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’s Gala 2015 is the culmination of our 30th Anniversary celebration this year in what promises to be a spirited night. Spend the festive evening delighting in food and drink from our fabulous partners, enjoy live performances from favorite New Rep artists, bid on silent auction items with a special twist and raise a glass to our distinguished honorees. The festivities begin at the Commander’s Mansion at the Arsenal on the Charles in Watertown and continue at the Arsenal Center for the Arts with performances and surprises celebrating the vitality of New Rep.

Raise a glass to our New Rep Gala 2015 Honorees:

Marcy Crary & Tim Hall — Karoff Leadership Award
Jon Abbott, President and CEO of WGBH — Community Advocate Award
Austin Pendleton, Actor, Director, Playwright — Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

For more information, call 617-923-8487.


Celebration Sponsorship (Gold): $2000 Includes 10 Gala tickets.
Celebration Sponsorship (Silver): $1200 Includes 6 Gala tickets.
Gala Tickets: $200 Includes Gala celebrations at the Commander’s Mansion and performance at the Arsenal Center for the Arts.


Bid on items inspired by our 30 years of plays in the Silent Auction, which will include something for everyone, including tickets, specialty items, and surprises from local businesses and organizations!

Hosted by Steve Aveson of NECN’s The Morning Show, our on-stage presentation will include one-of-a kind and thrilling Live Auction items.

Auction Items

BID NOW by email or call 617-923-7060 ext. 8210 or ext. 8212!



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 21 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

Starting Bid: $300

Current Bid:


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

Starting Bid: $400

Current Bid:


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

Starting Bid: $400
Current Bid:


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).  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 exclusive memorabilia 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

Starting Bid: $350
Current Bid:


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

Starting Bid: $150
Current Bid:


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

Starting Bid: $50

Current Bid:


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

Starting Bid: $250
Current Bid:


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, and Paul Levine.

Value: $600

Starting Bid: $75
Current Bid:


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

Starting Bid: $1000
Current Bid:


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

Starting Bid: $25
Current Bid: $100

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 I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight 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, dinner for (2) at TRIBECA GRILL, and CAST RECORDINGS for Aladdin, Beautiful, Fun Home, Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, The Lion King, and Turandot. 

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, 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