Each year our Gala features a wonderful Silent Auction that is open for bidding from the start of the event at 6:30 until 8:45, when we shut the bidding down and usher our guests into our “grand ballroom” for our annual Cabaret performance. Our auction tables offer up a plethora of unique items, many of which allow guests to bid on exciting and unusual experiences. We’re giving you a sneak peek here of some of the many items that will be up for bidding the night of April 9th. We think these are some of the most fun and enticing packages or opportunities! New items are being added every day!

Lot # 100

Comedy Central!

You and a guest can spend a morning in rehearsal with company member Jeffrey M. Bender as he directs the hilarious cast of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) (revised). Over lunch you’ll have a chance to discuss the rehearsal session with four of STNJ’s most celebrated comedic artists. The Theatre will work with you to arrange a mutually agreeable date between May 31st and June 21st.


Minimum Bid: $400           Minimum Raise: $25 

Generously donated by
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Jon Barker, Jeffrey M. Bender, Connor Carew, & Patrick Toon

Lot #103

Shadow the Stage Manager of
Exit the King

Shadow Production Stage Manager Christine Whalen and her team starting at “half hour” in the Green Room and move with her to the sound and light booth to observe her “calling the show.” This dark, hilarious tale, considered Ionesco’s masterpiece, will speak differently to each and every audience member – and this behind-the-scenes experience offers yet another perspective! The Theatre will work with you to arrange a mutually agreeable
date August 14th – August 28th. 

Minimum Bid: $  500        Minimum Raise: $50

Generously donated by The Shakespeare Theatre
& Christine Whalen

Lot # 104 

Backstage Visit with Waitress!

Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker in a small town who dreams of a way out of her loveless marriage. A baking contest and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, but Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life. Join star and Tony award winner Jessie Mueller (Beautiful) for a backstage visit in addition to two house seats to the show. Restrictions based on Ms. Mueller’s availability. Previews have begun, and the production officially opens on April 24th.


Minimum Bid: $500           Minimum Raise: $50

Generously donated by Wood Huntley & Jessie Mueller

Lot # 105

Drew Forum Subscription

The Drew Forum has been the region’s leading venue for public lectures since 1994. World leaders, history makers, opinion shapers, and scholars from a variety of fields have all appeared on the Drew stage.

The Drew Forum is presented through the generosity of the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation. The Thomas H. Kean Visiting Lecturer appears through an endowment created in honor of the former Governor and Drew President with whom it shares its name.

You will receive two subscriptions to the 2016 – 2017 Drew Forum Lecture Series. You are also invited to attend an invitation-only VIP reception prior to the lecture of your choice and you will enjoy VIP seating. Speakers for the 2016 – 2017 Lecture series can be found on the Drew Forum website: drew.edu/forum

VALUE: $216

Minimum Bid: $100           Minimum Raise: $25

Generously donated by Drew University

Lot # 203

Sleep No More

The British theater company, Punchdrunk, presents Sleep No More, its site-specific Hitchcock-Shakespeare mash-up, at the former McKittrick Hotel building in Chelsea. This legendary space is home to this provocative and unusual experience inspired by Shakespeare’s classic Scottish tragedy. Audiences may move freely through a surreal world at their own pace, choosing their own path through history, immersed in a truly unique theatrical experience.

This package includes two VIP tickets to a performance of Sleep No More on any available evening through July 9, 2016.  Reservations include front of the line access, complimentary coat/bag check, and a reserved table in the Manderley Bar with a bottle of bubbly libations to enjoy throughout the evening.

VALUE: $500

Minimum Bid: $200          Minimum Raise: $50

Generously donated by Sleep No More

Lot # 205

Gone With the Wind memorabilia

Gone With the Wind memorabilia is getting more and more rare as the years go by. For anyone who is a dyed-in-the-wool fan, this souvenir program book and movie program from the epic film’s original debut in movie theatres in 1939 are must-have items! Still affordable, GWTW aficionados should grab these up now! Are you one? Do you know one? It’s a great gift for an admirer of Scarlet O’Hara or Rhett Butler!

VALUE: $75

Minimum Bid: $35            Minimum Raise: $10

Generously donated by Jim Mohr

Lot # 206

Frank Lloyd Wright House Tour
& Reception

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) was a modern architect who developed an organic and distinctly American style. Over his career he created numerous iconic buildings.

This lot includes a tour for six people of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Richardson House in Glen Ridge, one of only three Wright structures remaining in New Jersey. The group will also enjoy lunch or cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the Richardson House. Edith K. Payne, President of The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy will be your guide for the day.

