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We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer's wreckage. We will welcome summer's ghost."

Henry Rollins


Hello, Huckleberry Friends!

First, we thank all of you who responded to our last newsletter in August. Many of you read the plea for funding we included as well as the link to the article in the Times. We truly appreciate all your moral and financial support. We could not do this without you! As you know, theatrical companies in our area and around the nation continue to struggle to come out of the pandemic. But have no fear. Theatre is alive and well…and WILL continue.




Speaking of continuing, we are thrilled to announce that in the spring of 2024 we will be producing GRAND HORIZONS by Bess Wohl. This show has been on our list for awhile and we look forward to sharing this story! Here is a little bit about what’s in store:


Over a quiet dinner for two, Bill and Nancy serenely decide to divorce after fifty years of marriage. While Nancy feels liberated and Bill seems unfazed, their adult sons Brian and Ben don’t exactly take it well. As the “kids” descend on the Grand Horizons senior living community to mediate, everything they thought they knew about their parents comes crashing down. Bess Wohl’s Tony-nominated comedy is a hilarious, heartbreaking commentary on marriage, family, and the wisdom that comes with age—or not. Bursting with all the joy and pathos of everyday life, Grand Horizons is theatre at its most enjoyable and familiar.

We are currently confirming dates and location, so keep an eye (and ear) out!



More good news!

Check this out!

“Email marketing platform Intuit Mailchimp has announced a pledge to support local arts organizations in the company’s home city of Atlanta. This pledge comes in response to the recent closures and financial hardships affecting the creative community, and recognizes the valuable work of these arts organizations to drive positive change, foster inclusivity, and enhance the quality of life for all Atlanta residents. Part of Mailchimp’s Give Where You Live initiative that currently supports nonprofits in five other U.S. cities, the program will grant $100,000 in unrestricted funding to 10 community arts organizations…“Creativity is central to Mailchimp’s brand and culture.” said Lain Shakespeare, senior director of corporate citizenship at Intuit Mailchimp, in a statement. “Small and medium sized arts organizations are the heartbeat of Atlanta’s creative economy. Many of these arts organizations are our customers, our partners, and the places ‌where our employees volunteer. We’re proud to help power their prosperity and help grow creative excellence in our home town.”

We just love and appreciate that their company spokesperson is named Shakespeare! We are also proud that we use MailChimp for all our correspondence. It is nice to use a product that believes the arts are important, not just in words but in actions. Maybe you, dear reader, work for a company that matches your donations to not-for-profit organizations like Honest Pint? That can increase your donation by 100% and can make a huge impact on a small organization such as ours! You can read the full article about this HERE!

Some real talk...

Theatre IS surviving. It always has, but we are very focused on what is happening with theatres across the country. Sometime it is like inside baseball. We see and read a lot of information that most people don't, so we like to pass on that information to you, our friends!

Recently, David was interviewed for an article published by Raleigh Magazine about space issues facing theatres across out region.


You can read it HERE


We also found an article last week discussing the “whys” of audience decline and subscriber or season ticket holder numbers falling, and you can read it HERE if you have a NYT account.


If you do not have a NYT account, here are some main points:


“The nonprofit theater world’s industrywide crisis, which has led to closings, layoffs and a reduction in the number of shows being staged, is being exacerbated by a steep drop in the number of people who buy theater subscriptions, in which they pay upfront to see most or all of a season’s shows. The once-lucrative subscription model had been waning for years, but it has fallen off a cliff since the pandemic struck.


It is happening across the nation. Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater had 13,566 subscribers last season, down from 19,770 before the pandemic. In Atlanta, the Alliance Theater ended last season with 3,208, down from a pre-pandemic 5,086, while Northlight Theater, in Skokie, Ill., is at about 3,200, down from 5,700…


Subscribers were long the lifeblood of many performing arts organizations — a reliable income stream, and a guarantee that many seats would be filled. The pandemic hastened their disappearance for a number of reasons, according to interviews with theater executives around the country and theatergoers who let their subscriptions lapse. Many longtime subscribers simply got out of the habit while theaters were closed. Others grew to appreciate the ease and flexibility of streamed entertainment at home. Some found the recent programming too didactic. And the slow return to offices meant fewer people were commuting into the downtown areas where regional theaters are often located…


Why do subscribers matter?

