Rubicon Theatre Fire Relief Fund
Rubicon Theatre is a highly respected non-profit regional theatre company based in Ventura, California. The company’s mission is to provide innovative productions and outreach programs for the entertainment, enrichment and education of residents and visitors to the area. The company has received multiple awards, including the L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle special award for Sustained Excellence, Ovation Awards, and a N.Y. Drama Critics Circle Award. As the company was preparing to open its 20th Anniversary season with “Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol,” the Thomas Fire ravaged the region, destroying more than 400 homes and structures in the area. The theatre’s home was spared, but the company has been unable to open the production on time because of mandatory evacuations of staff, cast and crew; lack of electricity; smoke damage; air quality; and curfews in the area. The company is now in a precarious financial position, having lost approximately $50,000 to date in ticket sales. Additionally, the theatre needs another $10,000 to rent air purifiers, clean carpets and upholstery, etc. so that the theatre is safe. Unfortunately, this is not an appropriate time to reach out to the immediate community with so many other human and social service needs. (Please contribute to those as well if you can through Ventura County Community Foundation.) Once the air quality improves and the show opens, the theatre will provide free tickets to first responders and the families of those who have been affected. The theatre is reaching out to those across the nation who believe in the importance of theatre as a force for good in our world. Please help Rubicon and help provide comfort and joy for the Ventura community during this holiday season.+ Read More
Thanks to those far and wide who have been contributing to our Go Fund Me campaign. We are now nearly 1/3 of the way there, with $40,000 to go! We are very purposely NOT reaching out to the local community, as we know support must go to those more directly affected by the fires in need of shelter, food, clothing and help rebuilding. However, Rubicon was greatly affected by the fires. We lost ticket sales from performances, revenue from a school program, and other activities because of air quality issues, smoke damage, lost electricity, and curfews. We also had additional costs to scrub the air, deep clean the theatre, etc. If you live OUTSIDE the area and believe in the power of theatre to bring people together and heal what ails us as a community and a society, please give generously. We need you so as not to be a burden on the Ventura/Santa Barbara areas. If you live locally, please just help us spread the word to those whom you know care. As our community bounces back, we want to be here, creating special experiences and memories. Thank you!
As you know, we are trying not to burden our local community which is still reeling from the fire, which continues to burn (15% contained as of today). So those of you who believe in the redemptive and healing power of theatre elsewhere - thank you for your support. Thank you to kindred spirits at the Ohio Shakespeare Company and the Farmer's Theatre. Thanks to actors who have worked at the Rubicon, young people who have grown up in our education programs and become professionals, friends from home, so many others. Thank you for helping sustain us through the losses and ensuring we can be here for our community. God bless us everyone, as Tiny Tim says.
Thank you so much to those of you who have given and are helping to spread the word. This is a tough week but we are muddling through! Today was our first day back in the theatre. The mandatory evacuations and curfews are lifted here, although we worry about our neighbors to the north. We have electricity again and have removed debris and ash outside the building and are using a commercial air purifier backstage and in the auditorium. Tomorrow the cast returns and we are determined to open on Wednesday! Please continue to help us spread the word. We are a little over 10% of the way to our much-needed goal. Here's a video of the company putting the pieces together made by Zachary Andrews.