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With the core belief that the arts have the power to strengthen community and enrich the human spirit, Pacific Stages is dedicated to our mission to produce, present and perform the early, new and lesser known works of the best American playwrights, and to nurture the next generation of storytellers through new play development and commissions. We are further dedicated to our mission to invigorate and elevate the appreciation for great dramatic literature and theatre through innovative educational and community outreach programs here in the South Bay communities of Los Angeles.
In 2003 Pacific Stages received 501c3 status and set upon a mission to begin to address both an artistic and geographic void in the South Bay. While there is some theatre based in the region, there are currently none in the South Bay whose artistic mission is comparable to that of major theatrical organizations both county and nationwide that focus on story and character-driven plays, the core of the Pacific Stages mission.
Pacific Stages will choose our seasons from two categories of American playwrights, the more established names and the next generation of the best. What all of these writers will share in common is a love and talent for great stories and great characters. While our audiences may recognize the names of the writers they are unlikely to have seen the particular plays that comprise our season. We will illuminate, provoke, open minds and hearts and reflect our nation’s diversity and dialogues. We will not be sensational for the mere sake of controversy, but instead will challenge with material that is not merely entertaining but timeless and meaningful.
Over the past four years Pacific Stages has cultivated an intimate relationship with a core South Bay audience that is dedicated and enthusiastic to see this classification of theatre in their own back yard. With minimal, all volunteer assets to deliver our message, we have developed a database of over a thousand names that have joined us at donated venues ranging from private homes, to public schools and production facilities such as Raleigh Studios Manhattan Beach, and more recently a former church in an office building on Douglas Street in El Segundo. These hungry-for culture and enthusiastic audiences have sat enthralled for an afternoon interlude while some of the top theatre talent in the country read plays - with one rehearsal - in keeping with Pacific Stages artistic mission. To date, solely from donations at these readings, we have raised in excess of $60,000 in amounts ranging from $5 to $5000.
In addition to the money we have raised, we have accomplished these early successes with the support and contribution of our community. Our locations as we have noted were all donated by local neighbors, schools and businesses. Each theatre was built with our South Bay friends by borrowing chairs and music stands and caravanning them to our host location to create a stage in a family’s living room, a High School multi-purpose room, an Art Gallery or a TV studio cafeteria. Local businesses such as Bristol Farms, Whole Foods Plaza El Segundo, Murad, Annie’s Gardens and Hillside Pharmacy made sure that each and every actor and director knew just how much this community appreciated their contribution, festooning the cast and crew of every performance with flowers and gifts. AEA, the theatrical union has told us that no other theatre company or community has utilized such a unique strategy to acknowledge and solidify a relationship with talent. Pacific Stages has thus been able to build our talented and substantial Artists Company. This volunteer commitment will be nurtured and leveraged not only for our early stages, but as consistent with our evolving programming.
Richard Lundquist and Continental Development Corporation have pledged land on the Rosecrans corridor as a public benefit component of a future phase of Plaza El Segundo, a retail complex at the corner of Sepulveda & Rosecrans Avenue in El Segudno. This land will be deeded to Pacific Stages sometime before 2016, and utilized to build a LORT [League of Resident Theatres] facility with both a 400 and a 99 seat theatre. Currently Pacific Stages is working with CDC to adapt a space in their headquarters building at 2041 Rosecrans to house an interim facility in which to begin presenting fully produced plays in keeping with our artistic mission. n February 4th, 2010 Pacific Stages will open our Debut Sesaon in this location.
Each step of the way Pacific Stages has been able to maintain and nurture our core artistic vision, and move our agenda forward in fiscally achievable increments. Our conservative approach has positioned Pacific Stages to respond nimbly to the current economic climate while continuing our growth.
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