New Rep Gala 2015

Save the Date: May 6, 2015
Celebrate 30 years of New Rep!

Commander's Mansion & Arsenal Center for the Arts

New Rep Gala 2015


New Rep Gala 2015 featured in The Boston Globe‘s NAMES!

Over 300 guests revelled in a perfect spring evening at the New Rep Gala on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Greeted at the Arsenal Center for the Arts by Sunset Limousine, party goers were whisked off to celebrate at a tent on the grounds of the Commander’s Mansion decorated in celebratory tones of blue and gold.

Managing Director Harriet Sheets, Benjamin Evett, Artistic Director Jim Petosa,
honoree Austin Pendleton and Rick Lombardo
Photo by Andrew Brilliant / Brilliant Pictures

Scrumptious food was savored from outstanding restaurant partners including AB Catering, Farmers Market Kitchen, Miller’s Ale House, Not Your Average Joe’s, Sensational Foods, Stellina Restaurant and Terry O’Reilly’s. Guests included Board Members, artists, honorees and long-time patrons mingling and taking in the festive atmosphere which included flowers from John LaRoche of blueGuava and Todd C. Gordon tickling the ivories on the piano. A yearly tradition, Premier Bartending & Beverage Service whipped up a drink in the spirit of the evening called the “Celebration Sparkler.”

Amy Ellsworth, Shari Malyn, Lee Ellsworth, and honoree Jon Abbott
Photo by Andrew Brilliant / Brilliant Pictures

As guests entered the Arsenal Center for the Arts, they were greeted by the beautiful sound of a string quartet from the Suzuki School of Newton.  Upon taking their seats, Lilia Wood and Vladmyr Derisier led dancers from Ballroom in Boston who dazzled the audience with a mesmerizing waltz showcasing their grace and agility.

Opening remarks from WGBH’s Jared Bowen
Photo by Andrew Brilliant / Brilliant Pictures

Opening remarks made by WGBH’s Jared Bowen were a spirited way to kick off the program portion of the evening as he offered his amusing observations and anecdotes about guests and honorees.  The highlight of the program was the presentation of awards to our distinguished honorees.  Former honoree, Robert Brustein presented actor, writer and director, Austin Pendleton with the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Artistic Award. Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Executive Director, Anita Walker presented the 2015 Community Advocate Award to WGBH’s CEO and President, Jon Abbott. Former Board Chair Michael McCay presented the 2015 Karoff  Leadership Award to Marcy Crary and Tim Hall.  Marcy has been on the board for over 25 years and Tim is a former board member.

Steve Aveson of NECN excites the crowd
Photo by Andrew Brilliant / Brilliant Pictures

Dazzling performances by Benjamin Evett, Leigh Barrett, Robert Saoud, Todd C. Gordon, Brad Peloquin, and Aimee Doherty lit up the stage. Steve Aveson of NECN sparkled with excitement as he led the audience to raise $64,000 for Fund a Future and auctioned off exciting packages totaling over $4,900. Classic Repertory Company member Miguel Fana and Perduco student Eli Berkowitz offered words of inspiration highlighting the importance of arts in our schools and the development of  young artists. The night finished out in grand style with tempting desserts by Vicki Lee’s and Wilson Farm.

Presenter and playwright Robert Brustein, Doreen Beinart, and honoree Austin Pendleton
Photo by Andrew Brilliant / Brilliant Pictures

We are proud to announce that we raised $172,000, 38% above our goal at the New Rep 2015 Gala. We could not have done it without the passion and dedication of our Board, Gala Co-Chairs, Gala Committee, Honorary Committee, Sponsors, Local Business Partners, Volunteers, and Staff. Special thanks to our Silent and Live Auction contributors and our very special donors and patrons.

We hope to see you all at next year’s celebration!


Auction Items



Your culinary creativeness will flow with a package perfect for the wine and food lover!  First, you and a guest will visit the set of AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN for a taping in May 2016.  You’ll also receive an copy of ATK’s Healthy Slow Cooker Revolution autographed by Christopher Kimball, ATK’s TV Show Cookbook from seasons 2001-2010 and Season 13 on DVD.  New Rep’s Board of Directors has curated a 18 bottle BEST OF BOARD wine package.  Each bottle is worth $50+ and handpicked for your enjoyment.  NOLA’S FRESH FOOD has also provided a basket of goodies including salsas, chocolates, and other goodies to delight your palette.
Donated by: America’s Test Kitchen & WGBH, New Rep Board of Directors, & Nola’s Fresh Food.

