City Theatre hosts 22nd annual gala and 40th Birthday bash



PITTSBURGH, PA  – City Theatre, along with Host Committee co-chairs David & Luci Massaro, and Gala co-chairs Judy & Michael Cheteyan, Laura Penrod Kronk and June Yonas celebrate the company’s 40th Anniversary Season with the signature Annual Gala & Auction on Monday, May 18, 2015 from 5:30 to 10:00 PM at Heinz Field East Club Lounge. This year’s theme; 40th Birthday Bash, recognizes City’s milestone 40th year, and welcomes friends to join us for an over-the-top party honoring our rich past, and looking towards our exciting future.

The evening comes alive with an array of festive drinks, exquisite cuisine, exciting music and dancing, birthday party-themed activities, and silent and live auctions to spark support for Pittsburgh’s home for new plays.


$250 per person
Contact Dianne Duursma: 412.431.4400 ext. 278 or

GET LIT: Wild, Over-the-Top, 40th Birthday Bash
Don your vividly colored and boldly patterned party wear to shine brighter than a birthday cake with 40 candles!


Lip smacking libations and party punches to help toast in our honor.


Tickle your taste buds with our take on your favorite festive foods.


City’s side-splitting Sister, Kimberly Richards, hosts our live auction. Bring your birthday money and stock up on party favors.


Cut the cake, then cut a rug! DJ Kelli Burns spins the perfect party playlist as our celebration takes the floor.


Birthday Bubbly: Champagne, Chambord, and Cranberry Juice Party Animal: Whiskey, Bitters, Orange Curl, and Cherry


Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Waffles with Maple Syrup
Champagne Compressed Fruit Kabob
House-Made Kettle Chips with your choice of Malt Vinegar or Black Garlic Chili Thai Sauce Pork Belly Corn Dog with Maple Dijon Mustard
Steak Tartare on Parmesan Chips


Chef Walton’s House-Preserved Sausage and Salami with Pickled Vegetables Chef Walton’s Selection Bruschetta, House-Pulled Mozzarella, and Crostini Custom-Made Cider, Violet Port Wine, and Horseradish Stone Ground Mustards Escarole and Cannellini Beans with Smoked Pork Belly

Grilled Fennel and Grana Padano with Chianti Reduction
Grilled Yellow, Orange, and Red Bell Peppers
Marinated Olives, Oil-Cured Tomatoes, and Oven-Dried Artichokes with Olive Oil Wood-Fired Traditional and Prosciutto di Parma Flat Breads

Wine Pairing: BACI VIVACI Sparkling NV, Italy


Elbow Macaroni with Pancetta and Peas

Orecchiette Pasta with Lobster, Gouda, and Truffle
Radiatore Pasta with Goat Cheese Sauce and Spring Vegetables

Wine Pairing: MUD HOUSE Sauvignon Blanc 2013, New Zealand Wine Pairing: 10 SPAN Noir 2012, California


Wild King Salmon
Popcorn Risotto
Salted Caramel Root Vegetables

Wine Pairing: DIVINING ROD Chardonnay 2012, California


Coffee-Rubbed Dry-Aged Beef with Bitter Chocolate Jus Steel-Cut Oatmeal Grits
Spring Succotash

Wine Pairing: CONCANNON Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Founders’ 2013, California


Chocolate Chocolate Chip Sprinkle Cookie Sandwiches House-Made Maple Bacon, Glazed, and Cannoli Donuts Mini Tie-Dye Cupcakes
Mojito Flavored Cotton Candy

Sliced Fresh Fruit


1. Duquesne Club Wine Cellar Dinner
Gather your friends together and join hosts Judy and Michael Cheteyan for a six-course, gourmet dinner with wine pairings at the Duquesne Club, one of Downtown Pittsburgh’s most eminent establishments. The Executive Chef will create a meal to remember for six guests, specially designed to complement the Cheteyans’ extensive and impeccably kept vintage wine collection. Cheers!

