SAN DIEGO: A group of 28 San Diego theatres have announced a joint statement of their united goal in supporting San Diego theatre artists, audiences, and their communities during these challenging times. The initiative, called ONE THEATRE. ONE STORY., highlights how meaningful theatre is to San Diego while outlining ways in which the community can continue to support the city’s vital theatre institutions. The cohort was sparked by outreach from Cygnet Theatre’s artistic director, Sean Murray, and furthered by MOXIE Theatre’s artistic director, Jennifer Eve Thorn.
“ONE THEATRE. ONE STORY. is an opportunity for San Diego theatres to present our industry as united in our challenges and work together to get through them,” said Murray in a statement. “And most importantly, to remind the community about the necessity and economic contribution of the arts to our region. Support from our community as we move forward is paramount in keeping theatre doors open when it is safe to do so.”
The group also includes Backyard Renaissance, Blindspot Collective, Coronado Playhouse, Diversionary Theatre, InnerMission Productions, La Jolla Playhouse, Lamb’s Players Theatre, Moonlight Stage Productions, National Comedy Theatre, New Village Arts, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Oceanside Theatre Company, OB Playhouse and Theatre, OnStage Playhouse, San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego Musical Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Scripps Ranch Theatre, the Eastern, the Old Globe, the Roustabouts Theatre Company, Trinity Theatre Company, Vantage Theatre, Wildly Successful Theatre Company, Write Out Loud, and 413 Repertory Theatre.
As part of the ONE THEATRE. ONE STORY. campaign, the group has partnered with ArtsTix as a hub to provide the community with ways to engage as well as donate. Supporters will be able to make donations to individual or multiple theatres in any amount. Donors that contribute $100 or more will receive a keepsake item.
The theatre community is providing numerous online theatre programs, from theatre classes to live Zoom performances to full productions that were filmed prior to the closings. Theatres and artisans have also been sewing and donating facial masks for local medical personnel, first responders, and other San Diego residents doing essential work.