The scene: More than 550 guests were transported to a contemporary English garden — mimicking the suburban London setting of the theater’s production of “The Herd” — at this annual bash May 9.
The invite list: After watching a scene from the play in the Downstairs Theatre (1650 N. Halsted), guests moved to the gala tent, where Jonathan Kraft hosted a live auction featuring dinners with Steppenwolf co-founder Jeff Perry and his “Scandal” castmates Bellamy Young, Portia de Rossi and Tony Goldwyn. The soirée was hosted by co-chairs Eileen and Christopher Murphy and Rhonda and Scott Swanson and featured entertainment by Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band and a dinner by Limelight Catering.
The bottom line: The gala raised more than $1.2 million to support the company’s arts and education programming and community outreach. —Samantha Gross
Splash was the media sponsor of this event.
The Steppenwolf gala is simply the most fun event of the year — it’s the only time that my wife needs to drag me off the dance floor.
— Co-chair Christopher Murphy
Photos by Kyle Flubacker and Daniel Ribar