The first full year in our new home at Whippoorwill Theatre in Armonk has been an overwhelmingly successful one. Our productions have been met with universal critical acclaim, and many new patrons have walked through our doors—joining our already loyal base of theatregoers. All of this has confirmed our hopes that the move was a wise one, and that you are enjoying the experience you are having in Armonk. We also appreciate your comments that our choice of plays—John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar and Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz are the kind of challenging and satisfying theatrical experiences that you want to have.
Of course, all of this comes at a cost. Our intimate 180-seat theatre means that box office income can only cover 35% of the costs of putting on our productions. And while we receive generous (yet dwindling) government grants, it is ultimately through philanthropy, individual and corporate donations that we can bring world- class theatre to our stage. This is where you come in. We know that you receive countless letters like this asking you to support very deserving not-for-profit organizations. We hope that as a fan of our work we can be included in your yearly gift giving. Every donation, no matter how large or small, is incredibly important and truly makes a difference.
Thank you again for your generosity. The HSC family wishes you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season. See you in the spring.
Denise Bessette, Dan Foster, & Olivia Sklar, Producers December 2015
P.S. A Special Request: Thankfully, many businesses are now creating new ways for you, the consumer to additionally support your favorite charities. One such opportunity is AmazonSmile which is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations you name—like Hudson Stage! It costs you nothing, and you can still use your Prime status when doing your holiday shopping. We appreciate your taking advantage of this wonderful program.