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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



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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They call me The Wanderer.

— Dion


 

AWAY and HOME

Hello, Friends!!

Sorry we have been absent for a few months. We did a thing (see below), we got ‘er done, and then we escaped the oppressively hot summer here in North Carolina for a little bit. Susannah beat it to the West Coast to the Big Sur wilderness for a month and David took a pilgrimage to the U.K.!

Did your parents used to go on vacation and then have slide shows in the living room for all the neighbors to come see? Martinis in hand and a 2-hour point by point visual description every. single. thing. they. saw.

Well, We’ve turned into our parents. Want to see ours? 😁🍸⬇︎



All you need to know about Big Sur is that Susannah is going back next week and will be going back often from now on. You can see why. As Henry Miller said, “It was here in Big Sur that I first learned to say amen.” Plus, the pull of family is strong, and hers are all there on the west coast.




David and Mac finally got to take a trip almost three years in the making (thanks Covid). This was supposed to be a trip for all three of the Henderson men, but the passing of David's dad meant that it became a trip for two, however some of Jerry traveled with them and now rests in a couple of beautiful locations in Scotland!


Away Home

Okay, so the thing we did was….. finally….. at long last…. our workshop offering of AWAY HOME!!! (or as you might remember, the working title was THE UNTITLED KAFKA PROJECT).

We gathered 10 intrepid actors, our inimitable director, Mia Self, our incredible playwright Tamara Kissane, and our phenomenal composer/lyricist Matthew Hager, put them in the rehearsal studio for 10 days and — wow!! They created magic together and brought our vision to life in a way we only dreamed of! We had two sold-out houses and lots of very positive feedback form our audiences.

We are so grateful to everyone who gave their time and talent to the workshop and also to North Carolina State University’s Theatre program. Their generosity enabled us to have rehearsal and performance space that we otherwise would’ve had to pay thousands of dollars for. The team there is THE BEST! Thank you to:

Joshua Reaves, Danica Jackson, Mia Self, Matt Rosine, Kathy Ferrell, Byron Jennings III, Hayden Tyler, Julie Oliver, Alli Mae Carnes, Emily Steinhoff James, DJ Brinson, Edith Snow, Jess Barbour, Devin Lackey, and Angelina Biron.




So, what comes next? Well, now we mull it all over with Tamara and Matthew, give them time and space to edit and create a new draft based on what they learned from the workshop, and then regroup. Most musicals and other new theatrical works take years to develop, and our show will be no different. Stay tuned as we refine and rework AWAY HOME.



Thanks to your generosity, Honest Pint Theatre Co. is able to continue our mission to present great works of theatre to audiences around the Triangle.

At Honest Pint, less than 50% of our budget is covered by ticket sales. It is through the support of generous individuals that we are able to maintain high artistic quality while keeping tickets affordable and paying our artists for their hard work. Your gift helps assure that Honest Pint can continue to provide the best in theatre to our community.

We would be grateful for any amount, large or small, that you would be willing to donate. Things are brewing, and with your help, they will be served up very soon!

There are several ways you can give:

Honest Pint Theatre Company 7617 Percy Court Raleigh, NC 27613


We hope you have a wonderful rest of your summer. Before you know it we will be wearing sweaters and watching leaves fall!


Thank you for your continued support!


Until next month.....


DRINK DEEP!


Susannah and David

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