It’s no surprise that The Hasty Pudding Theatricals selected Octavia Spencer as 2017 Woman Of The Year…
The Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the oldest theatrical organization in the United States, bestows this honor once a year to performers who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment, and they have been doing this since 1951!
Oscar-winning actress, OCTAVIA SPENCER (who was recently nominated for a second Oscar and won a SAG Award for “Hidden Figures” this past Sunday), joined in the festivities at Harvard University, which began with a parade through the streets of Cambridge.
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.
Before got her pot, Ms. Spencer had to work her way off the “naughty list”, which she was placed on due to her roles in the Bad Santa movies.
Octavia referenced her infamous pie scene from The Help by choosing one of three people to pie in the face. Her choice was a Hasty Pudding member dressed as Presidential Counselor, Kellyanne Conway. She also proved her fealty to her alma mater, Auburn University, by tackling an arch-rival, University of Alabama fan onstage.
As she has a fondness for pink nail polish, she was charged with giving another Cast member a makeover with an oversized tube of nail polish. Finally, she rounded out her roast by singing a duet of James Brown’s “I Got You (I Feel Good)” in reference to her role in Get on Up.
Watch the first LIVE-STREAMED press conference from the Hasty Pudding’s Facebook (www.facebook.com/thehastypudding)
To close out the festivities, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals members performed several musical numbers from the group’s upcoming 169th production, Casino Evil.
More fun to come this week with Ryan Reynolds being named Man of the Year!
The Hasty Pudding Theatricals will celebrate their 51st Man of the Year, RYAN REYNOLDS, on Friday February 3rd, 2017. The traditional roast and Pudding Pot ceremony will take place at Farkas Hall, as well as the Opening night of HPT 169: Casino Evil.
TO LIVE STREAM the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ Man of Year press conference, viewers can tune in at 8:30 p.m. EST on Friday, February 3rd via the Hasty Pudding’s Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/thehastypudding
TO PURCHASE TICKETS to the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ 169th production, Casino Evil, 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, located at 12 Holyoke Street, from February 3rd until March 5th. The company then travels to New York to perform at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College on March 10th and 11th (call 212-772-4448 for tickets), followed by performances on March 15th-17th at Hamilton City Hall in Bermuda.