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Blushing Orchid Ball Thank You!

Posted By TBA Staff, Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, June 11, 2014

What an amazing evening! Thank you to all who made the Blushing Orchid Ball such a success. The costumes were dazzling, the formalwear was dashing, and the pink pink pink everywhere lit up the whole party! 

Special thanks to our generous sponsors, the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco and San Francisco Media Company!

Sincere thanks to our treasured supporters who hosted virtual tables: the Gensler VIP Table, the Moonalice 
VIP Table, Kathy King & Jerry Cahill's VIP Table, the Harden Partners Table and the Artist Table. Bringing people together like this really made the party!

To our fabulous celebrity costume judges, special guests Brian Boitano, Franc D'Ambrosio, Davis Gaines, Sharon McNight and Lee Roy Reams - a heartfelt thank-you for your support and great good will!

To Valerie Weak, who not only ran the paddle-raise donation auction with aplomb, but became a donor herself - thank you! Your support means so much! 

And last, but certainly not least, a Blushing Orchid thank you to all of our honorees: Eddy Chambers (San Francisco Playhouse), Jerry Deruntz and Katherine Ingold (Foothill Music Theatre), Robert Estes (PUS Theatre), Frank Wu (Just Theater), Rita Nolan (Ray of Light Theater), Everett "Alx" Alexander (African-American Shakespeare Company), Eric Chazankin (6th Street Playhouse), Stefin Collins (Custom Made Theatre Co.), Laurie Gossett (Douglas Morrisson Theatre), Cheshire Isaacs (Impact Theatre), Catherine Brannigan (Theatre Rhinoceros), Nancy Livingston (American Conservatory Theater), Dugan Moore (Crowded Fire Theater Company), Jennifer Rainin (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Stephanie Alyson Henderson, Megan Cohen, Dawn Monique Williams, Aldo Billingslea, David Ford, Catherine Castellanos, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Torange Yeghiazarian and Leslie Martinson. You and your hard work make our community the thriving, exciting arts hub that it is!

See you next year - and keep on Blushin'!

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Blushing Orchid Ball Auction Items

Posted By TBA Staff, Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Updated: Monday, June 2, 2014

The Blushing Orchid Ball will feature an intimate auction of items guaranteed to appeal to theatre buffs, music fans and general culture vultures! Select lots include:

BENANTI BONANZA: Dazzle, the 2014 Pride concert featuring the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and Tony Award winner Laura Benanti at Nourse Auditorium on June 25-27, 2014. Auction lot includes four premium seats, an autographed copy of the CD I Am Harvey Milk (featuring Benanti and SFGMC), a signed poster from Dazzle and a post-concert visit and photo opp with Ms. Benanti!

Tony Award winner Laura Benanti

STAR SIGNS: Programs, posters, books, CDs and other collectibles autographed by Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Alice Ripley, Brian Boitano and other celebrities!

BEHIND THE PUBLIC TELEVISION SCENES: In one auction lot, a private tour of KQED studios for you and a baker’s dozen of your closest friends. In a different lot, lunch for just you and Scott Shafer, host of KQED's The California Report and KQED Newsroom.

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Honorees of the Blushing Orchid Ball

Posted By TBA Staff, Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Honorees of the Blushing Orchid Ball

A celebration of our vibrant theatre community would not be complete without saluting the people who make it sparkle. As a kickoff to the TBA Awards, we're excited to honor our outstanding audience members, backstage heroes, philanthropists and 
2013-2014 Eye On and Encore individuals featured in Theatre Bay Area magazine.

Audience Members
Eddy Chambers (San Francisco Playhouse)
Jerry Deruntz and Katherine Ingold (Foothill Music Theatre)
Robert Estes (PUS Theatre)
Frank Wu (Just Theater)
Rita Nolan (Ray of Light Theater)

Backstage Heroes
Everett “Alx” Alexander (African-American Shakespeare Company)
Eric Chazankin (6th Street Playhouse)
Stefin Collins (Custom Made Theatre Co.)
Laurie Gossett (Douglas Morrisson Theatre)
Cheshire Isaacs (Impact Theatre)

Catherine Brannigan (Theatre Rhinoceros)
Nancy Livingston (American Conservatory Theater)
Dugan Moore (Crowded Fire Theater Company)
Jennifer Rainin (Berkeley Repertory Theatre)

Eye Ons
Stephanie Alyson Henderson
Megan Cohen
Dawn Monique Williams

Aldo Billingslea
David Ford
Catherine Castellanos
Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Torange Yeghiazarian
Leslie Martinson

Join us on June 8th, 2014 as we raise our glasses to the honorees! 

Honorees should RSVP to to confirm for their complimentary ticket to the Blushing Orchid Ball.

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Blushing Orchid Ball Costume/Fashion Contest Judges Announced

Posted By TBA Staff, Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, May 21, 2014

UPDATE (June 2, 2014): Announcing our final celebrity judge: Davis Gaines, Broadway star best known for The Phantom of the Opera

Davis Gaines, Broadway star (The Phantom of the Opera), concert (Sweeney Todd) and recording artist. Mr. Gaines is appearing in An Homage to La Cage on June 9 at the Castro Theatre.

May 27, 2014)We're thrilled to announce the addition of Broadway star Lee Roy Reams and Tony nominee Sharon McNight 
as celebrity judges of the Blushing Orchid Ball costume/fashion contest! 

Lee Roy Reams, Broadway star (Applause, 42nd Street-Tony nomination). Mr. Reams is appearing in An Homage to La Cage on June 9 at the Castro Theatre.