“This was truly a memorable evening for me and my friends. It is in a location not many people get to visit, and the Duquesne Club pulls out all the stops. The food was tremendous and the wine spectacular. The Cheteyans are wonderfully gracious hosts.”
– Clyde B. Jones, III,

President, Health & Sciences Foundation of the University of Pittsburgh & UPMC. Restrictions: Date to be coordinated with Judy and Michael Cheteyan

Opening Bid: $2,500/Accommodates Six

2. Sister’s Easter Catechism: Will My Bunny Go To Heaven?
If you’re looking for a fun night out, gather up your favorite pals and hit the town with the one and only Kimberly Richards! The lucky winning bidder will receive 20 tickets for the Thursday, February 25th performance and join Sister for a very special late night dinner at the delicious Carmella’s Plates and Pints. Mind your P’s & Q’s because Sister is watching!

Restrictions: One night only! Thursday, February 25, 2016. Performance at 8:00 PM, immediately followed by dinner.
Opening Bid: $2,000/Accommodates Twenty

3. French Riviera Vacation
Take your friends on the vacation of a lifetime! Enjoy a 7-night stay in a modern, private 4- bedroom villa high in the hills above Vence in the French Riviera. Complete with an infinity pool, outdoor barbeque, fireplace, en-suite bathrooms, and picturesque beaches, this beautiful two- level home accommodates eight guests. An easy ten-minute drive gets you to the town of Vence, a classic and bustling Provençal village that draws art and food lovers from around the world. Within under an hour’s reach are the famous seaside towns of Nice, Eze, Antibes, and more. Bonjour la vie magnifique!

Available: September 1, 2015 – December 15, 2015 and January 15, 2016 to May 30, 2016 Restrictions: Blackout dates – One week before and after Easter 2016
Not included: Airfare, car, or transfers. Extra nights can be added upon request.
Opening Bid: $5,500/Accommodates Eight

4. A Taste of Italy
Wine lovers will rejoice at the chance to enjoy a 7-night stay at Villa Montepulciano in Tuscany. Located on an estate that still produces boutique wines and olive oils, the villa offers guests the chance to taste the property’s homegrown wines, sample produce from the local orchard, and enjoy breakfast treats and drinks with the villa’s owner, a sommelier. The villa includes six bedrooms, divided between a main house and guest cottage, space for up to 13 guests, a luxurious pool, and sprawling panoramic views of the Italian countryside. The villa is just outside the town of Montepulciano, a 30-minute drive to the Bettolo golf course, and a 35-minute drive to the ski area at Mount Amiata. Take a day trip to the beach at Grosseto and enjoy easy access to the Florence airport. Viva Italia!

Available: September 1, 2015 – November 15, 2015 and January 15, 2016 to June 10, 2016 Restrictions: Blackout Dates – One week before and after Easter 2016
Not included: Airfare, car, or transfers. Extra nights can be added upon request.
Opening Bid: $6,000/Accommodates Thirteen

5. Big Apple Weekend

Wake up in the city that never sleeps with this ultimate New York getaway! Your trip will include a 3-night stay for two in a Mega Room at the beautiful W Hotel in Union Square, tickets to one of next season’s Broadway hits like Fiddler on the Roof, School of Rock, or The Color Purple, selected especially for you by City’s Artistic Director Tracy Brigden, and a special night out on the town with a City Theatre artist at the exclusive celebrity haunt Bar Centrale. This deluxe package also includes a $250 Bloomingdale’s gift card and a subscription to American Theatre magazine so you can know about your show before you go. Get ready to take NYC by storm!

Restrictions: Airfare not included. Trip must be taken by May 15, 2016. Show selection will be determined by selected travel dates.
Opening Bid: $3,500/Accommodates Two


Event Information:
Please direct all press inquiries to Andy Weier, Director of Marketing and Communications,

412.431.4400 x230 or

City Theatre concludes its 40th anniversary season with Midsummer (A Play with Songs), on the Main Stage May 9 through 31. Located on Pittsburgh’s historic South Side, City Theatre specializes in new plays, commissioning and producing work by playwrights including Daniel Beaty, Jessica Dickey, Christopher Durang, Michael Hollinger, Willy Holtzman, Tarell McCraney, and Madeleine George. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Tracy Brigden, Managing Director James McNeel, and a 38-member Board of Directors, City Theatre’s mission is to provide an artistic home for the development and production of contemporary plays of substance and ideas that engage and challenge a diverse audience.


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