The Anacostia Playhouse has opened to accolades and we couldn’t be happier. Profiles and reviews in the Washington Post and elsewhere are helping generate great buzz about what’s to come. We are also grateful to DCist for covering the challenges we’ve faced with the IRS’s ongoing delays in reviewing applications for non-profit status for us — and thousand like us.
It is an issue that has a severe impact and one that needs to become widely known.
We apologize, however, for our own badly worded summation of our immediate future. While making ends meet is always an issue for any small arts organization, the Anacostia Playhouse included, we are committed to keeping our doors open and the stage lights on for the long haul. What we should have been more clear about is that until we are able to apply for project and facilities funding, which requires that we have our own 501(c)(3) status, we will not be able to run the full breadth of our programming in the community.
Our mission – beyond the performances – is to offer outreach and education and job opportunities, reduced rental fees, as well as to produce work that will showcase the talent and creativity that exists in great quantities East of the River. Until the 501(c)(3) status is in hand, that additional community support via grants and funding will be hamstrung.
We will, of course, continue to be a rental venue and neighborhood resource, showcase a variety of theater companies and artists in and around our community who will be producing thoughtful and entertaining work. This will not change.
We apologize for any red flags that were raised about our future – we are, and will be, open for business. We are just anxious to start living up to our full potential. Your past and future support is deeply appreciated.
Adele Robey & Julia Robey Christian