The Debra Wise Legacy Fund for Radical Hope


On Thursday, June 2, 2022, Central Square Theater launched The Debra Wise Legacy Fund for Radical Hope. This Fund will be used to help Central Square Theater continue to take a visionary approach to social change through theater – supporting projects rooted in this vision from main stage productions to developing stage readings to community-centric projects. All in the spirit and legacy of Debra Wise.


Central Square Theater Gala

Thursday, June 2, 2022
(rain or shine)
University Park Commons
65 Sidney Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

The Host Committee invites you to a Joyous Celebration.

The Host Committee has generously contributed to reduce the cost of the Gala tickets so that we can provide inclusive ticketing access and celebrate the spirit and legacy of our Honorees.


Registration & Cocktails


Seated Dinner


Performances, Honorees,
Paddle Raise for The Debra Wise Legacy Fund for Radical Hope

Tickets & Sponsorships

Gala Ticket $75.00*

Please consider a gift above and beyond your Gala Ticket. Any contribution amount above the $75 Gala Ticket price directly supports Central Square Theater and is 100% tax deductible.

The Gala is SOLD OUT! However, you can join the waiting list in the case when a ticket becomes available.


Sponsorships Available

$2,500 | $5000 | $10,000
Sponsor Levels include Reserved Seating, Social Media Spotlights, Gala Program Ad; and exclusive benefits commensurate with the sponsorship level. 

To learn more, please contact  Maggie Moore Abdow, Director of Development, mma@centralsquaretheater.org617-576-9278 ext. 208.


Celebrating the Creative Leadership and Artistry of:

The Margret and H.A. Rey
Curiosity Award Recipient

Debra Wise

Natalie Kuldell, PhD

Artistic Director,

Underground Railway Theater

Actor, Director, Educator

Founder and Executive Director,

The BioBuilder Educational Foundation Affiliate, Department of Biological Engineering, MIT

Featuring Valerie Stephens & her band

Host Committee (as of  May 5, 2022)

Betsy & Joel Bard
Elizabeth Baldwin
Mary Dill
Allison Coleman & Lisa Bosley
Subrata & Janique Das
Betsy Groban
Kimberly Holliday & Greg Netland
Nagesh Mahanthappa & Valentine Talland
Jane Minasian & J. Grant Monahon
Carolyn Mugar
Lay Lee Ong
Laura B. Roberts & Ed Belove
Simar Singh & Timothy Williams
Jeff Song
Melanie Wallace

Gala Sponsors (as of  May 5, 2022)

Downing Cless & Alice Trexler
Jim Kaufman & Anna Swan
Philip Khoury & Beth Raffeld
Ellen Semonoff
Steve Wishengrad

Catalyst Collaborative @ MIT Sponsor

Philip Khoury, Chair, Advisory Committee
Ford International Professor of History, Associate Provost, MIT 

Gala Libations and Dinner Provided by


Thank you to our Gala Sponsors

Central Square Theater Gala FAQ

Where is the Gala?
The Gala is at University Park Commons, 65 Sydney Street, Cambridge MA 02139. This is the same neighborhood as Central Square Theater.

What is included with my Gala ticket?
All Gala Tickets include libations and a three-course gourmet meal provided from Viale. Gala Tickets are general admission seating. Sponsorship levels received reserved seating.

What is the recommended attire?
Festive! As this is an outdoor event, please note that the ground is grassy and exposed to the elements.

What if there is inclement weather?
This outdoor event is designed to be a safe and fun celebration. The event is rain or shine and the tent will include walls if needed. Outdoor heaters will be provided if needed.

Where can I park?
Parking is available for $5.00 at University Park Garage, a block away from the Gala. Upon registration, please request a $5.00 validation ticket. All Sponsorship Levels are provided complimentary parking.

What if I need accessible seating?
All seating is table seating. Please contact Maggie Moore Abdow,, or 617-576-9278, ext. 208. We are more than happy to
accommodate your needs.

I have a food allergy. How do I let you know?
Please email Maggie Moore Abdow, or 617-576-9278 ext. 208. The Gala Dinner will provide vegetarian and gluten-free options.

What about restroom facilities?
This event will provide access to standard and ADA compliant portable toilet units and handwashing stations.

What are your COVID policies?
To date, Central Square Theater requires proof of vaccination to attend all events. The Spring Gala is an outdoor event, masking not required but welcomed. Policies are subject to change. We do maintain COVID policies for all productions at Central Square Theater.   For more information, please visit our website.