October 2017 Featured Theatre: Alley Theatre (And BakerRipley)

Alley Theatre & BakerRipley

Houston, Texas

Scriptd is dedicated to making a positive impact. In light of recent natural disasters, 10% of October proceeds are being donated to Hurricane Harvey relief initiatives. 

The Alley Theatre is a Tony Award-winning theatre located in Houston, Texas. In the wake of Harvey, the theatre sustained significant flood damage. The affected areas are closed until at least the New Year. According to the Alley:

"The Neuhaus Theatre, Mitchell Lobby, prop storage, vital electrical systems and basement dressing rooms filled with water that reached the ceiling...The damage to our building, equipment and props could be as much as $15 million dollars, or more."

The Alley Theatre's building originally opened in 1968. In the 2014-15 season, a major $50 Million renovation was completed. With a resident company of artists numbering nearly 200, up to 14 produced plays and more than 500 performances each year, the Alley is a leader in the non-profit, regional theatre movement in the United States. The 2017-18 season includes three world premieres (by playwrights Rajiv Joseph, Suzanne Vega and Duncan Sheik, and Lawrence Wright), developed in the Alley All New Festival dedicated to supporting playwrights and the creation of new work. 

BakerRipley is a pioneering community non-profit that has served the Greater Houston area for more than 100 years! I encourage you to take a look at their recent Annual Report - BakerRipley has a wide array of services and impacts half a million people every year. With 5 community centers, dozens of school sites and senior centers, and locations dedicated to tax, financial, and job placement services, BakerRipley is deeply connected to the community. 

This is crucial. Because, after the first responders have left, Houston will require years of recovery and healing. BakerRipley is well positioned to lead long-term recovery at the community level. Donations to BakerRipley are going directly to people and families in need. Driving these mission based efforts, are central questions used to evaluate need:

"Building on the strengths and aspirations of each community, BakerRipley creates programs and services that are responsive, impactful and relevant.

Wherever we are, we measure our impact on the ability of people to earn, learn and belong—the fundamental human aspirations that matter most to our neighbors, and to all of us.

How can I gain the skills I need to succeed in the workforce? How will I provide for my family? Is there a place for me in this world? It boils down to this: Will I be able to earn, learn and belong? Our future depends on the residents of our city finding answers to these questions."

Houston is #HoustonStrong. But, our neighbors will need help. Please consider joining Scriptd and making a donation to BakerRipley. Together we can make a difference.