I know 2016 has been a challenging year for many of you. From political turmoil to the shocking deaths of many beloved celebrities; from the failure of our media to separate truth from fiction, and the increasingly polarized tenor of our national discussion around race, politics, economics and the environment, it's been a very tumultuous and explosive time. But it's also been a time of incredible change and possibility, from the rise of Bernie Sanders to the phenomenon of Hamilton, from global cooperation on climate issues to the activism of progressive young Americans. Personally, I'm frequently AWED by the incredible work so many artists and artistic institutions are engaging in each day across the country and around the world.
2016 was also a banner year for BrickaBrack, including the development of our Ensemble and our first public performances in New York. We began the year with a workshop of ON THE FLIP SIDE last January - continuing our exploration of interactive theatre drawn from and concerning universal human experiences.
I'm very excited to embark on the project we have before us, 52 PICKUP, and to bring its initial phase to our audiences in NY this Spring. To do so, we need your help. Our greatest expense by far, at this phase, is renting rehearsal and performance space. Presently, it costs us about $20/hr for rehearsal space - if we're able get it at a discount! To workshop a project, it takes somewhere in the neighborhood of 8 weeks at 12 hrs/week, or 96 hours. That's around $2,000, just for space alone.
Thank you so much for all of your support. We truly couldn't be doing this work without you. If history is any indicator, art traditionally thrives under challenging circumstances. That is why I'm so looking forward to 2017 and the opportunity that lies ahead with you; I believe it will be a time of burgeoning artistic exploration, both from our company and the field in general.
Here's to an amazing 2017 together as artists, creators, and community makers!