A VERY SPECIAL OFFER. Be One of the First to See the Griffin Arts Center!

If you’ve been following the Griffin Theatre in the newspapers or online you know we recently won three Jeff Awards for theater excellence this year for our production of Punk Rock. You probably also know we have been given the exciting opportunity to create a neighborhood professional performing arts center. We’ll be converting the old police station at 1940 West Foster Avenue into the Griffin Arts Center. If you’ve driven by the property you’ll see banners are up on the building—construction begins this summer with an expected opening date in May/June 2013.

To celebrate the start of construction the Griffin Theatre Company has something very special to offer you—a unique opportunity to see every play in our 2012/2013 season and be one of the first patrons to see the transformation of the old 20th district police station into the Griffin Arts Center.

And what will you see on the Griffin stage next year? The first production of the 24th season will be the Midwest premiere of the hit Off-Broadway musical, The Burnt Part Boys (opening in November 2012 at Theater Wit). The musical written by Mariana Elder (book), Chris Miller (music) and Nathan Tysen (lyrics) creates the harsh world of Kennedy-era coal-mining country, where a handful of teen-age orphans of an earlier mine disaster make a pilgrimage to the scene of their loss. The journey deepens their bonds, and the destination changes their lives. The production will be directed by recent Jeff Award winner and ensemble member, Jonathan Berry. The Griffin’s second production will be the rare revival of British playwright Terence Rattigan’s After the Dance (opening in January 2013 at Theater Wit). The play which had a major revival at the National Theater in London last year will be directed here in Chicago by Griffin ensemble member, Robin Witt. First staged in 1939, Rattigan’s masterpiece, offers a subtle, witty unmasking of the hedonistic 20s generation and a devastating study of repression and the human heart. And the third production, yet to be announced will be in the new Griffin Arts Center.

Simply make a contribution to the Griffin Theatre by June 30th at one of the levels below and receive the following:

$50 Contribution – 2 tickets to The Burnt Part Boys
$100 Contribution – 2 tickets to The Burnt Part Boys & After the Dance
$150 Contribution – 2 tickets to The Burnt Part Boys, After the Dance & our inaugural production in the Griffin Arts Center
$200 Contribution – 2 tickets to all three plays next season and a tour of the Griffin Arts Center at the start of the construction process.
$300 Contribution – 2 tickets to all the plays listed above, a tour of the Griffin Arts Center at the start of construction and 2 tickets to the gala opening night of the Griffin Arts Center.

We are grateful in advance for your support of the Griffin Theatre Company as we create a neighborhood arts center where people of all backgrounds can gather to enjoy and experience the arts. We will present theatre for adults and young people, offer performing arts classes, and partner with neighborhood schools to help integrate arts curriculum into the classroom. The Griffin Theatre has an exciting future and we would love for you to be a part of it!

Make your contribution now. To make it easy just click on the DONATE button on the left to make your contribution before June 30th. All gifts are acknowledged in our program. Thank you so much for your consideration.