Friday, May 25, 2012

Pay to Play

I’ve been invited to attend CityWrights, a weekend gathering of playwrights here in Miami in June. It’s going to be a busy few days of seminars and workshops, and it will be a chance to connect — and re-connect — with a lot of important people in the business. I’ll also get a chance to submit one of my short plays to the City Theatre that puts on the Summer Shorts series every year. I am really looking forward to it.

The registration fee is $275 (I don’t need to book a hotel room; I live here) and it gets me into all of the events during the day. That’s a pretty steep price; that’s more than what I pay to attend the Inge Festival (not including airfare), but then, they’re doing it at a very nice venue and bringing in some great people. It also goes to support a worthy cause: local theatre and local playwrights here in South Florida.

So, I am humbly offering you the chance to support a worthy cause; namely, help me with the registration fee. If you are so inclined, click on the Donate button on the right sidebar under “Shameless Begging” and give whatever you want.

I am willing to offer something in exchange other than just a series of blog posts about theatre next month. For a donation of $30 or more, I will send you a copy of my play Can’t Live Without You in acting edition form, neatly bound. Just drop me an e-mail with your mailing address once you’ve made your donation.

I realize that this is the first time I’ve ever asked for direct donations (my hints in the past were too subtle, I guess), and I’m aware of the fact I am asking a large favor. If you can help, thank you. If not, thank you anyway.