In times of great crisis, the arts have always healed us. Currently, we find ourselves in the midst of one of the most trying situations this country has experienced: the confluence of a global pandemic, severe economic distress, and devastating racial turmoil. Under different circumstances, we might find relief in gathering together, being reminded of our common humanity, and moving forward with a renewed commitment to enriching the common good.
We started the 2020 season with great enthusiasm: a record number of season pass holders, a solid financial position and an exciting lineup of shows. It’s heartbreaking to realize that all of that has changed. The continued uncertainty leaves us with no choice but to cancel the 2020 season that we had originally planned.
While not producing shows as we typically would, the last few months have seen our resident ensemble hard at work: creating alternative artistic programming, maintaining our facilities, crafting plans for the future, and laying out a new path to financial stability.
More than 50% of our revenue comes from ticket sales. This loss of income is unprecedented and has upended the financial stability with which we began the year. But this is a hurdle we can overcome with your support. Any amount you can see fit to give at this time will be greatly appreciated.
Season Pass holders
As a season pass holder, you are in a unique position to make a significant difference. Here’s how:
Convert to a Donation
- Your season pass purchase can be converted into a tax-deductible contribution by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The new CARES act allows for additional tax breaks for COVID-19 related donations. (Click here for details.)
Upgrade from Season Pass to MDC
- If you have ever considered upgrading to MDC, this would be the perfect time to do so! The cost of your season pass will be applied to your initial MDC membership installment. Contact Jeremy van Meter at email@example.com for details.
Vouchers for Future Performances
- Of course, we understand that this is a time of hardship for so many. If a donation is not possible, vouchers for future use with no expiration can be issued. Contact our box office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If none of these options are acceptable to you, please contact the box office at email@example.com.
We miss you and we can’t wait to see you again. Until then, please know how grateful we are for your support, check out the links below for our exclusive online content, and contact us with any questions about how you can help, or how we can help you.
While we miss seeing you in person, we are pleased to offer some alternative programming coming your way this summer…
The Root River Anthology: A Radio Play Parts 1 & 2
By Catherine Glynn; a co-production of A.R.T. (Audacious Raw Theatre), Lanesboro Arts, and the Commonweal Theatre.
The Art of the Entertainer — a one-man show written by and featuring Brandt Roberts streaming from our website.
My Eyes to Ask Again — a wordless movement piece devised and performed outdoors by Commonweal ensemble members.
Of course it is our deepest hope that we will be able to gather together still in this calendar year. To that end, we’re putting together some special offerings for the fall and winter. Stay tuned for details.