45th Anniversary Gala and Auction

45TH ANNIVERSARY GALA AND AUCTION
CELEBRATES AND SUPPORTS
MARIN THEATRE COMPANY

EVENING’S ENTERTAINMENT FEATURES
CELEBRITY/PLAYWRIGHT CHALLENGE,
STAGED READINGS OF NEW SHORT PLAYS BY
BILL CAIN, TARELL ALVIN McCRANEY & STEVE YOCKEY

May 5, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. | Corinthian Yacht Club, Tiburon

MILL VALLEY, CA—Marin Theatre Company hosts its annual gala and auction on Saturday, May 5, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Tiburon. Celebrating the 45th Anniversary of the Bay Area’s premier mid-sized professional theater in the North Bay, all proceeds from the benefit support MTC’s artistic and educational programs. This year’s event features a Celebrity/Playwright Challenge, in which MTC affiliated actors perform staged readings of new 10-minute plays by Bill Cain (9 Circles, Equivocation), Tarell Alvin McCraney (In the Red & Brown Water) and Steve Yockey (Bellwether). Each short play was specially commissioned for the event and written based on suggestions by celebrities and friends of the theater Elizabeth Banks, James Franco and Anthony Heald.

The event’s venue, the 100-year old Colonial Revival yacht club, is located at the foot of Tiburon’s Main Street and boasts panoramic views of San Francisco and the Bay. The evening begins with cocktails, music and a silent wine auction. During an elegant sit-down dinner, three actors perform the three plays of the Celebrity/Playwright Challenge. The evening is capped by a live auction, presided over by auctioneer Aldo Billingslea, who recently played the lead role in MTC’s Othello, the Moor of Venice. Guests have the chance to win unique experiences like a walk-on role in MTC’s holiday production of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, a catered dinner at MTC on the Boyer Theatre stage, a trip to New Orleans that includes tickets to the Tennessee Williams Festival at Southern Rep and much more.

CALENDAR LISTING

WHAT
Marin Theatre Company 45th Anniversary Gala + Auction

WHEN
Saturday, May 5, 2012, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

WHERE
Corinthian Yacht Club | 43 Main Street, Tiburon, CA 94920

WHO
Auctioneer: Aldo Billingslea
Honorary guests: Will Marchetti and Lee Sankovich, Former MTC Artistic Directors

Celebrity/Playwright Challenge
Celebrities: Elizabeth Banks, James Franco, Anthony Heald
Playwrights: Steve Yockey, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Bill Cain
Actors: TBA

ABOUT
Benefit for the Marin Theatre Company’s artistic and educational programs, entertainment includes Celebrity/Playwright Challenge with three actors performing three short plays by Bill Cain (9 Circles, Equivocation), Tarell Alvin McCraney (In the Red & Brown Water) and Steve Yockey (Bellwether) based on ideas submitted by celebrities Elizabeth Banks, James Franco and Anthony Heald.

TICKETS
$2,000 table of 10
$225 per person

CONTACT
marintheatre.org | (415) 388-5200, ext. 3317 | Email

ABOUT MTC
Celebrating our 45th Anniversary this season, Marin Theatre Company is the Bay Area’s premier mid-sized theater and the leading professional theater in the North Bay. We produce a six-show season of provocative plays by passionate playwrights from the 20th century and today in our intimate 231-seat proscenium theater. We are committed to the development and production of new plays by American playwrights, with a comprehensive New Play Program that includes at least one world premiere each season, two nationally recognized annual playwriting awards, new play readings and workshops by the nation’s best emerging playwrights and a leadership position in the National New Play Network. Our numerous education programs serve more than 6,000 students each year.

PRESS CONTACT
Sasha Hnatkovich, Communications Director
(415) 388-5200, ext. 3313 | Email


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