Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
Q Brothers, along with JC Brooks and Chicago-based new soul band Uptown Sound, will be on-hand at Steppenwolf Theatre's Gala 2017 in May.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company will celebrate more than four decades of groundbreaking ensemble theater with a night that has been reimagined to be as unique as the voices of Steppenwolf itself. It will be a spontaneous evening curated by artistic director Anna D. Shapiro and the Steppenwolf ensemble, filled with song and performances inspired by the art and artists of the company’s past, present and future. Among Steppenwolf’s Gala 2017 co-chairs are Amy Eshleman and Lori Lightfoot; Cameron and Amy Findlay; Susan and David Mendelsohn; Karen Viola and ensemble members Jon Michael Hill, Tim Hopper and Amy Morton, bringing an exciting mix of artist and board collaboration to the event. Steppenwolf Trustees will join more than 600 civic and business leaders from across Chicagoland at the 2017 Gala on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Steppenwolf, 1650 N Halsted St.
Guests will enjoy a unique opportunity to mingle with ensemble members, a festive cocktail reception, a gourmet seated dinner and live auction. The evening will be emceed by Steppenwolf collaborator and leading transgender actor Alexandra Billings, and among the unique acts of the evening is an original Steppenwolf-inspired piece by the Q Brothers, who are returning from the New York run of their acclaimed Othello: The Remix. A live performance by JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, a Chicago-based new soul band, will keep guests on the dance floor until late in the evening.
“The Gala is always a special night that celebrates the brilliant members of our ensemble who make Steppenwolf the legendary theater that it is today,” Shared Shapiro. “This has been a tremendous season of change and innovation for Steppenwolf, and as such, we wanted to celebrate with a night that encapsulates the excitement and energy we feel.
The 2017 Gala will be hosted by Steppenwolf’s Board of Trustees and the celebrated ensemble of artists. Steppenwolf’s annual Gala benefit raises approximately $1 million in crucial support for the theater’s adventurous, thought-provoking work and vital arts outreach in Chicago schools and neighborhoods.
Executive director David Schmitz notes, “The annual Gala is an evening not to be missed. The unique mixture of Steppenwolf’s ensemble and guests and the amazing experience created inside of our event tent is always awe-inspiring. We are grateful to have wonderful co-chairs, board members, staff and ensemble all working together to make such a special night possible.”
Gala sponsors are Liz and Eric Lefkofsky and DLA Piper LLP (US) & Mendelsohn Legal and Official and Exclusive Airline Partner, United.Single tickets starting at $1,000 and tables for Gala 2017 are currently available by contacting Steppenwolf’s Special Events Department at 312-654-5632 or firstname.lastname@example.org.