LOS ANGELES: Drama-Logue founder Bill Bordy has donated $500,000 to LA Stage Alliance and eight of its member theatres, in honor of his sister Pearl Bordy Frazier, who died in October.
“Pearl loved going to work each day,” Bordy said in a statement. “Despite what some considered her gruff manner, she was dedicated to a fault and made many friends over the years. Quite often folks would come to the office simply to visit.”
In addition to the Alliance, the funds went to Colony Theatre, The Fountain Theatre, Matrix Theatre Company, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Santa Monica Playhouse, Skylight Theatre Company, The Victory Theatre Center, and Will Geer‘s Theatricum Botanicum. Each theatre received $50,000.
“We are beyond grateful for Bill Bordy’s generous gifts,” said L.A. Stage Alliance executive director Steven Leigh Morris in a statement. “These funds are particularly timely for a number of theatres that have worked tirelessly for decades, and who now have no ‘membership theatre’ protection from the new Actors’ Equity Agreement that took effect last month. If these and other companies continue using union actors, production costs will soar and while this isn’t a permanent solution for these companies, it will certainly help.”