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“If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.” – Seth Godin


Happy New Year!

2022 is here. We don't know about you, but we must admit we hoped with the ball drop something would magically change and the world would return to some sense of normal. The last few weeks have shown that isn't the case. More variants. More cases. This is the new norm, but as Socrates says, "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." This year we are committed to NEW!

The first "new" thing we will share with you is the regional premiere of Bess Wohl's Small Mouth Sounds!


Next month we will start rehearsals with a cast and crew of wonderful artists with our sights set on opening night on March 18th at Pure Life Theatre in Raleigh.


The excitement of returning to rehearsals is real and at the same time our minds are focused on rehearsing in a time of pandemic. This means we have to work with organizations to ensure our cast has access to PCR testing and our audiences are aware of the COVID protocols of our venue. None of these are things we have done before but are essential to creating safe and responsibly in 2022.


We believe that Small Mouth Sounds is a perfect play for this time. Here is a little breakdown on the show:


In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, six runaways from city life embark on a silent retreat. As these strangers confront internal demons both profound and absurd, their vows of silence collide with the achingly human need to connect. Filled with awkward humor, this strange and compassionate new play asks how we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us.


We can all agree that the last few years have presented us all with many questions and many times we can't find the words to address them.


Please join us for this regional premiere. Ticket information will be coming very soon!



This project is supported by a grant from the Manbites Dog Theatre Fund and generous donations from the Marconi Hoban Tell Fund of the Triangle Community Foundation, the Campbell Family Foundation, and Matt and Mary Hough.



New Work

Enter this new year with a gratitude for this new chance to create your dreams.

Avina Celeste

For years we have talked about creating a work from the ground up. This is the year that will happen! As you are all aware, we have commissioned Tamara Kissane to write a script based on the story of Kafka and the doll. In the last few weeks, we have hired the talented Matthew Hager to compose the music for the show and confirmed that another gifted artist, Lormarev Jones will join us as director!



Tamara Kissane, Playwright

Matthew Hager, Composer

Lormarev Jones, Director


This show is going to be something to behold and we are so excited about this chance to create our dreams. We are fortunate to be surrounded by artists that are so skilled in their craft!


As you know, new works do not happen overnight. This show has been in the works for eighteen months and we are still 6 months away from a workshop but we are working on it daily! There is a lot happening that will all be revealed soon. Just know that it is coming soon and the story is in good hands!



With all the new comes the need for something old...money.


COVID has created a unique process for budgeting for our shows. In the spirit of full transparency, we will be paying $2800 in rent to produce Small Mouth Sounds. As you can imagine, this line item in our budget impacts our ability to pay the artists what they are worth. For years we have relied on the kindness of strangers for space. We have been blessed. We realize that the last two years have been so hard on venues. We completely understand paying rent, but it does take up a large part of the budget.


Speaking of budgeting, long gone are the days of relying on advance ticket sales to gauge how successful a show will be. We are seeing a trend in audiences waiting until the day of to make purchase decisions.


Small Mouth Sounds has been budgeted and we are looking at a budget that is more than twice what we normally spend on a show.


We have already spent money on the The Untitled Kafka Project and as we move towards the workshop we will see our costs for artists, musicians, and space start to come in.


So how can you help?


The most obvious way is to support us via financial donations:

  • Click HERE to make a gift via PayPal

  • Become a Patron (Monthly donations) via Patreon

  • Mail a check to

Honest Pint Theatre Co. 7617 Percy Court Raleigh, NC 27613

You can also help us in non financial ways:

  • Tell your friends about us by sharing our posts on Facebook.

  • Your recommendations will help drive awareness and ticket sales


  • Buy tickets to the shows

  • Volunteer.

  • We will need help as we navigate the COVID requirements of venues.

  • We need people that could lend a hand on loading in and loading out our sets.


We are grateful to all of you that have sent us checks and support us on a monthly basis via Patreon. Every penny counts and we are committed to ensuring that you see the fruits of your donations on stage. Thank you for sticking by us the last couple of years. There are exciting things happening and we are honored you are on this journey with us. Please reach out to us anytime at info@honestpinttheatre.org

Until next time!


Drink Deep!


David and Susannah

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Bring me your flowers and your hours in the center of the storm

Sing with me with new belief in second lives 'cause

I survived the morning

Can you see me

I made it to the other side

Thank God

Do believe me

I've been so good at wasting time

Thank God for July…

— In July, Sara Bareilles

 

It’s July!

As we watch or read the news we hear: Mask mandates are gone! Employees are being called back to their offices! The malls are full and restaurants are fully booked! Beaches are packed and National Parks are over-capacity! People are traveling in record numbers! Bruce Springsteen has reopened Broadway!

