This has been a tumultuous year for our nation, fraught with divisiveness. Coming together as a community for thoughtful engagement is imperative, now more than ever. If you attended our Spring production of The Foreigner, you shared with us where and when you felt like an outsider, reminding us how theatre celebrates how much we have in common despite apparent differences.
Our Summer reading series illustrated how we use our platform to elevate the collective conversation. Rapture, Blister, Burn; The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window; and The Madwoman of Chaillot inspired our audiences and our company members to enthusiastically explore big ideas. Our post-reading talk-backs were exciting discussions about feminism, race, idealism vs. action, and the price we pay when greed runs rampant. We’re thrilled to continue presenting these readings at the Santa Monica Library every summer for free to the community -- it’s one way we serve the audience that supports us.
We also celebrated a milestone in 2017 by sharing our work with students from Santa Monica-Malibu, and Los Angeles Unified School Districts for the first time. Two thousand children and young adults from 6th through 12th grades attended readings and post-show Q&As of The Grapes of Wrath, Clybourne Park, and The Diary of Anne Frank. Santa Monica Rep worked in partnership with the educational department of The Broad Stage to offer these experiences at no cost to the schools or the students. This is one of the most gratifying things we do as a company: many of these children had never been to the theatre before, and it was exhilarating to see how captivated they were by a live performance!
From an audience that ranges from kids to seniors, we keep hearing how much people appreciate our play readings - how impactful they are. It's one of the reasons we were voted Runner Up in the recent LA Weekly Readers Poll for Best Theater Company of LA! We love doing the readings as well -- so much so that our main goal for 2018 is to expand our reading series to reach and engage a broader audience. Will you help us?
With your support, we can do more of this invaluable work.
We can deepen our existing partnerships with the Santa Monica Public Library, The Broad Stage, and the Santa Monica community at large. We can build new relationships as we continue to bring the quality of production you expect from Santa Monica Repertory Theater.
So as you consider your year-end giving, please support our mission to contribute to a more engaged, intelligent, and inquisitive community.
Here's to a new year filled with hope and camaraderie!
Board of Directors
Gail Myers (Acting Chair), Natalie Hagan, Jessica Handy, Eric Bloom, Jen Bloom, Sarah Gurfield