Playwrights Horizons Announces 2012 Benefit Auction

Playwrights Horizons has announced initial details for its 2012 special online Auction in connection with its annual Spring Gala.  

Bidding for the auction, begins Sunday, April 29 at 10AM at www.biddingforgood/playwrightshorizons.  Online bidding will continue for two weeks through Monday, May 14 (with items staggered to close at 8PM and 9PM).  

 Described as "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 2011/2012 Season has boasted productions of Itamar Moses’ Completeness, Kirsten Greenidge’s Milk Like Sugar, Jordan Harrison’s Maple and Vine, Leslye Headland’s Assistance, Dan LeFranc’s current The Big Meal and the upcoming Obie Award-winning play Rapture, Blister, Burn.  The Off-Broadway institution is the recipient of numerous awards and last year was honored with its fifth Pulitzer Prize for Drama, for Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park, which had its World Premiere at the theater last season and is currently playing on Broadway.  The 2012-2013 season includes plays and musicals by Annie Baker, Tanya Barfield, Lisa D’Amour, Scott Frankel, Richard Greenberg, Amy Herzog, Samuel D. Hunter and Michael Korie.

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


Including tickets to see RED at Mark Taper Forum and meet Jonathan Groff; Dinner with Book of Mormon co-creator Robert Lopez before attending a performance of the show and going for a backstage tour with Michael Potts; two tickets to see Jay-Z perform at the opening of the Barclays Center with a backstage tour on September 28; a lunch for you and four friends with New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project or a visit from her at your book group as well as signed copies of her book;  tickets and backstage visits as well as restaurant gift certificates for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (backstage tour with Michael Urie), Clybourne Park (dinner with playwright Bruce Norris and Director Pam MacKinnon and backstage tour with cast member Jeremy Shamos); Nice Work If You Can Get It (backstage visit with Kelli O’Hara) Phantom of the Opera (backstage tour with Kris Koop), Memphis(backstage tour with James Monroe Iglehart), Annie (backstage tour and meet and greet with “Annie”), double date with Molly Ranson to Playwrights’ new musical Far From Heaven in the 2012-2013 season; 2 tickets to Godspell and drinks with director Danny Goldstein and cast member Nick Blaemire; 2 tickets to Other Desert Cities and drinks with Jon Robin Baitz; a backstage visit with Celia Keenan-Bolger after a performance of Peter and the Starcatcher.


Including a Sun Valley vacation with airfare; weeklong stay in a Puerto Vallarta apartment including airfare; weeklong stay at a private Palm Springs home; 90 minute private casting consultation with casting director Alaine Alldaffer and one hour voice lesson with Nancy Opel; the chance to be a casting director for a day; lunch with photographer Henry Grossman and 1 Henry Grossman signed print of the Beatles from the June 16, 1967 issue of LIFE Magazine; the chance to be artistic director for a day; 4 VIP tickets and tour to Good Morning America; private tour of the TDF costume collection with collection director Stephen Cabral; visit to the GQ Fashion Closet including consultation with creative director Jim Moore’s team and an outfit to take home;  “Behind the Scenes” in-studio visit with WNYC’s Richard Hake; chance to choose your own Los Angeles Bike Ride Adventure; opportunity to publish a book including the formatting, cover and printing of two paperback copies. 

Including a signed “30 Rock” script of “Pilot” written by Tina Fey and directed by Adam Bernstein; signed poster, script and playbill from Playwrights Horizons’ Clybourne Park; “Friday Night Lights” script signed by writer Bridget Carpenter;Sunday in the Park with George Broadway poster, original Playwrights Horizons showbill and Broadway Original Cast Recording signed by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine.


4 Premium tickets to Yankees vs. Mets Subway Series on June 24; 4 VIP tickets to “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”; tickets to a New York Giants game and walk on the field; 2 orchestra tickets to L’Elisir D’Amore at The Metropolitan Opera, 4 passes to a taping of BET’s 106 & Park, 4 adult passes to Top of the Rock; 2 season passes to the Williamstown Theatre Festival; 2 tickets to Pilobolus Dance Theatre at The Joyce Theater; plus membership to the New York Public Library at the Young Lions Level; and many Broadway shows. 

Many more items include those in the categories of Fitness and Dining and a second round of major items, to be announced, will be added online soon.

All interested bidders must go to to register to bid. 

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