About Face Theatre Celebrates Its 18th Year at WONKA BALL 2014: The Gayme Show! Friday, May 9, 2014 at Macy’s on State Street

9C4BFAB3-F947-4AC0-8736-F91287F9959CAbout Face Theatre invites guests to “come on down” and celebrate its 18th year with a throwback to daily doubles, Plinko, free spins and lifelines at WONKA BALL 2014: The Gayme Show! on Friday, May 9, 2014 at 8 pm (VIP Cocktail Reception at 7 pm) at Macy’s on State Street in the  9th Floor Event Center, 111 N. State St. in Chicago. AFT’s annual fundraiser will celebrate TV’s iconic game shows with an evening of classic challenges, live entertainment, music and dancing, sumptuous edibles and an open bar with signature cocktails. Guests will be tempted to “make a deal” with a raffle and silent and live auctions – all with exciting prizes worthy of a Showcase Showdown! The evening will also include the annual presentation of the prestigious 2014 Leppen Leadership Awards and the About Face Youth Theatre MVP Award. Tickets are currently available at www.aboutfacetheatre.com or (773) 784-8565.

VIP Cocktail Reception

Join About Face for an exclusive “Bonus Round” at the VIP Cocktail Reception beginning at 7 pm, where guests will enjoy early access to the venue and the silent auction, free raffle tickets, culinary treats, live entertainment and the presentation of the evening’s awards. The reception will be hosted by the evening’s co-chairs and members of the AFT Board of Directors.

WONKA BALL 2014: The Gayme Show! Co-Chairs are Benjamin Sprunger and Betsy Sylvester.

Proceeds from the WONKA BALL 2014: The Gayme Show! will support About Face Theatre’s award-winning mainstage programming, new play development series and nationally-recognized educational program. Since 1995, About Face has created exceptional, innovative, and adventurous plays that advance the national dialogue on gender and sexual identity and have entertained and challenged audiences in Chicago, across the country and around the world. Support from Wonka Ball enables About Face to thrive as Chicago’s celebrated center for LGBTQA arts, an inclusive home where diverse artists, youth, audiences and community partners come together for artistic exchange and cultural dialogue.


Event: WONKA BALL 2014: The Gayme Show!

Date: Friday, May 9 from 8 pm – 11 pm;  VIP Cocktail Party at 7 pm

Location: Macy’s on State Street, 9th Floor Event Center, 111 N. State St. in Chicago

DetailsFeaturing games, music and dancing, sumptuous edibles, an open bar with signature cocktails, a raffle and live and silent auctions.

Tickets: General admission: Early Bird Special $110 through April 1, 2014. Regular $150.

VIP Cocktail Reception: Early Bird Special $175 through April 1, 2014. Regular $200. Additional sponsorship packages are available. For tickets, visit www.aboutfacetheatre.com or call 773-784-8565.

About the Awards

Named for About Face Youth Theatre supporter Michael Leppen, the annual Leppen Leadership Awards recognize those whose efforts on behalf of About Face Theatre and the LGBTQA community empower youth leaders to take action and encourage LGBTQA adults and youth to create intergenerational dialogue and understanding. The About Face Youth Theatre MVP Award is given to an outstanding youth theatre ensemble member for exceptional service to the company and to the greater LGBTQA community. The recipient has proven herself or himself to be exceptionally dedicated to the mission of our work and has gone beyond her or his duties as an ensemble member to better the experience of other Youth Theatre participants.

About Face Theatre creates exceptional, innovative, and adventurous plays to advance the national dialogue on gender and sexual identity, and to challenge and entertain audiences in Chicago, across the country, and around the world.