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Join us for the 2019 Playhouse Gala

Black & White Ball: A De-Lovely Evening will be a theatre lover’s night of delight celebrating the music of Cole Porter and featuring Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation Kelli O’Hara and radio personality Seth Rudetsky. Enjoy cocktails, dinner, the Gala performance, live and silent auctions, and an after-party complete with dancing and Cutting Edge Dueling Pianos – all while providing generous philanthropic support to the Playhouse.

For details and tickets, please contact the box office at (203) 227-4177.



Event: Saturday, September 14
5:15 PM – Cocktail party; silent auction begins
6:15 PM – Dinner
7:30 PM – Performance by Kelli O’Hara and Seth Rudetsky; live auction
9:00 PM – After-party


Kelli O’Hara
Westport Country Playhouse is delighted to welcome Kelli O’Hara back to the Playhouse stage. Her portrayal of Anna Leonowens in the critically acclaimed revival of The King and I garnered her the 2015 Tony Award ® for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, along with Drama League and Outer Critics nominations. Her most recent role leading the Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate! earned Kelli glowing reviews and a 2019 Tony Nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical. She has countless other Broadway, Regional/Off-Broadway, film, and television credits, showcasing her versatility and unequivocal talent.

Seth Rudetsky
Seth Rudetsky brings his extensive theater career to the Playhouse stage for the first time. He is currently the afternoon host on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s ON BROADWAY as well as the host of SETH SPEAKS on Sirius/XM Stars. He co-wrote and starred in the musical Disaster! which ran Off-Broadway for three years before transferring to Broadway. As a pianist, Seth has played for more than a dozen Broadway shows including Ragtime, Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera. Seth’s impressive theater experience has united his work with some of Broadway’s greatest.

Ania Czekaj-Farber
Ania Czekaj-Farber has been an active and deeply cherished member of the Playhouse community for many years. She never ceases to go above and beyond what is asked of her, whether it be in her capacity as Secretary of Westport Country Playhouse’s Board of Trustees, her role as a philanthropist and arts advocate, or her leadership as Gala Co-Chair from 2015 through 2017. Her charisma and contagious energy have left a lasting mark on this community. As head of Czekaj Artistic Productions and an opera singer, Ania has a unique understanding of the level of artistry that goes into each Playhouse production. She also has a strong fervor for education. A Montessori parent of three, she has actively supported high-quality early childhood education in her role on the advisory board of the Trust for Learning collaborative fund since 2013. She is an advocate for implementing and maintaining music and performing arts education in the Pre-K, elementary and high school curricula. Ania’s generosity, rooted in enthusiasm for the arts, is a treasured part of the Playhouse’s ongoing history and champions a culture of philanthropy in the younger generations of our community. 

Buy a Table

Benefactor – $25,000
Table for 10 guests. Includes red carpet welcome, full page Gala program message, pre-performance dinner with premium service, highest priority seating at performance, silent auction, and after-party. (Includes priority valet service!)

Patron – $10,000
Table for 10 guests. Includes red carpet welcome, half page Gala program message, pre-performance dinner, priority seating at performance, silent auction, and after-party.

Buy Single Tickets

Benefactor – $2,500 Per Person
Includes red carpet welcome, pre-performance dinner with premium service, highest priority seating at performance, silent auction, and after-party. (Includes priority valet service!)

Patron – $1,250 Per Person
Includes red carpet welcome, pre-performance dinner, priority seating at performance, silent auction, and after-party.

Supporter – $350 Per Person
Includes ticket to the performance, silent auction, and after-party.

Your Company – At the Playhouse!
Exclusive networking opportunities plus high-caliber client entertainment are the hallmarks of the Playhouse’s annual gala. The event connects local thought leaders, artists, professionals, and friends. Be seen and have fun along with over 300 other guests!

Benefactor – $25,000
Table for 10 guests. Includes red carpet welcome, full page Gala program message, pre-performance dinner with premium service, highest priority seating at performance, silent auction, and after-party. (Includes priority valet service!)

Patron – $10,000
Table for 10 guests. Includes red carpet welcome, half page Gala program message, pre-performance dinner, priority seating at performance, silent auction, and after-party.

4 Patron Tickets – $5,000
Includes red carpet welcome, pre-performance dinner, priority seating at performance, silent auction, and after-party.

2 Patron Tickets – $2,500
Includes red carpet welcome, pre-performance dinner, priority seating at performance, silent auction, and after-party.

Valet parking will be provided. Festive attire.



For details and tickets, please contact the box office at (203) 227-4177


Westport Country Playhouse is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) arts organization and contributions are tax-deductible, less the value of goods and services received, as provided by law. Estimated value of goods and services is $190 per person at the Benefactor level, $140 per person at the Patron level, and $100 per person at the Supporter level.

Event schedule and artists subject to change



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