TrueTheatergoer hands out $15,000 in prizes

TrueTheatergoer has announced the winning theatre companies in its annual reader-driven competition: Keegan Theatre received the second prize of $5,000 and Quotidian Theatre received the top prize of $10,000. The prize money is awarded at the end of the season to the theatre companies whose audiences contributed the most reviews to TrueTheatergoer.

The award couldn’t have come at a better time for Keegan Theatre. Having just purchased the Church Street Theatre, Keegan is in the midst of an ambitious $4 million capital campaign In Good Company, to renovate their 120 year old building.

John Hauge of TrueTheatregoer.com and Jack Sbarbori, Artistic Director of Quotidian Theatre Company

John Hauge of TrueTheatregoer.com and Jack Sbarbori, Artistic Director of Quotidian Theatre Company

Jack Sbarbori of Quotidian Theatre, which produces out of the Writers Center in Bethesda, announced:  “We’d like to thank TTG’s co-founder John Hauge for running the contest and our loyal audience members who made this happen by reviewing our shows on TrueTheatergoer.com!

These funds will be put to work immediately on our upcoming season, which is comprised of three ambitious plays: The Iceman Cometh, an eighteen-actor masterwork by award-winning American author Eugene O’Neill; Faith Healer, an intimate and visceral three-person narrative by influential European dramatist Brian Friel; and the U.S. premiere of The Veil, a Gothic thriller by the company’s favorite living playwright, Conor McPherson.”

TrueTheatergoer was founded in 2011 by John Hauge and his twin brother Stephen Hauge as a way to encourage more people to see theatre. The online equivalent of that favorite lobby question: “Well, did you like it?”, their Web site invites audience feedback, in the form of a short form, for shows in New York  (Stephen handles those) and the Washington area (John oversees those.)

In addition to these annual cash prizes, TrueTheatergoer awards its Washington area contributors for spreading the word. Each month, they present the most frequent reviewer on their site with a gift certificate for theatre tickets worth $100.

John Hauge was an early donor to DC Theatre Scene and is a Board Member of Shakespeare Theatre Company. By supporting theatre companies and their audiences, the Hauge brothers are providing a unique and generous service to their theatre scenes.

As we begin the new season, remember, after seeing a show, to rate your experience on TrueTheatergoer.com.

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