A MESSAGE FROM OUR ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
A WORD FROM GALA CHAIR DEBRA CANALES
Deb writes, "Amidst these challenging circumstances, we can’t lose sight of the things we value. This is the moment when we need theater most—when people are in pain, when our community is struggling, and when we come out the other side and need a way to heal. ... Times like these underscore the importance of theater as a civic institution, and the essential role that Seattle Rep plays in our community and our future." Read Deb's Full Letter ►
Dear Friends of Seattle Rep,
Thank you for being an important part of our family and a generous supporter of Seattle Rep’s mission-driven work. As Chair of our 2020 Gala, I had hoped to see you at Revel + Raise to support the theater’s extraordinary productions and community-centered programming, and was disappointed when it became necessary to cancel this beloved annual event. The COVID-19 pandemic is so much bigger than what’s happening in our theater and, alongside Seattle Rep’s entire Board and staff, I grieve for all who have been and continue to be directly impacted in our community and around the world. We stand with you, ready to help in any way we can.
Staying home and staying healthy has left me with time to reflect on the theater’s mission and purpose. Seattle Rep’s vision is to center theater at the heart of public life—but in closing our doors, we are centering public life at the heart of our theater. We seek to bring our community together through the shared experience of extraordinary art—but the urgency of this pandemic calls upon us to come together in a new way, by collectively and temporarily giving up some of the things we love so that our community can weather the crisis safely.
At the same time, even amidst such challenging circumstances, we can’t lose sight of the things we value. This is the moment when we need theater most—when people are in pain, when our community is struggling, and when we come out the other side and need a way to heal from the loss and the loneliness of this pandemic. Theater brings people together in a shared experience, creating awareness and understanding, spreading joy and laughter, and restoring the collective spirit that defines who we are as a community. It’s a place where people who have been apart too long can learn to have faith in one another again, and celebrate the kindness and compassion that brought us through this together. Times like these underscore the importance of theater as a civic institution, and the essential role that Seattle Rep plays in our community and our future.
Seattle Rep wouldn’t exist without the incredible support of our donors and patrons, and we are so grateful for the generosity you have shown in the past. Our annual Gala is the theater’s largest fundraising event. While we are apart, I hope you will join me in celebrating the theater’s spirit of resilience. If you are able, please consider making a gift today so that Seattle Rep can weather this period and reopen its doors stronger than ever.
It may be a dark time for our theater and our community, but there is still a light shining on stage and in our hearts. Seattle Rep is still here—for you, and because of you. Thank you.
Debra A. Canales
Seattle Rep Gala Chair and Trustee
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