Meanwhile, in the news we also hear: Airlines are having to cancel hundreds of flights due to a pilot shortage. Summer getaways are overbooked due to overwhelming demand. Rental cars are in short supply. Retail workers are quitting at record numbers, leaving shoppers angry and unattended. Stores and restaurants cannot staff adequately. Police departments are unable to fill job vacancies despite a new pandemic of gun violence.

Wow… Everywhere you turn lately, it seems like people are ready to get things back to "normal." Everything is open or opening, and people are feeling impatient. They want to get going. They want to get back to traveling. They want to get whatever it is that they want, and they want to get it now.

Patience is required. For us, the summer of rushing back to normal is turning into the summer of hurry up and wait.

And we have to admit, we’re not good at it. After 16 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, being forced to stay home, to stop theatre-making, we want to get back to it desperately. As artists, we’ve existed in a culture that values “firsts.”

The first to break new ground.

The first to try something bold and daring.

The first to offer a story completely different than what you’ve seen before.

This is, after all, how we are judged on our skills.

And most of all, after a year or two, we don’t want to be forgotten.

But here’s the hard truth, friends: Our company is a small part of a theatrical eco-system. We only survive because the other companies that partner with us offer us their venues during their “dark” times on their calendars.

And these companies are scrambling to make up lost revenue from the past 16 months. They are jamming their performance calendars with their own shows and fund-raisers, and rightly so. We are all doing what we can to survive and come out of this period in relatively stable shape. Renting their venue to Honest Pint isn’t necessarily their most optimal financial move, and rental prices have risen dramatically (no pun intended). We survived the storm and we will have a second life, but it will not be rushed. This has been made clear.

We have been quietly working on finding venues for the show we plan to produce, such as the long-awaited, much delayed SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS, and the new play we commissioned from Tamara Kissane, THE UNTITLED KAFKA PROJECT (we are so close to finding the right title for it!). It is proving to be challenging.

 

What does this mean for Honest Pint? Well, it means we are learning how to be patient. We are mastering the art of waiting and hoping you will wait for us.

Have you ever felt firsthand the impact when someone waits for you to catch up? When someone waits for you to learn something new? When someone waits for you to learn how to work the TV remote or your smart phone or how to drive a car? When someone waits for you to arrive or to go somewhere, or waits for you to become the someone you long you be?

It’s such a good feeling when someone is patient, isn’t it? Being good at waiting is a superpower and not a waste of time. We are mastering this as we hustle to make our shows happen, and we hope our supporters and audiences will understand how scarce and expensive theater spaces are.

The reality is that we are all coming out of a long, difficult time. We are all rejoining a new world of sorts. New rules. New protocols. New expectations. Everyone is opening their eyes to a new reality. It's one that really can’t be rushed, even though everyone wants to rush back. We all want to be together in a theater again, for things to be “normal” again, and we are doing our best to make this happen. Every company in the Triangle is in economic and artistic recovery mode right now. Please be patient.

However, the GREAT news is that we have dates and a venue for a couple of offerings!!!

 

THE UNTITLED KAFKA PROJECT Workshop — a one-night-only preview of our new work

October 15, 2021, at Pure Life Theatre in Raleigh

This will also be — you guessed it — a fundraiser for Honest Pint

 

SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS, our first full production since Fall of 2019!

March 18 - April 3, 2022, at Pure Life Theater in Raleigh

…And there will be more in store in May/June of 2022. Stay tuned!

 

We would be remiss if we didn’t share our “Cost of a Pint” info with you. So here it is again, newly updated for the post-pandemic era:



 

Our needs are simple: pay artists for their hard work and time, pay the licensing fees to the publishers and playwrights, pay our rental costs, pay for set-building costs, pay for lighting and sounds, pay for ticketing services. That’s it. There’s no “extras” in an Honest Pint, no foam or purposeless filler. The bills get paid through donations and ticket sales, and in return, we give you a thrilling theatrical experience that cannot be matched by anything on TV or the big screen.

We need your donations now more than ever. Please consider making a one-time gift to Honest Pint here.

Or become a Pintron through your monthly pledge via Patreon here.

If you work for a business or know of one that likes to support non-profit companies like ours, please send us any information you can. We are seeking corporate support and private underwriters for our productions so we can keep this company alive. Thank you!

info@honestpinttheatre.org

 

And if you’re still reading this, we appreciate it. We think now is a good time to re-share our credo:

Theatre brings us together, to sit near one another, to hear stories, to lift our voices in joy or sorrow. Theatre creates worlds like no other. Its immediacy cannot be duplicated. Its intensity cannot be matched. A playwright’s miraculous words, directed with insight and acted with passion, elicit laughter, sadness, astonishment, enlightenment and inspiration. Suddenly, we are not alone. Theatre is communal. An actor speaks a playwright’s words. Another answers. Dialogue begins; melody rises. The audience adds its own energy, rhythm, breath; harmony emerges — all of it entwining together in a shared experience of power and exhilaration.


