Monday, May 07, 2012

Fund the Festival Campaign Leaps Forward!


Late last week, we announced that a PlayGround artist had generously offered to match 1:1 all gifts to the “Fund the Festival!” campaign, up to $5,000. We’re very pleased to announce that as of this morning, we’ve broken the $1,000 mark on contributions and, with the match, have now reached 20% of our $10,000 goal with 20 days remaining.  Thank you to all who have already made your gift to the “Fund the Festival!” campaign!

Why is the Fund the Festival! campaign so important? The Best of PlayGround is the leading showcase for Bay Area emerging playwrights and their original work. Over the past sixteen years, PlayGround has recognized fifty-seven early-career playwrights with the Emerging Playwright Award and full production of 110 of their short plays in the Best of PlayGround Festival. In addition, the festival has been the launching pad for forty-one new full-length plays commissioned and developed by PlayGround, many of which have gone on to full production at Bay Area theatres.

Alumni of the Best of PlayGround  represent a who’s who of the Bay Area’s best new playwrights since 1997, including Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Garret Jon Groenveld, Trevor Allen, Aaron Loeb, Geetha Reddy, Evelyn Jean Pine, Daniel Heath, and Lauren Yee, among others.  Over the next three months alone, three festival alumni will see premieres of their full-length plays at Bay Area theatres, all of which began as a Best of PlayGround shorts and were later adapted to full-length under commission from PlayGround: Lauren Yee’s Crevice at Impact Theatre (May 3-June 9); Kenn Rabin’s Reunion at SF Playhouse (June 6-30); and Ken Slattery’s Truffaldino Says No at Shotgun Players (June 30-July 29).

This year’s Best of PlayGround Festival will provide opportunities for nearly two hundred Bay Area professional theatre and film artists, including twenty local playwrights, and will be seen by more than 1,500. Make an investment in the community and in the many artists who help enrich it. Make your gift to the Fund the Festival campaign today!

To learn more about the Fund the Festival! campaign and how you can make your gift today, visit http://www.causes.com/causes/324341-playground/actions/1646435 or call (415) 992-6677. All gifts to the campaign made by May 27 – whether made through Causes, Google Checkout, PayPal, by phone or mail – will be matched 1:1, up to $5,000. Double your impact and ensure the future of the American Theatre, one playwright at a time!

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