STC is Staying at Shetland!

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STC is Staying at Shetland!

Happy New Year Salem Theatre Company Friends and Supporters!

First and foremost, we want to offer sincere thanks to everyone who generously donated to our Save The Theatre Campaign at the end of last year. Although we did not meet our goal, the aim to Save The Theatre was successful!

During the month of January we have been in discussions with the Property Manager at Shetland Park. The bottom line for STC was that we would like to stay and continue to grow in our new home. The bottom line for Shetland was they want Salem Theatre Company to stay. And so we will! Salem Theatre Company will remain at Shetland Park for the foreseeable future! What does that mean exactly? Here are some questions and answers that we hope will enlighten everyone:
 
If you didn’t meet the fundraising goal, what does that mean?
Our Indiegogo raised approximately $15,000 of the $50,000. This means we were able to make a dent in our debt which is excellent and we’ve been able to start to look to funding the future of STC. Unfortunately, it also means we are unable to go forward with an electrical upgrade in the space. The upgrade was crucial to providing more complex programming such as musicals and productions with more complicated production elements such as set and lighting design.

Without the upgrade, how will you produce shows?
After much thought, many discussions, and accepting the electrical state of the space, we have decided to take a stripped down approach to STC for the next season, possibly two. We will fully embrace the space we have to create and tell stories in a more minimalistic fashion. By using basic, essential technical elements we can focus on the shared human experience of telling powerful stories that will impact our audiences.

What plays will you produce this season?
We are focusing our season on the classics: from Shakespeare to Contemporary. Current planning includes a piece from Shakespeare, a Greek play, a Modern Classic plus at least one more to be determined. Titles will be announced on January 31st. Additionally we will see the return of our Free Staged Reading Series, the production of one new work, and our 10-minute play festival Moments of Play, as well as more music and poetry events. Each production will continue to include our Student Discount Nights and LGBT Nights, and we will also include a talk back night with each production. More details will be announced with the titles in the coming weeks.

What else can you tell us about the upcoming year?
One of the most exciting things to come out of our fundraising campaign at the end of last year was the outpouring of community support. Part of the very original vision of Salem Theatre Company was to develop into an arts center for the community. It looks like 2017 will be the year to see that development begin! We have discussions with different arts groups and individual artists around Salem who would like to partner with STC and help make further use of the space. As more details become available we will share them with you!

Do you still need to fundraise?
Yes!!! As is the case with most nonprofit theatres programming revenue only accounts for 35%-40% of what is needed to run the theatre. With STC, productions generally pay for themselves.  The funding for almost everything else - rent, staff stipends, insurance, utilities, etc. -  comes primarily from individual donors like so many of you! The rest comes in the form of grants, rentals, and sponsorships.

On behalf of the STC Board and Staff, we thank you for sticking by Salem’s own theatre company during a challenging yet deeply insightful period of transition. We are truly excited to see STC grow and evolve this year.

All my best in this new year,
Catherine Bertrand
Artistic Director
 

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Help Keep Salem Theatre Company Alive!

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Help Keep Salem Theatre Company Alive!

As the Artistic Director of STC I am not often vocal about how passionate I am about this company. Mostly because I am so busy running it!

Salem Theatre Company is not just a place I work. It is a place that lives in my heart and soul and has for many years. Countless artists have committed countless hours to STC for nearly 15 years. In fact, 2017 will mark year 15 of this company creating live theatre right here in Salem! Fifteen years! During that time we have told stories that range from hilarious to ridiculous to heart wrenching and heart warming. We have seen thousands of people cross our various doorways over the years. I have personally been witness to lives being changed - on stage and off - at Salem Theatre Company. I have watched the company grow artistically and physically over the last decade. What began with a two show season in a school auditorium has evolved into a theatre that produces five main stages a year, including musicals and new works in 2017; a staged reading series; a workshop series; a summer camp; various educational partnerships; and countless other events and offerings!

And we have at least another 15 years in us...but not without your help.

I invite you to be a part of Salem Theatre Company's narrative.

Our goal of $50,000 is a lot, but it's not impossible. Our Indiegogo Campaign is picking up momentum and the contributions are coming in; and our online giving via our website has just received a $1,500 contribution as well. Additionally, there are more pledges coming in as I type! And all of this is also being supported by a newly forming Board of Trustees committed to the fiscal health and future of STC.

When this campaign succeeds you will get to see a stronger and improved STC - and it will be thanks to you!

If you are able I invite you to kick off this season of giving by making a contribution to Salem Theatre Company today!

We hope to see you through our doors soon. Wishing my best to all.

Catherine Bertrand
Artistic Director
Salem Theatre Company

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Moments of Play: December 1-3

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Moments of Play: December 1-3

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Moments of Play is Salem Theatre Company's annual innovative festival of ten-minute plays. Created in 2006 the festival aims to give a new arena to playwrights and first time theatre artists. MoP gives life to plays ranging from realistic to the absurd! Join us for a unique evening of seven plays from local playwrights. 

