Halloween: FOREPLAY: A Masquerade Fundraiser
This Halloween, The Theater Offensive brings you FOREPLAY: A Masquerade Fundraiser. Hosted at Manhunt Mansion East, this unforgettable evening will bring together some of your favorites, Cole & Hunter of MaverickMen, DJ Jim Clerkin from KISS 108, & the Boston Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, to support The Theater Offensive.
Peep into the world of Manhunt. Come dressed to play or to watch, but certainly to enjoy – masks, drag, superhero, leather, fetish, business, skin, club – all are welcome. With Manhunt models in jock straps serving drinks all evening, this party will tickle your excitement at every turn. Feel like going all out? You can get in on the fun in your own costume of choice and unleash your Halloween diva and who knows - maybe you’ll be one of the lucky ones to win the fabulous prizes we’ll be handing out for best and most creative costumes.
The evening of the party is also the only chance to get in on The Theater Offensive’s sexy silent auction. With tickets to some of the best shows in town (Joan Rivers, Lyric Stage, Huntington Theater, and more), gift certificates for your favorite bars and restaurants (Tresca Italian & Club Café, just to wet your appetite), and exclusive membership deals for Manhunt.net and MaverickMen.com up for grabs, this is the hottest ticket in town, and all for just $20.
For questions and group rates, please contact Adrian@TheTheaterOffensive.org.
Tickets are only $20 and include sips & treats by Boston Chops. There will be a silent auction and prizes for most creative costumes. All guests will receive a $20 credit from Boston’s pink mustached car service Lyft.
Benefit for at-risk LGBTQ youth and allies - BEYOND THE STAGE
The Theater Offensive (TTO) invites the Boston community to support LGBTQ & allied youth at the second annual Beyond the Stage fundraiser on Thursday, November 21at the offices of Hill Holliday, Boston’s premier advertising agency. Beyond the Stage will honor the remarkable youth of True Colors: OUT Youth Theater troupe, TTO’s revolutionary theater program for LGBTQ youth and their straight allies ages 14 to 22. This is your opportunity to meet the youth and hear their stories.
True Colors youth will present a brief performance to showcase their creativity and talent, followed by a series of personal testimonials that will attest to their strength and courage. Guests will also hear remarks from the parents of True Colors youth and event co-chairs Nia Clark and Stephen Kauffman.
Kauffman says, “What is special to me and the reason I support True Colors is because I believe that through performance a person can express something that has been too hard to discuss or talk about before. That sharing makes us all more understanding.”
True Colors creates original theatrical works based on personal experiences and challenges LGBTQ youth face, including: bullying, coming out, being rejected by their families, homelessness, discrimination, violence, depression, and suicide. Each year, True Colors tours around Massachusetts to present their original works to schools, organizations, and government programs to educate audiences about LGBTQ issues.
Beyond the Stage will take place at the offices of Hill Holliday (53 State St., Boston; ID is required to enter the building) on Thursday, November 21 from 6-8pm. Attire is business casual. Tickets for Beyond the Stage are $50 and may be purchased online: http://bts2013.brownpapertickets.com. For information on Corporate Sponsorship opportunities, contact Managing Director Adrian Budhu at Adrian@TheTheaterOffensive.org.
New Board Members
The Theater Offensive (TTO), Boston’s premier queer theater company, producing works in the city for 25 years, is proud to announce new community leaders to its Board of Directors.
Lance Brisbois, Earnest Offley, Donna Owens, Wesley Thompson, and Kathryn W. Willmore join nine returning Board members including Chair Cuong P. Hoang.
Thompson joins us as a youth member of the Board. He is a graduate student at the Boston University School of Public Health and a former Intern to TTO Executive Artistic Director Abe Rybeck. As an Intern, Thompson co-created a street theater project called On The Offensive, in response to the DOMA and Voting Rights Act decisions by the Supreme Court. Thompson intends to “add a valuable youth perspective to the Board as it guides and counsels The Theater Offensive on how best to work with and within our neighborhoods and develop new strategies to serve queer youth, especially those of color.”
Owens, Vice-President of Research, Evaluation and Training at United South End Settlements came to Boston eleven years ago and says: “Now that I really and truly consider Boston my home, putting down roots means more than just living and working in a place. It also means giving of myself, my time, my energy, and The Theater Offensive definitely fits the bill for my ‘giving’ home.”
Since her retirement as Vice President of MIT, Willmore has spent her time on personal interests, such as empowering girls and young women through music and programs like TTO’s True Colors: OUT Youth Theater. Brisbois is a development professional who recently joined the staff at the Gardner Museum after years with Fenway Health. Offley works as a Human Resource Manager for Boston Public Schools and was one of the founding Board members of the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition, one of TTO’s most frequent collaborating organizations. These three new Board members have been stalwart supporters of TTO in the community.