Portland Stage’s 2021 Spring Gala 

New Era, New Work
A Virtual Celebration & Creative Salon!

Featuring John Cariani & Monica Wood
Sunday, May 2, 2021 | 4 – 6 PM

4 – 5 PM: Cocktails & Conversation with John Cariani & Monica Wood 

Join us for this candid and interactive discussion with your favorite playwrights while you enjoy handcrafted cocktails and local treats delivered to your door!

GENERAL ADMISSION: $50 per household includes:

  • Full event access link and access to ONLINE AUCTION

PREMIUM: $150 per household includes:

  • Full event access link and access to ONLINE AUCTION
  • Signature Maine Craft Distilling cocktails and a cheese & charcuterie board from The Cheese Shop of Portland for two
  • A donated ticket for an essential frontline worker as an expression of our collective gratitude for their efforts during the pandemic. For every PREMIUM ticket purchased, one will be gifted to healthcare workers at Northern Light Mercy Hospital (our COVID-19 Testing Partner), teachers in the Portland Public School district (our Education Program Partner), or an essential frontline worker of your choosing.



Tune in for this special video presentation featuring comedic new works in progress by John Cariani & Monica Wood.

OPEN TO ALL: $25 suggested donation

Novelist, Memoirist, & Playwright. Monica Wood’s novel, The One-in-a-Million Boy, has been published in 22 languages in 30 countries and won a 2017 Nautilus Award (Gold) and the New England Society Book Award. She is also the author of When We Were the Kennedys, a New England bestseller, Oprah magazine summer-reading pick, and winner of the May Sarton Memoir Award and the 2016 Maine Literary Award. Her nonfiction has appeared in Oprah, New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Parade, and other publications. She has debuted two plays at Portland Stage, Papermaker, and The Half-Light.

Actor & Playwright. John Cariani has appeared on Broadway and Off Broadway, at regional theaters across the country, and in several films and television shows. He’s been nominated for a Tony Award and has done movies with Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, and Ed Asner. Most people seem to know him from “Law & Order,” where his character, Forensics Tech Beck, is alive and well in reruns. As a playwright, John is best known for his first play, Almost, Maine, which premiered at Portland (Maine) Stage Company in 2004 and opened Off-Broadway in 2006.



Bidding will open at 6PM on Sunday, May 2 and close at 11:59PM on Wednesday, May 12!

Special Thanks to our NEW ERA, NEW WORK Sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor: Pierce Atwood

Silver Sponsor: Custom Float Services

Supporter: Spinnaker Trust