Name of Event: Gala 2005 to benefit Steppenwolf Theatre Company Date of event: Saturday, April 9, 2005 Place: Steppenwolf Theatre Company 1650 N. Halsted Street Description: The Steppenwolf Annual Gala, attended by 700 of Chicago’s corporate, civic and cultural elite, is always highlighted by the presence of the renowned Steppenwolf ensemble, celebrities from the silver screen and stage and memorable moments. Ticket prices: $1,500 per person Tables of 8 to 10 seats available from $10,000 - $25,000 Auction prizes: Previous auction prizes have included walk-on roles on the Emmy-award winning programs The O.C., Will & Grace and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, as well as private dinners with Steppenwolf ensemble members John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, Laurie Metcalf, Joan Allen and John Mahoney. Information: Judith Simons, Director of Special Events Steppenwolf Theatre Company, (312) 654-5617 Committed to the principle of ensemble performance through the collaboration of a company of actors, directors and playwrights, Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s mission is to advance the vitality and diversity of American theater by nurturing artists, encouraging repeatable creative relationships, and contributing new works to the national canon. The company, formed in 1976 by a collective of actors, is dedicated to perpetuating an ethic of mutual respect and the development of artists through ongoing group work. Steppenwolf has grown into an internationally renowned company of thirty-five artists whose talents include acting, directing, playwriting, filmmaking and textual adaptation.