Taurus 14° (May 3)
Yesterday really was a mad rush to get everything done before we headed to NYC. I managed to catch up on all the financial aspects of the festival for the first quarter and beyond. I am just finishing up a final report to upload to the system for our grant we received. I managed to get all the outreach to returning sponsors drafted. I have another conversation scheduled with Sue at Mass MoCA. I have all our logos in place and I have the website primed to recieve donor visitations this year. On the train, I sent a whole bunch of pleas out and woke up this morning to a goodly amount already raised which is just fantastic. The way things go, I’ve learned, these sorts of early signs can be fleeting. This year I really have to push the agenda and, within the next couple of days, decisions will have to be made about casting and I will get my invoices in and I will make magic, people. This new year will be all about new talent and whatever support the oldies will provide!
I have to look at my schedule and decide when Marthe Svenjørd can start her Instagram magic and reach out to all hotels, inns, restaurants, etc that I have and have not reached out to in the past to become a sponsor. I can write a note to folks after my morning Blague time in May. I’m trying to write this as I watch Joe Scarborough, who I think might be something of a drunk as well as just an Aries blow hard. Anyway I am set up to receive and I will have to ask Brad about East End Market, Cafe Heaven and the entire business landscape at this point in Provincetown. I will ask Mark if he wants to give personally. I will have to be clever about how I send things out to folks in May. In June I plan to keep my bicycle on the premises of the Provincetown Inn and drive in the old Jalopy with the Afterglow signage on top, and spend the day roaming around giving out cards and drumming up business in the afternoon, while having spent the morning writing my show which will be priority one during those 30 days. I will know the enitre roster of the festival by July 1 and if I plan to do my own show well that’s what I’m going to do. If not I will find a someone to slot in. By the same token I could write my show and do it as the finale if I can’t find someone fabulous. I need to circle back to Vivian and see if she is game for this year. And I will ask Taylor because why not. I will also talk to the entire roster of folks and see if I can’t persuade them to do one big benefit for Afterglow Festival, maybe early July? or in September, just after Afterglow and try to fill the room to the brim at Joe’s and see if we can get some love that way.
I have to write to my Advisory Board. Here is what I’ll say:
We are pleased as punch to announce that our friend, colleague and talented theater director Ellie Heyman has joined Afterglow’s Advisory Board. Over the years, Ellie has directed several artists’ pieces that have premiered or been staged at Afterglow (and she will continue to do so this coming September). We couldn’t be more thrilled!
Here at AF HQ we have begun cranking up the machinery once again for Year Nine! We are nearing the end of casting the festival, and fundraising pleas are going out to would-be new and returning sponsors. You might say we are in a third wave of Afterglow artists as we began our journey with well-established performers (more than a few who make up this body;) and a second wave of emerging artists have since gone on to greater successes on stage and in film and television; and now we will be champion a new crop of artists many of whom will be unknown to our audiences. But that has always been the mission!
With the Afterglow Festival, and our successful Afterglow@Oberon series at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge (entering year five!), audiences have learned to trust our curation and eagerly attend shows by performers they’ve probably never heard of. Despite ending that sentence with a preposition it makes the point: Afterglow carves out sacred stage space for artists, in Provincetown—the birthplace of modern American theater and the century-old incubator for live performance—the only way it can be done, which is via a non-profit entity such as ours.
Your presence on and participation as members of Afterglow’s Advisory Board is invaluable. And we are so grateful that you lend your names and provide whatever guidance or input you may to the festival. There is no doubt in our collective mind that our being here nine years since our start is in large part due to your loving support. So thank you.
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.
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