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ACT Gala Reception

Kent Swig at the ACT Gala Reception

On May 18, 2014, I attended a wonderful evening in San Francisco at a gala reception supporting the American Conservatory Theater (ACT) held at the Regency Ballroom.  The gala dinner posthumously honored the three founders of ACT; Mortimer Fleishhacker Jr., Cyril Magnin and my father, Mel Swig who founded ACT in 1967.  The evening was dubbed “Fleishhacker, Magnin, Swig: ACT’s Mad Mad Men” to celebrate the award winning theater and world class actor training conservatory that also offers an MFA program.

The history of the founding of ACT was played out in a musical staring conservatory students that was brilliantly written by Dan Rubin and directed by Amy Anders Corcoran, which re-imagined the fateful Summer of Love when co-founders Bill Baer and Bill Ball met up with the old school San Francisco civic leaders Flieshhacker, Magnin and Swig.

Kent Swig, Ben Quinn (ACT student and actor playing Mel Swig), Steve Swig

Kent Swig, Ben Quinn (ACT student and actor playing Mel Swig), Steve Swig

Actor/student Ben Quinn expertly played my father, Mel Swig, except Ben has a gifted singing voice, something that my father certainly did not possess, although he loved to sing anyway!

The evening was a great success for ACT and all those who attended; and it was a particularly wonderful gift for me and my brother Steve (who serves on the board of directors of ACT) to partake in an evening where our father was honored some 21 years after he passed away.

 

 

Steve Swig with his brother Kent Swig

Steve Swig with his brother Kent Swig

Photos of the honorees: Mortimer  Fleishhacker Jr., Cyril Magnin, Mel Swig

Photos of the honorees: Mortimer Fleishhacker Jr., Cyril Magnin, Mel Swig

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May 28, 2014 at 10:25 am

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