Dear SVS Family,
After much deliberation, we have made the very difficult decision to postpone our 2020 Mainstage Summer Season. We made this painful choice because we want to protect our entire family: artists, volunteers, and patrons. Because we want to see you next summer. Because we will then be able to stage these productions when everyone no longer has cause to fear.
We will remount Romeo and Juliet, Measure for Measure, and Sense and Sensibility for our 2021 Season and have invited back the entire artistic team for each production. We’re also combining our 2020 Donors Circle into 2021, to preserve benefits for the return of in-person productions.
If you’re a ticket holder, our Managing Director, Annalisa Tkacheff, will reach out to you to discuss your options.
Next year, we will gather again as a community and see the magic of live, outdoor theatre that we’re now missing so much. Shakespeare would be the first to agree – plagues don’t last forever.
But we need your help to get there.
Postponing our entire season means that we longer receive the ticket revenue necessary to keep us going.
Since our inception, SVS has always existed as an art-forward, accessibility-first organization, dedicated to providing free and low-cost, professionally oriented theatre opportunities to our communities, with money as a necessary-but-secondary byproduct of the process. We’re driven by service, not profit, and have remained firm in that give-back to our communities, even if that business model may hinder us financially and occasionally slow our ability to grow. Because we’re so focused on what we give, we get a little antsy talking about money and putting out hard numbers to ask for what we need.
Now, more than ever, we need help from you, our community. Starting now, we’re launching our Critical Relief Fund – a $90,000, far-reaching fundraising campaign.
This is our most ambitious fundraising goal yet, but with your help, we will make it happen. Together, these funds will provide continued employment for our tireless staff members, allow us to remain rooted here in the Bay Area, and ensure that we, like Henry V, “outlive this day, and come safe home” when it is safe to do so.
And we will return, with you and for you. Though we be but little, we are fierce.