UPDATE, May 14, 2020
With your help, we’ve raised over $2,000 since going dark in March! That’s a HUGE feat, since so many of us are struggling right now just to make ends meet, and we are SO grateful.
WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW…
Artistic Director, Duane Jackson, Executive Director, Andrea McDaniel, and the team at TWT have been hard at work, dealing with contracts and schedules and reworking plans with show directors and staff and juggling all the other countless details that went into the last three cancelled shows and for those that were to be announced as part of our previously planned, upcoming season. We’ve also been working with vendors and service providers to reduce costs during this down-time and make every dollar stretch a little bit farther.
The short answer is, we still don’t know. With so much still in flux, we’re keeping a close watch on the safety mandates coming from the state and the city and weighing our options. We’ve all still got a long way to go until things even begin to normalize, and even then, it will most likely be a “new normal” with as yet to be determined restrictions and health precautions, so please consider making a donation to help us weather this storm. Even a little goes a long way…
Below you’ll find The Weekend Theater’s Mission and Credo. We’ve been doing our best to make you Laugh, Cry, Think, Act, for 27 years now, and we need your help to make it 28.
Thank you and be safe out there!
The Weekend Theater Board of Directors
The Weekend Theater is dedicated to personally, interpersonally and educationally reducing prejudice, cruelty, and indifference through live theater.
Posted in our lobby and read at auditions.
Although we are called The Weekend Theater because we are volunteers who work at day-time jobs and perform only on the weekends, a more descriptive name might be community playhouse. We attempt to be a true community of people dedicated to the teaching, learning and practice of kindness, respect and honor. In short, we hope to practice “community,” the coming together into a oneness.
Unlike other theaters, while our performance and product are important, they remain secondary. Primary for us is how we treat each other and how, through our plays and musicals, we teach ourselves how to care about others. We attempt to accomplish this goal by personally, interpersonally, and educationally reducing prejudice, cruelty and indifference, which are so often created by emphasizing human differences, including gender, race, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, health status, etc. To accomplish this, we choose plays of social significance, with themes in which people learn through such things as suffering, cruelty, and insensitivity. In order to “practice what we preach,” we volunteers of The Weekend Theater agree to interact with as much thoughtfulness and awareness of our actions and the effects those actions might have on ourselves and each other as we are capable of at the present time. We attempt to grow more compassionate with each interaction. In these ways we hope to increase understanding which leads to kindness and to decrease miscommunication that leads to so much suffering.
The Weekend Theater is a non-profit theatrical community that produces socially significant plays for central Arkansas, and our story dates back to a 1991 production staged at a local church. Today, though, our intimate, smoke-free theater is located in a wonderful, comfortably remodeled two-story building at the corner of 7th and Chester streets in Little Rock. For theater-lovers, the setting is decidedly New York in character — apartments upstairs, theater downstairs, vintage clothing and novelty shop next door, pizza joint and microbrewery across one street, and the local fire station across the other!
Greeting from the Board of Directors —
We trust that you are well and practicing safe distancing while coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic. Additionally, we hope that you and your family have not been too adversely affected. We want to share an update on The Weekend Theater while we work to save our little black box community theater. As you may have guessed the remainder of our 2019-2020 season has been cancelled; Crowns, Regrets Only and Race. Therefore, we are no longer generating income. Like you, we are currently waiting, wondering how we will proceed with our next season.
We know that times are very different, and in some ways difficult, with you and TWT. However, if you can, please consider a tax deductible donation to TWT in anyway and any amount. You will be a part of keeping our 27 year history and tradition in tact. You may make your donation by going to our website: https://www.weekendtheater.org/support-twt/donate/
As always, we want to thank you for your continued patronage and financial support. We look forward to being back in the business of bringing you live theater soon. Stay safe and distanced.
UPDATE, March 18, 2020