Dear Friends & Angels of The Presentment,
It's been a few weeks since I've written, and (as you might imagine) we've been busy rehearsing the play in anticipation of our departure for the Festival Fringe, Thursday morning, August 4. So much has happened since we began this journey, and some "thanks" are in order before time slips away and I and the rest of the cast find ourselves on the flight to Edinburgh.
First, thank you Mark Stephenson for providing us the Hollywood Court Theatre to rehearse in. To work on a stage, with nearly the same dimensions of our stage in Edinburgh, has been a real bonus! All of the cast, Mark, are very grateful!
Secondly, a big thanks to Mike Morrison who has officially come on board as an Associate Producer of the project. Mike and his wife Kerry have been with us from day one (we did a reading of the play at their house in February), and Mike has assisted us in a number of ways, including helping us to close in on our $50,000 budget. Thanks, Mike, for being there at the most critical times! And thanks for your enthusiasm, guidance and inspiration along the way. Welcome aboard, my friend! We can't make it without you!
I'd be remiss if I did not mention Craig & Carolyn Watson. They've opened up their lovely home to us in two ways: first, Debby and I are staying there (since April in their grandmother's suite) till we return from Edinburgh when our rented house becomes available again; secondly, they hosted a wonderful fundraiser that really kept this project moving forward. Carolyn is an extraordinary hostess and a wonderful artist/architect herself, and Craig has recently been appointed the new Director of the California Arts Council. I've seen up-close what a strong advocate Craig is of the arts. He will be a much needed and powerful voice in Sacramento for the artists of this state. Thank you Craig & Carolyn!
Of course, Margaret H. Sedenquist has been the Guardian Angel of this play for some time. It was she who saw it at a conference in 1998 and brought it to the attention of the Pasadena Playhouse (whose board she served on at the time), where it subsequently ran for six weeks. When she saw the revised play at the Morrison's house, she enthusiastically said, "We've got to do something with this play again. It's more relevant than ever!" Margaret has been the sustaining force ever since. Thank you, Margaret, for your encouragement, for your business acumen, for your determination, for your friendship.
And finally, thank you, each and every one of you who "kickstarted" this project through your generous donations. That initial $12,000 covered the airfare for the entire cast, and gave us the confidence to move forward with our dream of taking our show "across the pond." Our deepest appreciation for every contribution, which ranged from $5 to $5,000! You're the best for making this dream a reality!
We'll be keeping you posted along the way. You'll be hearing soon from Debby, asking for your addresses for tax purposes. Also, a special invitation to a final, send-off rehearsal will be forthcoming. Oh (and spoken like a true producer who must ask till the curtain goes up!), if any of you happen to have have some frequent flyer miles that you could spare, we're trying to take a stage manager over who could help us out throughout the run of the show! Let me know. I can be reached directly at: email@example.com
Thanks again for everything! As Mike Morrison likes to say, "See you on the journey!"
Love & Peace,
P.S. And a big thanks to my wife, Debby! You're the greatest!