November 1, 2020
To say 2020 has been an extraordinary year is an understatement! A year that began as a celebration of the 20th Anniversary of M&D Playhouse became a year of challenge never before faced by this company as well as all of you.
Through much deliberation and soul wrenching scenarios, we made the difficult decision to cancel the remainder of our 2020 season and to postpone the opening of the 2021 season until April. As much as we would love to keep producing live theatre, we are now exploring potential virtual alternatives.
Thanks to your generous support in the past, M&D was able to move into the historic Eastern Slope Inn Playhouse in 2019. Throughout that move we continued to produce the award-winning plays which inspire, nurture, challenge, amaze, educate, and empower artists and audiences until March of this year. Community theatre relies on its community to survive, as ticket sales cover a mere 35% of our operating expenses. As we have had 8 months of zero income and anticipate another 5 months until reopening, we need your help more than ever. Even though the lights will be off at the historic Eastern Slope Inn Playhouse, rent, maintenance, insurance and more constitute a monthly payment that is unavoidable.
We cannot continue to do this work without financial support. A gift today of $50, $100, $250 or whatever you can afford would go a long way to helping M&D to survive. We hope you’ll consider making a tax-deductible gift to support our theatre so we may continue our productions and programming. With over 35 NH Theatre Awards and the NETC Award for Excellence in the American Theatre, M&D has proven that quality live theatre has a place in this vibrant community.
Community theatre enriches the lives of those who take an active part in it, as well as those in the community who benefit from live theatre productions. On either side of the footlights, those involved represent a diversity of age, culture, life experience, and a strong appreciation of the importance of the arts.
Thank you in advance for your generous support! Best always,
Deborah Jasien – Executive Director