NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Denzel Washington says it is an honor to be recognized by the city's Crossroads Theatre Company.

The iconic actor, director and producer is coming to the Hub City to receive the company's first Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee Living Legends Award at a gala celebration on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the State Theatre.

“Crossroads is a vessel through which stories are told that build bridges for knowledge and understanding of people, places and perspectives,” said Washington in a statement released by Crossroads Theatre Company.  “I am especially honored to receive the Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee Living Legends Awards because throughout my career I have been touched by them personally, by their activism and their body of work of best in class acting.”

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The city’s arts and cultural district along Livingston Avenue will be the scene of a Hollywood red carpet atmosphere with the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center(NBPAC), the Heldrich Hotel and the State Theatre being the venues for the evening’s festivities.

A Night With Crossroad"  is the Tony Award-winning theatre’s inaugural fundraising gala.

Luminaries of stage and screen and Crossroads Theatre Company alumni are coming home to salute Washington, who won the Academy Award for best actor in 2001 for his portrayal of detective Alonzo Harris in the crime thriller "Training Day."

The lineup to date includes Grammy and Tony Award nominee David Alan Grier who will host the show; musical performances by Grammy Award-winning musician Gregory Porter and singer, songwriter and actress Ashley Támar Davis; scenes from the award-winning plays "Fences" by August Wilson with Stephen McKinley Henderson and "Fly" by Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan; and a sneak preview of "The Divine One," a play based on the story of singer Sarah Vaughn.

Tributes to Denzel Washington will be given from the family of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Phylicia Rashad, Courtney B. Vance, producer/director Woodie King and other surprise guests.

The honorary co-chairs for the event are film, television and theatre director and playwright Charles Randolph Wright and film, stage and television actress, director, and producer Tamara Tunie. WCBS-TV anchor Maurice DuBois is the host for all "A Night With Crossroads" special receptions.

Now a resident member of the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC), Crossroads Theatre Company is in its fourth decade of being a preeminent gateway for black theatre that has been the stage for many actors, directors, designers, writers and other theatre professionals. Since opening in 1978, CTC has built a rich and storied history, celebrating the culture, history, spirit and voices of the African Diaspora.

“We’re excited to be the host of a wonderful evening of theatre and entertainment that honors a living legend who represents the epitome of acting and advocacy,” said Anthony P. Carter, President of Crossroads Board of Trustees. “We salute Denzel Washington for his courage, conviction and compassion in the roles he’s portrayed, for the works he’s directed and for his commitment to the generation of actors here and around the world who stand successfully on his shoulders."

Crossroads created the Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee Living Legends Award to recognize a prominent person(s) from the arts and entertainment community who emulates the activist voice, vision and value of its namesakes and whose body of work illustrates best-in-class acting and portrayal of people, places and promise. More than a performing couple, Davis and Dee used their gifts to bring the civil rights movement to the national stage and the small and big screen and to nurture and cultivate acting, directorial and production talent.

For additional information about A Night With Crossroads honoring Denzel Washington, along with sponsorship and ticket pricing levels, please visit www.anightwithcrossroads.org.