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Theatre in the Rough

A new series debuting in Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s 2013-2014 season. An expansion of CSC’s longstanding American Voices, TITR is a script-in-hand reading series presented without common theatrical elements like sets or costumes. These pared-down readings uniquely engage the audience by immersing them in the immediacy of the text and the actors’s performances, allowing one’s own imagination to take creative flight.

Shakespeare and the Law/Leadership

A favorite script-in-hand reading series, Law and Leadership each bring together local, state and national lawyers and judges and renowned business leaders with some of Boston’s best local acting talent to perform Shakespeare plays each season. Each performance is followed by a panel discussion addressing questions and themes in the text that resonate for these professionals within their modern fields.

Tour of the Parks

CSC’s touring initiative to local parks brings free outdoor theater to neighborhood venues and under-served communities. Past seasons have included: Shakespeare on Love, a collection of love scenes complimented with popular music performed by CSC Apprentices and Bard Over Broadway a new Shakespeare-inspired musical-theater review performed in collaboration with The Boston Conservatory.


Shakespeare on the Common

A Boston tradition since 1996, CSC has been presenting fully-staged productions of Shakespeare plays free-of-charge to Boston audiences.


Commonwealth Concerts

Sponsored by New England Conservatory and the Free For All Concert Fund, Commonwealth Concerts is a series of pre-show concerts featuring a wide range of musical styles before performances of Shakespeare on the Common.


Events

Special events--including our Annual Gala--held throughout the year to raise funds to support all of CSC’s FREE programming.

Gala Silent Auction Items

CSC 5th Annual Gala

Silent Auction Descriptions

# 100—EARLY FALL WEEKEND AT OLD CAPE CODE IN “THE COTTAGE” - SLEEPS 14!!!!

Dennis, MASpend a lovely September weekend at “The Cottage” by the Bay at Dennis on Cape Cod. Stay in an historical home one block from your deeded private beach. Enjoy an evening cocktail or early morning coffee on the wraparound porch. Relax in the sea air and the serenity of the Cape. Walking distance to Bay View and Mayflower beaches, restaurants and shops.

The home (built in 1888) has 6 bedrooms and sleeps 14 people. Share it with friends and family.

Value: $1500

Restrictions: Not available Labor day weekend


# 105—COMPLETE PATRIOTS GAME DAY PACKAGE

Patriots Logo

2 VIP Tickets to a mutually determined game

VIP Parking

Enjoy pre-game hospitality

Receive an autographed TOM BRADY shirt

Value: $1500

Restriction: Game to be determined by the donor


#110—COCKTAIL PARTY

Have a Cocktail Party complete with food, service personnel, and rentals for 20-30 guests in your own home, provided by Gourmet Caterers.

CSC’s own Development Associate, Melissa Williamson, also a concert flutist, will provide 2 hours of classical, solo flute music at your party.

A truly complete package of elegant, at home entertainment, food and drink.

Cocktail Party Value: $3750 + Music Value: $500

Restrictions: 4 weeks advance notice (blackout dates may apply)


# 115—WEEKEND IN A CHARMING PROVINCETOWN COTTAGE & GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR DINNER

Provincetown, MAA weekend stay for two in a lovely, rustic cottage in Provincetown, MA. The cottage is a charming one-bedroom with galley kitchen and bathroom. It is heated for year-round use. There is a quaint, tree-covered patio and garden in front of the cottage for dining al fresco or enjoying an evening cocktail under the stars. It is located in the East End, around the corner from the Berta Walker Gallery, just a stone’s throw from the bay beach and East End art galleries. A ten-minute stroll to the restaurants and shops in the heart of Commercial Street. A quick bike or car ride to the National Seashore bike path and beaches at Herring Cove and Race Point. Enjoy dinner at Ten Tables with your $100 Gift Certificate. See cottage availability below.

Value: $300-$420

Cottage Restrictions:

Dates not available: June 22 - September 8


# 120—A ONE-NIGHT STAY WITH BREAKFAST FOR 2 IN A BOUTIQUE, LUXURY HOTEL IN BOSTON

XV Beacon Hotel offers a one-night stay in a classic accommodation with breakfast for two.

