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The Great Gatsby Gala is just five weeks away!  We hope you will join us to revel in the exuberance and decadence of the Roaring Twenties, while providing critical support to Ivoryton Playhouse.

To help get you ready to shimmy the night away, the following are some questions and answers about the event. 

When is the Great Gatsby Gala?
Sunday, October 23rd at 3:00 pm

Where is the Gala taking place?
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street, Ivoryton, CT  06442

How much are tickets?
General tickets are $150 per person. Patron tickets are $500 per person. To book tickets, print out the RSVP form and mail with payment or email form to Krista at

What does my ticket provide?
Your ticket to the gala provides you with a seat for the 3:00 performance of The Great Gatsby on Sunday the 23rd. The performance runs approximately 2 hours. Immediately following this special performance, guests will enjoy live music, Gatsby inspired food, and a full bar under the tent. The evening will be peppered with surprise entertainment, a silent auction, and a wine pull so that you can stock your own cellar with some exceptional bottles. A patron ticket provides priority seating (center aisles and front row balcony) along with an invitation to an exclusive patron party, featuring a sneak peek at the 2023 season.

I already have a ticket for another performance of The Great Gatsby. Whatever shall I do?
We are happy to move your ticket to the special Sunday performance, and discount the gala ticket accordingly. Please email for assistance.

Whatever shall I wear?
Guests are encouraged to come in their Gatsby, mobster, and flapper-inspired finery!

Will food be served? 
Yes! Guests will enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres in 20’s style. Drinks will, of course, be flowing!

Who is benefiting from this event?
All proceeds will benefit the Ivoryton Playhouse. For over one hundred years, the Ivoryton Playhouse has been a cornerstone of our community and of the cultural life of Connecticut. From its heyday in the 1940’s, showcasing the greatest stars of the American stage until today, featuring the promising young talent of tomorrow, its mission has been not only to provide exceptional theater experiences of high professional quality but also serve as a leader in community activities. As one of the major economic drivers of the town, the Playhouse has been a major force in the growth and development of the village of Ivoryton and surrounding areas.

What is the Playhouse raising money for?
We sustained a huge financial loss over the past two years and full recovery will be slow. Our biggest imminent expense is a new air conditioning and ventilation system. Our current system was state-of-the-art in 2000 but with the new safety protocols, it no longer meets the requirements necessary for a professional theatre. We spent $25,000 last year and another $7,500 this year, remediating the old system but this is only a short-term fix.

We were very grateful to receive $70,000 from the State of Connecticut to help with the purchase of a new system. We need to raise another $75,000 to be able to make this happen. Funds raised by the Gatsby Gala will be used towards this capital expense and we will all be able to breathe easy and continue to enjoy professional theatre close to home.

We can’t come to the Great Gatsby Gala but want to make a donation. How do we do that?
To make a donation, print out the RSVP form and mail with payment or email form to Krista at

We hope to see you on October 23rd to channel your inner Jay and Daisy and join us for an evening of elegance, merry-making and perhaps a little mischief!

Thank you for your support of Ivoryton Playhouse!

To book tickets, print out the RSVP form and mail with payment or email form to Krista at

We would like to thank our sponsors and patrons for their support:

Highclere Castle Gin
The Chocolate Shell, Old Lyme

Elizabeth Baird
Richard and Barbara Booth
Carly and Matthew Callahan
Randy and Cynthia Clegg
Henri David
Theresa and Bob Dryfoos
Jacqueline Hubbard and Norman Needleman
Al and Kathleen Jaffe
Pam and Dave Keller
Bob and Alison Marcinek
Sally and George Mayer
Dr. James McAraw and Ms. Elaine Godowsky
Linda and Ernie Reamer
Jed and Linda Rhoades
Amanda and Mike Tevis
Kiono Thomas
Todd Underwood and Cameron Hernandez
Molly and David Watkins
Elaine and Martin White
William and Heidi Wrang

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Women Playwrights Festival 2022

DATE:         Saturday, October 29, 2022

2:00pm      Two Play Performance and Talk Backs
4:00pm      League of Professional Theatre Women Discussion and Conversation “Rebuilding Theatre with Greater Relevance”
6:00pm      Social hour in the Playhouse tent – cash bar open
7:00pm      Two Play Performance and Talk Backs

VENUE:       Ivoryton Playhouse

TICKETS:     $30 adult / $25 senior / $20 LPTW / $10 student
Ticket price includes all day activities including both performances.
Call 860.767.7318 to book tickets or follow this link to purchase online


AT THE HOTEL TEXAS by Laurie Graff

Laurie Graff is writer and actor from NYC. Best known for the chick-lit hit, You Have to Kiss a Lot of Frogs, Laurie has also written the novels Looking for Mr. Goodfrog and The Shiksa Syndrome.   A produced and published OOB playwright, Laurie’s work is included in New Monologues for Women by Women and Best Men’s Stage Monologues of 1999.  Having worked for years as an actress, Laurie’s favorite theatrical role was Frenchy in the Broadway hit Grease.

This play takes place late morning on Friday, November 22, 1963 and follows two sisters, Opal, a chambermaid, and Lottie, a waitress, working and scheming and sharing their plans as they work at the Hotel Texas in Fort Worth.

HOW TO TIE A TIE by Brittney S. Harris

Brittney S. Harris, a native of Norfolk, VA, has a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Georgia and is currently Assistant Professor of Theatre at Old Dominion University. Her areas of expertise and interests are in Race and Performance, Theatre for Social Change, and performative community-engaged programming.  Brittney’s work is included in Best Women’s Monologues 2021 Anthology.

The play is set in present day and takes place in the sanctuary of a church. Charles Walker, a black man in his 40s and his wife, Grace, are getting ready for their daughter’s wedding. The play addresses the themes of non-traditional marriage in the past and present.

RECONSTRUCTION by Barbara Kimmel

Barbara Kimmel is an Atlanta-based playwright and children’s author. Her plays are humorous takes on women’s struggles to find their voices and be heard. They have been produced in New York, London, Chicago, and Atlanta. She is a member of Working Title Playwrights and lives in Atlanta with her husband, playwright Hank Kimmel.

A woman faces breast cancer while her house is falling apart. Both require immediate attention. She struggles with anxiety and a dizzying amount of information as the decision-making processes become comedically intertwined.


SCRAMBLED EGGS by Karly Thomas

Karly Thomas is a New York based playwright, originally from San Juan Capistrano, CA. Her work has been produced by the University of Michigan, the Midtown International Theatre Festival, and the OC-Centric New Play Festival, as well as developed by the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival. Awards include the Kasdan Scholarship for Creative Writing, the Kennedy Center’s National Undergraduate Playwriting Award, and the National Society of Arts and Letters Richard Benvenuto Playwriting Award.  Member of the Playwrights’ Center and the Dramatists Guild

A brunch-time gathering in a chic, Manhattan hotspot; an eclectic mix of characters including maybe Sarah Jessica Parker; a celebration or a commiseration? This play deals with our complicated relationships with families and abortion

Call 860.767.7318 to book tickets or follow this link to purchase online

THANK YOU:  Funded in part by a grant from Community Foundation of Middlesex County / Sari A. Rosenbaum Fund for Women & Girls and the League of Professional Theatre Women Connecticut Chapter.

Plus individual donations from:  Anonymous, Jacqueline Hubbard, Al and Kathleen Jaffe, David and Linda May

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