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Dobama Theatre to hold third annual Dobamarama gala fundraiser

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June 14, 2014 event will honor Dobama Theatre Founder Donald Bianchi

Founding Artistic Director Donald Bianchi will be honored at the annual Dobama Theatre gala fundraiser “Dobamarama” which will be held at Rockefeller’s Restaurant (located at 3099 Mayfield Road in Cleveland Heights) on June 14, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Tickets for the full evening are $100 with late night tickets available for $40 and may be purchased by going online at www.dobama.org or by calling (216) 932-3396.

The theme this year is “Mad Man” and is in celebration of the 1959 start of Dobama and one of the founders who started it all, the late Donald Bianchi. The benefit fundraiser is in support of Dobama’s mission to bring the best of contemporary theater as well as world class premieres to greater Cleveland.

Dobama Theatre began as a small production company and has grown to be an acclaimed, innovative and award-winning theater. On June 14, 2014, the theater will honor the man who paved the way. Donald Bianchi was inspired by the edgy new off-Broadway work being done at that time in New York City and wanted to bring that same spirit to the Cleveland theater scene. While doing freelance directing around Cleveland he became frustrated by the safe choices, political battles and lack of creative control in the various area theaters. In response to this, Dobama Theatre (then the Dobama Players) was begun in 1959 by Don, his wife Marilyn, Barry Silverman and Mark Silverberg.

Along with working with many local playwrights, Don was himself a writer who created “Imperfect Strangers”, “Varicose Vanities”, “The Porcupine Understanding”, “The Avenue As It Used To Be” and “The Bones of Comedy”. Significant works were also produced including Arnold Wesker’s “The Wesker Trilogy”, Robert Penn Warren’s “All The King’s Men”, “The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window” by Lorraine Hansberry, Brecht’s “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui”, Fr. Daniel Berrigan’s “The Trial of the Catonsville Nine”, and Eugene O’Neill’s “The Iceman Cometh”, which was both a financial and critical success.

Ticket prices for Dobamarama include: hearty hors d'oeuvres by renowned Chef Jill Vedaa followed by a dessert and coffee bar, complimentary wine and beer, a 16-piece big band and dancing, silent auction, ad “pitches” for Dobama’s upcoming 2014-15 Season and a tribute to Don.

Event sponsors include: BakerHostetler, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, Great Lakes Brewing Company, Forest City Enterprises, FirstMerit Bank, McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman, Sonkin & Koberna and Tucker Ellis.

For more information about Dobama Theatre, Dobamarama or Donald Bianchi, visit the Dobama website at www.dobama.org.

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