We’d love to spend a few minutes with you today, and we appreciate your time.
What can be said that hasn’t been said already? This year the world is changing. At times it appears to be changing by way of repeated separation. Often it hurts. It challenges us to our core almost daily. But we continue to remind ourselves that we’re not alone. We’re grateful for our communication technologies, and to those who maintain them; for essential workers who deserve a permanent raise; for educators who have continued their lessons from afar. To anyone who has a thankless job: THANK YOU.
At the beginning of the year we launched our second season of fully produced shows at the Gem Center. The plan was to do two productions about six months apart, with the second and final show to be performed in September. This second show, BLEEDING HEARTS, by Steve Yockey (PLUTO, BELLWETHER) that Opal Theatre has the honor and privilege of premiering. The script feels just as important to share with you now as it did when we first read it.
We still intend to produce this new play in September, though it may not be in the form of a traditional performance. If we could invite you to a performance, it would be in an environment where Ada County has reflattened the curve (horizontally), with a limited audience capacity that can comfortably maintain distance from each other and from the actors on stage, and where face masks can be provided to every audience member that needs one. We are working on a backup plan in case we cannot meet these goals.
One of the people developing this production with us is Opal Theatre’s newest Associate Director: Sam Murphy! You may remember them as “Brigid Blake” in THE HUMANS. Sam joined us this past April and is serving as Production Manager for BLEEDING HEARTS. We’re thrilled to have them on board and can’t wait to stage another show with them soon. You can read more about the team at opaltheatre.org.
If you’re reading this post on Patreon, then you’re about to dive into the world of BLEEDING HEARTS as we’ve rendered it thus far. If you’re reading this on our blog, then you’re just $3 away from joining a group of people who have tickets to our productions all year long, free goodies in the mail, and a bevy of delicious behind-the-scenes blogs exclusively for you to sink your teeth into at patreon.com/opaltheatre!
Opaltheatre.org has changed a bit since you last visited, but our core values have remained the same. Let us know what you think. Please write if you want to support us through funding or your talents. There’s plenty of room for you on our ambitious trip to create world-class theatre.
And with that, you’re all caught up!
This summer you can expect us to be a little more vocal, playful, and personal. We want to bring you along for the ride and hope you continue to support us as we pursue our mission to entertain, provoke, and inspire.
Opal Theatre Co.