We believe that experiencing theatre is essential for communities to thrive. Since our inception, we have offered theatre in many formats, always mindful of ways we can spark dialogue and meaningful interactions with our audience.


In the age of Netflix and other streaming platforms, the importance of simply getting people out of their homes and interacting with fellow humans is a worthy goal. We are deeply proud of the Raleigh theatre community that we are a part of, and we love the interpersonal moments that happen before, during, and after shows. That moment in the lobby where you run into an old friend or exchange a thought with someone you don’t know is as much a part of our mission as the show we’re producing.


We believe in taking creative risks and working above and beyond our comfort zones in order to create experiences that stimulate, inspire, and challenge our audiences.


We strive to inspire the next generation of theater artists through performance, education, mentorship, and outreach.


We commit to sustaining a diverse, inclusive, equitable space and safe space for all voices.


We aspire to bring the Triangle area a high-quality theatrical experience while fostering fellowship within our community.


We believe in excellence and strive for greatness.


That’s an Honest Pint.


Thanks for sticking with us and staying patient as we figure out the next two years.

We promise it’ll be worth the wait. We are so excited to bring you new stories and experiences, and most fo all, to see you again! Until that time, stay safe and

DRINK DEEP! 🍺

— Susannah and David

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That's life (that's life), that's what all the people say

You're ridin' high in April, shot down in May

But I know I'm gonna change that tune

When I'm back on top, back on top in June

Frank Sinatra

 

Spring in June?


Doesn't it feel good to be here? Let's be honest, a year ago we didn't know the road that was in front of us.


We had no idea the social, political, and personal upheaval that was coming.


We lived in hope that it would all be over soon and life would return to normal.


We were getting to the end of Netflix, we were growing tired of having food delivered.


Well, here we are a year later and for the first time in a long time there is a sense of hope. Something is coming. There is light at the end of the tunnel and for the first time in almost 15 months it doesn't feel like its a train!


There is hope.


There is cautious joy!


People are starting to gather again. People are traveling again. People are hugging again.


Soon people will be in a theatre again!


Granted, we all have a degree of PTSD because of the last 15 months. We are a little tentative about setting our hopes too high, lest they be dashed again. But, there is a change in the air. A spring in our collective steps --- dare we say a rebirth.


Life is returning. It might not be the "normal" that was, but it will be the normal that "is" and as long as the "new" normal includes hugs, theatre, and being with people we love, we say BRING IT ON!


What are you most excited about? What puts a spring in your step? What is the first trip you will take? The first concert you will see?


Let us know at info@honestpinttheatre.org we want to share in your joy!

 


Kafka project update


We are excited to report that we have a first draft of the play in hand! Tamara Kissane has worked tirelessly to create a magical, poignant story --- with music! Just imagine Busby Berkley mermaids, giant white birds, and trips the moon!!! That is just a little taste of what lies ahead for our beloved doll! The first draft is a baby step, trust us when we say it is a HUGE baby step! We can't wait to dive into it and work with her and composers to bring it to life. We will be applying for grant opportunities to ensure that we are able to compensate all the artists that will breathe life into this work! Thank YOU for all your story contributions. You might hear or see them the stage!

 

Welcome May’s guest blogger, Hayden Tyler!

This month we welcome, Hayden Tyler to the guest blogger family. Hayden is a Raleigh-based artist. Some of their favorite memories of performing, creating, and teaching live theatre in the Triangle area include Seussical (RLT), Rudolph (DECPA), Godspell (BLT), Lion King KIDS (Sonorous Road) and Anything Goes (Temple). Recent credits include The Tempest (Theatre 444) and Always Will (World Premiere). They advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion of under-celebrated communities. Hayden graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a BA in English from Lees-McRae College. Take it away Hayden!

 

Can I tell you a secret? I love wearing a mask. And it has nothing to do with science or reason, though I do find those things valuable; it's purely superficial. I think they look cool. I like the ones I bought, even that overpriced $20 mask, because it glitters, and it's pretty. I like the one that has a little cartoon vampire mouth, because it's cute and spooky. I like the one that has a galaxy pattern, for no particular reason. Just because.


Can I tell you a secret? I hate wearing a mask. I hate the visible reminder of the pandemic, the sense of stress it brings about the inferences we make about others based on how, where, and how often they wear masks. I hate the feeling of being on guard, of not relaxing until I can take my mask off!


