Support the theater arts–and get a tax deduction

Pasadena is becoming a real theater town but theater is a tricky enterprise and Pasadena’s historic Playhouse did file for bankruptcy just a few years ago. So in these last few days of 2011, if you can afford to, make a tax-deductible donation to a Pasadena theater and not only will you benefit when you turn in your 2011 tax forms, but the whole community will benefit from the rich and diverse theater community thriving in Pasadena.

If you’re one of those super organized people, make a tax deduction next month to prepare for a 2012 tax deduction.

Here’s an update on a few of the local theaters with their own personal messages.

A NOISE WITHIN

As you can imagine, it’s hard to start up a new enterprise or re-locate in this current economic climate. A Noise Within had been planning this move for a long time and went forward despite the economic free-fall. They began their first season in Pasadena this year, leaving Glendale (and after that brief interlude in East Los Angeles before returning to Glendale). ANW still needs money.

A long-time Board member and patron has generously agreed to match dollar for dollar up to $50,000 in new and increased gifts to A Noise Within’s operating fund!  There are only 2 days left to contribute to this end-of-year match!

Help us meet the Inaugural Season $50,000 Challenge with your new or increased gift and ensure our programs can give teachers and students the resources they need to successfully teach the classics of great literature in the classroom.

Visit https://boxoffice.printtixusa.com/anoisewithin/donate or call 626 356-3103.

BOSTON COURT

The ever innovative Boston Court decided to go theatrical via Samuel Beckett for their end of the year plea for donations. You can view their video featuring The Theatre @ Boston Court’s Co-Artistic Directors Michael Michetti and Jessica Kubzansky.

To donate, visit Boston Court’s website.

PASADENA PLAYHOUSE

We are very fortunate at The Playhouse to have a very dedicated Board and committed supporters to ensure our fundraising efforts and thanks to them, we have been successful for the health of the organization.  We completed our 2010-2011 season in August, surpassing goals, largely thanks to a new endowment bequeathed to us for theatre maintenance and a generous challenge grant from one of our loyal friends whose leadership inspired others to do the same, along with renewed support from our Board, foundations, and individuals who believe in our mission of bringing artistry to the stage, and offstage with our outreach and education programs.

Our 2011-2012 season, which kicked off in September, raised the bar further with expanded fundraising initiatives to further the organization in its goals for continued excellence in arts presentation, expanded scope and greater community impact with outreach programs, and dedication to new play development.  It is thanks to our patrons and commitment to the community that 2011 is ending on a fundraising high and we look forward to sharing more exciting news in the Playhouse funding arena in the spring of 2012.  We are grateful for the opportunity to thank all of our supporters and to share how important their support is to The Pasadena Playhouse and our exciting future.  – Jennifer Berger, Director of Development

To donate to the Pasadena Playhouse visit their website.

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