Vineyard Playhouse benefits from Hollywood gala

Last Sunday, August 1, distinguished film director Doug Liman opened his 18th century historic Chilmark homestead for a gala to benefit the Vineyard Playhouse.

“The location is one of the most magnificent places on the Island,” Playhouse artistic director MJ Bruder-Munafo says of the property, which suited the event handsomely Sunday evening.

Mr. Liman, an honorary board member of the Playhouse, is internationally known for his Hollywood films, which include “The Bourne Identity,” “Swingers,” and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.”

Guests enjoyed the sunset, drinks, and hors d’oeuvres along with a special half-hour vocal performance by film, TV, and Tony award-winning Broadway actress and singer Debra Monk.

The event was a perfect way to spend an evening outside supporting a great cause: the Vineyard Playhouse is a year-round theater located in downtown Vineyard Haven that seeks to present a wide range of original plays in addition to children and adult programs.

“It was very low-key and elegant,” Ms. Bruder-Munafo says. “Just a lovely evening. It could not have been more perfect.” Guests seemed to think so too; the fundraiser successfully raised nearly $20,000.