Tuesday, October 13, 2009

We need your support!

It has been a tough year to be an arts organization in Pennsylvania!

Especially hard hit are young companies like my theatre, Phase 3 Productions. Between the budget battle in Harrisburg, rising unemployment that means reduced ticket sales and crazy schemes like the narrowly defeated tax on arts and culture events, we are all feeling the crunch. Even more immediately, Phase 3 has lost its home at the Brew House until some very costly repairs can be made to the space. When it rains, it pours.

There is a silver lining, though! This year, Phase 3 was awarded a Sprout Fund Seed Award Grant to help support our season. This is an important milestone in the growth of the company as it means that we have the support and confidence of an established community partner that believes in us and our mission. However, even with this help we cannot meet that mission without your support. Individual donors are the most important source of funding for small arts organizations. Every dollar counts for us. One of the comments made by the Sprout Fund grant panel was their surprise at how much we do with so little. Our operating budget is small, so every donation, no matter the size, makes a huge impact on our ability to bring you high-quality, challenging theatre. This is your chance to make a real, concrete difference in the future of the theatre scene here in Pittsburgh.

Last season, because of the support of people like you, we staged three full productions in our main season and a staged reading in the Pittsburgh New Works Festival. We saw our attendance grow just over 300% from our first show, Miss Julie, to our last, Swamp Baby. We promoted our community partner, The Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, and made a donation of 10% of our net income to their cause.

The 2009-2010 season is shaping up to be an even greater success! This year, we have already staged a well-received mainstage production in the 2009 Pittsburgh New Works Festival. For our main season, Phase 3 is tackling the issue of violence in society. We are examining the issue through the lenses of violator, victim, and aftermath. We are already in rehearsal for our first show, Roberto Zucco by Bernard-Marie Koltes, translated by Martin Crimp. Based on the exploits of an Italian serial killer who was Public Enemy Number One in several countries simultaneously, this play explores the romantic persona of of its title character and its impact on those he encounters..That will be followed by Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me by Frank McGuiness, the story of an Irishman, an Englishman and an American who are held hostage by terrorists in Lebanon. Will they be able to maintain hope - and their essential humanity -- under these horrifying conditions? Closing the season is the Pittsburgh premiere of Canadian playwright Judith Thompson’s Lion in the Streets in which Isobel, the ghost of a young Portuguese immigrant, observes the lives of neighbors years after her murder in order to track down the 'lion,' which is both the immediate cause of her death and the nature of violence itself. This year, we will be expanding our programs to include post-show discussions with the artists and our community partner, The Center for Victims of Violence and Crime. We are also entering into an exciting collaboration with South Park Theatre to produce our first musical, The Fantasticks. So you can see that we have another ambitious, exciting season in store for you!

Please make us your theatre company by making a tax-deductible gift today; you will be thanked in the printed programs for all shows and will receive special offers and promotions that are for donors only. You can feel good knowing that you support not only independent Pittsburgh theatre, but also an important social cause by spreading awareness of the work of the Center for Victims of Violence and Crime. As we did last year, we will donate 10% of our net profit to our community partner.

Please send checks (no cash, please) to:

Phase 3 Productions
5314 Butler Street, Ste. 2
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Checks should be made payable to Fractured Atlas, with “In behalf of Phase 3 Productions” in the memo line. You can also donate online with your credit or debit card by visiting our website at

Thank you for your generous support!

Phase 3 Productions is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions in behalf of Phase 3 Productions may be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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