A donor in the house

by Madeline Smith

On Friday, February 10, Andrew L. Farkas ’82 spent the evening in Farkas Hall—formerly the New College Theatre—attending the building's dedication ceremony and a special performance of this year’s Hasty Pudding production, HPT 164: There Will Be Flood. Farkas and his guests enjoyed hors d' oeuvres before the ceremony, as well as performances by the Harvard Krokodiloes and the Radcliffe Pitches. Meanwhile, Pudding cast members ambled around the reception in full costume.

The guests then gathered in the theater, where Farkas spoke about his time at Harvard and about his father, Robin L. Farkas ’54, in whose honor the theater is newly named. At the close of the ceremony, Sandi Goff Farkas, the playwright and wife to Andrew, presented her husband with an intricate miniature of Farkas Hall, custom-made to commemorate the event.

The ceremony segued directly into a special performance of There Will Be Flood, enhanced by several Farkas-related jokes. In true Hasty Pudding style, the evening marked the start of a new era for Farkas Hall and a celebration of the support Harvard theater has enjoyed thanks to generous alumni.

[Caption: Andrew Farkas (right) with FAS Dean Michael Smith and Dean of Harvard College Evelynn Hammonds at the Farkas Hall rededication ceremony on February 10 (photo by Martha Stewart).]

[Caption: Mr. Farkas with a trio of cast members from this year's Hasty Pudding show, "There Will Be Flood" (photo by Martha Stewart).]

[Caption: The Radcliffe Pitches serenade the guest of honor (photo by Martha Stewart).]

[Caption: On stage before the curtain went up for the Hasty Pudding show, Mr. Farkas—with his wife Sandi and father Robin—inspects a model of his namesake building (photo by Martha Stewart).]