Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Princess and the Pea... A Story of Impact

In Hans Christian Andersen’s The Princess and the Pea, the princess’ nobility is confirmed by her incredible sensitivity, by the impact of one tiny pea, felt through twenty mattresses and feather beds!  We learn that impact is not simply the act of something pushing or impressing but of the pushing being felt, the impression being noted. Impact. We strive for it in our lives and in our work, and, of course in our theatre! 

im·pact noun \ˈim-ˌpakt\
1a : an impinging or striking especially of one body against another
1b : a forceful contact or onset; also : the impetus communicated in or as if in such a contact
2: the force of impression of one thing on another : a significant or major effect

How have PlayGround playwrights and plays impacted you this year? Have you been impressed? Moved? Affected?

GUS: We tell stories, Fanny. Flesh and blood stories by real people. Not shadows on a screen. Whatever inventions they invent, there’ll always be an audience for stories by real live people. (Ecce Homo by Jonathan Luskin)

Ready to make an impact of your own? Support the PlayGround Year-End Campaign and help us raise $25,000 to support PlayGround’s new play incubator programs. Every gift matters (remember the impact of that one little pea??). And through December 31, all gifts up to $100 will be matched courtesy of a generous anonymous challenge match, doubling your impact!

So, what are you waiting for? Invest in tomorrow’s great playwrights today! Give to the PlayGround Year-End Campaign! To join the PlayGround Cause and give online to the PlayGround Year-End Campaign, visit To give via PayPal, Google Checkout (Google is currently donating back all processing fees for donations made by year-end) or mail, visit To give by phone or for any other questions, call (415) 992-6677.


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