The Goodman kicked off its “Red Hot” Season with a spectacular Opening Benefit at the Modern Wing of the Art Institute co-chaired by Sherry and Tom Barrat, Julie and Roger Baskes, Peter and Linda Bynoe and Sara F. Szold. Kehoe Designs “painted the scene” at the Modern Wing, with centerpiece designs that echoed the style of Abstract Expressionist Mark Rothko. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, three-course dinner, and were treated to the opening night performance of John Logan’s Red, directed by Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls.
Honorees included Patricia Cox, who completed her two-year term as Chairman of the Board of Trustees; Madeleine Grynsztejn, Pritzker Director, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; John Logan, Chicago native and playwright of Red; and James Rondeau, Chair and Frances and Thomas Dittmer Curator, Department of Contemporary Art, Art Institute of Chicago. Season Opening Benefit Honorary Co-Chairs were The Honorable Rahm Emanuel, The Honorable Pat Quinn and The Honorable Louis B. Susman; Corporate Co-Chairs were Rodney L. Goldstein and Elaine Leavenworth; Richard Gray, Lewis Manilow and Carol Prins were Contemporary Art Consortium Co-Chairs.