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BLAH-BLAH-BLAH

A SHORT STORY BY DAVID KUEHN

ACT ONE

Scene One

Lights rise to reveal DAVID alone at his desk – pen in hand. Crumpled papers litter the floor around the wastebasket.  Muffled sounds of children’s laughter from the art studio, local actors running lines on stage, banging from the gallery as another art exhibit goes up. DAVID holds his head in his hands. Crumples a paper and throws it toward the wastebasket - he rises from the chair, pacing, thinking out loud - with frustration.

DAVID. (Cheery. Thoughtful.) Dear Patron… blah-blah-blah (Deflated. Starts again – cheery) Greetings from Cotuit Center for the Arts! It’s finally spring! — Spring appeal time, that is (moan).

ASSISTANT walks in.

ASSISTANT. David, how’s that Spring Appeal coming along?

DAVID. It’s not.  What can I say that hasn’t been said before?  It’s like, BLAH-BLAH-BLAH!

ASSISTANT. Just explain that we’re a nonprofit and we rely on donations. What’s so hard about that?

DAVID. Our donors already know that. And about all the good work we do…and that the arts matter… and that we are great for the community…and that we (throws arms up) BLAH-BLAH-BLAH!

Knock at the door

PATRON. Hi.  Am I in the right place? I’m here to sign up my son for art classes, and to buy tickets for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and (shyly) maybe find out about auditions for Gypsy…?

DAVID. Come on in, you’re in the right place!

ASSISTANT. (Leaving) We must get that Spring Appeal out!

PATRON. Oh, I hope I’m not interrupting…

DAVID. You’re not.  I’m just trying to figure out how to explain to our members and donors that we really need their donations.

PATRON. You sell tickets and have donors and members, right? And this is a thriving organization… What do you mean by “we really need their donations?”

DAVID. The reality is we need donations to cover all of our programs and operating costs. There are expenses, like production costs and maintenance.  Just think of the cost of snow removal this year! And you’re right, this is a first rate arts center, but we need donations to keep it that way (sigh).  This can only be accomplished with the support of our donors, members, and patrons.

I’m trying to find a way to explain that in order to continue to provide the community with our highest quality programs, we need donations. It takes grants, memberships, sponsorships, ticket sales, and donations to sustain the Center!

PATRON. Well, that makes sense!  So, why don’t you just say that?

DAVID sits down to write:

April 2015

Greetings from Cotuit Center for the Arts! Finally, it’s Spring! – which brings Spring Appeal time! We hope you’ll take a moment to let us explain how important your donations really are. We realize that you know how vital the arts are in our community and that we are dedicated to delivering quality programming, education, and entertainment.

But did you know that we thrive because of you?

Your patronage helps us create, your dedication gives us inspiration, and your donations enable us to continue to be Cotuit Center for the Arts.

Your kind donation to this Spring Appeal will help us cover expenses for this season. Please consider a donation and let’s continue to Do it. At Cotuit.

With much gratitude!

David Kuehn
Executive Director

P.S. Would you consider a monthly donation?

DAVID. What do you think of this?

Shows PATRON the letter

PATRON. Hold on, let me get my checkbook.

END SCENE

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Cotuit Center for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and your donations are tax-deductible.

Your investment in Cotuit Center for the Arts will:

  • Ensure that your children and neighbors have a vibrant, safe place for creative activities;
  • Bring the benefits of arts education to underserved members of our community though our Community Outreach Program;
  • Inspire the 30,000 patrons who come through our doors each year to visit our gallery, see a play or concert, take a class or come to a special event;
  • Support over 300 events and 400 classes this year – all taking place in your own back yard!

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