Stage Director Re-Launches Auction to Tattoo Arm for Shakespeare


The first auction got some attention, but no bidders.

Christopher Carter Sanderson — founding artistic and producing director of Gorilla Repertory Theatre, who has announced that he aims to produce and direct all Shakespeare’s acknowledged plays during 2012 — has relaunched an eBay auction to tattoo his arm in exchange for a donation of $5,000,000.

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While some folks in the Twittersphere were chatting up the extremism of the tactic at the time of Sanderson’s first auction, what wasn’t addressed was the asking price. What is an arm worth? Is it worth more severed or tattooed? Isn’t there something vaguely Titus Andronicus about all this?

Anyway, we wish Sanderson the best of philanthropic luck. The details of the relaunched auction read as follows:

For a donation of 5 million dollars US confirmed in the bank account of Gorilla Repertory Theater Company, Inc. (, a registered US and NYC charity, I will give you the right to have my left forearm tattooed by a professional tattoo artist of my choice with whatever you want it to say, subject to my prior approval.

If you can’t think of anything you’d like written there, I would suggest your name and “thank you” in Latin between wreathes of laurels ringing my wrist and lower elbow. Or, how about “Team CoCo 4 Ever!” and a portrait of Conan O’B to generate support for the poor lad? Your favorite sports team (I hate the Red Sox, so you could tattoo “Go Redsox!” all over my forearm)…

NO hate slogans or hate symbols, do not even ask.

I am a Caucasian male, 44 years of age, there are no tattoos on my left forearm, but two medium-sized ones on my right forearm and right shoulder. I have written a book about the aesthetic of my theater company (“Gorilla Theatre” Routledge 2003) and have been its founding artistic and producing director for eighteen years. In my theater company’s 20th year, I will attempt a Guinness World Record by directing persaonlly all 41 of Shakespeare’s plays in one year. Your donation will help support that, and I’ll wear short sleeves in all press photos prominently displaying the tattoo you have chosen to have put on my left forearm.