THANK YOU for your incredible support during out 2014-15 season.
Did you get to see our production of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? this spring? The responses for Woolf were extraordinary. The Philadelphia Inquirer said “splendid and funny and wrenching, just as it should be.” In part because of this kind of critical praise, but mostly because of your generosity and support of our productions and mission, Woolf has become one of the best selling shows in Exile’s history. The critical and financial success of this production did not come easily, or without extraordinary artistic endeavor and organizational risk. It was one of the largest and most expensive shows we’ve ever produced.
Theatre Exile has always been known for its high artistic quality. It’s what you’ve come to expect. But we take these chances at some risk to the organization
because it has resulted in some of the most exciting theater Philadelphia has seen. This would not have been possible without your support. You have allowed us to
embrace some of the biggest challenges we have ever faced. We couldn’t be prouder of the results, and we hope that you are too.
We introduced Philadelphia to the powerful new playwright, Lucas Hnath, whom the New York Times called “one of the brightest new voices of his generation.” In order to have Philadelphia audiences experience Red Speedo, the way that Hnath intended, we built a pool in Studio X and the result, according to Phindie, was a “thoroughly engrossing production.”
We turned Studio X on end, and brought our audiences even closer to the action with our production of The Whale by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Samuel D. Hunter. We transformed one of Philadelphia’s finest actors, Scott Greer, into a 600-pound man in a production that Philly Now called “truly inspired.”
But there’s more. It’s not just the main stage shows that have been extraordinary. We’ve experienced great success with our new play development and education programs. The Studio X-hibition Series brought audiences into the process with readings of three new plays by promising Philadelphia area playwrights performed by some of Exile’s top performers. Audiences got the opportunity to meet the artists and give feedback which will lead to the next phase of development of the scripts. The students of Paper Wings, Exile’s outreach program, wrote and performed a play which garnered them first prize in their division this year at the Philadelphia Young Playwrights Festival. We also expanded the Paper Wings program to include a two-day monologue festival written and performed by our students and housed in Studio X, allowing them to
share their words with the larger community. Our adult education program grew with the introduction of a spring series of workshops. We are proud of the strides that we have taken as an organization. We continue to introduce new audiences to our work with each show we produce. But we can only bring you the superb, intimate theater that you have come to expect with your continued support.
Our Board of Directors has shown their faith in us with a wonderful matching gift campaign. They will match any new or increased donation from last season – dollar for dollar – up to $25,000. A donation of any amount will be doubled, allowing us to reach our $25,000 goal. It is an investment in artistic excellence and an extraordinary opportunity.
If you have ever considered a donation to Theatre Exile, now is the time to give.