And that's okay. I can have two conflicting secrets. During this pandemic, I'm confronting my conflicting secrets, which shakes me to my core, yet what I find at the center is an anchor of peace.


Can I tell you a secret? Most of this has to do with social media. I find that it allows people to conduct themselves in a very idealistic way, when those same people are actually much chiller irl than they are online. I watched people I love fight each other, connected to their combatant only through me. People I haven't spoken to in years randomly pop up and inflame a delicate conversation. People from all the social circles in my life, who sometimes don't understand each other but haven't had the opportunity to know each other, except through their connection to me.


This is not what I signed up for!


Okay, so social media is free. I'm not here to get into a thing about data mining ethics, I accept that using a free online service means I pay some kind of non-money price. I recognize that I can't dictate how others act on this platform; I tried intervening, and educating, and listening with empathy, and it drained me. So I went dark for the winter.


Can I tell you a secret? It was awesome. And strangely, so hard? I thought about how I wanted other people to think of me, what I wanted from social media and how I wanted to use it, and the expectations others have of my social media presence. I came to the conclusion that I had to merge my real, physical self and my digital self in the best and most authentic way for me.


We talk about mental health, and we should. We are beginning to talk about emotional health as well, which is good! And we've been talking about our physical and spiritual health, that's been normalized for a long time. I call these the four spheres of life, which I learned about from studying sacred geometry. Basically, it goes like this- you have four areas of priority in your life: spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional. If you spend equal amounts of energy on them, you will have balanced self-care. Which helps you live your best life!


Can I tell you a secret? I think there's five spheres of life now. I think it's time to add the digital sphere. It's time to figure out how we can self-care our digital selves so they heal from the damage we take. Like it or not, the digital self is here to stay; and I have to figure out how I'm going to put it in balance with the other aspects of my self.


Recently I replaced my phone by insurance, which because of how the world is now, took five days. Five days without social media, yes, but also five days of no phone calls. No texts. No Webtoon. No way to phone for help in an emergency. No GPS either- I printed directions from MapQuest (thank you MapQuest, you're still the goat). Suddenly I had to pivot my money handling, my communications, my sense of threat (and you may remember I'm not fond of that feeling).


Did you know it's a lot harder to stay connected to the theatre world when you aren't using your digital self? I missed out on all the hot news and developments, all the job postings, the pictures and inspiration from artists like myself who in March 2020 lost employment in three economic sectors. The digital self has real positive consequences, too- it gives us that sense of community, it dispels loneliness, and it keeps us connected to people we instantly loved but haven't seen since that one audition like six years ago.


Can I tell you a secret? I've barely done any theatre since the pandemic. I've been focused on building my stability, which is admittedly way easier when I'm not working two jobs (and juggling a few hustles) in order to afford opportunities to do what I love. Taking that digital winter break was a breath of fresh air, a reminder that I am more than a theatre artist. I remembered that I am a complete and valuable person outside what I offer through my art. It's hard to watch theatre gearing back up without me; but I know that when I am ready to rejoin, it will be with the full ease and confidence that comes with the security and balance I've cultivated for myself, in all five spheres.

The digital sphere has real consequences. I've been having a lot of fun discovering how to integrate it with my other sphere. It actually led me to this one last secret, which it's okay for me to tell you, right? It's so easy to be kind. To extend forgiveness. I used to get so exhausted from carrying the weight of fixing the world on my shoulders- until I learned to truly forgive myself for failing to do it perfectly. It's so easy to be gentle to someone, to radiate genuine kindness and love, because it leads you to more genuine and joyful connections. You'll see how many other people are truly loving and kind. TL; DR the digital self is real and we need to integrate it into our whole selves! Also forgiveness, kindness, and empathy are like so important.

 

Thank you so much Hayden!


We couldn't agree more. You are so right about kindness and forgiveness. it is easy to forget to LEAD WITH LOVE. A lot of our past 18 months has been spent in a digital realm and being around people again will require us to rebuild our social stamina! One great way to do that will be safely see a show. Safely enjoy a drink and conversation with friends. Put down the devices and live in the analog world for awhile. It is amazing what you will see and hear!


 

One last thing before we go: We would be remiss if we didn't ask for your help!

As you know, we relaunched our Patreon page after almost a year of being dormant due to the pandemic. As we dive deeper into our Kafka project your monthly pledges will go directly to paying all the artists involved in the project

You can access our Patreon page here.

If you prefer to give a one-time donation via a credit card, that’d be swell, too. There is a link on our website where you can use PayPal or your credit card. You can access PayPal now by clicking here.


Thank you so much for your continuing support and for keeping the faith in us!

We are so grateful for your support and we can't wait to see you all very soon!


Drink Deep,


David and Susannah

 


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