Theatre Aspen’s Costume Gala |

Theatre Aspen’s Costume Gala

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On the eve of the 90th Academy Awards, the 35th annual Theatre Aspen Gala drew scores of thespians, theater patrons and community members to the Hotel Jerome for a costume party Saturday, March 3. Guests came dressed in a wide range of outfits representing characters of their choosing from any Theatre Aspen production over the past 35 years. To help determine just who to come as, Theatre Aspen provided a list of the full show history since 1983 on its website. That list includes a who’s who in playwrighting — names such as Tennessee Williams, Sam Shepard, David Mamet, Maurice Sendak, Eugene O’Neill, Aristophanes, William Shakespeare, Neil Simon and more. Productions range from musicals to comedies to dramas and beyond.

“This is one of the most fun parties we host annually at the Jerome,” said Tony DiLucia, GM for the hotel, as he mingled with guests dressed as characters from “Little Shop of Horrors.”

The evening began with cocktails, passed appetizers and a silent auction. Followed by dinner, a live auction, Adopt an Actor, dessert then dancing.

Theatre Aspen’s new producing director, Jed Bernstein, was a hospitable host working his way around the room for his first costume gala as the head of the organization. Bernstein recently moved to Aspen by way of New York where he served as the ninth president and CEO of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Gala Chair and Board Vice-President Kimberly Schlosser was honored for her seventh and final year at the helm of this incredibly creative and important event. As Theatre Aspen’s largest fundraiser of the year, the evening brings in contributions for the upcoming summer season as well as programs and scholarships.

This summer’s three productions scheduled for the Hurst Theatre in Rio Grande Park were announced: “Ragtime,” the sweeping musical that reminds us we all have our own stories to tell, “Our Town,” the classic play by Thornton Wilder, and “Godspell,” a celebration of peace, love and happiness for all ages.

Performance schedules, season passes, ticket, and more will be available soon via

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