Support Your Local Theater Arts Community!

Support Your Local Theater Arts Community!

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Hello!

Thank you so much for being a supporter of theater arts! We hope you were able to see The Lover and Anton in Show Business earlier this year. Valley Players strives to produce quality shows that appeal to audience members like you.

We will be reprising The Lover by Harold Pinter in September at Bay Area Stage Theater in Vallejo and will follow that with a production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang (Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play!) in November, also at Bay Area Stage Theater.

In order to produce these shows, we have some specific monetary needs and we hope you can help. Our financial needs for the rest of 2017 total $5,000. For a detailed breakdown, please see below. Every penny donated will go directly to covering these costs and every dollar counts!

Please help us to continue to bring you quality, affordable live entertainment by making a tax-deductible donation today using the form here!

Sincerely,

June Alane Reif
President / CEO
Valley Players

UPCOMING PRODUCTION COSTS

Revolve*                                                                     $1,800

We hope to have this funded and built by August 26, 2017

The Lover Production Costs**

Rights                                                                         $240
Facility Rental                                                          $625
Marketing                                                                  $120

TOTAL: $985

Rights and marketing ($360) need to be funded ASAP.
Facility rental ($625) due in full on September 10, 2017.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Production Costs**

Rights                                                                         $990
Facility Rental                                                          $925
Marketing                                                                  $300

TOTAL: $2,215

Rights and marketing ($1290) need to be funded in September 2017.
Facility rental ($925) due in full on November 19, 2017.

TOTAL                                                                                                 $5,000

* What is a revolve and why do we need one? A revolve is a mechanically controlled platform within a theatre that can be rotated in order to speed up the changing of a scene within a show. Our immediate need for the revolve is for the set of our reprisal of The Lover in Vallejo. The Bay Area Stage Theater’s performance space is much cozier than that of the Lincoln. There is no way to fit both a bedroom and a living room on the same stage without a revolve! The plans we have had drawn up, though, make this revolve even more special – and useful. It is designed to be assembled and disassembled easily to allow for easy transport and compact storage, thus making it usable again and again and again. This revolve is also designed to be expandable. Currently, the materials included in the cost will make a 13 foot revolve, but the design will allow that revolve to not only be shortened to 8 feet, but expanded to eighteen! Having a revolve will greatly broaden our choice of material as we will be able to look at plays that use more than one set.

** Rights, facility rental and marketing are just a portion of the cost of producing a play. The actual budget for a production also includes the cost of scripts, props, costumes, set pieces, paint, printing of programs and other unexpected sundries. What we have priced out above are our currently known costs. The reprisal of The Lover shouldn’t cost much more than what we have listed – we will only need to cover the cost of paint and programs as we already have all the props, costumes and set pieces. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is another story. There are some very specific costume requirements and a more complicated set among other miscellaneous items.

 

Valley Players is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. All donations are tax-deductible.

Local Writers

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Valley Players is actively searching for female playwrights over forty and plays that provide strong roles for women over forty. Collaboration with local writers seems a natural fit. Whether developing a new work, organizing a playwright’s workshop, producing a series of staged readings, or even mounting a full production, we’d love to work with our local writers!

If you are interested, please contact us at Valley Players, call 707-246-9662

Why Donate to Valley Players?

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All monies donated to Valley Players go directly to funding our productions, running our classes and developing our outreach projects. Please download our donation form here.

Valley Players’ mission is to empower women over 40 through the theater arts.

Did you know that 80% of the roles in American theater are for men? And of the 20% that are for women, 95% are for women under 40? 68% of theater audiences are female, but only 24% of produced plays are written by women. The backstage numbers are just a bleak, but I won’t bore you with any more statistics.

Instead, I’ll tell you a brief story. Recently, we produced Anton in Show Business by Jane Martin. I encouraged a friend of mine to audition. She is in her 60s and has recently successfully battled breast cancer. She told me shortly before we opened that when she was cast, she was initially angry with me; that she thought there was no way she could learn all those lines with her “chemo brain”, but she HAD learned them and she was so grateful. Doing the show had made her feel strong again; she had regained her confidence and sense of self-worth—and her lifetime of experience made the role shine.

That is exactly why Valley Players was formed. To give older women a voice and a presence both on stage and off. We will not only be casting older women, we also want to hear their perspectives on this crazy world we live in. We are cultivating actors, directors, playwrights, stage managers, designers–you name it–from the thousands of women of wisdom out there, many of whom wrongly believe that theater is not for them. We may not be ingénues, but we have experience, and we have stories to tell.

Which brings me to the end of mine.  I hope that you can help us by providing a donation using the form here.

Sincerely,

June Alane Reif
President / CEO
Valley Players

Valley Players is a 501(c)(3) corporation. EIN: 82-1201666.

Sure Thing by David Ives

Sure Thing by David Ives

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As part of Arts in April, Valley Players is pleased to present the hilarious short play Sure Thing by David Ives, the story of two people who meet in a cafe and find their way through a conversational minefield as an offstage bell interrupts their false starts, gaffes, and faux pas on the way to falling in love.

Featuring Megan Palagi and Walter Hamlin and staged by June Alane Reif, Sure Thing will be presented at Art Gallery Napa Valley. Admission is FREE!

Apr 9, 2017: 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm (Sun)
Apr 16, 2017: 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm (Sun)
Apr 30, 2017: 10:30 am – 10:45 am (Sun)
Apr 30, 2017: 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm (Sun)

Art Gallery Napa Valley is open on Sundays from 10am to 6pm. Drop in early and browse the creative work of over 50 local artists!

Sure Thing is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.