The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s 2014 Gala Invites Guests Into its Extraordinary “Theatre Factory”

MADISON, NJ — The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey 2014 Annual Gala— La Nuit des Rêves or The Night of Dreamsinvites guests “behind-the-scenes,” into the Theatre’s renovated “theatre factory” on Saturday, March 22nd, 2014.  Hundreds of patrons, artists, and community leaders will participate in the Theatre’s largest fundraising event of the year. “Our incredible support facility is an evolving work of art in itself. There is always something new to see—a gorgeous mural taking shape, another space to explore, a talented artisan at work. Last year’s gala was about unveiling the space. This year is all about inviting audiences to see how the space constantly transforms; the gala will feature beautiful, theatrical dreamscapes,” said Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 973-845-6732 or visit


Located in Florham Park, the 50,000 square foot building is home to all but the performance facets of the Theatre’s administrative, educational, artistic, and technical operations.  In addition to offices and education spaces, the facility includes areas for the construction of sets, costumes and other scenic elements, an unusual Board room, a spacious rehearsal hall, a muraled Green Room, and ample space for the Theatre’s extensive collections of props, stock scenery, costumes, stage weapons, archives, and more. 


The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a glittering black-tie reception including sumptuous passed hors d’oeuvres and gourmet food stations.  Guests will dine, mingle, and explore the amazing spaces of the behind-the-scenes facility as well as bid on the spectacular silent auction offerings including fabulous wine baskets, a relaxing Berkshire getaway, an exclusive golf outing at Baltusrol Golf Club, jewelry, one-of-a-kind theatrical opportunities, and objets d’art.

At 8:30 p.m. guests will enter the “Grand Ballroom” for more libations, dessert, coffee and the “Dream of a Cabaret”– the star-studded cabaret performance featuring the Theatre’s renowned company of artists and guest celebrities performing an array of musical numbers about dreams and dreamers. At the start of the main festivities, the Theatre will present the rarely-given Mighty Quill Award to longtime Shakespeare Theatre trustee, community leader, and New Jersey philanthropist Heath B. McLendon. Following the presentation and performance, guests may gather around the “Sandman Piano Bar” in the spacious cabaret-like rehearsal hall, take photos in the “Dream Boat,” or visit the evening’s Dream Interpreter in her “salon.”    

 Gala tickets range from $295 to $1,000 per person. A portion of each ticket is tax-deductible to the fullest extent provided by law.  For more information or reservations, call 973-845-6732 or

 The acclaimed Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is an independent, professional theatre company located on the Drew University campus. One of the leading Shakespeare theatres in the nation, serving 100,000 adults and children annually, it is New Jersey’s largest professional theatre company dedicated solely to Shakespeare’s canon and other world classics. Through its distinguished productions and education programs, the company strives to illuminate the universal and lasting relevance of the classics for contemporary audiences.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.  Additional major support is received from The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, F. M. Kirby Foundation, The Edward T. Cone Foundation, CTW Foundation, The Shubert Foundation and Drew University, as well as contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, government agencies and individuals. 

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