For close to five decades, IT has brought the best of live theatre to the greater Tucson community through main stage productions, educational outreach, intergenerational matinees, in-school performances and a world class summer cabaret series. The name INVISIBLE THEATRE was chosen to convey the invisible energy that flows between performer and audience that makes the magic of theatre. "Good Times, Bad Times, We’ve Seen them All…” But never anything like this! When we shuttered the theatre on March 13th we had no idea of the journey ahead of us. Sarah Bernhardt said, “Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.” It is your belief, your loyalty and your generosity that has helped ITremain deficit free for 49 years! So, we are kicking off our 50th Anniversary “Grateful Heart” campaign with some GOOD NEWS and that is something we all need!
Thanks to John Bean, Alexandra Jupin, The Ralph L. Smith Foundation and Dr. Bella Eibensteiner, (“Chiropractor to the Stars”) we have received a $50,000 Matching Challenge Grant! These amazing patrons will match $1 for $1 any NEW or INCREASED donation, which would result in a $100,000 campaign!
So, this means if your annual donation is $1,000 and you increase your donation by $1,000, that extra $1,000 magically becomes $2,000! (Who says actors aren’t good at math!) All monies raised from this “Grateful Heart” Campaign will go to current and future programming.
Invisible Theatre has always been about what we can do, not what we can't. We were on track to have our most successful season ever, both artistically and financially, until that fateful Friday in March 2020 when we, like other businesses, had to close our doors. Although, like everyone else, we have been extremely hard hit financially, we have remained positive in our attempts to honor our audiences and our artists and provide a safe environment that retains Invisible Theatre's artistic integrity. We were the first theatre in the state to receive approval and verification from the Arizona Department of Health Services. As a result of our efforts and leadership, Invisible Theatre was featured on the front page of The New York Times In the last 8 months we have safely produced 36 SOLD OUT performances in our reimagined and socially distanced venue. We are able to accommodate 22 patrons at each performance, so that means over 600 people attended our “Pandemic Premieres”! We heard comments like: “We feel so safe,” “Thank you for all the hard work,” and “It felt so normal.” Although gratifying, it is obviously not a sustainable business model. In this Covid-19 world, current ticket sales cover less than 20% of the cost of developing, presenting and producing the inspiring work, and special needs programming (like our Pastime Players) we bring to you each season.
Won’t you help us make our dreams of creating LIVE theatre a continued reality for another 50 years?
Tovether we make IT happen!