Chicago’s Theater Wit is removing the hardest part of the standard-issue theater gala: the going out part. Instead, at Theater Wit’s Stay at Home Gala, Friday, November 3, just stay home, put on your PJs and fuzzy slippers, and make yourself at home because Theater Wit will present the most unique gala you’ve never attended right to you, in your own living room, live via the internet.
Dazzling! Dynamic! Pants optional! Theater Wit’s Stay at Home Gala starts at 7 p.m., live from Theater Wit’s three-theater complex at 1229 W. Belmont Avenue in Lakeview.
Here’s the best part - it still comes with all of the perks of a typical Chicago theater gala. You want the chicken? Choose chicken, seafood or vegetarian, and your Stay at Home gala-ready meal will be delivered right to your door, piping hot! Sounds better than dining with strangers back at Table 247, right?
You want speeches? Live entertainment? Check and check! Theater Wit will live stream sneak-peek scenes from its upcoming season, salute its incredible artists, thank contributors, and do all that usual fun gala stuff for you LIVE.
Dancing? Cut a rug - your own rug, that is – to live music, direct from Theater Wit.
Silent auction? Veeerrrry silent. It’s a tiny secret online site with super cool items to bid on, only accessible to Stay at Home Gala ticket buyers.
Want to see and be seen? Send a selfie to compete for best gown or best PJs - both elegance and comfort will be rewarded at Theater Wit’s online gala.
Okay, you got us. The Stay at Home gala is BYOB. But have your favorite mixers on hand, because Theater Wit's beloved bar staff will offer cocktail tips and drink advice throughout the evening. Don't forget to cut yourself off when you've had enough though.
Attend the Stay at Home Gala alone, with a date, or gather some friends together to support one of Chicago’s top non-profit storefront theater companies. Tickets are only $100 per person for a night of glamour, door prizes and more, all from your own front row seat. Tickets are on sale now at TheaterWit.org/gala or call the Theater Wit box office,(773) 975-8150 to reserve.
About Theater Wit
Theater Wit, Chicago’s “smart art” theater, is a major hub of the Chicago neighborhood theater scene, where audiences enjoy a smorgasbord of excellent productions in three, 99-seat spaces, see a parade of talented artists and mingle with audiences from all over Chicago.
“A thrilling addition to Chicago’s roster of theaters” (Chicago Tribune) and “a terrific place to see a show” (New City), Theater Wit is now in its seventh season at its home at 1229 N. Belmont, in the heart of the new Belmont Theatre District in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. In 2014, Theater Wit was awarded the National Theatre Award by the American Theatre Wing for strengthening the quality, diversity and dynamism of American theater.
The company’s most recent hits include 10 Out of 12 and Mr. Burns, a post-electric play by Anne Washburn, Naperville by Mat Smart, The New Sincerity by Alena Smith, Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon, The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence and Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England by Madeleine George, and Completeness and The Four of Us by Itamar Moses.
Up next, Theater Wit’s 2017-18 season opens with Significant Other by Joshua Harmon, author of Wit’s 2015 smash hit Bad Jews, about a gay man in New York whose girlfriends are all getting married, co-produced with About Face Theatre (November 2–December 10, 2017). Wit will also present America’s premiere monologist, Mike Daisey, three nights only, in three different shows commenting on the current state of the U.S.A.: This is Not Normal,The End of Journalism and The White Man’s Burden (November 16, 17 and 18). For the holidays, Chicago's favorite seasonal performer, Mitchell J. Fain, returns with a mainstage production of This Way Outta Santaland (and other Xmas miracles), his holiday tell-all blend of storytelling, improvisation, cabaret and cocktails (November 24-December 30).
2018 opens with Wit’s world premiere of The Antelope Party, Eric John Meyer’s comedy about adult fans of My Little Pony (January 5-February 24, 2018). Spring sees the Chicago debut of Women Laughing Alone with Salad, Sheila Callaghan’s meta-feminist satirical comedy about friendship, salad, sex, bodies, yoga, salad, men, envy, diets, salad, uppers and salad (March 9-April 29, 2018).
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