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Marquee of The Gift Theatre's 50-seat theater in Chicago's Bucktown (photo courtesy of The Gift Theatre).


The Gift Theatre is set present its 17th annual benefit, Gift Gala 2018: The Next Chapter, an evening of literature and libations, Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at one of Chicago’s most exciting new cultural institutions: American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan Ave., 2nd Floor, in Chicago. 

​The elegant evening begins at 6 p.m. with a VIP Reception featuring live music by cellist Melissa Bach and guitarist David Onderdonk, and vintage spirits curated by Kristopher Peterson, Spirits Archivist at Mordecai inside Hotel Zachary near Wrigley Field. Peterson’s creations will include vintage bottles from 2001, in celebration of The Gift Theatre’s inaugural year. At 7 p.m., guests will join the Gift family for the Main Event including cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and dessert, a silent auction and a reading by award-winning Chicago author Megan Stielstra. 

This Gift Gala Honorary Co-Chairs are Marj Halperin and Jeff Perry. Halperin served as President and CEO of the League of Chicago Theatres for nearly 10 years, positioning Chicago’s live theater industry as a high-profile brand recognized internationally for talent and innovation. She also provided leadership support for Mayor Richard M. Daley, then-Illinois Treasurer Pat Quinn, the Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Park District. Jeff Perry stars on ABC’s Scandal and Grey's Anatomy and co-founded Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre.

All proceeds from Gift Gala will help The Gift Theatre write its next organizational chapter,  one the company notes is of transformation and growth.

​Tickets and sponsorships for the gala are currently available at or by calling (773) 283-7071.

The Gift Theatre Looking to its Next Chapter in Gala 2018