Westport Country Playhouse has announced a $100,000 "Theater Worth Supporting" Challenge asking community members to raise an equivalent sum through Saturday, Nov. 3, to coincide with the run of its current production, "A Raisin in the Sun."
The challenge donors, Maureen and Edwin Schloss of Darien, have requested that their call to action be matched by new and increased donations, according to a release.
The money will be used to fund the playhouse's five-play season of "Theater Worth Talking About" productions as well as student matinees, serving 3,000 youngsters annually -- 25 percent of whom come from underserved districts and receive free or reduced admission and transportation, the release states. It will also go toward educator workshops that are free to the region's teachers to enhance classroom learning.
The funds will also benefit the playhouse's Together at the Table Family Dinners program providing access to its productions and dinner for $10 per person and its symposia, talkbacks and literary salons, all of which are free and open to the public to enrich the theater-going experience.
"We are deeply grateful to the Schlosses for their incredible generosity and for their desire to encourage others in our community to step up and support the Playhouse," Michael Ross, the playhouse's managing director, said in a statement.
"Donations of all sizes are critical to our success, to our ability to do the work we do on stage, in schools, and throughout the region."
Donations may be sent to Challenge, Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, Westport, CT 06880. They can also be made online at westportplayhouse.org/supportus/challenge.aspx, by phone at 203-227-5137, ext. 138, or by visiting the playhouse's box office.