The Event: The Swissotel Chicago was starstruck on June 9 when the best and brightest from Chicago’s renowned stages came out for the League of Chicago Theatres’ 2014 Spring Gala. More than 250 directors, producers, playwrights and patrons came to honor Michelle T. Boone, commissioner of the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events as she received the Tribute Award for DCASE’s dedication to theatre and the arts in Chicago.
Guests also applauded wildly as the Broadway in Chicago Emerging Theatre Award went to Oracle Productions; the Theatre Advocacy Award was presented to the Alphawood Foundation; and the Artistic Excellence Award given to director Gary Griffin.
Since 1979, the League has been working to enhance the art of theater in Chicago through audience development and support services for more than 250 theaters throughout the city and suburbs. Leveraging its collective strength, the League promotes, supports and advocates for Chicago’s theater industry locally, nationally and internationally.
Cause célèbre: “The arts are such a part of Chicago’s identity,” said Commissioner Boone of Chicago. “It would be really hard to imagine the city without our cultural treasures, particularly in theater.”
Speaking on behalf of the Office of the Mayor, Boone noted: “It’s a wonderful legacy for Chicago to have leadership in public office that not just embraces the arts but really gets and supports it.”
Junior Council President Daniel Reinglass, originally of Deerfield, explained that the League represents the widest variety of theaters in the country. “From multi-million dollar organizations to storefronts with budgets of less than $10,000. And that is a representation of what Chicago theater really is — a wide array of people, all working together to make great theatre and make this cultural experience a possibility.”
Bottom line: The gala raised $120,000 dollars for the LCT.