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Bringing theater to non-traditional audiences throughout NYC in shelters, low-income senior centers, and correctional facilities.
Bringing theater to non-traditional audiences throughout NYC in shelters, low-income senior centers, and correctional facilities.
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Thank you again, and we're back!

Posted by The Light Fantastic (Creator)
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Dear friends,

We're back!

Sylvia, Will, and Italian musician Daniele warming up for a show in Red Hook, Brooklyn last week
Sylvia, Will, and Italian musician Daniele warming up for a show in Red Hook, Brooklyn last week

For the last several months, Will has lived inside this accordion, but he popped out to join Sylvia in singing you four pieces of good news:

1. We are currently on tour to 13 nontraditional venues in NYC with our second production, Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge.  The tour has been an adventure and a joy so far.  We’ll share more with you in our first newsletter, which will reach you very soon.

2. We are also delighted to announce that our first production, The Glass Menagerie, which you so generously made possible, will have a second life in Maine!  In July we will work alongside Opera House Arts (OHA) in Stonington to tour the production to six nontraditional venues in Down East Maine, and we'll also perform six shows at OHA.

3. Building on the momentum you helped us create with our first production, and owing to enthusiastic letters of support from our partner venues throughout NYC, we recently won a competitive grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council that will fund a decent slice of our season's budget.  We still have fundraising left to do, but we wanted to share with you the good news of this milestone for our young company!

4. In December, thanks to a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, we will travel to Minneapolis to take part in a national conference alongside theaters doing similar work in reaching nontraditional audiences, hosted by Ten Thousand Things, the theater that originally inspired us and continues to inspire us. We will join theaters such as Baltimore Center Stage, San Diego's Old Globe, Delaware Shakespeare, and our dear NYC colleagues The Public Theater Mobile Unit (where Per recently assistant directed on Twelfth Night) to trade strategies, techniques, and stories from our respective tours. 

Jedadiah in a performance last week at a shelter in Far Rockaway, Queens (Per lurking in background)
Jedadiah in a performance last week at a shelter in Far Rockaway, Queens (Per lurking in background)

And finally, today, on this occasion when many celebrate and reflect on resurrection, we are coincidentally gathering as a company to share a meal and to have our first brushup rehearsal of The Glass Menagerie, after more than a year away, in preparation for our summer tour.  And we wanted to take the opportunity to reach out to you once again to express our deep gratitude for your incredible support in getting us started with this work.  It means the world to us, and we couldn't do it without you.

Love,

The Light Fantastic Theater Company 

(Cherie, Jedadiah, Per, Sylvia, and Will)

P.S. If you happen to live in or near NYC, please join us at a performance of A View from the Bridge!  The following performances are open to the public (please email sylvia@thelightfantastic.org if you plan to come):

Friday, April 21, 5:30pm: Serviam Gardens Senior Center, 323 E 198th St, Bronx

Saturday, April 22, 7:00pm: United Community Centers, 613 New Lots Ave, Brooklyn

Wednesday, April 26, 11:00am: Red Hook Rec Center, 155 Bay St, Brooklyn

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