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The evening literally played-out like one of The Phillips Collection’s annual talk-of-the-town black tie galas.

A guest list composed of members of Congress, Cabinet members, Washington business leaders, and noted philanthropists. A special performance headlined by a Hollywood/Broadway starlet. And, of course, dinner among some of the gallery’s priceless works of art.

At the Phillips Collection last night, the Aspen Institute’s Dan Glickman brushed up on his acting skills as one of four readers of act one of “Surviving Grace.”

“I play an aging, balding, Jewish dentist,” said Glickman about his character. “I know three of those categories.”

The play was written by Trish Vradenburg, a screenwriter and wife of former AOL executive George Vradenburg, about her mother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s.

The other readers were radio host Diane Rehm, actress Marilu Henner, and ABC correspondent Terry Moran.

Diane Rehm, beloved by NPR fans inside and outside of the Beltway, stole the show at the Phillips Collection Wednesday night, where she read the lead role of the play "Surviving Grace." The NPR host and executive producer was joined by Terry Moran of Nightline, actress Marilu Henner and Dan Glickman of the Aspen Institute on stage for a reading of Act I. Rehm, playing the role of an aging woman who likes to lob sugar-coated barbs at her daughter, played by Henner, appeared to be enjoying herself immensely.

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