44 Plays for 44 Presidents really, really needs to exhibit at a national conference of theater departments from universities around the country.
Yes, we’re talking a booth, flyers, cute little buttons and everything. Even bunting.
And our target is AATE: American Alliance for Theatre and Education. They may never forgive us.
Once we can get into a conference, set up a table and sick Dr. Chloe Johnston on them to talk up this exciting national festival (dare I say “movement”), we will be in a position to rope in a whole bunch a’ college productions.
Our goal is to have at least 44 productions in total in 2012, and if we’re lucky, we may have 44 school productions as well as 44 professional ones.
But not if we do nothing.
Here’s the catch. It will cost us about $600 to send Chloe to this event.
All of the time being dedicated to this national endeavor (by lots of people, not just me) is being donated–lots of pro bono effort and expertise. We’ve also been covering operating costs (like the website) out of our own pockets.
This conference represents our best opportunity to connect with college and university theater departments in time to get them into our Festival. If we miss this year’s conference, next year’s will be too late.
We’ve already missed one and this one is our last shot.
So the time is now.
Can you help the movement by donating any amount you’re able to give? Ten bucks? Fifty bucks? Ten thousand and then we’ll send you an $9,400 refund? I mean, unless you really don’t want the change.
I hope you’ll agree to help. This is an amazing opportunity to do something really meaningful. And we need your help to make it possible.
How you can donate:
The nonprofit theatre organization Ten Chimneys Foundation has graciously offered to collect the money for us. So that means YES, it will be tax deductable!
and write “44 Plays…” on the designation line.
Or you can mail a check to: Ten Chimneys Foundation; PO Box 225; Genesee Depot, WI 53127
And write “44 Plays…” on the memo line.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! Every dollar really does make a profound impact.
And, as Grover Cleveland once said, “if this doesn’t work, I’m gonna crawl up in a little ball and…nah, you know what…I’ll just try again.”
Founding Father and Festival Co-Chair
44 Plays for 44 Presidents
p.s. If you’ve been following our efforts and wondering what’s going on with professional theatres doing the production, I’ll say only this: there are more than twice as many producers on board as there are those who have gone public. So we’re in excellent shape before the fall, when the real season planning begins.