Play On! has lost its home at the Ix Building. After seven years, our landlord was not willing to continue to rent space to us at the greatly reduced rental rate they had previously offered us. Therefore, we were forced to suspend operations at Ix and see a new production and performance venue.
Our volunteer staff and others have been hard at work finding Play On! a new home. We have looked at a number of possible new locations, and while we have not yet found the right place, our confidence is very high that we will soon sign a new lease and be well on our way to continuing operations in another Charlottesville venue.
We anticipate an interruption in Play On's production schedule of only a few more months. We are committed to continuing the search for a new home at least through the winter season, and possibly longer, should that be necessary.
In order to properly outfit a new space for our productions, we need to raise an additional $30,000. Thanks to our generous supporters, we raised the necessary minimum amount to close our previous location and place everything into secure storage, but we now need additional financial support in order to equip a new space properly and begin mounting productions once again.
We know you do not want Play On! to close permanently, and we know we can count on your support once again.
Please donate as generously as you can. Without your help, our community will lose a very valuable asset. We know that many of you have given generously before, and we do not like asking you for more, but we have no choice.
Make your tax-deductible donation today. Every penny you donate will be used to relocate to our new home and to outfit the new space for theatrical production.
If we are unable to raise sufficient funds to complete this move, and Play On! needs to shut down permanently, we will refund your contribution to you (less whatever relocation expenses have already been spent, of course).
We are asking those who can afford it to donate at least $500. We are, of course, grateful for whatever you can do. All donations will be promptly acknowledged with a letter which may be used as a receipt for tax purposes. Donations of $500 or more will be further acknowledged on a permanent plaque in the lobby of Play On's new home.
Over four-hundred volunteers who have participated in Play On's seven seasons, plus thousands of audience members, thank you for your support.