Value: $1,325


The ultimate Boston date nights package includes (4) tickets to the Boston premiere of the Tony Award winning musical, KINKY BOOTS at the Boston Opera House (August 11, 12, 16 or 23) including a backstage and Opera House tour.  Head back into the city for (2) tickets to multiplatinum singer, composer and pianist, ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY in September 2015.  Meet Ann after the show in an exclusive meet and greet and receive a copy of her CD From Sassy to Devine: Sarah Vaughn Project.  Finish out your nights in Boston with a visit to ONCE at the Emerson Colonial Theatre in December (date TBD by winner) featuring New Rep alum Erica Spyres (Camelot, Master Class).  Enjoy a meet and greet and backstage tour with Erica to round out your evening.  Spend the night during one of your excursions with a 1-night stay at XV BEACON HOTEL, a luxury boutique hotel known for excellence, offering refined, genuine, and personalized service.
Donated by: Broadway in Boston, Ted Kurland Associates, & Erica Spyres & XV Beacon Hotel.

Value: $1,820


This package will be music to the ears of any classical music enthusiast!  Hear the best of Boston with (2) Shed tickets to TANGLEWOOD BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA during the 2015 season (date to be agreed upon), $100 gift certificate for dinner at THE DREAM AWAY LODGE, (2) tickets to the BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at Symphony Hall during the 2015-2016 (date to be agreed upon), (2) tickets to HANDEL & HAYDN SOCIETY (date to be agreed upon), and (4) tickets to the MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR at the Citi Center for the Performing Arts on July 6.  Finally, savor your favorite sounds on the BOSE SOUNDLINK III MOBILE SPEAKER.

Donated by: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Handel & Hayden Society, Citi Center for the Performing Arts, The Dream Away Lodge, & Bose.

Value: $1,900


Sports fans will revel in this package that kicks off with (2) luxury box suite tickets for the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (date to be agreed upon) along with a Rob Gronkowski autographed photograph.  Your suite will include a private bathroom and food service.  Summertime begins at Fenway Park with (4) tickets located near 1st base to a RED SOX game on Saturday, June 6, 2015 vs. the Oakland Athletics.  Add to your collection an exclusive Xander Bogaerts autographed baseball donated by the Boston Red Sox.  Show your Celtic pride as you enjoy a BOSTON CELTICS game in (2) Lower Level seats at the TD Garden (date to be mutually agreed upon).

Donated by: Mintz Levin Associates, Edward & Elizabeth Jacobs, New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, & Boston Celtics.

Value: $1,600


The perfect package for the young and the young at heart includes (4) passes to the BOSTON MUSEUM OF SCIENCE including admission to the Omni Theater and the Planetarium, (5) passes to the NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM including a special Behind the Scenes Tour, and a one-year Family Membership to the CONCORD MUSEUM.  Your sweet tooth will rejoice with a dozen cupcakes from GEORGETOWN CUPCAKES and ice cream for a year (12 pints) from JP LICKS!  The fun continues with a gift from the animation studio SOUP TO NUTS including t-shirts, DVDs (including Creepy Carrots, Lemonade in Winter, Merry Christmas, Splat, Extra Yarn, Robot, and The Very Fairy Princess) and an autographed poster from the creators of the hit PBS show, Word Girl. 
Donated by: Boston Museum of Science, New England Aquarium, Concord Museum, Georgetown Cupcakes, JP Licks, & Soup to Nuts.

Value: $700


Stir your soul with (2) tickets to see CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S VAREKAI at the Agganis Arena at Boston University (July 15-19, 2015) and (2) tickets to Celebrity Series of Boston’s presentation of the CEDAR LAKE CONTEMPORARY BALLET (May 15-17, 2015) at the Citi Shubert Theatre.  Practice your own moves with a private dance lesson with BALLROOM IN BOSTON in Allston, MA.
Donated by: Cirque du Soleil, Celebrity Series of Boston, & Ballroom in Boston.

Value: $450


This fashionable package includes a custom men’s shirt from J. HILLBURN and a classic whale print tie from VINEYARD VINES.  Your jewelry collection will gleam with the addition of a classic pearl necklace from ESTATE TREASURES, adorable tortoise & hare earrings designed by NANCY SCHON of Make Way For Duckling’s sculpture fame, and a $250 gift certificate from LONG’S JEWELERS.  Enjoy a $100 shopping trip to SOFT SURROUNDINGS in the Chestnut Hill Mall with your gift card and beautify your home with a 2 hour consultation with SARAH WAINWRIGHT DESIGNS.
Donated by: Jane Wolfman of J. Hillburn, Vineyard Vines, Estate Treasures, Nancy Schon, Dianne Rottenberg of Long’s Jewelers, Soft Surroundings, and Sarah Wainwright.

