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San Francisco: Help Magic Theatre raise $100,000 by year end

Those that have been on the Bay Area theater scene longer than I know that Gods have tread upon its legendary stage including Sean Penn, Peter Coyote, Danny Glover, and Ed Harris.

Clinton Stark
12.06.2011 | View Comments
Magic Theatre

Magic Theatre - located at Fort Mason at the Marina District in San Francisco.

Magic Theatre in San Francisco is one of the all-time greats. Since we began covering theater on Stark Insider in 2009, we’ve seen umpteen memorable shows and performances there: Mauritius, Or, The Brothers Size, Oedipus el Rey, among so many more. Those that have been on the Bay Area theater scene longer than I know that Gods have tread upon its legendary stage including Sean Penn, Peter Coyote, Danny Glover, and Ed Harris.

Based at Fort Mason (building D), the location is also a gem. It’s one of those experiences that only live theater can afford; the intimate thrust stage configuration is icing on the cake.

Playwright Sharr White (Annapurna) recently said, “Magic Theatre is once again one of the most exciting venues in America for new work.”

Now Magic wants us to “help make magic together” by raising $100,000 by the end of 2011.

A lofty goal, but if we can get the word out and turn on our Tweets and Facebooking into overdrive, we might be able to make a difference.

Unfortunately, for the arts in general, fundraising is an on-going process. I can only imagine how tough it is to raise money in this economic environment.

In an email, Michaele James, Magic Theatre Trustee and Chair, Development Committee wrote, “Ticket sales cover less than half the cost of putting exciting plays on our stage. Please support our mission of developing and producing electrifying new plays by the most captivating playwrights.”

Any donation counts. Click here to be taken to a page where you can help us all continue to make Magic together.

Rod Gnapp (R), one of my favorite stage actors, burns it up in Mauritius (2009).

Rod Gnapp (R), one of my favorite stage actors, burns it up in Mauritius (2009).

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Clinton Stark
Clint writes about Silicon Valley (Churchill Club Academy member), film, California wine, theater (ATCA member) and tech including his trusty Canon EOS 70D and, much to his wife's chagrin, his new Pebble smartwatch. A would-be NHLer if it weren't for the clarinet, he tries in vain to direct Loni on Stark Insider TV. He's held executive marketing roles at Cisco, EMC and Salesforce.com, and is active with start-ups across the valley. Clint's story...
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  • Leigh

    Yes, $100k is an ambitious goal. I took a few friends to see Annapurna (as well as Why We Have a Body), and last year I did the same with several of the plays they ran. I also made a donation to The Magic this year. As I’ve done in years past. I do have to say, when I get multiple emails from their board asking for donations in the same year, it gets a little disheartening. Do they not realize I have already committed? I think their fundraising board needs to touch base with the box office team and do the math on all the $ I’ve given them so far. I get that ticket sales only cover half of what it takes to put on a production, but I’ve seen lots of shows at The Magic and I’m incredulous at how empty the house is most shows, even with top-rated actors like Rod Gnapp on the roster.

    • http://www.starkinsider.com Clinton Stark

      Thanks for sharing. I agree that their system should recognize who has donated and when, and then limit the amount of “asks”. It can diminish the value otherwise, and potentially tarnish the theater-going experience. Empty houses are a sad sight; when we review shows on non-press openings, it can be unfortunately all too common (at all theaters across the SF Bay Area). With myriad of entertainment choice and lack of attention span, I’m not sure of the way out. I hope there is an answer, even partial, because I love it when the lights go down, and the curtain goes up.