Charleston, SC (WCBD) – Former Charleston Mayor Joe Riley and two Charleston theater veterans will become the inaugural nominees of The Anthony Aston Honors.
Riley along with Patricia and Emmett Robinson will be recognized at the first ever gala Tuesday night at Hibernian Hall in Charleston.
Patricia and Emmett Robinson will be awarded posthumously.
The honor was established by The Footlight Players, the board of directors voted in 20-15 to create the award to recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the arts or cultural life in Charleston.
The Anthony Aston award is named for a British actor, playwright and poet, who landed in Charles Towne in 1702 after being shipwrecked on the Carolina coast near Port Royal.
In 1703, Aston wrote and performed “The Country,” thought to be the first play ever produced in America.
The event starts at 6:30 p.m with a cocktail reception followed by a dinner and the awards ceremony which is from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.