Sunday, December 1, 2013

Sheryl's Family & Personal friends/ Please Donate on Valley Gives Day / Thank You


Play! Theatre Ensemble

a project of  Cultural Images Group, Inc.     P.O. Box 148
Northampton, Massachusetts 01061  seriousplaytheatre@gmail.com      413-586-1438

December 1, 2013
Dear Family & Personal Friends, 

 I have founded and led Serious Play! Theatre Ensemble for the past twenty years, directing and producing at least two productions a year as well as numerous workshops, collaborations and company trainings, including touring the ensemble locally and abroad to perform.  I certainly know that theatre can inspire audiences and bring people together, building more creative, diverse and civically engaged communities both here in Northampton, to the Pioneer Valley and beyond.

This year Serious Play! has brought onboard former ensemble member and now social change fundraising consultant Alyssa Breguet to aid us in our 2014 vision. We are so excited to have her gifting her time and energies to help us with this new focus as we expand our reach as a theatre company. Alyssa has given myself, Artistic Director, and the Board of Directors a specific strategy and defined the parts we each need to play in this year's fundraising campaign. This year for our second annual Valley Gives Day campaign on 12/12/13, we are trying to raise $5,000 for Serious Play! Throughout the day there will be cash prizes awarded to different non-profit organizations as each organization's donations come in. Your donation will help us qualify for these cash prizes. I am asking my family and personal friends to join Robin and me in pledging to Serious Play! by going to the link below and scheduling a donation for that day, or specifically donating on the day- 12/12/13.

  Here is the link to go to for making your donation - (thank you)  
         <http://valleygives.razoo.com/story/Serious-Play-Theatre-Ensemble-2013 >

  I will be giving the ensemble $100, and it would be great if you are able to commit a $50 tax deductible donation towards the highly creative and award winning work of the Serious Play! Theatre Ensemble. Please know that this type of gift is extremely appreciated! It is an exciting time of positive growth for us. You all know the importance of a healthy budget to a growing organization. 

 With your donation, you will be contributing to a strong, vibrant and forward looking theatre ensemble. We will be celebrating our 20th Anniversary Serious Play! Ensemble Alumni Reunion this Dec 22. Think of us all gathering then with over 130 invited SPITT alumni, and thanks for your support on  VALLEY GIVES DAY 12/12/13- and for being our supportive audience at so many productions throughout the years! 

Wishing you all a happy holiday season. As my creative and beloved father would say so often to all of us after a wonderful family day of adventure on the Maine coast,"You've been a good group!" And I say, you have been a truly inspiring group...

Most gratefully.
Sheryl & the Serious Play! Theatre Ensemble 


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Poem of the day (or whenever I change it)

Always the setting forth was the same,
Same sea, same dangers waiting for him
As though he had got nowhere but older.
Behind him on the receding shore
The identical reproaches, and somewhere
Out before him, the unravelling patience
He was wedded to. There were the islands
Each with its woman and twining welcome
To be navigated, and one to call ``home.''
The knowledge of all that he betrayed
Grew till it was the same whether he stayed
Or went. Therefore he went. And what wonder
If sometimes he could not remember
Which was the one who wished on his departure
Perils that he could never sail through,
And which, improbable, remote, and true,
Was the one he kept sailing home to?

By: W.S.Merwin