We truly believe in complex stories simply told. But that doesn’t mean they’re cheaply told. We’ve set a budget of $60,000 for the entire season. And we can get there with your help.
Some things to consider:
One, we are a nonprofit. We take that trust seriously. And while we could pursue more commercially advantageous material, we believe we have a greater responsibility. Michael Kaiser, the former president of the Kennedy Center, said, “If arts organizations do not take risk, they cannot create the next great work of art. If not-for-profit arts organizations begin to think like for-profit entertainment companies, we will not produce the next generation of great playwrights, composers, artists and choreographers.”
Two, because we’re a nonprofit we rely heavily on support from the public. Statistically, individual donors make up 73% of the total budget for nonprofits. And at this point, as you can see, almost 75% of every dollar you give to Theatre East goes directly into productions.
Three, theatre that delves into the political or social realm all too often chooses to do so with a set, dogmatic agenda. We find the gray area much more fascinating, representative, and complex than the black or white. It’s this complexity we want to have a dialogue about, and your contribution can make it possible.