Featuring the following playwrights and directors: 

Accidental Death by Anne Lucas, Directed by Ryan Boettcher
Alone by Jaime Wilkinson, Directed by Sal Argenbright
Charms by Lia Parisi, Directed by Catherine Bertrand
Sex and Calzones by Brit Christopher, Directed by Morgan Flynn
Dramatically Correct by Meghan Brown, Directed by Matthew Lundergan
Her Dying Wish by Philana Mia, Directed by Ashley Skeffington
You, Me, and Elias Derby by Ryan Boettcher, Directed by Kate Devorak


Performances:
Thursday, December 1, 7:30pm
Friday, December 2, 7:30pm
Saturday, December 3, 7:30pm** Response Session with Kate Snodgrass to follow

Tickets are $20/$15 and available online now! Get your tickets online now!

Photo below from Alone by Jamie Wilkinson

 

 

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ENTANGLED opens September 21

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ENTANGLED opens September 21

ENTANGLED 
The New England Premiere
September 21 - October 1
Thursdays & Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 3pm & 8pm, Sundays at 3pm

Written by Leah Miles
Directed and Designed by Nate Bertone
Featuring John Manning, Lee Holmes and Caroline Keeler.

This is a thrilling and personal tale of how the darkest secrets always find their way to the light. And sometimes that light catches the cracks and the dirty corners, breathing life back into those dormant memories. Two best friends, Ian and Scott along with Hillary, the woman Ian loves, find themselves trapped in an impossible predicament: un-knowing what they know. And so, on a stormy New Year’s Eve on the secluded Peaks Island in Maine, our characters find themselves trapped by the snow and the avalanche of horrible realities they’ve been trying to hide from one another over the years. Everyone’s secrets are revealed. No one is safe from blame. And someone will not make it off the island alive.

Nate Bertone and Salem Theatre Company will produce the New England premiere of Leah Miles’ play ENTANGLED. Following the success of last season’s Letters From War, Nate Bertone will return to direct the production. ENTANGLED starts performances on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 and plays thru Sunday, October 1, 2016 at Salem Theatre Company, located at Shetland Park, 35 Congress Street, 3rd Floor, Salem MA.

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Opening Night Sold Out! And THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT is in the news!

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Opening Night Sold Out! And THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT is in the news!

Salem News Feature

"The Case Against Judas: 
Salem Theatre Company’s production reconsiders the guilt of infamous biblical character"

OPENING NIGHT IS SOLD OUT! Get your tickets in advance!

Opening Night is sold out and tickets are moving fast for remaining performances. Don't miss out! The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is the darkly comic and poignant work by Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis. Boasting a large, colorful cast of characters mostly familiar to us, the play asks one of the most plaguing questions in history: What happened to Judas Iscariot? Was he the deceitful master of his own fate or just a man who made a mistake? Set in a courtroom in Purgatory, this masterful tale puts Judas’ case to a piercing trial, with often hilarious and riotous results. In the end one can't help but reconsider what one thought they knew about forgiveness, faith, and the human inside one of the history’s most infamous figures.

 

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Mercury's Ashes! Three Nights Only! July 14-16

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Mercury's Ashes! Three Nights Only! July 14-16

Before Queen's frontman, Freddie Mercury, passed away of AIDS in 1991, he asked that the location of his ashes be kept a secret from the world. Guided by the gravity of fandom, one man believes he has found the remains of the fallen Star that have eluded fans for over twenty years. Inspired by real events, Mercury’s Ashes shares how the weight of his discovery alters the orbit of a man's life and irreversibly binds him to the greatest performer of the 20th Century.

Under the direction of Lián Amaris, actor Renzo Ampuero combines monologue, music, Brechtian storytelling, and visual language to create a fragmented portrait of an ordinary guy’s extraordinary encounter with a music idol. Mercury’s Ashes explores the presentation memory, confessions, and non-linear storytelling, in the spirit of Amaris’ previous works.

STC is honored to have the opportunity to bring this powerful and timely piece to the stage this summer for three nights only. Vector Art Ensemble and Salem Theatre Company present Mercury's Ashes: A Rock Monologue by Lián Amaris with performances Thursday, July 14, Friday, July 15, and Saturday, July 16. All performances begin at 7:30pm at Salem Theatre Company located at Shetland Park, 35 Congress Street, 3rd Floor, Salem MA. Click here for information about STC's new location. Tickets are $20 online and $22 at the door. $15 student tickets at door only. 

For more about Vector Art Ensemble check out the website: http://vectorartensemble.com/

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Angels in America in the News!

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Angels in America in the News!

Read more about Angels in America by clicking the links below!

Salem Evening News
"Salem Theatre Company performs Tony Kushner's 'Angels in America' in honor of Pride Month"

Salem Gazette:
"Salem Theatre Co. celebrates Pride Month"

Boston Globe, Globe North:
‘Angels in America’ sends timeless message in Salem

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