About Face Theatre Prepares to Blast Off at Wonka Ball: Forbidden Planet

Friday, March 24, 12:30 PM written by AFT Theatre

CHICAGO (March 23, 2017) – Get ready to blast off! About Face Theatre invites guests to the final frontier – space – for an out of this world evening at WONKA BALL: FORBIDDEN PLANET. The company’s annual gala will be held Friday, April 21, 2017 at 8 pm (VIP Cocktail Reception at 7 pm) at Venue SIX10, 610 S. Michigan Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at or by calling(773) 784-8565.

At WONKA BALL: FORBIDDEN PLANET, guests are invited to strap on their moon boots and asteroid belts and join AFT on the launch pad to enjoy celestial food and cosmic cocktails – and  celebrate with a supernova of live entertainment, music and dancing. Plus, the stellar silent and live auctions for which Wonka Ball has become known are guaranteed to send you into orbit. Prepare for a close encounter and some serious stargayzing, and join Chicago’s celebrated lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and allied (LGBTQIA) theatre as it celebrates its 21st season on this unforgettable evening.

VIP Cocktail Reception

Put it into hyperdrive and get lost in space with About Face for an exclusive reception beginning at 7 pm, where guests and gayliens alike will enjoy early access to the venue and silent auction, free raffle tickets, signature cocktails, culinary treats, and live entertainment courtesy of DJ Circuit Mom. The reception will be hosted by members of AFT’s Board of Directors and the evening’s Co-Chairs, Susan Blake & Pat Ewert and Anthony Priore.

The Awards

WONKA BALL also features the presentation of the annual Leppen Leadership Awards. The 2017  recipients include Latinx LGBTQ Organizer Emmanuel García and Equality Illinois. Named for About Face Youth Theatre supporter Michael Leppen, the annual awards recognize one individual and one organization whose efforts have made an enormous impact within Chicago’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and allied (LGBTQIA) communities.

Additionally, Sandy Nguyen will be honored with the About Face Youth Theatre MVP Award, presented annually to an outstanding youth theatre ensemble member for exceptional service to the company and to the greater LGBTQIA community.

Proceeds from WONKA BALL: FORBIDDEN PLANET will support About Face Theatre’s award-winning mainstage programming and nationally-recognized youth education and outreach program. Since 1995, About Face has created exceptional, innovative, and adventurous theatre and educational programming that advances the national dialogue on sexual and gender identity while challenging and entertaining audiences in Chicago and beyond. Support from Wonka Ball enables About Face to thrive as Chicago’s celebrated center for LGBTQIA theatre.



Date/Time: Friday, April 21 from 8 pm – 11 pm; VIP Cocktail Reception at 7 pm

Location: Venue SIX10, 610 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

Tickets: General admission: $150. VIP Cocktail Reception: $200. Additional sponsorship packages are available. Tickets are available at or by calling (773) 784-8565.

WONKA BALL: FORBIDDEN PLANET’s Honorary Co-Chair is WGN TV/Comcast’s Paul Lisnek.

WONKA BALL: FORBIDDEN PLANET sponsors include SidetrackVenue SIX10J&L CateringE. Melone Lifestyle EventsMillerCoorsArena AmericasFastSignsGiveSmartRed Events, CH Distillery, Blown by Bocaj, Halsted Vodka and The A.C.T. Group, Ltd. Restaurant partners include Sophie’s at Saks Fifth Avenue, Vanille PatisserieKal’ish VeganPetterino’sSprinkles CupcakesTallboy TacoNacional 27Garrett Popcorn, Whole Foods Market, Edge of Sweetness Bakery, Glazed & Infused, Hamburger Mary’s, Andersonville Brewing and CarnivaleMedia sponsors include GRAB Magazine, Windy City Times and OUT Chicago.