Lobby at XV BeaconBoston is full of history, sites and destinations that make a trip incredibly rewarding. Your pied-a-terre will be none other than XV Beacon, a boutique luxury hotel famous for peerless service and superior accommodations. Situated in a 1903 Beaux Arts Building that juxtaposes cutting-edge technology with extraordinary Jeffersonian styling, Fifteen Beacon is a refined landmark hotel of 62 guest rooms, each unique. Yours will be a richly equipped classic room, replete with a gas fireplace, 42” flat screen LCD TV, surround sound stereo, and a rain forest shower head and towel warmer in the bathroom. The hotel’s Beacon Hill location is perfect for exploring Boston’s Freedom Trail, strolling across the Common or down to Faneuil Hall and the Waterfront. If you want to venture further, take advantage of the hotel’s courtesy Lexus sedan service to dinner. You have your choice to have breakfast in bed or in Mooo..., a modern steakhouse adjacent to XV Beacon.

Value: $525-$625

Restrictions: Expires 4/27/2014; blackout dates apply


#125—RED SOX TICKETS—EMC CLUB SEATS—JUNE 27

Red Sox LogoFour EMC Club seats at the Thursday, June 27th, Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays game. Private dining area and waiters to deliver food and drinks to seats, private escalators and overhead heaters for cool evenings, and free parking!!! No crowds and the best seats in Fenway!!

Value: $1400

Restrictions: See above


#130—CHEER FOR THE BOSTON CELTICS IN AWESOME SEATS!!!

Celtics LogoEnjoy a Celtics game next season (2013—2014) in a pair of exceptional seats—SECTION 11, ROW 13. Date of game to be determined with donor.

After game, relax for a night in Boston’s Sheraton Hotel. Enjoy breakfast the next morning.

Also included: Two tickets to visit the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA.

Value: $300


# 135—BE AN ACTOR FOR AN EVENING!!

Boston CommonYou will have a walk-on role in this summer’s production of TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA. Imagine working with our very own Artistic Director—Steve Maler!! Be on stage at the Boston Common in front of 10,000 people in a role specially created for you. An unforgettable experience!!!

Value: Priceless

Restriction: Blackout dates apply


# 140—KING’S SPEECH

Steve MalerYou know Steven Maler as the Artistic Director of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. But did you know that he is also an in-demand speech coaching consultant? He has conducted presentation workshops for for-profit and not-for-profit corporations, and coached high profile CEO’s and political leaders. He specializes in utilizing techniques for training actors and singers to strengthen the presentation skills of business leaders. This item offers one three-hour session to sharpen your speech skills. You’ll be speaking like a Shakespearean star!!

Value: $900

Restriction: Three-hour session to be determined on a mutually-agreeable date


#145—NIGHT ON THE TOWN WITH THE IMPROPER BOSTONIAN’S INCOMPARABLE JONATHAN SOROFF

Enjoy the one and only Improper Bostonian himself, Jonathan Soroff, for cocktails beforehand and then join him at one of the city’s hottest social events.

Value: Priceless

Restrictions: Date to be determined with Jonathan


#150—VIP PARTY AT THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA ON BOSTON COMMON, JULY 6-JULY 28, 2013

PanaficioYou and 9 of your guests will be seated in the VIP section this summer at Boston Common. Artistic Director, Steve Maler, will lead you on a backstage tour. You will also receive some of our choice Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) merchandise and picnic baskets from Panificio to enjoy on the Common. There may be some other surprise included in this VIP package as well—HOW can you go wrong with this item?

Value: Priceless

Restrictions: Blackout dates may apply


#155—A PRIVATE CLASS WITH THE AWARD-WINNING CHOREOGRAPHER AND TEACHER, YO-EL CASSELL

Private “Movement for the Artist” dance class for a single or a couple—explore how the body moves in relation to space, music, levels and personality. Exploring “you” through movement. A not-to-be-missed opportunity!!

Value: $150

Restrictions: Class to be determined on a mutually-agreeable date


#156—A PRIVATE TOUR OF BOSTON'S CUTTING EDGE "BULLY BOY DISTILLERS"

Bully Boy DistillersPrivate tour and tasting at “Bully Boy Distillers” for up to 10 people. Tour includes a full-sized bottle of each of the three spirits—small batch rum, vodka, and whisky. Owned and operated by brothers Will and Dave Willis, the distillery builds on Boston’s storied history of spirit production.

Value: $350

Restrictions: Tour to be scheduled on a mutually-agreeable date.


#160—EXTREME MAKEOVER, BOSTON EDITION

Visit the acclaimed Enzo and Company at 135 Newbury Street, Boston for a hair color and style makeover. You will leave there feeling like a new YOU! Also included, a wash and blow dry at the new Hairo Salon, 135 Newbury Street.

Value: $350


#165—MAKE LIFE EASIER—LISA’S HANDS OF TIME CONCIERGE COMPANY

Two hours of personal concierge services. Lisa’s Hands of Time Concierge provides time-saving errands, shopping, organizing, research, wait-services and MORE!! www.lisashandsoftimeconcierge.com for more.

