TheatreWorks Silicon Valley has scheduled its first virtual celebration, “From TheatreWorks with Love: A Party with Bond … Tim Bond,” 5-7 p.m. Saturday.
The online event will allow the company’s fans and supporters to celebrate new artistic director Tim Bond as he begins his tenure at the theater company. Featuring live entertainment, wines, special guests and surprises, the evening also will include a silent auction featuring getaways, wines and more.
Proceeds benefit TheatreWorks, which, like theater across America, has been forced to cancel in-theater performances to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
TheatreWorks is offering four at-home party options, each named for a James Bond actor. The Pierce Brosnan offers admission to the livestreamed festivities and includes two tickets to a weekday performance during TheatreWorks’ upcoming 51st season. The micro-party packages, for parties up to six, are named for Daniel Craig, Roger Moore and Sean Connery, respectively, and offer perks including hors d’oeuvres, wine as well as signature event cocktails, exclusive gifts and memorabilia and James Bond-themed decor delivered to the door.
Giovanna Sardelli, TheatreWorks’ artistic associate and director of new works, serves as the evening’s host and will introduce the online auction items.
The event also will include “pay to plays,” wherein partygoers can pay to participate in games with exclusive prizes, including items from the Stephen Silver Company. There will then be an at-home cocktail hour, during which guests at the Moore and Connery parties will receive an interactive virtual visit from a TheatreWorks fan-favorite artist.
The evening will end with a Bond-inspired livestreamed show with songs performed by an ensemble of TheatreWorks entertainers, including Michelle Jordan, Katrina Lauren McGraw, Nick Nakashima, Sharon Rietkerk and Will Springhorn Jr. A curtain-call slideshow of photos submitted by partygoers attending the event from home follows.
Prior to Saturday’s event, TheatreWorks offers “Technology Sessions with Q” to provide hosts information about the livestream and answer technology questions. There also will be a “Mixologist Session” featuring TheatreWorks actor Max Tachis as Herman Bond – James Bond’s bartender cousin – who teaches hosts and guests how to make three cocktails themed for the event.
Tickets are $250 for livestream access only and $1,000-$3,500 for micro-parties of up to six.