This is a re-post from December 3, 2013, when it was part of #GivingTuesday. It seems more than appropriate to re-post it today as part of #LoveUTGiveUT. Debora Threedy’s plays THE END OF THE HORIZON, WALLACE and THE THIRD CROSSING all received their world premieres at Plan-B and she is one of the judges for the annual call for entries in partnership with The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists. She is also a subscriber and $1,000 donor.
This is why I support Plan-B and why you should, too:
As a theatregoer, I like Plan-B. I like that it’s a “black box” theatre because that means I never know what the theatre is going to look like until I get there. For every production, the theatre is a little different, sometimes a lot different. Sometimes all the audience is on one side, sometimes it’s on three sides, sometimes there’s a set with levels, and sometimes there’s just a painted floor. For every production, the theatre itself is unique.
And I like that the theatre space is so intimate. I like the feeling of watching something special with a select group of people. I like when we all laugh together, or sigh together, or pretend we’re not tearing up together. I like being close to the actors, being able to see every twitch of the emotions on their faces. I like to see them breathe and, yes, sweat: at big theatres, you can forget you’re watching living people, because they are so far away and we’re so used to watching recorded performances. At Plan-B you can never, ever forget that these are real, flesh-and-blood people in front of you, or that all of you, actors and audience, are on this journey together, right here, right now.
I like Plan-B’s philosophy. I like its social consciousness. I like its high standards. The scripts are always provocative, and the acting is always amazing. And I am in awe of Plan B’s ability to stretch its resources. I have never seen a theatre do so much with so little. Think about it: plays, radio plays, script-in-hand series, twenty-four hour slams, blogs, the playwrights’ lab – and publications! And I’m probably forgetting something.
Which brings me finally to this: As a playwright I like Plan-B because the folks there are so incredibly, unbelievably supportive. From the playwrights’ lab (which has been around in one form or another for years now), to the actors willing to read your script for you, to the audiences at the public readings, to the personal feedback, to the premier productions, to published scripts – I feel like there’s a village helping me do my best work. I wonder how I got so lucky to be here, at this time, with this theatre community so committed to developing new work. I have to pinch myself sometimes, just to make sure I’m not dreaming.
Click here to donate $10 to Plan-B Theatre by 11:59pm on Thursday, March 20 (today!) and help us win $5,000 as part of #LoveUTGiveUT. What matters most is the number of donors, not the amount given. #ArtMatters #GetYourGiveOn