It’s been an extraordinary time for all of us. There have been so many changes in such a short period and we are all travelling unknown roads.
For Theatre on the Ridge, the change was immediate and dramatic. Almost overnight, we lost all our spring events and ultimately we have lost entire our Festival 2020 summer season. The summer season is the annual artistic and financial cornerstone of our company and our single largest source of earned revenues each year.
As a not for profit charity, Theatre on the Ridge faces the devastating impact that this loss of revenues will have on our ability to operate for the remainder of this year and we will feel these effects well into 2021. With no ability to earn revenues through live theatre presentation and no clear timeline on when it will be safe to gather together in theatre spaces again, it is very hard to predict the future for Theatre on the Ridge.
Live theatre exists in the spaces where we gather - where we come together to share an experience and journey collectively into the worlds created by playwrights, actors and theatre artists. We return safely from those worlds with souvenirs to continue sharing with ourselves, and our fellow travellers, long after the actual event.
We cannot make live theatre at this time. We can only keep the ghostlight on and try to keep the engine running until we can return to our stages and performance spaces to greet our audiences and travelmates once more for new destinations.
In support of the work of charities in these uncertain and everchanging times, Giving Tuesday is now taking place in one week’s time. Over the next week we will share some of our past journeys and memories on Facebook as a reminder of the unique contribution we have made to our arts and larger communities. Share them with us and then, please consider making a donation in support of Theatre on the Ridge on Tuesday, May 5th to help ensure that we will journey together again.