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December 6, 2013

Holy Cow! Wow! Amazing! Unbelievable! Holy Smoke! Good Golly Miss Molly! Incredible! Ten Years! Are You Kidding me?! Imagine That! Phenomenal!

 

Thanks to you and your neighbors, 2014 will mark the

Tenth Anniversary of the Liberty Free Theatre!

 

Ten years made possible by your enthusiasm and support for fascinating, challenging, engaging, unusual, quality art and entertainment. Ten years of time, effort and talent gifted to us by our local and guest artists and devoted volunteers. In the previous nine years, we have presented over one hundred plays, readings, fiction, poetry and music to the people of Sullivan County.

 

After we left our home space in Liberty, we spent our ninth season touring the County while we began our search for a new theatre. Our travels began in Liberty at the Liberty Museum & Art Center in Liberty as we entered into talks to create a new theatre at the Museum. Unfortunately, the Theatre and the Museum were not able to reach a final agreement that was satisfactory to both institutions. From Liberty we continued on to Kauneonga Lake in Bethel, Highland Lake, Livingston Manor and Narrowsburg. We also played Lake Carmel in Putnam County. We brought eight plays and a special evening of poetry and jazz to the community.

 

Meantime, we remain actively engaged in discussions with other possible venues, while we celebrate our Tenth Anniversary Season by continuing to tour the county bringing you our unique and unusual mix of plays, poetry, fiction and music. Two plays are already on the books: Police by Slawomir Mrozek, a hilarious satire on police authority, and a double bill of plays to celebrate the 45th Anniversary of Woodstock - By the Time We Got to Woodstock by Rilla Askewand an adaptation from Joseph Freda's, The Patience of Rivers.

 

The support we've received these past nine seasons is a reminder that people of rural communities have just as much yearning to engage in the great story of human civilization as any other community; that they are as entertained, as moved and stimulated by art as anyone who has proximity to, and can afford to attend, the great art institutions of larger metropolitan areas. And that, in the face of mass marketed mass production, the task of locally produced art is akin to the task of producing locally grown food - which is to say, producing stimulating art that entertains as it provides intellectual, emotional, and spiritual nourishment to the inner lives of an indigenous population is as essential as locally produced food is to the nourishment of the body.

 

We have become a significant institution in the social and cultural life of the community, in large measure because of your support, and the Board of Directors and I are pledged to do everything in our power to pursue that mission and to ensure that the Liberty Free Theatre becomes a permanent fixture in the life of Sullivan County.

 

You can help us continue this valuable work and celebrate our Tenth Anniversary Season by making an end-of-the-year contribution. Please give by clicking the "donate" button just to the left on this page. We are a 501(c)3 not for profit organization, so your contribution is tax-deductible. If you wish, you may send a check, made out to the Liberty Free Theatre, PO Box 337, Kauneonga Lake, NY 12749.

 

Meanwhile, all of us here at the Liberty Free Theatre wish you and your family and friends the very best for the holiday season. And thank you, as always, for your enthusiastic and continuing support of the Liberty Free Theatre.

 

Sincerely,

Paul Austin