Friday, February 27, 2009


Once upon a time we started the improbable journey of creating theatre. With a lot of energy and little common sense we plunged into our first real season in 2000/2001. Come Spring we had produced two shows and were starting to wise up to the idea that ticket sales alone would not carry us through the rest of the year.

Thus was born our first fundraiser. The infamous Cinco De Mayo party in May of 2001, held in my old living room on Willard Street. We auctioned off Tim Getman, the police arrived and honestly that was only the beginning.

Here's a little sample of how crazy it got:

As with all things early on, our hearts were in the right place and we had a lot of fun bringing together the community that surrounded Rorschach Theatre.
Fast forward to February 14th, 2009. Over 100 people joined us at the warm and intimate Studio Gallery. Magic Hat Brewing Company, Dogfish Head Ales and sponsored the event and though no one got naked, the evening was no less fun. We raised money through admission and through our Silent auction which had over 20 items ranging from Hotel Stays to jewelry to an afternoon of high tea.

We also announced our season, which you can learn a little more about here.
We'll be talking a lot more about that in the coming weeks.

But most importantly we spent the evening getting to know our community. Our wonderful and weird group of donors and fans, company members and board members, audience and admirers. Becuase building our tribe is the most important thing we can do - whether it be a kegger in my old group house or a fun and fabulous formal evening with fancy beer, wine and cheese.

Our community helps us to grow financially and challenges us to stretch artistically. And egaging that community is important, lest we forget who we are.

And that is why we party.

In the next entry we'll post some pictures of the Fete. But if you can't wait, click here to take a gander at our picassa album.

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