“No. 1, it reduces your cost of marketing hugely — you’re selling three or five tickets for the cost of one,” said Michael M. Kaiser, the chairman of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland. “No. 2, you get the cash up front, which helps fund the rehearsal period and the producing period. And No. 3, subscriptions give you artistic flexibility — if people are willing to buy all the shows, some subset of the total can be less familiar and more challenging, but if you don’t have subscribers, every production is sold on its own merits, and that makes taking artistic risk much more difficult.”


Programming is clearly on the mind of lapsed subscribers around the country. Even as subscriptions have fallen sharply at regional nonprofits whose mission is to develop new voices and present noncommercial work, they have remained steadier at venues that present touring Broadway shows with highly recognizable titles…


“There’s so much going on with the ‘ought-to-see-this-because-you’re-going-to-be-taught-a-lesson’ stuff, and I’m OK with that, but part of me thinks we’re going a little overboard, and I need to have some fun,” said Melissa Ortuno, 61, of Queens. She describes herself as a frequent theatergoer — she has already seen 17 shows this year — but finds herself now preferring to purchase tickets for individual shows, rather than subscriptions. “I want to take a shot, but I don’t want to be dictated to. And this way I can buy what I want.”


But there are other reasons subscribers have stepped away, including age. “We’re all old, that’s the problem,” said Happy Shipley, 77, of Erwinna, Pa., who decided to renew her subscription at the Bucks County Playhouse, but sees others making a different choice. “Many of them don’t stay up late anymore; they’re anxious about parking, walking, crime, public transportation, increased need of restrooms, you name it.”…


Rena Tobey, a 64-year-old New Yorker, had at least 12 theater subscriptions before the pandemic, and now has none, citing an ongoing concern about catching Covid in crowds, a new appreciation for television and streaming, and a sense that theaters are programming shows for people other than her. “For many years, I’ve pushed my boundaries, and I’m just at a point where I don’t want to do it anymore.”


Wow. These comments are powerful in that it reinforces for us some beliefs we have held all along such as venue location matters, we compete with pajamas and streaming platforms, fear of catching Covid is real, and that subscription ticket sales are a fluid element to producing entities and are not always reliable.


Season subscriptions have always been a mainstay in American theatre and are needed to balance the budget. But what happens when they are no longer a dependable source of income, the landscape of ticket sales and theatergoers changes, and new paradigms must be adopted?


Who makes up the difference in income when theatre organizations pretty much exist season to season and are all on the brink of financial disaster on any given year?


Private donors. Yes, public grants help immensely, but they, too, cannot be counted on for consistency. Most cannot sustain an organization long term, as they are doled out for specific projects not long term unrestricted administrative support. And organizations must reapply each year for them. A short term solution for a long term problem.


The good news is, some philanthropic corporate leaders get it. They understand how arts organizations enhance the quality of life in any city and that the people who work for them and use their products are actually in partnership with them. It is their responsibility to give back to the communities that they profit from.


As always, how you can help!

If all of our patrons and friends donated to our year end planning, we would be able to:

  • Pay all of our artists

  • Pay $3000 rental fees for our venues

  • Pay the $1,200 - $1500 licensing fees per show

  • Purchase set materials

  • Purchase set design elements such as furniture and props

  • Rent lighting equipment

  • Hire a photographer and graphic designer for marketing

  • Pay to advertise in various media outlets

  • Pay the rent for our storage unit

  • Cover the costs of ticketing system fees

We are so excited about our future and with your help we can make that a reality! No donation is too small (or too large).

Don't be afraid to DIG DEEP! We promise we will be good stewards of every dollar we receive and use it to create theatre for thirsty minds!

You can make a donation via PayPal here.


December will be magic again.

Light the candle-lights

To conjure Mr. Wilde

Into the Silent Night.

Oh, it's quiet inside,

Here in Oscar's mind.


December will be magic again.

Don't miss the brightest star.

Kiss under mistletoe.

I want to hear you laugh.

Don't let the mystery go now.

