Let's Get Creative
Welcome to a Brand New Week
Here at Epic, we hope all of you are doing your best to stay safe, take care of yourselves and your loved ones, and try not to let the anxieties we're all feeling overwhelm you.
Last week, we made the difficult decision to cancel nearly all upcoming programming, with the exception of The Laramie Project, which is still scheduled for June of this year.
I promised you that we would be finding new ways to reach you, our audiences, while we're not able to be in the same place together.
That starts today.
You're about to see Epic content stretched out across all our platforms--Facebook, Instagram--and most importantly on our Patreon. If you're not a Patreon supporter yet, this would be a great time to help out the sassiest theater you know and get some fun bonuses in the process. What I love about Patreon is that people can give as little as $3.50 a month that comes right out of your account without annoying emails about and you can cancel whenever you want.
Every Friday, we've been posting brand new interviews with theater folks, and we'll continue to do that as we celebrate #PatreonFridays.
Beginning today, we're also launching "Ask Aaron," an advice column featuring our favorite experimental musicalist, Aaron Blanck, answering all your questions about love, life, and what to do with all this extra time on your hands.
On Tuesday's, we've enlisted our very own Kerry Giorgi to show us how to make some fun, at-home drinks in a new video series called "Cocktails with Kerry."
Both of these series will be available exclusively on Patreon.
If you follow us on Facebook, every Wednesday, I'm kicking off the very first Epic Writers Club, with writing prompts and helpful tips from myself and other writers. I'll be posting additional prompts on the Patreon, and I'll be hosting a weekly ten-minute play contest where the winner will receive a lovely $10 prize (a dollar for each minute, get it?) and hopefully we'll get to see some of that work onstage fairly soon.
On Thursdays, I'm turning over our Instagram to our amazing Artistic Associate Angelique Dina, where she'll be interviewing representatives from different organizations in Rhode Island about how they're doing and how we can help.
All of these ideas were put into the place with the idea that they should be able to be done from home. We believe it's vital that everyone stay in their homes, including our artists, and that any programming should be done without asking people to travel or having them interact with a broader circle of people. While the guidelines are different at every level, we've been erring on the side of extreme caution, and believe it would be irresponsible to do otherwise. We're proud to follow the lead of other theaters in the area that have chosen to do the same.
I'd like to take this opportunity to say that nobody thinks the programming that you're seeing now from various outlets is as good as actually sitting in a theater with other people having the kind of communal experience we know is unique to watching artists, in person, right in front of your eyes, and my hope is that this period of time is helping us to realize just how vital that experience is, and that you'll be eager to return to it when you can.
Thank You and Stay Safe