News from Firehouse

By | April 12, 2020
Dear Firehouse friend,
On behalf of our staff, board, and artists I hope that you’re staying safe and healthy during this horrific and unprecedented time.

Here’s a status report on what’s going on at Firehouse.

Like all other performing arts institutions and public activities, we’ve halted operations and cancelled the rest of our 2019-2020 season. There were a total of 42 days of performance and the work of 200+ artists that was cancelled/postponed, representing a loss of about $40,000 in revenue to Firehouse and fees to artists. Whenever possible, we’re rescheduling some of the cancelled productions into next season.

The Firehouse staff has been laid off. We’ve applied for financial assistance from the CARES Act and expect to put staff back on payroll as soon as our applications are processed. We also hope to access some other funding to compensate the artists who worked so hard in preparation for their performances but never had the chance to share their work with you. Looking ahead, we’re putting the finishing touches on our 2020-2021 season that includes our distinctive Firehouse blend of dynamic world premiere plays and unique performances of all kinds.

One very exciting piece of news is that last season’s world premiere of Chandler Hubbard’s ANIMAL CONTROL was chosen as one of six finalists for the Harold and Mimi Steinberg / American Theatre Critics Association 2020 New Play Award, recognizing playwrights for the best scripts that premiered professionally outside New York City during 2019. We’re very proud to be the first theatre in Virginia to receive this honor in the award’s 40+ year history, and thrilled to have had a role in some well-deserved recognition for Chandler.
Looking ahead, we remain committed to our mission to be an artistic home, a thriving hub of creative activity, and a center for community engagement where new work is created and performed LIVE. You’re the essential ingredient in everything that we do, so we’re gathering some basic data to assess the current and future impact of COVID-19 and would appreciate if you’d click HERE to fill out a very short survey.

Finally, below is an invitation to our TAKE A MOMENT FOR YOURSELF Benefit. I’ve been reluctant to do any individual fundraising at this time because of the critical and ongoing impact of the pandemic, even though Firehouse’s needs are greater now than ever before. Then I recently learned that the origin of the word “philanthropy” is from the Greek “love of humanity.” Artists are called on to make performance for a myriad of reasons, but the core impulse that unites us — and ensures that we’ll all get thru this tragic period — is our philanthropy.

Joel Bassin
 Producing Artistic Director
Firehouse Theatre’s 2nd Annual

April 31, 2020

Featuring No One At All, accompanied by Silence

Please DON’T join us for this NON-event.
Instead, wash your hands,
bake cookies,
write a haiku,
dance to your favorite song,
maintain social distance,
and support Firehouse.

Benefit Levels
$25 –  Safety  /   $50 – Health
$100 – Connection /  $250 – Renewal

Firehouse’s 26th season has been halted.
Please help us continue to be an artistic home and a thriving hub of creative activity in these challenging times.

By NOT attendingour Take A Moment for Yourself Benefit you get all the warm fuzzies that come with supporting a worthy cause (LIVE performance) while still maintaining social distance.

Because there’s no event, there are no event expenses. Your full tax-deductible contribution will be applied to
artist compensation, high production standards, and maintaining our iconic building so it continues to be
the destination for diverse and distinctive performances once we get to the other side of this pandemic.

RSVP by mailing your check to Firehouse Theatre
1609 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA, 23220
credit card RSVPs here
or call 804.355.2001

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