In March 2020, Vineyard Theatre was forced to cancel the remainder of its 2019-2020 season, as well as its April 20 Gala, as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The Vineyard has made a commitment to paying staff and artists’ salaries during this closure, as well as health benefits — a paramount concern for everybody at this time — but as a nonprofit organization, the resources are finite.
With the support of our Board of Directors and community of artists, we launched The Campaign for Right Now on April 20 with the goal of raising $100,000 — a sum which was matched dollar-for-dollar by our generous lead donors including The Ted Snowdon Foundation, new Board member Susan Marks, and additional anonymous donors.
Thanks to the over 500 people who helped us reach our goal by May 15, the [title of show] team, Hunter Bell, Susan Blackwell, Heidi Blickenstaff, and Jeff Bowen, will host the [title of show] show Vineyard Theatre Virtual Variety Show show! on May 30 at 8pm for everybody who gives $25 or more.
the [title of show] show Vineyard Theatre Virtual Variety Show show will feature new material from the cast and creators of [title of show] and over 40 starry guest artists from theatre, film, and television sharing performances, sketches, reflections, special quarantine talents, and more.
A gift of any amount will ensure that The Vineyard emerges from this crisis ready to deliver the world-class, boundary-pushing theatre you have come to expect from our daring artists.
Why Right Now?
Right Now, The Vineyard is actively finding new ways to pursue our mission. All spring, Vineyard artists will be developing work for future seasons in virtual rehearsal rooms (such as WHITE GIRL IN DANGER by Michael R. Jackson), legendary theatre-makers will appear in our weekly social media series “The VT Show” every Tuesday at 5pm, and students in the Vineyard Theatre Student Ensemble will meet twice weekly online to write and perform their own original work.
“Right Now” is also an apt description of the bold subject matter The Vineyard always strives to produce on its stage. In this season alone, we produced Tina Satter’s IS THIS A ROOM and Lucas Hnath’s DANA H. – each unique in their telling about a complex real-life individual grappling with the forces which inform our current global landscape.
We recognize that Right Now is a serious time of need for all of society. We also recognize, though, that a society can never be truly healthy without the arts to provide hope, perspective, and communal understanding of the world around us. The arts are not ancillary; they are essential.
There is a future beyond Right Now when we will gather together and celebrate the singular, sustaining power of live theatre. We hope that future is near, but if we don’t rally support today, the gathering will be gone tomorrow. We invite you to join us in contributing to this future today, and we look forward to seeing you — happy, healthy, and stronger than ever – very soon.