The AIDS Foundation of Chicago this week launches a major new fundraising scheme with remarkable benefits for the potential audience member, theatres and the Foundation itself. While theatre fundraising for AIDS organizations is relatively commonplace, this new scheme is unusually unified and well organized. And for anyone who does not yet subscribe to a Chicago-area theatre, this could be a great way to save money as well as to help a worthy organization. Here's how it works. For $75 per person you can buy the City Sampler package which will give you a ticket to several upcoming shows at different area theatres: "El Paso Blue" at Next; "Scenes From an Execution" at European Rep; "George" at Lookingglass; "Inferno Beach" at the Bailiwick; and "Manifest/Family of Mann" by Brian Mann. Add $15 and you can also see the Second City ETC along with a guest. You are restricted to certain performances, but this is a very rich and varied season priced far below what it would cost to buy single tickets for all these shows. The second option is the "Steppenwolf Studio Nights," also priced at $75. This includes four shows by various companies who will appear in the theatre's flexible space (including the upcoming untitled play by Justin Tanner which features Laurie Metcalf, pictured). With performances spread throughout the spring, this is also a remarkable deal (and far cheaper than buying your own tickets).
The proceeds from both of these packages go entirely to the AIDS Foundation (the theatres are giving away a lot of tickets). "Nothing like this has ever been done before," says Foundation special events associate Larry Giddings. "We wanted to try and find a way to combine the offerings of all of the theatres who have said that they would like to help us."
So far, more than $17,000 has been raised by the Foundation. And the limited number of available packages is selling fast.
For more information, call 312.922.2322. (Chris Jones)
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