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The Geffen Playhouse Announces BACKSTAGE AT THE GEFFEN Auction


The Geffen Playhouse Announces BACKSTAGE AT THE GEFFEN Auction Backstage at the Geffen, The Geffen Playhouse's annual fundraiser event, has launched its online auction featuring luxury vacations, one-of-a-kind artwork and VIP experiences. Proceeds will benefit the Geffen's mission to produce original, quality work and raises funds for its award-winning education and community engagement programs, which bring live theater to more than 15,000 disadvantaged youth, seniors and veterans annually.

Legendary stage and screen performer Dick Van Dyke and award-winning composer, lyricist and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda will be honored at this year's event on Saturday, May 19 in the Gil Cates Theater at The Geffen Playhouse. Actress and director Aisha Tyler hosts for the second time this lighthearted, star-studded and unexpected evening of performers and storytellers sharing songs and personal tales of life behind-the-scenes.

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Honorary Co-Chairs include George Lucas & Mellody Hobson, Barbra Streisand & James Brolin, Katie McGrath &?J.J. Abrams, Cindy &?Alan Horn, Ann & Jim Gianopulos, Kelly?&?Ron Meyer, Lyn &?Norman Lear, Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Quincy Jones, Jr., Loretta Everett Kaufman &?Victor Kaufman, Barbara & Richard Sherman, Madeline & Bruce Ramer and Fay & Frank Mancuso. Event Co-Chairs are Loretta Everett Kaufman, Adi Greenberg and Linda Bernstein Rubin.

The online auction is open to the public. Bidding is available now through Friday, May 18 at

Auction items include:

· Eight-day/seven-night cruise aboard the River Royale: Bordeaux, Vineyards and Chateaux. Value: $15,000

· Four nights at the Pink Sands Club, Canouan on St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Value: $7,756

· The Good Life mixed media framed sketch, hand-signed by Nelson De La Nuez. Value: $6,500

· Let's Fly Away mixed media framed sketch, hand-signed by Nelson De La Nuez. Value: $6,500

· Five nights at Four Seasons Maui at Wailea. Value: $6,060

· Four nights at Grand Solmar Resort in Cabo San Lucas. Value: $3,900

· Seven nights at The Tryall Club in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Value: $3,850

· Private luxury suite at a Lakers Game at the Staples Center. Value: $3,000

· Two nights at the La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla. Value: $3,000

· Three months of blissage75 massages and facials at Bliss Hollywood. Value: $2,217

· Rose de Quartz Necklace by Edward Avedis. Value: $1,795

· Golf package for four at Sherwood Country Club. Value: $1,500

· Six course dinner for 10 at Tanino Ristorante. Value: $1,500

· Two tickets to Broadway's Hamilton and a two-night stay at The Redbury New York. Value: $1,400

· Two nights at the Lotte New York Palace hotel. Value: $1,400

· Geffen Playhouse season subscription and dinner at Napa Valley Grille. Value: $1,000

· $1,000 in Lyft credit. Value: $1,000

· Chef's Dinner for six at Fellow. Value: $900

· One night stay at Montage Beverly Hills. Value: $895

· Los Angeles magazine Culinary Event ticket package. Value: $750

· Dinner package for Sugarfish, HiHo Cheeseburger, Kazunori and Uovo Pasta. Value: $720

· Sandy Koufax signed photo. Value: $500

· Three-course dinner and a movie at iPic Theaters. Value: $500

· Chef's tasting for two at STK Los Angeles. Value: $300

· Four seats to a Clippers home game and the opportunity to be a ball boy or girl. Value: Priceless

· Four VIP Tickets to a live taping of Conan. Value: Priceless

· Two tickets to The Voice blind auditions. Value: Priceless

Host committee memberships begin at $7,500. For more information, please visit or call (310) 208-­6500 Ext. 112.

ABOUT Geffen Playhouse

Geffen Playhouse has been a hub of the Los Angeles theater scene since opening its doors in 1995. Noted for its intimacy and celebrated for its renowned mix of classic and contemporary plays as well as provocative world premiere productions, the not-for-profit organization continues to present a body of work that garners national recognition. Named in honor of entertainment mogul and philanthropist David Geffen, who made the initial donation to the theater, the company was founded by Gilbert Cates and is currently helmed by Executive Director Gil Cates, Jr., Artistic Director Matt Shakman and Board Chair Howard Tenenbaum. Proudly associated with UCLA, the Geffen welcomes an audience of more than 130,000 each year, and maintains extensive education and community engagement programs, designed to involve underserved young people and the community at large in the arts.


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