Sharon McNight, Tony nominee (Starmites), cabaret star, and recording artist soon to be seen in San Francisco Opera's Show Boat

Big news in Blushing Orchid Ball land! We have confirmed two of our judges for the evening's costume/fashion contest. Please give a warm welcome to two of our special guests and celebrity judges, Brian Boitano and Franc D'Ambrosio

Brian Boitano, Olympic gold medal-winning figure skater, author and Food Network celebrity chef
Franc D'AmbrosioBroadway and film star (Sweeney Todd, Godfather III
), singer, recording artist and painter

We're over the moon about Brian and Franc joining our soiree as our special guests. More exciting announcements to come, so stay in touch and spread the word!

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The Blushing Orchid Royal Treatment: Hotel Discounts & VIP Tickets

Posted By Katharine Chin, Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Sweet Dreams at the Hyatt

Give yourself the royal treatment with a room at the Hyatt Regency after the ball! Purchase Blushing Orchid Ball ticketsand the Hyatt Regency will discount your room 20% if you stay the night. After a thrilling evening of dancing and toasting the night's winners with delicious cocktails, why not tuck yourself into a luxurious Hyatt room for just $259? 

The Hyatt is easily accessible by ferries, BART and numerous MUNI lines. 
Make your reservations today by calling 1-888-421-1442 and referring to the group name, Blushing Orchid Ball/Theatre Bay Area. Note: This special discounted rate is only available for 20 rooms, or until May 19, 2014. 

Upgrade to a VIP Ticket and Revel in Additional Perks!
  • Gift bag
  • Express check-in & check-out
  • Free parking at adjacent garage
  • Additional drink tokens
  • Access to the Blushing Orchid VIP lounge, a private and centrally located room with a VIP-only bar, banquette station and large-screen TVs for viewing the Tony Awards in style! 

The Hyatt Regency, San Francisco. Photo courtesy of The Hyatt Regency, San Francisco

The Atrium. Photo courtesy of The Hyatt Regency, San Francisco

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What to Wear to the Blushing Orchid Ball

Posted By TBA Staff, Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, May 6, 2014

What to Wear to the Blushing Orchid Ball: Haute Couture to High Drag


Now that we're only a month away from the Blushing Orchid Ball, Theatre Bay Area's new annual fundraising gala, it's time to go over your checklist. Nerves a-jumble with excitement? Check. Tickets reserved in advance? Check. Got a killer outfit? Chec—well, let's talk about that.

Now, we're not going to suggest that your outfit ain't killerwork that argyle sweater, baby! But there's such a range of ways you can rock your socks at BOB (as we affectionately call it), and we don't want to stifle your creativity!

Photo: "click your heels 3 times . . ." by Andrea Janda. Used under Creative Commons license.


At BOB, we'll be awarding three different attire-related prizes, so as you're planning your ensemble, you may like to consider how it might fit within any of the following categories. Don't be limited by these suggestions, though! Let your imagination soar!

Award 1: Best dressed.
This category is for all you classic sophisticates out there, whether you're smokin' in designer clothes or you're such a fashionista that whatever you wear is à la mode. Think of your best evening wear (but make sure you can dance in it!).

Award 2: Best use of our signature color. 

That's HEX Code #cc3569 or
CMYK 16/94/39/1,
for all you color nerds!

What hue might that be? Hint: see the name of the gala! What does "blushing orchid" look like? Look no further than here, on our new website! It's an elegant shade of magenta, with notes of fuchsia and strawberry. What do we mean by "best use"? Think clever. Perhaps you're sporting a dark ball gown, but your heels, makeup, headpiece or jewelry adds a daring splash of pink to your outfit. Think of Audrey Hepburn's costume in the horse race scene of My Fair Lady. Or maybe you're in a tuxbrighten up your sartorial splendor with a blushing orchid cummerbund, boutonniere, bow tie and/or handkerchief! 


Award 3: Most original ensemble.
You might have heard that at BOB we'll be screening the Tony Awards on East Coast time. Let this be your inspiration to come dressed in something with a little more flair—even a full costume, if that tickles your fancy! Do you have a favorite character from a musical (Hedwig, anyone?) or a favorite drag queen (Hedwig, anyone?)?


A panel of esteemed judges from diverse backgrounds—drag, fashion, government and celebrity-dom—will pick the winners. We're keeping the judges' names a mystery for now, though, just so any overzealous contenders don't attempt to bribe.


The main prizes will be eternal fame and glory, but as if that weren't enough, winners will also receive tangible earthly delights. We promise it will be more than worth it.


See you at the ball (and on the runway)!

Photo: "2013 Honoring the Promise" by Susan G. Komen® Used under Creative Commons license.

Photo: "Ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian Women Costume" by The ACT Costume Shop.

Photo: "Men's Smoking Jackets" by The ACT Costume Shop.

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B.O.B.: You're Invited!

Posted By TBA Staff, Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Updated: Monday, April 28, 2014
Join us for our first annual Blushing Orchid Ball! Kick off the TBA Awards in style, and help raise funds for Theatre Bay Area - all while enjoying drinks, dancing, auctions and fabulous costumes!

Rock our signature color, Blushing Orchid, at our masquerade ball. Dazzle with your snazziest black tie attire or favorite costume. Prizes will be awarded for the most distinctive looks!

Celebrate 'til you're blushing (yeah, that's right!) with dancing - lessons included! - signature cocktails and savory snacks, a silent auction and a livestream of the Tony awards.

Guests and honorees include civic leaders, philanthropists, audience members, backstage heroes and theatre artists who make the Bay Area sparkle. (That means you!)

Looking for the perfect ravishing costume? 
The ACT Costume Shop is offering a 10% discount to new renters. Private rentals are available on weekdays by appointment only. 

Keep your eyes peeled on this spot (TBA Backstage Blog
) over the next few weeks for more Blushing Orchid (B.O.B.) updates!

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