Kate Bush



Happy Holidays, thank you and the future!

As we approach the holidays, we take time to reflect on the year we are leaving behind. It has been a year full of joy and gratitude. A year full of highs (and some lows). It was also a time of rebirth! 2022 saw us return to the stage for the first time since the Pandemic. Our April production of SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS was a critical and artistic success. It was the perfect show to for our post pandemic world. Many audience members connected to the piece in ways that surprised us! We also began the first steps towards a new musical. The June workshop of AWAY HOME allowed us to share with you, our patrons, the beginning of this moving show about love, loss, and hope. We are excited to bring the next iteration of the show to life in June of 2023! Both of these post pandemic productions (nice alliteration, huh?) allowed us to showcase the talent of local artists, onstage and off. That is something we are so proud of. Something that we are committed to. Your generosity makes that happen! Your monthly pledges via Patreon and your one time donations throughout the year make is possible for us to produce the shows and hire and pay each artist involved. 2023 is going to be an exciting year! We will kick off with a remount of the first show we ever did, A STEADY RAIN. We will follow that with a co-production with The Justice Theatre Project of TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS. This production has been on our bucket list for years. You don't want to miss either of these shows! They each will have an impact on you and we can't wait to share them. The summer will bring another workshop of AWAY HOME thanks to a grant from The Manbites Dog Theatre Fund. As you can see we have a busy schedule! Your support the last ten years has been tremendous and we will need it even more as we head into our next decade of creating theatre for thirsty minds!


Last minute gifts?

As you wind down your holiday shopping, we would be remiss to mention that you can always make a tax deductible donation to Honest Pint! We set an ambitious goal of $5,000 (or more) by year’s end in order to to produce our January 2023 show, A STEADY RAIN and prepare for our April show, TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS. Thanks to our friends and patrons, we had a successful Giving Tuesday and between the Facebook fundraiser and donations on PayPal, we made it halfway to our goal!

We are so excited about our future and with your help we can make that a reality! No donation is too small (or too large).

You can make a donation via PayPal here.


You can also send a check to:

Honest Pint Theatre Co.

7617 Percy Court

Raleigh, NC 27613



Rain in the forecast!

We are so excited to remount Keith Huff's A STEADY RAIN in January! Susannah Hough will direct Ryan Brock and David Henderson as they revisit the roles of Joey and Denny, two Chicago policemen that have been best friends since kindergarten. The play is inspired by a real-life event involving Jeffrey Dahmer, and that event threatens Joey and Denny's lifelong friendship when it becomes clear someone must bear responsibility for their egregious failure to assess the situation accurately.

Here is what critics said about our production ten years ago!



The show will be produced at Theatre Raleigh's Studio theatre and will run:

  • Sat. Jan 21st 2023, 7:30 pm

  • Sun. Jan 22nd 2023, 3:00 pm

  • Thu. Jan 26th 2023, 7:30 pm

  • Fri. Jan 27th 2023, 7:30 pm

  • Sat. Jan 28th 2023, 7:30 pm

  • Sun. Jan 29th 2023, 3:00 pm

  • Thu. Feb 2nd 2023, 7:30 pm

  • Fri. Feb 3rd 2023, 7:30 pm

  • Sat. Feb 4th 2023, 7:30 pm


Don't wait to book your tickets!


You can get them here or by clicking the button below.




As always, thank you for your ongoing support. We couldn't do this without you! Now we are off to finish our shopping! Those stockings aren't going to fill themselves! More soon!

Drink Deep!

— David and Susannah


What is an Honest Pint?

Laughter, anger, joy, happiness, sadness, frustration — you’ll find all of these and more in the works we choose. But the common element should always be a seed of truth. We strive to plant that seed in a field of high-quality entertainment and nurture it. Like that wonderful late-night conversation with a friend over a pint of beer, an Honest Pint show should resurface in your thoughts, dreams, and subtle ways you interact with the world for months or maybe years to come. We hope to change your perceptions, challenge your beliefs, and give you a hell of a great night in the process.

Honest Pint Theatre Co. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Federal Tax ID - 82-2082759


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Welcome back old friend, November

Where have you been now for so long

I′ve got so many things to tell you

So much happens while your gone

Acoustic Syndicate

 

Milestones!

