Dear Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company Community:
I am pleased to announce that Pittsburgh Playwrights will be embracing the coming year in its usual innovative and challenging fashion, and continuing its sterling tradition of fostering new writing and authentic interpretation of the works of August Wilson. I hope you had a chance to see Fences, which played to sold-out houses. It was a tremendous success.
We all know by now that in May, while Fences was running, Artistic Director Mark Clayton Southers was in a serious automobile accident. Today I am sharing the good news that Mark is in rehab and working hard to ensure a full recovery, and the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company 2015-16 season will continue as planned. He is meeting with the Playwrights team and focusing on the season ahead. In fact, this season is what is keeping Mark in the best spirits possible and fueling his return to health.
We open in September with Dulcy by George S. Kaufman--a frolicking comedy that appeals to all audiences. Then, we return to familiar ground with The Piano Lesson by August Wilson, and end with our signature event, the Theatre Festival in Black and White, during the Three Rivers Arts Festival. But before we get there, in April, the highlight of our Spring will be Miss Julie, Clarissa and John--the debut of a new play by Mark that has been in development for many years. We are excited by our upcoming season and hope that you are, too.
Now, more than ever we need your help to support Playwrights. While most of Playwrights' operations are returning to normal, Mark has not been able to meet with all of you to ask for your support personally, and this task has been left to me.
My goal is to raise $30,000 in the next month, which I kicked off yesterday with my personal donation. Won’t you make one, too? As in the theatre where there are no "small" actors, there's no such thing as a "small" donation: every dollar counts. Your donations can be made directly on our website and all donations are tax deductible. You can also mail them to Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company, 3515 Iowa Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
Thank you for your continued support of Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company.
Michael Ramsay, MD
President, PPTCO Board of Directors
July 6, 2015
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