christine Jones via Crowdrise
December 21, 2011
This is Pilot. Pilot is really good at finding four leaf clovers, (18 so far). I'm hoping his propensity to find good fortune will rub off on the Signature Artists for a New Theater fundraising campaign, and on my part of this campaign specifically.
Yes, I am using my child to raise money for the Signature Center.
However, I feel he owes the Signature Theatre his life, so I think that makes it okay.
His Dad, Dallas Roberts, and I, hooked up while working on Burn This at the Signature.That's also where we met Ed Norton. Ed, is really good at fundraising.
I'm not so good at fundraising, but I believe in what the Signature Theatre does, and I adore Jim Houghton so I think this is a really good opportunity for me to work on my fundraising skills. I wouldn't be raising my two beautiful children if it wasn't for Jim and his production of Burn This. The least I can do is help him raise a theatre.
In addition to being grateful to the Signature for my family and for the great friends I have made, I am bound to the Signature for the amazing opportunities I have had to design with some of our countries most valuable writers. My first show at the Signature was working with Joe Chaikin and Sam Shepard when they co wrote When the Grass Was Green. That's also when I met Jim for the first time. Over the years I have worked with Marie Irene Fornes on one of my favorite plays of all time, Drowning, beautifully directed by David Esbjornson, as well as with Horton Foote on, The Last of the Thorntons. I got to go to Wharton, TX and spend a weekend with Jim and Horton visiting the places he was writing about!.
I've done more shows with the Signature than I can name, but they have all been incredibly rewarding experiences. Now I get to bring the kids that the Signature helped make to tech with me. They especially enjoyed the magical effects inThe Illusion, by Tony Kushner.
WIth the building of the Signature Center I know it is very possible that my kids might work there some day, maybe as ushers, making cash for college? Hopefully not as actors! (It's a cliche to say, but it's true- god bless them). Wait a minute, I think the ushers are volunteers. God bless them too... As Dallas' grandmother once said out loud, while watching a performance, "They are all crazy". We are all crazy, and we work for nothing, but we love it! Jim might be the craziest of them all, but let's help him out and celebrate all of our folly!
It's a crazy idea to build the largest performing arts center since Lincoln Center, but it can be done. It is being done, and we can all help.
I've had some incredibly generous donations from friends and family and they have helped me get halfway to my goal, now I am reaching out to more of you and asking you to consider donating $10 to help me get the rest of the way there.
Here are some more reasons why donating $10 to the Signature Theatre is a great idea:
-WIth the new theaters they will be supporting emerging writers along with the greats of our time.
-Every seat for every show is only $25.00 for the next 10 years. They are as committed to their audiences as they are to their artists.
-Your own kids might need a job some day. Or at least a cool place to hang out and have coffee.
-It will be my turn to support you and your favorite causes next.
-Frank Gehry designed the spaces. They are gorgeous and they are intimate. They will be beautiful spaces to see theatre in.
-You believe in magic, and four leaf clovers, and in supporting artists make their crazy dreams come true.
With Love and Gratitude,
Christine, Pilot, Ever and Dallas