Value: $130/2 hours


#170—DINNER AT BLU—LOCATED RIGHT NEAR BOSTON COMMON

Three-course dinner or lunch for two at Blu (4 Avery Street). Any day and any month is fine. Excludes alcoholic beverages.

Value: $100

Restrictions: Some restrictions may apply


#175—ENJOY A COMPLETE RED SOX PACKAGE—START TO FINISH!!

Red Sox LogoFour of you will start with a private, behind-the-scenes tour of Fenway Park. You will then have an opportunity to watch batting practice on the field before the game. Watch the game from infield grandstand seats.

This offer is good for any date, including a Yankees or Interleague game! Our Sox are off to a great start—cheer them on!!!

Value: $250

Restrictions: Game to be on mutually-agreeable date


#180—WONDERFUL MEMORABILIA FROM THE PATRIOTS’ OWN TEDY BRUSCHI

Patriots LogoEnjoy an autographed collector’s football and an autographed copy of NEVER GIVE UP, both signed by Tedy Bruschi.

 

Value: Priceless


#185—ONE MONTH OF YOGA AT SOUTH BOSTON YOGA

Enjoy one month of yoga classes, up to $150, at South boston Yoga, located at 36 W. Broadway. Times to be determined by you!! www.southbostonyoga.net for more.

Value: $150


#190—SIX BOTTLES OF COLLECTORS’ WINE

Six bottles of collectors’ wine from around the world that cannot be purchased on your own.

  1. 2011 Peter Micheal, California, L’Apres Midi, Sauvignon Blanc—Robert Parker—92

  1. 2008 Felsina, Italian, Fontalloro—Toscana, RP-90

  1. 1995 Ch. Haut-Bages Liberal, French, Paulliac—Wine Spectator

  1. 2006 McLaren Vale d’Arenberg, Australia, Coppermine Road, Cab Sauvignon—RP-90

  1. 2008 Bodega Numanthia, Spain, Numanthia, Toro—RP-91

  1. 2008 Andrew Will, Washington, Campoux Horse Heaven, Meritage Red Wine-RP-93

Value: $375


#195—WELLNESS BY THE WATER RETREAT—SUNDAY, May 19, 2013

Escape to the BEAUTIFUL Le Meridien Hotel for a FULL day of health, wellness, spa services and FUN!! Start the day off with cutting edge fitness classes, catered lunch and a nutrition talk, followed by spa treatments with new products and services from local Boston businesses. Leave feeling renewed and relaxed, all without leaving the city!! www.WellnessByTheWaterRetreat.com for more.

Value: $200

Restrictions: 1 ticket on May 19th, 2013 only


# 200--“GALERIE MAEGHT: MARC CHAGALL 1959”, LITHOGRAPH

Printed and Published by Les Ateliers Mourlot-Collectors Edition. www.anjakolafineartdesign.com.

Value: $800


# 205—THREE NIGHTS OF CULTURE AND A DINNER AT VIA MATTA

Enjoy three nights out with a friend or family member, and experience 3 of Boston’s finest performing arts organizations:

Boston Lyric Opera—a pair of Section B Orchestra or Mezzanine tickets to the performance of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, on Friday, October 11, 2013 at the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theater, 265 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

Handel and Haydn Society—A gift of two B-level tickets to one concert in the 2013-2014 Subscription season

Boston Ballet—Two tickets to a ballet in the 2013-2014 Subscription season

Dinner at Via Matta ($150 gift certificate)

Total Value: $550


# 210—FABULOUS FALL FITNESS PACKAGE FROM UPWARD SPIRAL STUDIO AND URBAN ADVENTOURS (must be used by September 30, 2013)

Wellness Package from Upward Spiral Studio. www.upwardspiralstudio.com. Phone #: 617-491-2940

1 hour Pilates private lesson

1 hour GYROTONIC lesson

5 group Mat or GYROKINESIS classes

Value: $260

Urban AdvenTours

Two gift certificates redeemable for one classic tour or a hybrid rental. Enjoy the great city of Boston on a classic bike tour, or on your own with a city bike rental. www.urbanadventours.com. Phone #: 617-670-0637

Value: $50 for each certificate


We also have terrific Door Prizes!

Mandarin Oriental, Boston-Spa Therapy and a one night stay

2 tickets to the Red Sox vs San Diego Padres Game and a Gift Certificate to “Tasty Burger”

A fabulous museum package:

4 passes to the ICA

4 passes to the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum

4 tickets to the Harvard Museum of Natural History