Virgo 1° (August 24)
I can’t do anything perfectly and it’s ridiculous to think that I can. I’m wont to beat myself up, for instance, if an email goes from the wrong box. Big deal. Who cares. I really am doing the very best that I can and I think I’m making major strides. Right now I am mounting this festival and fundraising and producing shows, already, for the next months ahead; and I am writing books and blagues and trying to keep the business going. I need money from sponsors and asses in seats so I’m going to make this the target of my day.
I have been thinking about what I want to say in a distilled way to people, off the top of my head:
It is just two weeks until the Eighth Annual Afterglow Festival, and we are super excited for this milestone as we hit the pavement hard in our final plea for Sponsorships and Sparklerships. Many of our most loyal supporters dating back to 2011 have fled these shores; and we’ve only begun to infiltrate the hearts and minds of new, some world-known, summertime residents. We will meet our goals, never fear—we are undaunted! Doing so, though, does require suppot from our friends, community and colleagues.
Afterglow has been an incubator these past seven years (as Provincetown had been for the early part of the 20th century) for many talented emerging and evolving playwrights and performing artists working in myriad forms. We’ve premiered solo plays that moved Off-Broadway and to stages around the globe, and debuted performance pieces by artists who have headlined major festivals and theaters worldwide. Provincetown and Afterglow are now well-established in the arts-hive-mind along with festivals in major cities like Edinburgh, Sydney, London, Rome, Dublin, Berlin, Zagreb and beyond. Funded separately, our Afterglow-at-Oberon (formerly Glowberon) series at the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, now in its fourth year, has allowed our festival artists to further develop their work and vision and reach wider audiences and garner praise from The Boston Globe and WGBH-PBS and other media outlets with national scope. And the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) has provided us a grant to create regional tours for artists. Always though, Afterglow is at the core, all works we proliferate being stamped with a “made in Provincetown” seal.
Unlike other festivals, Afterglow funds the travel and lodging of all its artists and pays them a fee—it is part of our festival mission to treat artists with the dignity they deserve. And, in an entertainment environment where stage space, like everything else, is real-estate, Afterglow pays for the venue, rent and staff, promotion, press, design, graphics, printing, administration and all ancillary costs with funds raised from our supporters. In this day and age, the only way to preserve Provincetown’s heritage as the birth place of the modern American stage and performance, and as a bastion for performing artists to explore, expand, experiment and evolve, is to do so non-profit. The Afterglow Festival is a 501 (c) (3) charitable arts organization to which sponsorships and donations, in cash or kind, are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Please help us to continue to carve out sacred stage space in American theater’s spiritual home for creative, non-commercial, progressive performing artists who evolve the genre and the social discourse. Please help preserve Provincetown as a beacon for artistic expression for artists and a destination for eager, open, interested audiences.
Sponsorships range from $500 to the skies the limit, and carry all kinds of perks and ways we can give back. www.afterglowfestival.org/sponsorships ; and Sparklerships allow generous people of limited means to donate $100 and receive pairs of tickets at half-price to all our shows www.afterglowfestival.org/donations. If a Sparkler +1 sees all the shows they’d actually save $200!! So, again, please give; and if you can’t give this year, please forward e this email to an interested someone who maybe can.
I can’t thank you enough for reading through to the end here. I know it’s a lot (and there’s so much more I’ll spare you) and, despite the etymology, there isn’t much fun in fundraising. So from all of us at the Afterglow Festival, I want to wish you another wonderful four full weeks! of actual summer, a safe Labor Day, and all good things.
Oh, and supporters save the date Monday, September 10, for our Opening Eve Repast at delicious Baie Bar Resto where our dear friend Chef Raina Stefani will create some gorgeous plates, with wine from Perry’s!
To view the original Sabian Symbol themed 2015 Blague corresponding to this day: Flashback! The degree of the Sabian Symbol may be higher than the one listed here as the symbols cluminate in the next degree. There are 360 degrees spread over 365 days.
Typos happen—I don’t have time or an intern to edit.*
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