16 Oct Newsletter – October 2011


Artistic Director’s Corner

Michael StormHanging Georgia has been an absolutely amazing process. It had been a long time since I had worked as an actor on an ensemble based piece and it has been so good for me, as an Artistic Director, to be back involved with this type of process from the inside. After being involved as an AD on Jon Tracy’s Grapes of Wrath and now being on the inside of HG, I feel TheatreFIRST is now positioned to be a major player in the ensemble based theatre world. Because of our Equity contract we are obviously not as well equipped to do this kind of theatre, but we will be working with Equity to ensure that we are able to consider projects like this one in the future.

As is always the case with a T1 show the cast, crew, production and design teams are a wonderful group of artists and people. I hope you will be able to come out and support these terrific folks by seeing their work. And audiences are loving this production!

We have turned the box office duties over to BootStrap Theatre Foundation and the best way to attend is to purchase your tickets on line at brownpapertickets.com. The Thick House is a wonderful facility and for those of you who struggled with us through the OSA years, you will want to join us at this top flight facility. There is not a bad seat in the house!

Please keep an eye on the website in the next couple months and get your friends signed up for the newsletter, because during the month of November I will be working on planning the next two seasons for T1. We had to re-group a bit after Jenny Sutter, but we are strong and moving forward. The co-production with BTF has allowed us to stay active and keep costs down; and our two major benefactors, the Morgan-Richards Fund and Leo P. and Deborah Dashow Ruth have taken GREAT care to ensure that T1 continues to roll along.

We still need your individual support however. Contributions can be made online and we have donation envelopes in the lobby which can be mailed directly to the PO Box. Please come out to support T1 by attending the shows, but also tell your friends about our IndieGoGo campaign and help spread the word about T1 via the Social Media world. The importance of this cannot be overstated.

Thank you and we’ll see you at Hanging Georgia!!!


Thanks everyone! And now, go buy your tickets for Hanging Georgia!!!

IndieGoGo Video Campaign still needs your help!!!

Don’t forget about our IndieGoGo campaign. It is a great way to promote the show and T1!!!

The important thing however, is to send this link to your friends, family and co-workers because this kind of campaign only works if we get the word out. But, of course, even if people do not make a donation we are reaching them with information that may pique their interest and get them to the show, which is also important!

Hanging Georgia plays to full houses on opening weekend!!!

Saturday and Sunday of opening weekend were completely full houses.

“Georgia O’Keeffe’s story brilliantly told in Hanging Georgia.” – Pat Craig, San Jose Mercury News

See Pat Craig’s full review here.

Season update

Just a reminder for you to check with your TheatreFIRST friends and make sure they are receiving the monthly newsletter; as you are. Subscribers need to know that this show, Hanging Georgia, is not part of a season subscription package and that they must go to brownpapertickets.com and purchase tickets.

Supporting the future of TheatreFIRST

Christina Chan has us rockin’ on Facebook and Twitter!!! And in fact a few weeks ago we received a notification from BrownPaperTickets that if you purchased your Hanging Georgia tickets before the end of August you would receive free tickets from BPT for other events!!! Super cool swag!!! We immediately sent that out across the FB and Twitter wires.

The newsletter is the ultimate place for information, but please help us spread the word about our Facebook and Twitter pages. Especially to the young folks!!!

Post show discussion a success!

We had our first post-show discussion this past Sunday and it was FANtastic! About 40 patrons stayed to discuss this exciting production with the cast, director, writer and composer. As always, T1 patrons provided lovely insights and asked VERY lively questions.

We have added a post-show discussion to follow this Thursday evening’s performance.

The next post-show discussion is immediately following the Sunday matinee which starts at 5pm.

Don’t Forget You Can Now Donate Your Car to TheatreFIRST!

Charitable Auto Resources is now accepting automobile donations on behalf of TheatreFIRST! And remember, 70% of the proceeds from the sale of your automobile go directly to T1. Donations can be made by phoning 877-537-5277 or by going to our website www.theatrefirst.com and submitting the online form located at the bottom of our “Donate” Page.

Where are they now?

Ryan Tasker (Grapes of Wrath) is playing Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet at Carmel Shakes this summer. http://www.pacrep.org/RomeoandJuliet

Martin Flynn (Set Designer) has been busy designing sets for Sweeney Todd at the Berkeley Playhouse (performing at Ashby Stage), directed by Jon Tracy. He also designed Of Dice and Men directed by Melissa Hillman at Impact opening August 27.

Lisa Anne Porter (R&G Assistant Director) will be directing the Steve Martin classic, Picasso at the Lapin Agile for our good friends out at Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette. That show will include some familiar faces including Beth Deitchman from Anton in Show Business and Clive Worsley from Stones in His Pockets. http://www.thtc.org/

Phoebe Moyer (Anton) will be directing Broadway Bound in January for the Masquers Playhouse in Point Richmond. http://www.masquers.org/

Michael Barrett Austin (Grapes) will be appearing in The Internationalist with Just Theatre at the Ashby Stage, November 4th through the 20th. http://www.justtheatre.org/

Danielle Levin (Grapes) is appearing at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in Man of Rock: http://www.nymf.org/module-ShowManager-display-sid-1759.html

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