2023 Gala

A Night in the Speakeasy
Event Venue
St. Francis Hall, 1340 Quincy St NE, Washington, DC 20017

Join us for an entertaining evening of casino games, food, music, and prizes at the Keegan Theatre’s eighth annual gala! This is our largest fundraising event of the year and your chance to support your favorite neighborhood theater and our award-winning productions, growing education program, and initiatives that champion new work and emerging artists.

Come for a social evening with the Keegan community to play (and learn – check out our House Rules here!) blackjack, poker, roulette, and craps. Tickets for the event start at $150 and come with starting chips to play the tables. Returning this year is our silent auction featuring many incredible items from art to wine to experiences in DC and beyond. Plus, every dollar benefits The Keegan Theatre! The evening will also feature live entertainment, the chance to win prizes by playing the tables, and our famous silent auction with unique and exciting items up for auction!

The Silent Auction is open for bidding!

Browse the catalog of items and experiences up for bid, including one-of-a-kind artworks, live theater and sports tickets, vacation packages, and the highly coveted walk-on role in Keegan’s holiday tradition, AN IRISH CAROL!

Make your bids before the auction closes on November 9 at 9:30 pm. (Bidders do not need to be present at the Gala)


Not available to attend? Please consider making a donation to our 2023 Gala fund today to support Keegan’s 27th season and programming that celebrates storytelling, community, and connection.

Questions or Inquiries? Email Alexis Hartwick, Managing Director at ahartwick@keegantheatre.com.

2023 In Good Company Service Award Honoree
Bill Raskin

BILL RASKIN served as a career Army Special Forces officer, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel with 20 years on active duty. This included multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and wide-ranging overseas deployments. Bill led and commanded special operators at every level from small teams to command of a Special Forces battalion and battalion level task force. He continues to consult to the national security community, and holds an MA in Security Studies and a BA in History from Georgetown University. In 2019 he published “Cardiac Gap,” a novel, and this fall he produced the World Premiere of his first play, “The Team Room,” at The Keegan Theatre. A Dallas, Texas native, Bill now lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his loving wife, a college student (when he’s passing through), and an awesome dog. Together they pursue many adventures.

2023 Breakthrough Artists
Drew Anderson

A science teacher turned teaching artist, poet/parodist turned playwright, and marathon runner turned motivational speaker, DREW ANDERSON is founder and co-host of Spit Dat (the longest-running open mic in the nation’s capital) and co-creator of the critically-acclaimed stage productions Push The Button and From Gumbo to Mumbo (nominated for the 2020 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Production – Theatre for Young Audiences, winner of “Best Of” at the 2019 Charm City Fringe Festival). A nationally-credentialed teaching artist and DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Fellow, Drew has merged his passions for entertainment and education into such arts integration initiatives as Spoof School and C.R.U.N.K. Academy, bringing his unique spin on hip hop, comedy, parody, drama and poetry to stages virtual and physical, local and international.

Dwayne Lawson-Brown

DWAYNE LAWSON-BROWN, aka the Crochet Kingpin, is co-host of Spit Dat, the longest running open mic in Washington, D.C. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., they have performed and hosted at The Kennedy Center, Woolly Mammoth Theater, Keegan Theatre, The Strathmore, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and others. In addition to various poetic accomplishments, Dwayne is a Helen Hayes nominated playwright, competitive karaoke champion, and CEO of Crochet Kingpin Designs.