First and foremost, I hope you and your family are safe and sound.
I know for me, I’m waking up every morning grateful to be in this community, working at and fighting for the theater that changed my life when my parents brought me decades ago.
As a 5th generation Arizonan, and a life-long lover of what happens when we all gather in a room and celebrate the stories that remind us who we are – I know the important role our State Theater has played for 53 years of entertaining, engaging, and lifting up our community – through times of crisis and times of calm.
My Great Uncle Nick, who was the Mayor of Phoenix (as was his father) used to always say “The Wonder Of It All” – sometimes with excitement, sometimes with laughter, often in frustration – and I have thought of that phrase often as we navigate a situation none of us have ever encountered in our lifetime. Each day, I am inspired by every individual who fights for the cultural institutions that define who we are, and that will determine what type of state we want to leave for our children (like my daughter, the 6th generation Arizonan).
Though we have taken the challenging step to reschedule the remainder of our season, know that with the support of people like you, we will be back stronger than ever, and we are still creating and working on multiple ways to connect with you.
For the next few months, we’ll be taking our content online. You’ll be seeing videos from your favorite artists, in-depth interviews with the people who make up our season, AND we’ll be taking all of our Education Programs online so that kids (or interested adults) can continue to learn and grow through this art form we love so much. Master Classes, Fireside Chats, Behind The Scenes access – they will now be online and available for all.
I wanted to share a video from a great friend of mine – singer/songwriter Benjamin Scheuer. Ben and I co-created a show that won awards in New York and London – and fun story, this song, I actually realized it was missing after our final preview in Scotland, so Ben stayed up all night writing it, and we put it in for the opening.
I think it’s a real anthem for our moment, and I’m grateful he recorded this for us.
As you can guess, losing the last two shows of the season was a significant financial hit, and one our dedicated staff is working every day to overcome. So, if you can be a part of this amazing moment and help us to make up the difference and to keep your 53-year-old State Theatre going, we would be incredibly grateful.
If you can’t donate, but want 6 great nights of the theater next year, subscribe – or better yet, gift someone a subscription – then you help us out and look awesome – win/win.
We will be back this Fall, bringing the best in our nation to work with the best here as we continue our journey to becoming a national leader. One of the theatres people talk about when they want to know who is leading the national cultural conversation. At the same time, we’ll be supporting local artists, creating local partnerships across the state and making sure that the arts are in our schools, and that kids are in our theatre.
We’ll do it by creating the inspiring, joy-filled, and thought-provoking work you have come to love in your own backyard.
I keep dreaming about what it will be like at our first opening night back: all of you, with our favorite artists, cheering and laughing as we are once again reminded that we are not so alone.
And that WE are Arizona Theatre Company.
With you in the wonder of it all,
Arizona Theatre Company