Exotic travel adventures, over-the-top dining experiences, Red Carpet pampering and one-of-a-kind entertainment and sports experiences easily make the Backstage at the Geffen online auction a not-to-be-missed opportunity.

With luxury brands donating items worth more than $230,000, these exclusive high-end “lots” afford bidders a chance to enjoy unique experiences while contributing to the arts. All proceeds from the Backstage at the Geffen benefit the Geffen Playhouse and its programming, including presentation of new works and musicals, the theater’s playwright commission program and education and outreach initiatives.

This year’s eagerly awaited Backstage at the Geffen fundraiser at The Geffen Playhouse in Westwood, CA., March 22nd, will honor Mellody Hobson and George Lucas and Sir Elton John and David Furnish. The irreverent evening of laughter, music and stories featuring “backstage” memories and songs by a cavalcade of stars is produced by Vice Chair of the Board and Interim Managing Director, Gil Cates, Jr. David Geffen is Honorary Chair.

The online auction will close March 21st at 6:00 p.m. PST. Visit www.geffenplayhouse.com/backstage to view a complete list of donated auction items.

A sampling of offers includes:
• 7 nights in Fiji at the exclusive Mantangi Island Resort and the Totoriki Island Resort, including airfare
• 4 night stay for two at Clinique La Prairie in Switzerland with spa treatments
• Luxury Audi sports car experience and Napa Valley Wine Country Get-Away
• The Ultimate Simpsons Experience – Sit in on a live “table read” of The Simpsons; receive an official autographed script; a personal voicemail message by Hank Azaria and a seat at his annual “Playing for Good” poker tournament benefiting the Geffen Playhouse and Determined to Succeed
• “Jane the Virgin” set visit, meet and greet with the stars and lunch with award-winning executive producer, Ben Silverman
• Finest luxury suite at Staples Center complete with 12 tickets and five VIP parking passes for an LA Clippers game
• Private performance with virtuoso violinist Lee England, Jr.

Geffen Playhouse has been a hub of the Los Angeles theater scene since opening its doors in 1995. Noted for its intimacy and celebrated for its world-renowned mix of classic and contemporary plays, provocative new works and second productions, the not-for-profit organization continues to present a body of work that has garnered national recognition. Named in honor of entertainment mogul and philanthropist David Geffen, who made the initial donation to the theater, the company was founded by Gilbert Cates, and is currently helmed by Artistic Director Randall Arney, Interim Managing Director Gil Cates Jr., and Co-Chairs of the Board Martha Henderson and Pamela Robinson Hollander. Proudly associated with UCLA, the Geffen welcomes an audience of more than 130,000 each year, and maintains an extensive education and outreach program, designed to engage young people and the community at large in the arts.
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