How are you? We hope that you are safe and healthy and have what you need to get you through this remarkable and unprecedented time. We, at FPCT are hanging in there, but we miss you and the thrilling and collaborative work that we planned on exploring with you.
Sadly, we must announce that with continuing concern for the well-being of our collaborators, and in compliance with Governor Hogan’s Stay-At-Home Order, this year’s 10x10x10 original short play festival will be postponed. We hope to produce the festival this summer, with the excellent selections that have already been announced. We will make that final determination at the end of May. A sincere thank you to everyone who submitted video auditions – we hope that it won’t be too long before we invite you to come play with us.
While we are heartbroken to see the firehouse sitting empty and dark, your trusty friends at FPCT haven’t been completely idle. We’ve been cleaning and organizing our space and props, one volunteer in the building at a time. We’ve been working on a complete redesign of our website and planning a gangbusters new season. And of course, we are trying to figure out how to stay in business until we can open our doors again. For now, take a peek at our new website at www.fpct.org!
People have been asking how they can help, and we want to send our profound thanks to those friends who have surprised us with donations large and small to help us get through this crisis. We are seeking emergency funding where we can, but most relief programs are meant to preserve jobs, and organizations without paid staff are ineligible. Especially now, when everyone is facing unforeseen challenges, EVERY gift means even more.
The great playwright Terrence McNally died on March 24 from Covid-19 related complications. FPCT produced many of his plays over the years including Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune and Love! Valour! Compassion! Mr. McNally ended his Lifetime Achievement Tony Award acceptance speech in 2019 with: “The world needs artists more than ever … to remind us what truth and beauty and kindness really are.”
Our truth and beauty and kindness comes from you, our extraordinary community of friends, collaborators, members, and patrons. We look forward to seeing you again at the theatre soon.