Value: $1,100


Color your world with (3) CUSTOM FRAMED COSTUME RENDERINGS FROM NEW REP’S PRODUCTION OF THE LITTLE PRINCE by costume designer, Chelsea Kerl.    Enjoy the splendor of the ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM year round with a one year membership including (4) extra passes.  Share your love of art with friends and family with (6) passes to the MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS.  Enjoy a “paint night” at PINOT’S PALETTE in Lexington with a $50 gift certificate and show off your love of art and literature in a large men’s t-shirt of THE LITTLE PRINCE.
Donated by: Chelsea Kerl, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Bank of America, Pinot’s Palette, Paul Levine, and Big Picture Framing.

Value: $600


Escape is only a short drive away in Provincetown, MA during the fall of 2015 or spring of 2016.  Enjoy an off-season long weekend (four days, three nights) at a GORGEOUS 4 BEDROOM, 3.5 BATH HOME that sleeps eight.  Situated in the desirable West End neighborhood where a 5-minute bike ride or 10-minute walk allows you to enjoy Herring Cove Beach or P’town’s best restaurants and attractions all while maintaining peace and privacy.  The upper level has amazing light, boasting soaring ceilings, two walls of windows with amazing harbor and ocean views, two decks, chef’s gourmet kitchen, designer furnishings, fireplace, half bath, and large dining area.  The main level has three large bedrooms with two full baths.  Two bedrooms have private decks.  The lower level has a bedroom suite with sitting area, bath, jacuzzi tub, and steam room.  Includes wireless internet, laundry, large screen TV, cable, CD/DVD, Bose sound system, and parking for four cars.  Mutually convenient dates to be chosen in conjunction with the owner.  Booking must be completed by May 31, 2016.  Use a 2-day pass at MUSSEL BEACH HEALTH CLUB during your stay, and get a dose of art and culture with a Family Membership to PROVINCETOWN ART ASSOCIATION & MUSUEM. Grace your own home with an ANTIQUE FRAMED VINTAGE MAP OF THE CAPE & THE ISLANDS, and add an autographed edition of the perfect beach read, SHUTTER ISLAND by DENNIS LEHANE to your library.

Donated by: Daniel Newton & Christopher Flynn, Mussel Beach Health Club, Provincetown Art Association & Museum, Stanhope Framers, & Dennis Lehane.

Value: $3,500


Your curiosity will be rewarded with an array of items donated by New Rep’s many friends and business supporters!  Bid on this intriguing package that includes tickets to arts, culture and local attractions, culinary treats, retail gift certificates, and other surprises!

Donated by: New Rep’s many friends & business supporters!

Value: $1100

Bernadette Peters

You and a guest will go backstage in an exclusive opportunity to meet BERNADETTE PETERS before her debut at Town Hall Auditorium in Provincetown, MA in an intimate and very special MEET & GREET. This sell-out concert on Sunday, July 19, 2015 is your chance to experience this dazzling and illustrious songstress in VIP seats. Spend your day in Provincetown and enjoy an elegant lunch at THE CENTRAL HOUSE RESTAURANT AT THE CROWN & ANCHOR offering simple and refined delicious food featuring local, seasonal ingredients in a casual atmosphere.  Spend the night at SAGE PROVINCETOWN INN located steps away from the energy and excitement of Provincetown’s Commercial Street. Sage offers a peaceful setting for a relaxing yet invigorating stay where you will find galleries, retail shops, and restaurants or enjoy a specialty cocktail and light fare in the newly renovated Sage Lounge.  BERNADETTE PETERS CDS, Bernadette Peters Loves Rogers & Hammerstein and Sondheim, Etc — Bernadette Peters Live At Carnegie Hall also included.

Donated by: Miriam Gillitt Winer, Diane DiCarlo & Jeanne Lescycznski, & Crown & Anchor.

Value: $1400 to Priceless

Starting Bid: $750



This exclusive, specially curated package is a theatre lover’s dream!  It begins with (2) tickets to the critically acclaimed production of FUN HOME at Circle in the Square featuring Michael Cerveris,  Judy Kuhn, and New Rep alum Joel Perez (Cabaret, A Christmas Carol) for the fall (must use between September 8-October 31, 2015) and will feature a meet and greet and backstage tour with Joel Perez. BEAUTIFUL tells the true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom. (2) Tickets with a backstage tour (date to be mutually agreed upon), six Carole King CDs, and her autobiography, A Natural Woman are included. (2) Tickets and a backstage tour to the Tony-winning Best Musical A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER will tickle your funny bone in this musical romp set in Edwardian England about a line of heirs, family money, and homicide (date to be mutually agreed upon). Witness the splendor of Zeffirelli’s production of Puccini’s masterful TURANDOT at THE METROPOLITAN OPERA on November 3, 2015 staged by Executive Stage Director, David Kneuss. (4) Tickets plus an exclusive backstage tour during intermission by Mr. Kneuss complete this experience. (2) tickets to see Disney’s smash hit ALADDIN including a backstage tour with stand-by Merwin Foard (Jafar & Sultan) and gift shop items totaling $100 (must be used by September 7, 2015). Relive the magic of Disney’s THE LION KING!  (2) Tickets are yours in addition to over $100 in gift shop items. (must use by December 31, 2015)   Also included are (2) roundtrip tickets to New York via DELTA AIRLINES, accommodations for (2) nights at THE MANHATTAN CLUB (date to be mutually agreed upon), dinner for (2) at TRIBECA GRILL, and CAST RECORDINGS for Aladdin, Beautiful, Fun Home, Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, The Lion King

