As former board member Alexandra Billings put it so simply, Season of Concern is "family helping family." In 2013, collections spearheaded by producing companies and the casts and crews of 29 plays, sales of the second Season of Carols Holiday CD (many thanks to Eugene Dizon and Cory Goodrich), and numerous individual gifts raised almost $200,000. Funds will benefit members of the Chicago Theatre community and provide support for organizations providing services to individuals living with HIV or AIDS.
Here is a list of the theatres and casts who participated in the 2013 Campaign with opening night gifts made by company members and/or audience solicitations: About Face Theatre (We 3 Lizas), Bohemian Theatre Ensemble (Kiss of the Spiderwoman), Chicago Shakespeare (The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry VIII), Court Theatre (Proof, An Illiad and Seven Guitars), Pride Films and Plays, (Directions for Restoring the Apparently Dead), Drury Lane Oakbrook (Hello, Dolly!), Elegy Company, First Folio (Cymbeline), Goodman Theatre (A Christmas Carol), Hell in a Handbag, Karen Bronson’s Cabaret, Lookingglass Theatre Company (Metamorphoses), Marriott Lincolnshire (South Pacific, 9 to 5, and Mary Poppins), Mercury Theatre (A Christmas Schooner), Music on Stage (Pajama Game and Oliver!), Northlight Theatre, Paramount Theatre (Fiddler on the Roof), Raven Theatre (A Trip to Bountiful), Remy Bumppo (An Inspector Calls), Royal George (Old Jews Telling Jokes), The Ruffians (Burning Bluebeard), Theatre at the Center (A Christmas Carol), Theo Ubique (A Very Merry Madrigal), and TimeLine Theatre Company (Concerning Strange Devices and The Normal Heart).
Thank you to everyone who participated in collecting funds for Season of Concern and to all those who contributed so generously.
|SEASON OF CONCERN'S FAREWELL TO STEPHEN||TIMELINE THEATRE'S THE NORMAL HEART RAISES $35,607.91 FOR SOC!||BOHO'S "SPIDER WOMAN" COLLECTS $1,221 FOR SoC!||CAST MEMBERS OF CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE'S "HENRY VIII" DONATE $610 TO SoC!|
SEASON OF CONCERN'S FAREWELL TO STEPHEN
On January 31, 2014, Season of Concern's Executive Director Stephen Rader stepped down after more than nine years of service. We are most grateful to Stephen for his efforts during his years with Season of Concern. Stephen led the Board of Directors through a transition of Season of Concern’s mission. We became not only an AIDS-centered assistance organization but began to include assistance for members of Chicago-area theatre industry facing life threatening illness, injury, and emergencies. Other initiatives conceived during Stephen’s tenure include the expansion of the Larry Sloan Awards to honor members of the community who have selflessly served the mission of Season of Concern; the 2012 and 2013 Season of Carols CDs, produced by Eugene Dizon and Cory Goodrich; Karen Bronson’s annual cabaret; and numerous fundraising events in the Chicagoland area. One of 2013s most successful Season of Concern audience collections was from the cast and crew of Timeline Theatre Company’s critically acclaimed production of The Normal Heart, in which the role of Mickey Marcus was played by Stephen Rader.
Cree Rankin, President of Season of Concern said, “We wish Stephen well in his future endeavors and thank him for his many contributions to the organization.” Rankin continued, “The Board of Directors is embarking on a strategic planning process and has no immediate plans to hire an Executive Director.”
TIMELINE THEATRE'S THE NORMAL HEART RAISES $35,607.91 FOR SOC!
An exceptional thanks to the cast & crew of "The Normal Heart" at TimeLine Theatre. They graciously collected audience donations during their run and collected a record breaking $35,607.91 for SoC!
Thank you to everyone involved with TimeLine Theatre for this incredible donation and for their continued support of SoC!
BOHO'S "SPIDER WOMAN" COLLECTS $1,221 FOR SoC!
Many thanks to everyone involved with "Kiss of the Spider Woman" at Bohemian Theatre Ensemble. The cast and crew collected audience donations throughout their run at Theater Wit and raised $1,221 for SoC!
We are so grateful for this collection and for the support and generosity of all the artists working with Boho. Many thanks to the cast and crew, and special thanks to the production's stage manager, Meg Love, for her help with the collection.
CAST MEMBERS OF CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE'S "HENRY VIII" DONATE $610 TO SoC!
Thank you the cast and crew members of Chicago Shakespeare Theater's "Henry VIII"for donating a combined total of $610 to SoC in honor of the Opening Night of their production. Many thanks to all the artists involved, and special thanks to cast member Kevin Gudahl for organizing this combined cast gift. We greatly appreciate your hard work and generosity.