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December 2021

The last time we reached out to ask for your support was December 2019. It was a letter brimming with hope, announcing our new Creative Partners, new Core Values, and a slate of ambitious upcoming projects. We’ve felt the loss of those dreams alongside the far greater losses of the past two years, including the ambiguous grief for what might have been. Now, with Omicron surging, we’re also feeling exhausted, frustrated, and scared. Whatever you’re feeling as this message reaches you, please know you’re not alone.

Because in spite of everything, we’re also feeling hope. While we paused most of our external programming over the past two years, we haven’t been idle. We’ve prioritized our Core Value of Collective Care and reimagined what our creative home could be. Now, we’re ready to share our new projects and dreams for the next few years with you. Can you help make them a reality with an end-of-year tax deductible donation?

Heading into the next few years, we’ve identified four priorities: the climate crisis, the emergence of hybrid theatre-making, the need to grow our resources, and liberating stories for our communities under attack. While these challenges are not new, the pandemic has intensified them. Our Core Values of Collective Care, Consent and Agency, Rigor and Release, Joy, and Aesthetic of Liberation are well-suited to navigate them, yet we will need to go deeper into the work than before. That’s why we’re asking for your support.

Here’re more information about the projects you’ll be supporting:

Climate crisis: The recent IPCC report makes clear that we must keep global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius to avoid catastrophe. Flux’s non-hierarchical, equitable, and consent-based practices have always been deeply aligned with the values of a Just Transition. In 2022, both Metra: A Climate Revolution Play with Songs and Rituals for the Anthropocene will now bring an explicit climate lens to our art-making itself. 

Hybrid theatre-making: Even before the pandemic, the dispersal of some of our Creative Partners across the country has necessitated thinking differently about how we make theatre. In 2022, we’re launching our first fully remote accessible play, Our Options Have Changed, an interactive audio experience on your phone.

Grow our resources: Flux’s Core Value of Collective Care has been critically important over the past two years. We’ve cared for each other through sickness and loss.That work has been slow, gentle, and full of breath. As we ready ourselves to resume full productions, we must deepen that commitment to care. That means growing our resources to afford longer tech periods and equitable compensation at a living wage. 

Liberating stories: The past two years have also seen rises in violence and oppressive laws against our communities. We need to develop and stage liberating stories that nourish, celebrate, and strengthen our communities. As one example, we’ll continue developing Pack, a trans liberation play, and resume our play development work.

Can you please make an end-of-year tax deductible contribution to make this work possible? Read on to learn more about two of the projects we’re moving forward in 2022.

Our Options Have Changed: an interactive audio experience on your phone. Lead artists Corey Allen, Emily Hartford, and Will Lowry.

Launching early 2022. In Our Options Have Changed, a series of crises have put a country on the brink of social collapse. A beloved wellness company named All for One has risen to power by helping people cope through their ‘holistic hopeline.’ In this telephonic choose-your-own-adventure, each participant will have a unique experience. Explore the interactive wellness opportunities, find the ways to leave your own mark on the hopeline… or go down the rabbit hole in a search for the truth. 

Metra: A Climate Revolution Play with Songs by Emily & Ned Hartford,
with songs by Ned Hartford.

Slated for production Fall 2022. Metra is a radical adaptation of a little-known myth from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Our play is set in 2043 in a world still run on fossil fuels and ravaged by climate catastrophe, where a group of revolutionaries attempts to bring down the grid through ancient magic, collective action, and a new myth for a new world. 

Here’s how you can help support work like this: Make a tax-deductible contribution online at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/store/3012/alldonations/10795. Flux Theatre Ensemble is a registered 501(c)(3) corporation (EIN: 46-5362560) and all donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

For 15 years and counting, we’ve been building a creative home together. We’ve developed hundreds of new plays and staged beloved productions like Hearts Like Fists, Sans Merci, Rizing, and Operating Systems. Above all, we’ve developed a community of Collective Care that’s kept us strong through the very worst of times. As we prepare for a new year of telling stories–and new ways of telling them–can you help us keep that community strong?

With hope and resilience,

Flux Theatre Ensemble Creative Partners


Flux acknowledges and is grateful for the funding and support we receive from the following institutional funders.

 

The New York State Council on the Arts
NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund (A Statewide Theatre Regrant Program)

 

The Nancy Quinn Fund a project of A.R.T./NY
 A.R.T./New York Creative Space Grant, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Dramatist Guild Fund
2019 Dramatists Guild Writers Alliance Grant, chosen for work that “pushes boundaries and shows tremendous promise,” being produced by a theater company that “holds itself to superlative ethical standards in supporting the livelihoods and careers of writers.”

Network of Ensemble Theater’s Touring & Exchange Network (NET/TEN), supported by lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

The IT Awards Caffe Cino Fellowship
(2011 Recipient)

LIT Fund NYC

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