The nonprofit Chekhov Theatre Ensemble conducts a winetasting fundraiser Nov. 16 at the Downtown Association in New York City. The fundraiser marks a significant point in the theatre company's history.
Having suspended live productions pending an internal reorganization, the fundraiser marks Chekhov's first scheduled event following a June 30 meeting in NYC where 22 arts professionals gathered to discuss the theatre's future. In that meeting, theatre professionals brainstormed ways to better manage the company's available resources, including volunteerism.
The fundraiser could be a turning point for Chekhov Theatre Ensemble, which last produced a play in January, King Lear. This year, Chekhov reached 3,000 students with its school programs. Chekhov's State programs in New York and Florida also involve the professional development of teachers through the Stages of Learning Partnerships.
The winetaster is being organized by teaching artist Sharon Gardner and Goldman Sachs marketing strategist Lisa Jahns. Music for the event will be provided by the Joel Chassan Trio.
Tickets are $60 in advance and $65 at the door. A Chekhov spokesperson said that for tax purposes supporters should subtract $29 as a "cost" from the price of their ticket; the balance is tax deductible. The winetaster takes place Nov. 16, 6 - 9 PM at the Downtown Association, 60 Pine Street in NYC. A jacket and tie is required. Phone (212) 563-5315 ext. 3 for information and reservations. -- By Murdoch McBride