How are you?


It has been a couple of months since we checked in and as the season makes its change we wanted to let you know all the great things that are happening (and have happened)!


The dog days of summer were just that! Dog days! Lots of plotting and planning and getting our ducks in a row for what will be an exciting 10th anniversary season!


That's right, you read that correctly!


Honest Pint is TEN YEARS OLD!!!


We are so grateful to celebrate this milestone and it is thanks to you our, generous and kind patrons, that we are able to do what we do!


This month, we want to share with you what to expect this season and let you know how YOU can help Honest Pint continue to be a voice in our vibrant theatre scene for the NEXT 10 years!

 


Giving Tuesday is November 29th


GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of radical generosity. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Since then, it has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.


This year, Honest Pint is asking for your consideration on GivingTuesday!


You have heard us say before that ticket sales cover less than 40% of program and production costs at Honest Pint Theatre Company.


By donating this GivingTuesday YOU can help us bridge the gap and continue creating the extraordinary theatre you have come to love.


As we head into a new and exciting season, we recognize that the Triangle community is truly special, and we thank you all for helping us blossom into the organization we have become.

Your contribution to Honest Pint Theatre Company allows us to produce unforgettable theatrical experiences and create jobs for local actors & designers (who build beautiful sets, costumes, and props).

This GivingTuesday, we are setting an ambitious goal of $5,000! This money will go directly to paying the artists that will bring you our exciting 10th season! (More on that in a moment)!

Please donate to us via PayPal by clicking the button below.



 




Slow and Steady...wins the race!

Ten years ago, Honest Pint emerged on the scene with a small two hander written by Keith Huff. This production was critically acclaimed and served as the launching pad for the Honest Pint you know and love today! In celebration of our tenth anniversary, we are excited to announce that we will be producing A STEADY RAIN in January of 2023 at The Studio Theatre at Theatre Raleigh. Susannah Hough will direct Ryan Brock and David Henderson as they revisit the roles of Joey and Denny, two Chicago policemen that have been best friends since kindergarten. The play is inspired by a real-life event involving Jeffrey Dahmer, and that event threatens Joey and Denny's lifelong friendship when it becomes clear someone must bear responsibility for their egregious failure to assess the situation accurately. A STEADY RAIN is a harrowing journey into a moral gray area where trust and loyalty struggle for survival against a sobering backdrop of pimps, prostitutes, and criminal lowlifes. The world is vastly different that is was ten years ago and A STEADY RAIN asks tough questions, and makes audiences uncomfortable with the answers. The show is a very raw look at friendship, violence, and toxic masculinity. We believe it does what great theater should do, challenge its audience. We cannot wait to share this story again!

 

Small but MIGHTY!


Hot on the heels of A STEADY RAIN will be TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS by Nia Vardalos (based on Cheryl Strayed's bestselling book). We are thrilled to bring this story to Triangle audiences in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the book's publication.


This show is a co-production with our friends at The Justice Theatre Project and will be presented at The Studio Theatre at Theatre Raleigh!


Join us in April as Susannah Hough leads an amazing cast in a story about reaching when you’re stuck, healing when you’re broken, and finding the courage to take on the questions which have no answers.


Trust us, this show packs a wallop!

 

New work and a generous grant!

We were honored to received a generous grant from the Manbites Dog Theatre Fund! This grant will help us continue our development of Tamarra Kissane and Matthew Hager's new Musical AWAY HOME! Work has not stopped on this piece since we shared it in June and we are working out the specifics of the next presentation of it! The feedback we received in June was appreciated and we are consciously taking time to reflect on the feedback and make the work even stronger. Our plan is to share the show again in June of 2023. Details are still being finalized, but stay tuned!

 

That was a lot to get out...thanks for hanging with us!


It is important we express how grateful we are for your support! We have had a wonderful 10 years making theatre for some of the best audiences in the country!


Don't forget GivingTuesday on November 29th! We would be so appreciative of any amount you can give!


Our season is exciting...but expensive!


Thank you for sticking with us for the last 10 years! Here's to the next 10!


Drink Deep!


David and Susannah





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