Crowd funding campaign offers support for Art Theater of Davis

The Art Theater of Davis, a new ensemble dedicated to modern classics, has launched an online crowd-funding campaign that invites Davis residents to be patrons of the dramatic arts.

Theater companies have often relied on “angels,” investors who underwrite the costs of producing a play and keeping tickets affordable. Along with the satisfaction of supporting community arts, theater angels enjoy special connections to their shows, invitations to rehearsals, recognition and other tokens of gratitude.

“Thanks to internet crowd-funding, everyone can be a theatrical angel for The Art Theater of Davis by visiting ArtTheater.org,” said Denise Dempsey, director of public relations for the theater.

“Our company is on a mission to bring classics of modern theater to Davis, often using original translations,” said Timothy Nutter, Artistic Director of The Art Theater of Davis. “As regional theaters trend toward contemporary and commercial work, we strive to enrich our community by staging masterworks of theater history. By re-staging them for modern audiences we foster the continuing dialogue between that rich cultural past and our present.

“Contributors will know that their donation is leveraged by sweat equity and dedication to great plays that deserve attention and respect.”

In exchange, ATD is offering “perks” such as reusable canvas grocery bags, T-shirts, exclusive parties with the cast and season tickets.

The Art Theater’s next play, Noël Coward’s “Hay Fever,” will be its first comedy of this new season. “Hay Fever,” presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., takes place in 1925, when radio broadcasting, penicillin, refrigeration, and the first traffic signal are launching us into the modern age. “Hay Fever” is a comedy of manners — bad manners — that the New York Times called “an evening of intoxicating escape.”

The Art Theater is “is aiming not only to raise money for this masterpiece of English comedy but also to build community and support for the dramatic arts in our town,” Dempsey said. “Since ‘Hay Fever’ is not out of copyright, paying licensing fees doubles our fall budget – our purse strings are a little frayed! Rent for our Olive Drive jewel-box-sized theater has also increased.”

The Art Theater of Davis welcomes volunteers who are interested in re-creating the master works of modern theater. Auditions for “Hay Fever” will be Saturday, Aug. 30, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Third Space Art Collective, 946 Olive Drive, with call-backs on Sunday, Aug. 31.

For more information about The Art Theater of Davis, visit ArtTheater.org.

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