How many times during the past two and a half years have we heard “THE CONVERT was the last show I saw before the shutdown”? (My neighbor had the best follow up to that:"As good as that show was, I don't want it to be the last Frank show I ever see.") And, as many of you know, our rehearsal space in the Ivy Building for the Arts, was damaged by the fires that occurred in spring 2020; the building was officially closed for repairs for over a year. (Thankfully, the Frank space was spared any damage, but with the building closed, we’ve been unable to use our rehearsal space.) The building is now open again, and we are beginning to emerge from the isolation of the past two years.
During this past year, kept our monthly conversation series “Frankly Speaking: What’s up With That?” going (with a summer hiatus because we knew you all were too busy gardening and enjoying summer to tune in with us). We're back at it this year, tackling wide-ranging topics such as accessibility, abuse of power in the theatre, white supremacy in philanthropy, the real-life implications of COVID-19 on the lives of artists, and many others. Typically, we air on the second Wednesday of the month, but check our website and/or facebook page for the specific schedule and topic. Our next episode airs Tues, Nov 22 when we talk with some great folks about accessibility in the arts in the Twin Cities! (Past episodes are archived on the Frank Facebook page and our website.) Join our email list at franktheatre.org to get all the updates!
We have been extremely COVID-shy as we have anticipated getting our work back on the stage. It hasn't felt right to put our artists at work, or to invite 100 people or so into a room, knowing some may get the virus. But as things have evolved with the pandemic and it appears COVID-19 is going to be something that we are just going to have to live with, we are actually planning to be back at it this winter/spring.) Granted, we were planning to be back LAST winter, but a surge got in the way. Then we were thinking this past fall, we'd be emerging with a project, but omicron had other plans. It's looking good that Frank will be stirring up some kind of trouble on stage this February or March. Details will be coming together soon, and we'll keep you posted. Meanwhile, we have a couple teaser projects in the works, including online readings of 4 new plays by women beginning Nov 21 through Dec 12, so DO join that mailing list so you get the scoop!
During the past couple of awfully bleak years, we're incredibly grateful that you have stuck with us. When we're out at other events, sporting Frank swag, and someone taps us on the shoulder and says, "When are we going to see Frank on stage again?," it warms our heart. We want nothing more, and your sharing your desire to see us back at it means the world to us. And the notes and emails, encouraging and inquiring about how Frank is doing have helped to keep our spirits up. Thanks to our incredible Board, and the many supporters that have helped keep us afloat. We are SO lucky, and DO grateful that you have stuck it out with us . And this time, as we ask for your support for Give to the Max Day 2022, we're actually planning to get back on stage and we look forward to seeing your faces! Thanks for the support!
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