Auctions are as different from each other as the items in a row being auctioned at a single event. Some are online, some are silent, some take on a particular theme or simply go wide, highlighting whatever items have been donated.
But one local stand-out on the Los Angeles calendar offers a cornucopia of treats designed to not only support the non-profit but to give Hollywood fans something very special. It's the LA Theatre Works online auction, and its third outing will once again cover a host of Tinseltown-themed and topical favorites guaranteed to draw the bids of excited fans.
Like? Well, a chance to have lunch Matthew Rhys of the FX spa drama "The Americans" is on the roster. (The lunch is in New York, we should note.) Geoffrey Arends, an actor on "Madam Secretary," has donated the opportunity to tour the show's set as his guest. And a lunch with "Castle" performers Susan Sullivan and Seamus Dever is also on the block (that one's in LA).
A hello-how-are-you with Josh Radnor (plus two seats to "Disgraced" on Broadway), lunch in LA with Ed Asner (hooray, Mr. Grant), and a lunch with Marsha Mason (hooray, "The Goodbye Girl") are also up for auction, as well as goodies for fans of "Wicked" and "I Love Lucy."
And funds raised help LA Theatre Works, which "records top actors of stage and screen in state of the art productions" and then makes those recordings widely available.
For sure, many an auction helps many a worthy organization, but it takes a Los Angeles event to truly incorporate those actor-led set visits and lunches with television stars.
Surely someone is going to bid on an original page from an "I Love Lucy" script? That sounds as frameable, and show-off-able, as all get-out. You know if Lucy had something that nifty she'd brag about it all over town.
Bidding wraps on Wednesday, Dec. 17.