Auction Items Announced for Round Two of Playwrights Horizons Auction


Acclaimed Off-Broadway theater company Playwrights Horizons (Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director) has announced additional details for a second round of major items for its 2011 special online Auction. Bidding for the auction, which already features an eclectic array of items and unique opportunities, is now underway at Online bidding continues through Wednesday, May 18 (with items staggered to close at 8PM and 9PM).

Celebrating its 40th Anniversary Season, Playwrights Horizons is one of New York's most acclaimed theater companies. A writer's theater dedicated to the support and development of contemporary American Playwrights, composers and lyricists, it has presented the work of over 375 writers. The 2010/2011 Season has boasted productions of Edward Albee's Me, Myself & I, Amy Herzog's After the Revolution, Adam Bock's A Small Fire, Bathsheba Doran's Kin, David Greenspan's Go Back to Where You Are and the current new musical The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World. The Off-Broadway institution is the recipient of numerous awards and was recently honored with its fifth Pulitzer Prize for Drama, for Bruce Norris' Clybourne Park, which had its World Premiere at the theater last season.

The categories and items for Playwrights Horizons' online Auction include:

Including dinner for four with Edward Albee; lunch for two with Ed Koch; lunch with Richard Nelson and David Strathairn; two tickets and backstage visit at Christine Ebersole's next cabaret; backstage visits for Wicked (including drinks with Stephen Schwartz), The Book of Mormon (including pre-drinks with Robert Lopez and post-visit with Michael Potts), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (with Mary Faber); attend an opening night with Bruce Norris and PH Artistic Director Tim Sanford.

This category already features a deluxe backstage visit to the set of 30 Rock; dinner with Kate Mulgrew and Reed Birney; an on-set visit for 2 to NCIS: Los Angeles; tickets and backstage visits for Anything Goes (with star Sutton Foster), Sister Act (with star Victoria Clark), Memphis (with star Chad Kimball), Catch Me If You Can (with star Aaron Tveit) and The Addams Family (with Roger Rees plus drinks with composer Andrew Lippa); Power Lunch for 4 with former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Robert E. Rubin and former OMB Director for the Obama Administration Peter Orszag; lunch for 2 with President of Equality Matters and former Clinton White House Advisor Richard Socarides.

Including Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson composer Michael Friedman writing a song for you; exclusive access to Off the Record Current Events Breakfast moderated by former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Robert E. Rubin; private movie night for 100 at The Peter Jay Sharp Theater; private tour of International Center of Photography by Nayland Blake; week-long stay at a private Palm Springs home; be a Casting Director for a day at Playwrights Horizons.

This category already features the previously-announced accommodations for an eight-day, seven-night Puerto Vallarta getaway; one-week internship at Marc Jacobs; private Improv Class for up to 20; private in-depth Casting consultation with the Playwrights Horizons casting department; spend a "Day in the Life" with Fast Company magazine Articles Editor Jeffrey Chu; and the chance to be "Artistic Director for a Day" alongside Playwrights Horizons' Tim Sanford.

Including signed Weeds script by Mary-Louise Parker; signed photo of V star Morena Baccarin; signed photo of New Meadowlands Stadium by Shonn Greene of the New York Jets; signed Falsettos script by James Lapine; signed poster of Edward Albee's Me, Myself & I; signed poster from the hit TV show Outsourced, signed poster (and tickets for) The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World.

This category already features the previously-announced: signed copies of seven Edward Albee plays, signed copy of Bruce Norris' Pulitzer Prize-winning Clybourne Park as well as a poster signed by Norris, director Pam MacKinnon and the entire World Premiere cast; a signed first edition of the 1953 Sci-Fi novel The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester; and a rare 1918 boxed set of Oscar Wilde's Ballade de la Geole de Reading (written under the pseudonym C.3.3.).

Including Late Night with Jimmy Fallon; Harvey Fierstein and Jordan Roth In Conversation at the 92nd Street Y; the World Premiere opera Dark Sisters by Nico Muhly and Stephen Karam; the first preview of Rent Off-Broadway at New World Stages; Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark; Jersey Boys; Mamma Mia!; Carnegie Hall; a prime subscription to Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; Shakespeare in the Park, New York Philharmonic; Alvin Ailey Dance Theater; memberships to Equinox, New York Sports Club, 92nd Street Y Health Club, and Manhattan Plaza Health Club,

This category already features the previously-announced: Yankees tickets (for 2 down the first base line for Yankees vs. Indians on Hat Day, Saturday, June 11); Chicago Theater package (including shows at The Goodman Theatre and Steppenwolf plus the annual Jeff Awards); Playwrights Horizons Opening Night (including 2 tickets to each of the 6 Opening Night performances and after-parties for the 2011/2012 season); special packages for Joe's Pub, Celebrate Brooklyn!, Humana Festival, 92nd Street Y Jazz in July Series; plus membership to the New York Public Library at the Young Lions Level; and many Broadway shows.

All interested bidders must go to to register to bid.

The Playwrights Horizons Online Auction is generously sponsored, in part, by HBO.

Playwrights Horizons, celebrating its 40th Anniversary Season, is a writer's theater dedicated to the support and development of contemporary American Playwrights, composers and lyricists and to the production of their new work. Under the leadership of artistic director Tim Sanford and managing director Leslie Marcus, Playwrights Horizons continues to encourage the new work of veteran writers while nurturing an emerging generation of theater artists. Writers are supported through every stage of their growth with a series of development programs: script and score evaluations, commissions, readings, musical theater workshops, Sharp and Mainstage productions. In its 40 years, Playwrights Horizons has presented the work of over 375 writers and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. Notable productions include five Pulitzer Prize winners: Bruce Norris' Clybourne Park (2011 winner), Doug Wright's I Am My Own Wife (2004 Tony Award, Best Play), Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles, Alfred Uhry's Driving Miss Daisy and Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Sunday in the Park With George, as well as Annie Baker's Circle Mirror Transformation (three 2010 Obie Awards, Best American Play), Doug Wright, Scott Frankel and Michael Korie's Grey Gardens (three 2007 Tony Awards), Edward Albee's Me, Myself & I, Adam Bock's A Small Fire and The Drunken City, Bathsheba Doran's Kin, Melissa James Gibson's This, Amy Herzog's After the Revolution, Craig Lucas' Prayer for My Enemy and Small Tragedy (2004 Obie Award, Best American Play), Adam Rapp's Kindness, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's Assassins, Sarah Ruhl's Dead Man's Cell Phone, Lynn Nottage's Fabulation (2005 Obie Award for Playwriting), Kenneth Lonergan's Lobby Hero, David Greenspan's She Stoops to Comedy (2003 Obie Award), Kirsten Childs's The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (2000 Obie Award), Richard Nelson and Shaun Davey's James Joyce's The Dead, William Finn's March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland, Christopher Durang's Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You and Betty's Summer Vacation, Richard Nelson's Goodnight Children Everywhere and Franny's Way, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's Once on This Island, Jon Robin Baitz's The Substance of Fire, Scott McPherson's Marvin's Room, A.R. Gurney's Later Life, Adam Guettel and Tina Landau's Floyd Collins and Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley's Violet. Playwrights Horizons was founded in 1971 by Robert Moss, before moving to 42nd Street where it has been instrumental in the revitalization of Theatre Row. André Bishop served as Artistic Director from 1981 to 1991, followed by Don Scardino, who served through 1995. Playwrights' auxiliary programs include the Playwrights Horizons Theater School, which is affiliated with NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and Ticket Central, a central box office that supports the Off-Broadway performing arts community.

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