Tuesday, May 4, 2010

From the Managing Director

A note (the first of many!) from Managing Director Keith Dahlgren:

The 13th of Paris is the last show of our 2009-2010 season and it’s been a great year. The 13th of Paris will round it out with a bang, or perhaps a kiss.

We here at Seattle Public Theater are rightfully proud of this Seattle premiere production for many reasons. It’s a charming, funny, satisfying piece of theater. Most of the actors you may have seen on this stage before, some are new to us, and all are top notch. And of course, we get to present it to you, our discerning audience.

I just want to thank you for your support as theatergoers. There is so much theater in the Puget Sound area, from small wild fringe venues to the big regional houses to the national touring shows…and you have chosen to attend our little neighborhood theater. And in this economy we know how hard it is to make the choice to attend live theater. Thank you. We continue to exist and make art and community because you keep showing up for us.

Live performance is the only art form that must create its venue, its marketing, and its audience, before it can really create its art. We do it backwards. We have to sell it first, and then create and present it, and then it is gone. Without an audience at that very moment of performance, we affect no one, and we have no art. We rely on our patrons to assist us with the up-front costs. If you help us with our cause, you help assure more risk-taking, provocative, thoughtful theater in the future.

So, help us out by buying a subscription to our excellent 2010-2011 season. Buy another for a friend and bring them along for an evening of inspiration and ideas. Consider a donation to Seattle Public Theater. Ask your company to match it. Send our website address (www.seattlepublictheater.org) to someone you know.
Most of all, keep attending. Thanks.

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