Saturday, April 11, 2015

PlayGround Post-Gala Online Auction!

The 20th Anniversary Gala may be over but the fun continues, with our post-gala online auction, featuring eleven packages and more than 28 offerings, from a theatre salon with Aaron Loeb and Chad Jones at the Pacific Heights home of producer Jill Matichak to half-price theatre tickets to A.C.T., and from a winery tour/tasting to half-price hotel accommodations in San Francisco and Berkeley! All proceeds from the online auction benefit PlayGround’s New Play Incubator programs. Take a look, pick your favorite, and help spread the word!

Click the "BUY NOW" link to purchase and lock in your favorite packages.


001 Theatre Salon Chez Matichak with Aaron Loeb & Chad Jones (May 17, 2015)
Join theatre aficionado and producer Jill Matichak at her home on Sunday, May 17 for an evening of good food, good wine and good conversation, featuring PlayGround alumnus and 2013 Glickman Award winning playwright Aaron Loeb (Ideation) and leading theatre critic and writer Chad Jones (, San Francisco Chronicle). Begin your evening with drinks and hors d'oeuvres in Jill’s cozy Pacific Heights apartment with a charming Bay view, then enjoy a discussion of the new play scene with Aaron and Chad, followed by a light buffet, dessert and continuation of the discussion. A one-of-a-kind opportunity to share an intimate evening with two leading voices in Bay Area theatre! Limited to 20 participants. Value: Priceless.
Courtesy of Jill Matichak, Aaron Loeb and Chad Jones.
BUY NOW ($75)! - 16 tickets available

002 American Conservatory Theater (2 tickets)
Enjoy the best of San Francisco performance with a pair of tickets to the American Conservatory Theater performance(s) of your choice, including the upcoming A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC and 2015-16’s collection of reinterpreted classics and bold new works. Restrictions: Strand and Costume Shop performances not included. Value: $300.
Courtesy of A.C.T.
BUY NOW ($150)! - 2 packages available

003 Aurora Theatre Company’s 2015-16 Season (two 6-Play Subscriptions)
Don’t miss a single show with two six-play subscriptions to Aurora Theatre Company’s 2015-16 season, including five Bay Area/West Coast premieres! Value: $530.
Courtesy of Aurora Theatre Company.
BUY NOW ($265)! - 1 package available

004 TheatreWorks (2 tickets)
A pair of tickets to TheatreWorks, Silicon Valley's leading professional theatre. Valid the remainder of the 2014-15 season, including Fire on the Mountain, the bluegrass musical (through April 26), 2015, and Noel Coward's Fallen Angels (June 3-28, 2015), both at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. Value: $148.
Courtesy of TheatreWorks.
BUY NOW ($74)! - 1 package available

005 Smuin Ballet Spring 2015 Program (2 tickets)
A pair of tickets to Smuin Ballet's Spring 2015 program, including Michael Smuin's Romeo and Juliet and Hearts Suite, Helen Pickett's Petal, and a world premiere by Adam Hougland. May 8-17 (Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco), May 21-24 (Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Mountain View), May 29-30 (Dean Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek), and June 5-6 (Sunset Center, Carmel). Value: $150.
Courtesy of Smuin Ballet.
BUY NOW ($75)! - 2 packages available

006 Monday Night PlayGround Walk-On
Ready for your star turn? Win a walk-on role in the 2015-16 Monday Night PlayGround season performing at Berkeley Repertory Theatre's Roda Theatre and a chance to show your friends you “coulda been a contender!” Join your favorite local directors and actors for an intense hour-and-a-half rehearsal, brief technical rehearsal and your starring performance, then join cast and crew for the after-gathering at PlayGround’s favorite watering-hole… first round’s on us! Value: Priceless.
Courtesy of PlayGround.
BUY NOW ($250)! - 1 package available

007 Hotel Rex, San Francisco (one-night stay, deluxe room)
Savor a night’s deluxe accommodations at Joie de Vivre’s Hotel Rex off Union Square, noted for its sophisticated d├ęcor, inspired by the San Francisco art and literary salons of the 1920s and 30s.. Value: $300.
Courtesy of Joie de Vivre Hotels.
BUY NOW ($150)! - 2 packages available

008 Hotel Shattuck Plaza and FIVE Restaurant, Berkeley
Enjoy one night’s deluxe accommodations at Berkeley's Hotel Shattuck Plaza, including dinner for two at the posh Five Restaurant. Value: $305.
Courtesy of Hotel Shattuck Plaza.
BUY NOW ($153)! - 1 package available

009 Absinthe Brasserie & Bar, San Francisco
Enjoy dinner for two at the Absinthe Brasserie & Bar, one of the longest-running and most convivial dining institutions in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood. Located within walking distance of Civic Center and the performing arts centers, the establishment features French and Northern Italian-influenced brasserie fare for lunch and dinner, plus weekend brunch. Absinthe’s lively bar offers classic and creative cocktails and late-night dining. Value: $150.
Courtesy of Absinthe Brasserie & Bar


010 Nickel & Nickel Vineyard Tour & Tasting, Oakville (for 4 people)
Enjoy a tour and tasting of single-vineyard Cabernets at Nickel & Nickel, the sister winery to Far Niente. Located on Highway 29 in Oakville, California, Nickel & Nickel brings back to life the farmstead that was first settled on the site in the 1880s, with a cutting edge winery behind the scenes. Visit the historic Sullenger House built in 1884, the Gleason barn, circa 1770, which was moved from New Hampshire and re-constructed at the winery, our subterranean wine cellar and more. Package comes with a complimentary bottle of Nickel & Nickel chardonnay. Value: $315.
Courtesy of Nickel & Nickel Vineyard.

011 Test Prep from a Pro (10 hours)
Do you know a high school student facing the SATs or ACTs? A college graduate looking to conquer the GMAT or GRE? Give them the gift of a higher score and reduced stress levels with 10 hours of test prep with an expert tutor. PlayGround Company Member and actress Lisa Morse has been tutoring the standardized tests for more than a decade and uses her humor and energy to make lessons not only effective but enjoyable. And how cool will it be, when you attend the world premiere of Robin Lynn Rodriguez’s Hella Love Oakland this spring, to whisper to your friends as you point to the stage, "See that actress? That’s my daughter's SAT tutor!" Current clients ineligible. Value: $1,200.
Courtesy of Lisa Morse.
BUY NOW ($600) - 1 package available

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