VALUE: $400

Minimum Bid: $175          Minimum Raise: $25

Generously donated by Edith K. Payne

Lot #207

ELA Trio

The delightful ELA flute trio brings an hour of exceptional music from different eras to your cocktail party, office reception, wedding prelude, or other event of your choice. The Trio plays C flute, piccolo, alto flute and bass flute, adding interest and variety to their repertoire. Their connection to The Shakespeare Theatre is profound: one of ELA’s members proudly served as one of the Theatre’s trustees for 10 years!

VALUE: $600

Minimum Bid: $300           Minimum Raise: $50

Generously donated by
Eva Curtis, Anisa Mehdi, and Lynn Reyman

Lot # 600

A Song at Twilight
Cocktail Party and Performance for Ten

Enjoy a magical evening with your friends at our production of A Song at Twilight. A celebrated writer, his devoted wife, and a glamorous woman from his past – add a sprinkling of piano music and Noël Coward’s delicious quips, and it’s the perfect recipe for this bittersweet comedy from the master of sophisticated wit. Veteran company members Edmond Genest and Laila Robins will appear in the leading roles.

Your evening features a private cocktail party for ten before the performance, and Ms. Monte will welcome guests and talk about the production briefly.  It also provides orchestra seats for you and your guests.  Available May 15th to May 29th, 2016. Subject to availability.

VALUE: $1,000

Minimum Bid: $600           Minimum Raise: $50

Generously donated by
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

Lot # 603

Catering for Ten

Encore Catering, an award-winning full-service catering company (and the purveyor of tonight’s feast!) is offering a fully catered dinner for ten to be delivered to your home for your next party or gathering. Dinner includes: a choice of salad, entrée, two sides, a pasta and dessert.

VALUE: $220

Minimum Bid: $125           Minimum Raise: $25

Generously donated by Encore Catering

Lot # 700

Sit and Sit & Eat and Eat!

The technical leadership of our Scene Shop will be crafting a unique picnic table, custom-made for this year’s Silent Auction, that will feature a wonderful quote from Taming of the Shrew engraved across the surface, reading "For now we sit to chat, as well as eat." – William Shakespeare.  Once it is completed, the Theatre will also deliver the table to the winner of this bid within a 50 mile radius. If your delivery destination is further out, the winner is responsible for transportation.

VALUE: $500

Minimum Bid: $  200        Minimum Raise: $25

Generously donated by
Latiana Gurzong, Christopher Stepanek and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

Lot # 702

Personal Historian

Everyone has a story! Is your history a mystery to your family? Here’s your chance to preserve your legacy as a gift for your children and grandchildren. Select a memory or two from your life, business or community organization and Personal Historian Lisa K. Winkler and founder of LifeCycle Stories will create a narrative based on two hours of interviews. The final product will be delivered as an electronic file, ready to be printed.*

VALUE: $600

Minimum Bid: $  300        Minimum Raise: $50

Generously donated by Lisa K. Winkler 

*Interviews are to be arranged at mutually convenient times and must take place within a one-hour drive of Madison, NJ. Extra hours for a more detailed memoir resulting in a published book can be negotiated upon completion of the initial package.

Lot # 800

Park Avenue Club Membership

Enjoy one year of a Choice Membership to the Park Avenue Club, a private club located in Florham Park. The highest level of membership at the Club includes full privileges, use of the Club for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, valet service at lunch and dinner, attendance at all special events, use of 10 private dining rooms, and use of over 200 reciprocal Clubs. By providing members with gracious and elegant private dining and reception experiences, Park Avenue Club has been gently and dependably fulfilling the mission for which it was founded in 1994 – to create ongoing support for the Park Avenue Foundation, which in turn benefits ten charities and cultural organizations.

VALUE: $1,400

Minimum Bid: $800         Minimum Raise: $50

Generously donated by the Park Avenue Club

Lot #801

Vacation in the Berkshires

Spend a week relaxing with family or friends in a private vacation home in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts.  Located approximately two and a half hours from northern New Jersey, this getaway is located in the heart of Great Barrington on Castle Hill, a fifteen minute walk from Main Street shops, restaurants and the Farmers Markets, and is an easy drive from several ski areas, including Butternut and Catamount. Date to be agreed upon with donor.

Explore the cultural attractions of the area with two passes to the Berkshire Theatre Group, two passes for free admission to the MASS MoCA galleries, two passes to Shakespeare & Company, and two passes to the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

VALUE: $2,300

Minimum Bid: $ 1,000              Minimum Raise: $100

Generously donated by Joe & Kelly McDonald,
The Berkshire Theatre Group, Shakespeare & Company, and Williamstown Theatre Festival