Photos: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company Annual Gala

Check out scenes from the April 7, 2018, event at the Taj Hotel.

On Saturday, April 7, 2018, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) held its Annual Gala at the Taj Hotel in Boston, where $240,000 was raised to support this summer’s Free Shakespeare on the Common production of Richard III.

The evening began with a cocktail party followed by a sit-down dinner, during which there was a live auction for one item: a “VIP Shakespeare on the Common and Boston Chops Experience.” This included a private dinner for 12 in the wine vault of the new downtown crossing Boston Chops, 12 Friend’s Section seats at Richard III, and a backstage tour during the run of show. A “fund in need” live thermometer showed on the screen, which raised $52,000 in a matter of minutes. There were surprise gifts donated by Tiffany’s for donors of $1,000 or more. Dessert and dancing with DJ Mario followed.

Photography by NileScottShots

Ashley Bernon and Bryan Rafanelli

Host/MC and longtime CSC Actor Ed Hoopman


Guests during dinner

Jennie Sun and David Friedman

Kristin Utzinger and friend

Representative Aaron Michlewitz with Maria Michlewitz, Gala Chairs Ricardo Rodriguez and Michael Kelley, and Grace Zakim with Councilor Josh Zakim

Scott and Kristin Utzinger with guests

Steven Maler, Ricardo Rodriguez, Ana Corte and Daniela Rodriguez

Tahir performance