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Signature Artists for a New Theater

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Mark Olsen via Crowdrise
January 02, 2012

I am joining fellow alums from Signature Theatre in New York in a one month fundraising effort to help complete the new theatre complex.  See more
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THE STORY:

 

Signature Theater is building the largest new theater complex built in NY since Lincoln Center…three theaters designed by Frank Gehry on West 42nd Street…a truly amazing, once-every-few-generations event in the cultural life of this city. 

(Check out the video to the left.)

It’s a project that cost nearly $75 million to build and the last few million still has to be raised before the Opening in late January of 2012.

Those of us who have worked with this great company, the Signature Artists, decided we’re not going to just hold our breath hoping it gets done. We’re not going to just sit around waiting on people to write big checks. We’re going to rally together and try raise a lot of money before the holidays.

Each of us is going to try to raise $2,000 to help build this new theater.  

Here’s what I’m asking you for:

I’m asking friends and family to step up and help me reach the goal.

That’s you. 

Will you donate $25 to support my effort?

That’s all.  You can do it right here.  Easy.  

Consider it a belated holiday gift or early birthday gift to me.  

Why should you feel great about supporting this effort?

Signature Theater is unique for two very important reasons:

It’s the only theater in America that devotes a full season to one playwright each year.  You can go hear a Mozart festival, you can see a Scorcese film series, see retrospectives of Picasso’s work across time, but there was no way to experience the whole landscape of a playwright’s work until Signature.

And Signature is truly ‘theater for everyone’.  As theater ticket prices climb further and further out of reach for most people, statistics clearly show that the audience is less diverse and older every year.  We’re cutting off the next generation of theater goers and reaching fewer people outside the “1 percent”.   Signature’s commitment that every seat for every show will be $25 for the next 10 years, is a bold and inspiring commitment to making the magic of theater affordable to all.

 

The Team: $15,812 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

JOIN THE TEAM
Fundraiser Title

Jim Houghton

Amount Raised

$2,950

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Edward Norton

Amount Raised

$2,650

 

133% Raised of $2,000 Goal

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MS Blake

Amount Raised

$2,155

 

108% Raised of $2,000 Goal

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January LaVoy

Amount Raised

$2,090

 

105% Raised of $2,000 Goal

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christine Jones

Amount Raised

$2,050

 

103% Raised of $2,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Loren Toolajian

Amount Raised

$1,302

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Chris Moses

Amount Raised

$1,050

 

53% Raised of $2,000 Goal

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Signature Theatre Company

Amount Raised

$580

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