Theatre KAPOW
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The past never returns, what returns is not the past,  but a present that has distant roots.
Luigina Sgarro


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“Theatre, a complex and living art, requires a number of people engaged in the creative process to craft and sustain this vibrant form of artistic expression.” 
-Milly S. Barranger, Theatre: A Way of Seeing

One could argue that at no time in its history has the theatre been as complex as it has been for the past nine months.  theatre KAPOW’s 12th season was cut short in the middle of March when theatre all across the country and the world were shuttered to prevent community spread of COVID-19.

We knew it would be a little while before we could gather in person with audiences or artists. So we quickly pivoted our model and increased our efforts to provide online training opportunities for our community of theatre artists, meeting weekly though the spring.  Since June, we have brought fourteen world-class artists from around the country, Brazil, and Ireland to NH (via Zoom) to lead training. While Open Training has provided much needed artistic inspiration during the very difficult early days of the shutdown, we knew that we needed to get back to creating theatre as soon as possible.

In the midst of a pandemic, this required a new “way of seeing.” tKAPOW invested in live streaming equipment and made upgrades to our rehearsal studio to bring live performances right into our audiences’ homes.  This fall, we produced three solo shows and discovered new ways to tell compelling stories. We sold 230 “streams” to our fall series of shows, which were watched live in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Texas, Michigan, London, and more! 

The growth in both our programming and the geography of our audiences is truly wonderful, but the financial challenges of this season are daunting. We decided to keep the ticket price low (less than half our normal ticket price) to ensure that our shows were accessible to as wide an audience as possible.  Ticket sales in a “normal” year only cover a small portion of our expenses from rent to hiring artists.  We are reaching out today in hopes that you can help us close the income gap so theatre KAPOW can continue to meet our mission to explore the truths of human experience through the passion and electricity of live theatre.  

As we look to the future, we are planning another series of live streamed performances this winter and exploring ways to bring our newfound fluency in electronic media back to the theatre with us when we can have live audiences again.  With a gift of any size, you can help us to “sustain this vibrant form of artistic expression” that can connect us to one another, no matter the physical distance between us. 

Thanks for all that you do to support our work,

Matt Cahoon, Artistic Director

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375 Orange Street
Manchester, NH 03104

theatre KAPOW is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.