People often say to me, “Suz, what is your favorite job? Directing? Acting? Producing? Touring with A CONVERSATION WITH EDITH HEAD?” I love IT all! I have spent well over half of my life working at Invisible Theatre.
I can remember my own first experience with the Invisible Theatre as if it were yesterday. I had moved to Tucson in the 1970’s and was working with Sandy Rosenthal at Arizona Civic Theatre (now ATC). I had met Molly McKasson at an audition and she told me about this new theatre group and asked if I would be interested in seeing what they were doing. As I climbed the stairs to the first home of the Invisible Theatre (at the old Odd Fellows Hall in downtown Tucson) I heard and drank in the sights and sounds of art being created - dance, music, photography, theatre - it was a hotbed of creativity. I was elated with the vision of what art could be. People always ask “What keeps IT going?” Well, one of the many things that has always been a driving force behind the Invisible Theatre is humor - finding the humor in the human condition.
These are tough times for everyone but we must continue to find joy in this topsy turvy world. If IT (or I) have ever provided you an artistic opportunity or in any way have touched your life, I hope you will consider making a donation. No amount is too small or too LARGE.
Robert Frost said, “if you are looking for something to be brave about consider the arts!” I think artists, arts organizations and patrons everywhere are being brave in negotiating the very tricky road of sustainability in these financially challenging times. For 50 years, 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.
Now more than ever do we need a bit of “magic” and “hope” to get us through these challenging times. And now, more than ever, Invisible Theatre needs you. Ticket sales cover less than 20% the cost of developing, presenting and producing the inspiring work we bring to you each season. I thank you for your past and continuing support. We can honestly say, “We couldn’t do IT without you!”
My heart is filled with gratitude!