A message from Founder/Executive Artistic Director
At ion theatre, we’ve been very lucky. Most businesses in America struggle to survive past the first few years. It’s no easy feat to build any type of small enterprise, let alone a non-profit theater dedicated to bold, truthful storytelling.
Believe it or not, CABARET was our 100th production in San Diego!
We live in a country where free expression is not only encouraged, but is deemed essential. We all have a powerful story somewhere deep in our consciousness. Theater allows us to share those most personal, intimate, transformative elements of who we are with our neighbors, friends and even strangers. These stories can inspire us and sometimes make us question our deepest beliefs — not because they are false, but because self-examination is at the core of being human. At ion, we feel that theater is just that — a primer, of sorts, for the human condition.
As I mentioned before, we’ve been lucky, though. San Diego has opened its arms to us many times. We’ve travelled together through alien landscapes and familiar territory and maybe even seen an invisible part of ourselves more clearly through some character or situation on stage.
In a perfect world, theater could and should be free. We feel it’s that important. However, the economic reality is that keeping a theater open is a free-for-all, white-knuckled, cold-sweat-inducing daily challenge — one that we have managed to meet for all of the last 14 years.
That’s where you come in. Our constant attention to the art and craft of theater leaves little time to spend fundraising. Actually, it’s probably our least favorite task. Also, fiscal responsibility is important to us. We’ve mounted entire productions with completely recycled stage materials, utilized loaned properties and costumes and done whatever we can to bring you the best and boldest work achievable on truly modest budgets.
It does take its toll, however, and we are asking you this season to consider supporting ion at a slightly higher level, or if you haven’t been in a position to donate, to consider a gift to ion this year.
Truly, anything helps. However, your generosity ensures our growth and success and that our journey together through the multiverses of the imagination continue to inform, elucidate and inspire.