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American Shakespeare Center Financial Troubles
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0046  Sunday, 1 Feburary 2009

From:       Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:       Sunday, February 01, 2009
Subject:    American Shakespeare Center Financial Troubles

[Editor's Note: The American Shakespeare Center in its various 
incarnations beginning with the Shenandoah Shakespeare Express has 
played an important part in my life and the lives of the members of my 
family. Later this week, I plan to post a tribute to ASC, describing 
some of the ways my family and I have been deeply affected by the 
phenomenon that is the ASC. Stay tuned. What follows is a brief account 
of the financial difficulties facing the America Shakespeare Center. I 
encourage you to go to the ASC website for further details, especially 
be sure to read the message from Dan Layman, Chair of the American 
Shakespeare Center Board of Trustees: 
http://www.americanshakespearecenter.com/v.php?pg=256 To assure its 
continued financial stability, the ASC needs to raise  -HMC]

American Shakespeare Center: 
http://www.americanshakespearecenter.com/index.php
ASC E-Mail Address: 
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Even though ticket sales at the Blackfriars Theatre have remained 
strong, loss of funding resulting from the current economic climate and 
from a disappearance of touring gigs have resulting in the American 
Shakespeare Center's facing a serious financial crisis.

To assure its continued financial stability, the ASC initiated a Survive 
and Thrive Campaign to raise $650,000 by May 1, 2009. The first phase 
involved raising $250,000 by January 31, 2009. That goal has been 
achieved. Now, ASC needs to raise an additional $400,000 by May 1, 2009.

If you would like to help, you can do one of the following:
1. Make a contribution online at by clicking the DONATE link at the 
bottom of this page: http://www.americanshakespearecenter.com/v.php?pg=286.
2. Send a check payable to the American Shakespeare Center to

American Shakespeare Center
13 W. Beverley Street, 4th Floor
Staunton, VA 24401,
3. Call 540-885-5588 and ask for Deirdre Sullivan (ext 16) or David 
Dreyfoos (ext 15).
The American Shakespeare Center is a treasure that all Shakespearean 
should cherish. I encourage you to support it.

More to follow.

Hardy M. Cook
Editor of SHAKSPER


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