Pisces 11° (March 1)
Paris, Day Thirty Eight of Sixty. And Day Ten of Bikram. Rabbit Rabbit. I had some white wine and then some red from Nicholas and back to dinner at La Fronde. Another steak tartare. Shh. Don’t tell anybody. Though I made a soup. The house is pretty clean which is good. It is going to be a bery bery big week and there is so much to do. I’m feeling a bit concerned about the boufer. I don’t have a lot to say. I need to put a schedule together in regard to the work still on the table because I blew my original dealine. I need to speak with April. Right now it’s Penny, Dito, Joseph, Tammy Faye, Isaac Oliver, Jeremy Goldsmith, April Ekfield. That’s already seven folks so I just need to come up with another three which is good. I will start the whole ball rolling again on the fundraising. Here is what I worked with last year.
Happy Spring 2019! I hope this finds you well and thriving. As the daffodils close out their seasonal performance here, on Cape Cod, I too am in a spirit of renewal and thus reaching out to you and other (hopefully) returning Sponsors of Afterglow, Provincetown’s Live Performance Arts Festival.
This will be year nine of the festival; and there has always been something magical about that number for me. So much so that, back in 2010 when we were starting outl, I named the parent non-profit company of the Afterglow Festival, 333 Inc., nine being the number of the muses, which I thought would be powerful. And in our first year (though we comped many sponsors, colleagues, students and seniors) we ended up selling exactly 333 full price tickets! This remains more than a fun fact for me—it still feels like something of a sign. And here we are, nine years later, still alive and kicking, and hoping to continue to make some real magic.
In the ensuing years, the Afterglow Festival has preserved Provincetown’s birthright as the birth place of modern American theater and performance. The festival has premiered and developed scores of solo plays and pieces that have moved off-Broadway and to famed stages around the world—musical, comedy, dance, opera, hip-hop, cabaret and uncategorical genres—by artists who make headlines for their art and social narratives.
We have presented over seventy artists since 2011, some of whom are Tony-, Oscar-, and Grammy-award-winners, who have gone on to stellar career success on the stage, in film and on television. It was at Afterglow that the majority of our audiences first saw Bridget Everett, Cole Escola, Our Lady J, Lady Rizo if not members of our own advisory board like Taylor Mac, Penny Arcade, Justin Vivian Bond and John Cameron Mitchell. Afterglow has created a home in Provincetown for all our progressive artists, emerging or veteran, who feel an artistic and emotional bond to the town, to its theatrical heritage, and to our home audiences who embrace them.
Over the years, Provincetown has increasingly attracted big-name acts in season that garner desired revenue for the town’s for-profit venues. Then, suddenly late summer, the Afterglow Festival takes stage. And for the past eight years, Afterglow has won audience trust for its curation of superb live programming by performers they’ve probably never heard of. This is evidenced by the steady growth in annual attendance. Unsurprisingly, the costs of producing a festival like ours (including venue rental, travel and lodging for artists) have also increased. But with your help, year on year, we continue to bring pioneering performers to Provincetown, championing their art and Provincetown’s legacy as their spiritual home.
Afterglow is supported by Joe’s Pub @ the Public in NYC, where we have presented, for the benefit of our non-profit, group performances by the ever-growing Afterglow “family” of artists. And in collaboration with the American Repertory Theater, where in collaboration with its directorship, we launched our Afterglow@Oberon (formerly Glowberon) series, now entering its fifth year, bringing our artists to Boston-Cambridge audiences as well. The series has contributed to Afterglow’s overall visibility and has helped garner praise by the media, including the The Boston Globe and PBS-WGBH—fostering the festival’s overall mission.
Under a new 333 auspice—Glow, “A Moveable Festival”—funded through separate grants and support—we have begun producing ancillary performances and small tours, beginning with New England, for our artists, helping them expand their scope and elevate the discourse of live performance more ubiquitously throughout the regions. All of our artists, as it turns out, are activists of sorts who proliferate positive change in our communities, from local enclaves like Provincetown, to the global one at large.
As we champion the Afterglow performers whose careers have begun to soar since first appearing with us in festival, we continue to introduce and incubate new crops of gifted artists, here in Provincetown, giving them the opportunity to create, present, premier and develop new theater and performance, in its rightful birthplace; making for them an artistic home; and providing them sacred stage space to experiment, express and explore their art and craft.
I sincerely hope that you will return this year as a valued sponsor of the Afterglow Festival; and that we might welcome you to our shows, introduce you to our artists, and otherwise share in the joy that your valued patronage provides for our hardworking, devoted and talented performers—be they young or not-so, emerging or established, foreign or domestic—whom we are humbly privileged to present in Provincetown. The 2019 Afterglow Festival takes stage September 10-14 at the Art House Provincetown, with special opening night festivities, on September 9, for artists and sponsors alike.
To view the original Sabian Symbol themed 2015 Cosmic Blague corresponding to this day: Flashback! The degree pointof the Sabian Symbol will be one degree higher than the one listed for today. The Blague portrays the starting degree of for this day ( 0°, for instance), as I typically post in the morning, while the Sabian number corresponds to the end point (1°) of that same 0°-1° period. There are 360 degrees spread over 365 or 6 days per year—so they near but not exactly correlate.
Typos happen. I don’t have a proofreader. And I like to just write, post and go!
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