Equality Utah has scheduled its first in-person Allies Gala fundraiser since 2019, and has booked comedian Eddie Izzard to headline the event.
(The 2020 and 2021 galas had to be canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The gala is set for Aug. 27, at the Eccles Theatre, 131 S. Main St. in downtown Salt Lake City.
The British actor and comedian is best known for her standup comedy, but Izzard also has a long list of acting credits in both movies and television — everything from “Hannibal” to “Victoria and Abdul,” “The Simpsons” to “My Super Ex-Girlfriend.” She won a pair of Emmys for her 1999 standup comedy special “Dressed to Kill,” and she’s a transgender activist.
Izzard last performed at the Eccles in June 2019, on her “Wunderbar” tour.
Tickets are available online, through EqualityUtah.org. Individual tickets are $295 — access to general reception and after-party is an additional $100. Third-tier seats are $195. And corporate sponsorships are available in packages costing $3,500, $6,500, $10,000, $15,000, $30,000 and $50,000.
Proceeds will go to support Equality Utah’s programs and lobbying efforts.
How should one dress for the event? Troy Williams, Equality Utah’s executive director, offered this advice: “Darling, just look to the stars to find your inspiration. Let your imagination inform your fashion, from DIY to high couture. Glide across the universe and our red carpet in a look befitting a starchild. Be inspired by quasars, supermoons and ultraviolet cosmic fractals. Whatever illuminates up your personal style.”