Tickets to the following productions are included:


Donated by: Anonymous, Merwin Foard, Fun Home, Joel Perez, David Kneuss, Peter and Lyn Hanson, Lillian Sober Ain, Stewart Lane & Bonnie Comley, Jonathan Garlick, and Jonathan Harris.

Value:$3,200 to priceless
Starting Bid: $2000


A trip for two to the heart of wine country in Saratoga, CA awaits you!  The highlight of this experience is (2) tickets to see HARRY CONNICK, JR. at THE MOUNTAIN WINERY on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, including an exclusive opportunity for a MEET & GREET with Harry.  You’ll experience this exciting concert with the multi-talented music, screen, and stage star in fabulous seats set in idyllic surroundings.   Your visit to the West Coast includes a 3-night stay at the elegant FAIRMONT SAN JOSE catering to discerning travelers who expect impeccable quality from their accommodations.  ROUNDTRIP AIRFARE FOR 2 IS INCLUDED along with a restaurant gift card for your choice of The Mountain Winery on-site restaurants, THE CHEATEU DECK or THE BACKSTAGE BRASSERIE.  HARRY CONNICK JR. CDs In Concert on Broadway and Your Songs included. *Note: Winner will be responsible for rental car used during trip.

Donated by: Harry Connick, Jr., Fairmont San Jose, and Marcy Crary & Tim Hall

Value: $3000 to Priceless

Starting Bid: $2000


Media Sponsor

Headliner Sponsor
Laura & Michael Dreese

Featured Player Sponsor


Lynn Bay Dayton and Bruce C. Dayton

Ingenue Sponsors

Logo White
Capaldi Limited Partnership

Ensemble Sponsors



Vantage Graphics

Lillian Sober Ain
Marcy Crary & Tim Hall
Nancy Fisher & Pamela Taylor
Jon Harris
Amos & Barbara Hostetter
Paul Levine
Chuck & Susie Longfield
Chris McGown & Abby Johnson
Richard Milstein

Paris Burstyn
Stephanie Dodson & Jamie Cornell
Grace & Ted Fey
Richard & Ilene Jacobs
Robert & Marjie Kargman
Joshua & Carolyn Kraft
Wendy Liebow & Scott Burson
Chris Meyer & Mary Rivet
Daniel Newton & Christopher Flynn
Rachael Solem
Diane & Will Stansbury

Restaurant Sponsors
AB Catering
Farmer’s Market Kitchen
Miller’s Ale House
Not Your Average Joe’s
Sensational Foods
Stellina Restaurant
Terry O’Reilly’s
Vicki Lee’s
Wilson Farms

Honorary Committee

2015 Gala Chairs

Robert Brustein & Doreen Beinart
Lynn Bay Dayton and Bruce C. Dayton
Stephanie Dodson & Jamie Cornell
William & Helen Pounds

2015 Gala Honorary Committee

James Abbott & Joyce Tenneson
Cindy Aber
Frank & Amelia Angella
William Barry & Moira Gault
Henry & Jeannie Becton
Paris Burstyn
Paul & Katie Buttenwieser
Gerald & Kate Chertavian
Gary Dunning
Lee & Amy Ellsworth
Jane Feigenson
Ted & Grace Fey
Ellen Glanz & Richard Berger
Jodi Goodman
Virginia Inglis
Susan B. Kaplan
Robert & Marjie Kargman
Peter & Martha Karoff
Edgar Knudson & Louis Mula
Josh & Carolyn Kraft
Ted & Ann Kurland
Larry Lane
Dennis Lehane
Rick Lombardo & Rachel Harker
Chuck & Susie Longfield
Kathy Lubar & George Kinder
Oscar & Sandy Malcolm
Shawna Giggey Mashal & Robert Mashal
Charlie Marz & Deedee Phillips
Jack & Cathy McCarthy
Chris McKown & Abby Johnson
Richard Milstein
Richard Grubman & Caroline Mortimer
Kathleen O’Connor & Larry Manchester
Catherine Peterson
Michael & Maureen Ruettgers
Chuck Schwager and Jan Durgin
Rachael Solem
Norman & Ruth Spack
Joyce & Josiah A. Spaulding, Jr.
Will & Diane Stansbury
Will & Genie Thorndike
Anita Walker
Dr. Michael Zinner