, a 2012 Emerson graduate, told Boston Magazine that the Sabra Awards honor those in the community who work to form “cultural bridges,” likeas Cutler’s philanthropic work and Pelton’s demonstrations of “how arts serve the city.”

“The scope of Ted’s accomplishments leave me in awe,” Pelton wrote in an email to the Beacon. “Ted’s contributions to the city of Boston, to the American Jewish community, to the field of healthcare, education, and the arts are unsurpassed.”

In four years, Israeli Stage has produced over fifteen plays as staged readings, including some debuts of Israeli works. Pelton said Emerson and Israeli Stage maintain close ties, from hiring graduates to coming to classes to talk to students and faculty. Next year, Israeli Stage plans to have its first full production of Ulysses on Bottles in collaboration with ArtsEmerson.

“Israeli Stage is driven by a vision of excellence that I admire deeply,” Pelton wrote. “Emerson College cherishes its close ties to Israeli Stage, which has developed a very strong presence in Boston.”