If we didn’t have the Holiday Season, Virginia, we’d have nothing but dark days and bad weather right now. Leafless trees. Bitter winds. And shutdowns. We’d have government shutdowns.
It would be quiet. So quiet.
We don’t like it dark and quiet. So we raise a joyous noise to celebrate and banish all that winter gloom. Fireworks! Singing! And theater. Plenty of theater — from the mesmerizing musical drama Miss Saigon at the Kennedy Center to the mordant annual Dickens update An Irish Carol at Keegan. In our part of the country, art defeats silence.
We at DC Theatre Scene have been pleased to be among the area’s premiere noisemakers. For twelve years, we have been trumpeting theater’s many successes, while soberly and truthfully observing the occasional misfires. We’ve been shining a light on this beautiful, evanescent art form in real time.
In 2018, we’ve had over a million visitors like you — people using Find Your Show to identify shows which fit their budget and schedules; people reading reviews of some of the year’s most astonishing shows like Hamilton and the Michael Urie as Hamlet. Readers are still flocking to our interview with Janis Joplin’s surviving siblings, and visiting Shakespeare’s Greatest Speeches (with James Konicek’s magnificent rendering of the winning entry).
This week, we will forecast all the good news ahead for our theatre companies in 2019.
It is our pleasure to be part of the noise which chases away not only the darkness of winter but the darkness which can envelop Washington at any time. Now, here comes the part where we ask you to be part of the noise, too.
Our fundraising goal: $5,000 by December 31, 2018
Raised to date: $2,450.
Your contribution is urgently needed to sustain us in the coming months.
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Professional theater deserves professional reviews, and so we pay great reviewers like Jayne Blanchard and Alexander Kafka and John Geoffrion and John Bavoso not what they deserve but what we can. In addition, operating a website as large as this one (including a twelve-year archive of almost ten thousand articles) is more expensive than you might imagine.
We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, and we work as lean as possible. But we still struggle to pay our expenses.
So, we must rely on our readers and patrons. Please help us be as noisy — and as joyous — in 2019 as we have been in the last twelve years by making a tax-deductible contribution today.
Wishing you health, inspiration and happiness in 2019,
Lorraine Treanor, Editor