Renzo Zecchetto, the architect who designed our beloved Broad Stage venue, told me the great glass enclosure atop our iconic building was always intended to be illuminated at night, making the building itself a beacon in the darkness, guiding the way and calling us to gather. I'd say he succeeded. In our community, The Broad Stage—as a presenter, producer and destination—has become a home for you and your most dearly held beliefs to be embraced.
It is that embrace which we have to re-invent for our new six-feet-apart world, at least for some time longer. While we've suspended the remainder of our 2019/20 Season, so that everyone is safer at home, we remain committed to sharing and advocating for exceptional work and ideas from performing artists across the spectrum.
To that end, I’m thrilled to introduce our new digital platforms to bring original Broad Stage content to you wherever you are.
For our families with school-age children, The Broad Stage Learning Hub is rich with Learning Guides we have developed over years of work in schools throughout Los Angeles and Santa Monica. They are easy to use, enriching and align with existing K-12 curricula you are now managing at home. Go parents!
For all of us missing the artists who grace our stages, The Broad Stage at Home will bring new, livestreamed content and archival concert footage. Join us on Saturdays at 8 PM for the Red Hen Press Poetry Hour, featuring the greatest wordsmiths of our time sharing their work from living rooms all over the country, moderated by award-winning writer Sandra Tsing Loh, and with lively commentary by Red Hen Press Executive Director Kate Gale and me.
While health is front of mind, we know the accompanying economic downturn is also profoundly concerning for all of us. The entire arts ecology is at risk, from organizations to individual performing artists whose income has vanished with months of canceled performances and no clear path forward. We are fully committed to being here tomorrow and beyond, and we encourage you to join us in supporting our artists’ creative process while we wait for the day when we can convene again. It is our responsibility to invest in them at every step and seed the future.
Support the arts, support each other.
Artistic and Executive Director
Your support helps us to plan for the bright day when we pull the ghost light from the stage and welcome back, with an avalanche of applause, the live shared experiences we all so deeply require.
Please consider making a gift to support The Broad Stage today.