“Theater should hold up a mirror to society — but not just a mimetic mirror — not just to show us what we have, but to show us what's beneath, what's to the side; to force us to look at things from another perspective….If you're going to spend a couple of hours of your life …being at plays…something should happen to you. You should be changed.” Edward Albee
DEAR OJP FRIENDS,
The idea of theatre as an agent of introspection, critical thinking, and change was central to the founding of Ophelia’s Jump Productions and continues to be a keystone of the work we strive to do. Our conviction about the importance of theatre in helping us contemplate and understand ourselves and others has only grown deeper since our inception 4 years ago, and our commitment to continue to present challenging theatre that promotes discussion has never been stronger.
OPENING NEW DOORS THIS PAST SEASON
This past season, Ophelia’s Jump was honored as Non-profit of the Year by the Claremont Chamber of Commerce for our work in the community. Our Midsummer Shakespeare Festival sponsored by Pomona College, included community merchants, local artists, and non-profits who participated in Green Shows and festival activities. The festival continues to grow and bring visitors from all over California to Claremont each July to see fresh retellings of Shakespeare’s works such as our Othello which featured an African American female actor in the title role.
Ophelia’s Jump also continued to offer opportunities for college and high school interns to earn hands on experience working with theatre professionals both on and offstage through it’s successful Internship Program. Our production of Tribes cast deaf actor Michelle Schaefer in the lead role of Billy and broke ground by making every performance accessible to deaf and hard of hearing audiences via captioning of the entire play. Most recently, we hosted a staged reading of Carol Sorgenfrei’s work in progress Ghostlight: The Haunting directed by Emmy award winner Penny Bergman, giving our audience an opportunity to participate in the play workshopping process.
AND NEW DOORS TO THE FUTURE
We could not have done it without the support of our patrons and community. And so it’s that time of year when we need to check in and let you know what’s going on and how important your help is in allowing us to continue to present great theatre and offer learning opportunities.
n the past month we’ve received many inquiries about our next season and status of our search for a home. We are happy to report that we have located a space! The space we are considering meets all the basic criteria for a great black box theatre space.
WHY WE NEED OUR OWN HOME
Why we are so focused on finding a permanent home? Here is a list of the very important benefits of having a home of our own:
YOU ARE THE KEY
You are the key that will help us unlock the door to our a permanent home. Last year we raised almost $10,000 towards our goal of finding a permanent home. Though this was a great start, we need to raise an additional $15,000 to cover the costs of adapting a space to theatrical use.
Our very hardworking little non-profit company functions on a tight budget made possible by the selfless volunteer work performed by our principals, company members, and board. We’ve been working with SOURCE - consultants whose research shows that theatre companies of our similar size and demographics have seen revenues rise by as much as 400% when they were able to secure a permanent performance space. This sounds a little crazy until you think back to the opportunities we listed above which are not available or are severely curtailed when a company has to move around or share a space as a secondary user. We want to be able to offer so much more to you our patrons and our community!
Please, as we come to the end of the tax year and you are considering your tax-deductible giving, we hope you will decide to donate to Ophelia’s Jump. Your donation will not only support artists and theatre at a time when our society needs the empathy and consideration of alternate perspectives that theatre engenders, but because we are such a small company, every dollar you give will make a huge difference for us. Every dollar will go directly to opening those doors to our new home.
Be the key! Donate today!
Beatrice Casagran, Founding Artistic Director
NO DONATION IS TOO SMALL— give today!