Professional Nonprofit Theater on Martha's Vineyard
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Annual Appeal 2020

“With theater, you have to be ready for anything.” Willem Dafoe, actor

Dear Playhouse Family & Friends,
You can say that again! What a year 2020 has been – a singular election, the Covid-19 pandemic, and the Black Lives Matter movement have compelled our attention, our concern, and have taught us many things. During this time, it seems that theater and the arts are more relevant and essential than ever before.

First, unable to perform for you “live,” we had to adapt, and we did. We created programs and productions and offered them virtually.

So far this year, we hope you have enjoyed our:
Five-Minute Plays Containing a Moment of Joy
Shakespearean Soliloquies and Sonnets
Virtual Poetry Cafe
Theater Trivia Night
Virtual Stars Children’s Theater Camp
Virginia’s Drama Club
Virtual Art Exhibits
Waiting in the Wings (our Summer Gala)

We also took a stand against racism by seeking out plays that tell Black stories or take on issues of racial injustice. We’ve presented two online benefit performances:
Crumbs from the Table of Joy, by Lynn Nottage (co-produced with Rosalind Productions)
The Niceties, by Eleanor Burgess

In 2021, we’d like to record solo shows and small musical concerts live on our stage and stream them directly to you. We are reading original scripts, working with playwrights, and developing new plays.

In the summer of 2021, we hope to be performing outside, and we have some exciting projects under consideration. Virtual shows are here to stay, at least for a while. We will be upgrading our audio/visual equipment to give our productions the increased quality that you expect.

You are more important to us than you realize! Your support keeps us going so we will be prepared to welcome you back into the Playhouse when the time comes – and it will come. Together, we can use art to create a fun and more inclusive world!

Until then, please stay safe. Happy and healthy holidays!

MJ Bruder Munafo, Artistic & Executive Director

Arnie Reisman, Board President
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