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By Paula Vogel
With your help we can remain a strong organization able to support our artists and our staff. If you have the means, please consider supporting Austin Playhouse at this unprecedented time.
With a heavy heart, but much love for our community, we are postponing our production of Paula Vogel's Indecent till the fall. It's too early to make a determination for Ada and the Engine and Arcadia, currently scheduled to open in late Spring, but we're prepared to postpone those as well.
Our artistic team for Indecent was already hard at work creating a beautiful show and we look forward to bringing the message of perseverance, hope, and the necessity of art in difficult times to our audiences as soon as possible.
We will be supporting the artists that have given us so much by paying all our actors, designers, and musicians for Indecent their full salary.
This is a pause in our adventure, not the end. However, the economic hit to the theatre will be significant. We're working on several plans to help mitigate this, so we emerge a battle-bruised, but still strong organization with the resources to continue supporting our artists and staff.
Austin Playhouse's mission is to provide opportunities for artists and audiences to celebrate the human experience. In that spirit, we're moving the celebration online for a little while.
We recently announced a play development workshop for Cyndi Williams' latest project which will transform her popular "Today's Gratitude" facebook posts into a performance piece. The posts were inspired by a time, a few years ago, when Cyndi's world seemed to fall apart. They were a means for her to reconnect creatively. As theatres and artists around the world pause their activities, we're grateful for any new means to connect. In this spirit, we've decided that the first phase of the workshop will be held online. We're looking forward to sharing the posts with you soon.
We'll also be sharing other "art in isolation" pieces created by our company. And I'll be keeping everyone updated with some online "curtain speeches" as we know more about our new direction.
All online content will be free and will be posted on our website: www.austinplayhouse.com.
This is a time of great uncertainty. Unprecedented. We will get through it together and we will build a stronger community. As always, we're profoundly grateful for your support.
Take care of yourselves. The world needs you.
Lara Toner Haddock
Co-Producing Artistic Director, Austin Playhouse