Lifeline’s annual benefit was held on Thursday, April 16, in the newly refurbished, totally sparkly, mosaic-filled dome room of Preston Bradley Hall in the Chicago Cultural Center. Elegant and totally grown up.
To go with our mystery theme (we’re gearing up for Busman’s Honeymoon
at Lifeline), Christina
adapted a Dorothy L. Sayers short story, The Unsolved Puzzle of the Man with No Face
into a short play and hotshot, super-best-selling Chicago-based mystery writers Sean Chercover
, Julie Hyzy
and Sara Paretsky
each provided totally different and HILARIOUS endings to the piece and took questions from the crowd after.
Many thanks to those that made this happen — despite most of them being up to their eyebrows in Busman’s rehearsal: Frances directed the play-let and Peter, Paul, Jenifer, Jim, Shole, Phil, Katie, Rob and Elise played the multiple villains, victims and investigators. Also thanks to our rockin’ board and benefit committee! Woohoo!
Behind the scenes of the Best Benefit Ever:
Outtakes (if only we’d had video documentation) include: 1) not being able to find the prop gun that was packed for the show, realizing it had been left in the trunk of an already valet-parked car and trying to get it back in time for the performance without being arrested for illegal possession of a wicked looking firearm (in reality just a starter pistol). 2) me and Allison
going out for Subway to feed the set-up crew at lunchtime and me falling down an entire marble staircase at the Cultural Center but not hurting myself at all. 3) not being able to fit all our stuff back in the van at the end of the evening and trying to give the stuff that wouldn’t fit to the dock workers at the Cultural Center: “Okay, please take the beer — no, I’m sorry, the vodka we can return for store credit, we have to fit that in somehow. You can have the wine though. What? You don’t like wine? Okay, it’s just the beer then — and could you please take this cheesecake?” 4) Erica
, Allison and me sitting on the floor at Lifeline with a bottle of champagne amidst the stack of boxes toasting the event’s success.