Tony Amendola is a partner at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP, a member of Center Theatre Group’s Corporate Circle. He represents private sector and nonprofit employers in all areas of labor and employment law. He is also an advisor to Center Theatre Group’s Human Resources department.
Why does Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP support theatre in Los Angeles?
For more than a century, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp has been an integral part of the arts and entertainment community in Los Angeles. As attorneys, we are committed to supporting creative expression in all forms. A significant portion of our firm’s client base has always been comprised of arts organizations, motion picture studios, television networks, independent producers, actors, writers, and directors. We are thrilled to continue our support of Center Theatre Group and its invaluable artistic, cultural, and educational contributions to Los Angeles.
Why are the arts important?
The arts enrich our lives. They make us think. They entertain, inform, and enlighten us.
What upcoming show are you most looking forward to?
The line-ups at the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and Kirk Douglas Theatre are all impressive. If I had to choose, I would say Grey Gardens—The Musical, as I am a sucker for a great musical (and I am a big fan of both Rachel York and Betty Buckley!).
What is your idea of the perfect play?
One that educates me and touches my heart. In this regard, the Taper’s production of Bent comes to mind.
What playwright would you trust to write your life story? Who would you cast as yourself?
Moisés Kaufman. I love his writing. (Perhaps he would team up with Sondheim and make it a musical!) As for the actor, it’s a toss-up between Bradley Cooper and Nathan Lane.
What is the most important quality in a charitable organization?
Unwavering commitment to its mission.
Which theatrical skill would you most like to have?
The ability to sing.
What play feels most relevant to your life?
Tony Kushner’s Angels in America.
Which playwright would make the best lunch date?