|Letter From the Boston Theatre Critics Association|
Dear Friend of Boston Theater,
The 27th annual Elliot Norton Awards will be presented on May 11, 2009, at Harvard University's Sanders Theater. This year's celebration will be special, as always. We are proud to honor the memory of Mr. Norton's 48-year career as Dean of American theater critics and to celebrate the vibrancy of the greater-Boston-area theaters. We invite you to join us in supporting the awards ceremony, which both recognizes our local theater artists and acknowledges the distinguished visitors who bring their productions to our region.
As members of the theater community, the Boston Theater Critics Association, which presents the Elliot Norton Awards, continues to be a vital contributor to the remarkable staying power of our theaters. At this turbulent time in our nation’s economy, we feel the arts are more important than ever and that recognition of the achievements of our artists serves to emphasize their significance to the community. The awards, created during his lifetime and in which Mr. Norton took an active part, honor distinguished work during the past year by the actors, directors, playwrights, designers, and producers who live and work here. Although Mr. Norton is no longer with us, his legacy of supporting excellence in theater remains to guide us.
The Boston Theater Critics Association is a small organization of professional critics who volunteer their time to sponsor this annual event and select the honorees. Our resources do not match the costs of producing the event, despite our efforts to raise money through ticket sales and ads in our program. Our goal is to maintain an affordable price for tickets so that the working members of the theater community can attend what has become a memorable evening of camaraderie and congratulations.
We continue to raise funds from individuals and businesses that donate from $5 to over $1,000 to help us produce the event, but our reserves must be replenished each year. Our 2009 sponsors include Actors’ Equity, the Boston Redevelopment Authority, and Harvard University. But the recession has caused some of these organizations to cut back their contributions. We hope you will join us in insuring that this wonderful evening can be produced, not only this spring but in future years, by making a generous contribution. We will acknowledge donations in the program book, unless we are otherwise advised. Thank you for your support.
Caldwell Titcomb, President
Please send your contribution for the Elliot Norton Awards to Boston Theater Critics Association, c/o Chamber Theater, 2 Park Plaza, Suite 305, Boston MA 02116. All donations to Boston Theater Critics Association are tax-exempt.
Caldwell Titcomb, President; Terry Byrne, Carolyn Clay, Iris Fanger, Joyce Kulhawik, Louise Kennedy, Sandy MacDonald, Robert Nesti, Ed Siegel