Help Us Build A Bridge!
A Letter from the Artistic Direction Team of The Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth, N.H.
Seacoast Repertory Theatre has survived wars, political clashes, pandemics and economic strife. Our survival has not been magical, or fated – it has been because of the support of the communities we serve. In 2020, we faced our biggest challenge yet, and can proudly say we stayed in operation the entire year, with innovations that earned us national recognition from The New York Times, TimeOut and NBC. But alas, the new year has not evaporated the COVID-19 crisis, and we are not out of the woods yet.
The next round of government funding will help us to the other side of the pandemic, but we cannot rely on it to arrive in a timely manner. In the meantime, our current ticket sales will not cover our costs, and if we are not able to raise $200,000, we will close by mid-March. We have been lucky enough to have two anonymous donors who will give matching donations up to $100,000, which means for every dollar donated today, it will be matched with an equal donation until $200,000 is reached.
What lies before us is a gap. On the other side of this small canyon lies government funding to carry us through to the next phase of our journey. On the other side lies the possibility of a post-Covid economic boom for the entertainment industry, with those who have been isolated and starved for culture and entertainment flooding back into our seats. But we are being completely honest when we say, if we cannot make it to the other side of this small canyon, we likely will not survive at all.
In a healthy year, the tens of thousands of patrons that flow through our doors also shop downtown, grab dinner at a local restaurant before a show, and create the thriving economy that is Portsmouth, NH. In 2019, for every dollar spent at the Rep, four dollars were added to the local economy. In fact, Seacoast Rep represented almost 10% of the total economic contribution to the arts in Portsmouth. Our health is the health of every bookstore, coffee shop and boutique that creates the fabric of our beautiful downtown, a fabric already frayed by shuttered windows and empty storefronts.
Will you help us build a bridge? If we do not make it to the other side, we do not know if this building will house a theatre in the near future. It has always seemed a given that Seacoast Rep would be here, providing Broadway level talent and production value to our little town, lifting up and changing the lives of every soul who passes through our doors. But this is us reaching out a hand and asking you directly to help us, in whatever way you can.
Many hands make light work – with a little generosity from everyone, we promise to return the favor tenfold to the next generation.
Will you help us build this bridge?
Ben Hart, Brandon James, and Alyssa Dumas
The Artistic Direction Team
And the entire staff of the Seacoast Repertory Theatre
Donate By Check
Make check payable to Seacoast Repertory Theatre and in the comment note “Bridge The Gap”
Checks should be mailed to Seacoast Repertory Theatre, 125 Bow Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801