Black Lives Matter.

Black lives matter. TCBF stands in mourning, in outrage, and in solidarity  with the outcry that has come in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and follows in a long line of black men and women who have been harassed, detained and killed by an organization that has sworn to protect communities they serve. 

As storytellers, our choice is to either uphold or help to dismantle the underlying injustices we see in the world. We encourage all members of the Boston theater community to take action and show your support for our black and POC friends and colleagues by uplifting their voices now and in our rehearsal rooms, production meetings, offices and performance spaces. 

To show our support, TCBF is suspending our direct fundraising activities this week. We ask that anyone who was intending to support the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund this week to direct their donation to the following organizations instead:

·         NAACP

·         Black Lives Matter (Boston Chapter)

·         The Massachusetts Bail Relief 

·         Black and Pink 

·         Violence in Boston 

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CARE-oke!

We all miss the ability to experience live theatre in this area and we think “TCBF’s CARE-oke” is a good way to share some theatre with you while raising funds for our friends and colleagues in need. We’ll link the performances as they’re posted here so you can make sure you don’t miss any!

To make a contribution, click the Donate button at the top if the page. We know that many of you out there are not in a financial position to donate right now and that is really, REALLY ok. Please take care of yourselves. Please share and/or repost this with anyone you think might be able to donate. Every little bit helps; $5, $20, $100 or $1,000! Just think of the money you are not spending on those theatre tickets, dining out, parking and even babysitting! Please direct any questions to TCBFBoston@gmail.com.

#1- Kathy St. George

#2 Robert Saoud

#3- Sam and Tyler Simahk

#4- Erica Spyres

#5- Leigh Barrett

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This Week’s Boston Theater Marathon Performances!

Boston Theater Marathon XXII: Special Zoom Edition features readings of ten-minute plays by New England playwrights in collaboration with New England theatres, via the video conferencing tool Zoom. Audiences are encouraged to lend their support to area theatre companies and to the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund, which provides financial support to theatres and theatre artists in times of need.

Readings begin on April 2 at 12 noon EDT, and will happen daily through May 17! To join, click on the link below from your computer, phone, or other device. You’ll need the Zoom app to participate (it’s free!), and it is recommended you call in a few minutes before “curtain” time.

The cast list for each day’s reading will be available on www.BostonPlaywrights.org; theatre links can also be found there and via the Zoom interface itself.

The list below will be updated as links for each date become available.

April 7
A Call to Mom by Taylor Badoyen*
Sponsored by Playwrights’ Platform
https://bostonu.zoom.us/j/932421160

College student Bella receives a phone call that throws her into a state of panic: a young girl being kidnapped. The call is cut off, and Bella is left confused and in distress. Sometimes a girl just needs her mother.

*Content warning: Discussion of kidnapping.

April 8
Unapologetic by Andrea Aptecker
Sponsored by The Lyric Stage Company of Boston
https://bostonu.zoom.us/j/932421160

When Brynn, an expert on food and French culture, tastes Marian’s homemade chocolate mousse, her critique leads to an unexpected outcome, and a valuable lesson—it’s always better to be…Unapologetic!

April 9
Turbulence by Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro
Sponsored by Umbrella Stage Company/Umbrella Performing Arts
https://bostonu.zoom.us/j/932421160

A businessman’s wife wonders what awaits her and her husband at the end of a bumpy international flight—the Russian mafia or the F.B.I?

April 10
The Right Moment by Matt Mayerchak
Sponsored by Cohasset Dramatic Club
https://bostonu.zoom.us/j/932421160

A middle-aged woman receives a surprise visit from an old friend who invites her to reconsider her life choices.

April 11
Third Party by Nancy Peavy
Sponsored by Hovey Players
https://bostonu.zoom.us/j/932421160

A canvassing politician learns the price of a vote may be very steep indeed when he visits the home of a couple with peculiar political leanings.

April 12
The Textbook Lady by Nina Louise Morrison
Sponsored by Suffolk University Theater Dept.
https://bostonu.zoom.us/j/932421160

When Penny catches Camile checking out another woman again will it be the last straw, the first step, or something else entirely? A dark comedy about love, grief, letting go, and finding what you’re looking for.

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Boston Theater Marathon XXII: Zoom Edition!

Boston Theater Marathon XXII: Special Zoom Edition features readings of ten-minute plays by New England playwrights in collaboration with New England theatres, via the video conferencing tool Zoom. Audiences are encouraged to lend their support to area theatre companies and to the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund, which provides financial support to theatres and theatre artists in times of need.

Readings begin on April 1 at noon, and will happen daily through May 17! To join, click on the link below from your computer, phone, or other device. You’ll need the Zoom app to participate (it’s free!), and it is recommended you call in a few minutes before “curtain” time.

The cast list for each day’s reading will be available on www.BostonPlaywrights.org; theatre links can also be found there and via the Zoom interface itself.

The list below will be updated as links for each date become available.

April 1
Three Ladybugs by Vicki Meagher
Sponsored by Boston Playwrights’ Theatre
https://bostonu.zoom.us/j/191157347

April 2
Don’t Be a Scrooge by James C. Ferguson
Sponsored by Moonbox Productions
https://bostonu.zoom.us/j/191157347

April 3
Sked Du Al by Ronán Noone
Sponsored by Northeastern University Dept. of Theatre
https://bostonu.zoom.us/j/191157347

April 4
Dinosaur Woman by Marisa Smith
Sponsored by Sleeping Weazel
https://bostonu.zoom.us/j/191157347

April 5
Random Access Memory by Erin Lerch
Sponsored by Flat Earth Theatre
https://bostonu.zoom.us/j/191157347

April 6
Glissade by Richard Ballon
Sponsored by Hub Theatre Company of Boston
Link available soon

April 7
A Call to Mom by Taylor Badoyen
Sponsored by Playwrights’ Platform
Link available soon

April 8
Unapologetic by Andrea Aptecker
Sponsored by Lyric Stage Company of Boston
Link available soon

April 9
Turbulence by Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro
Sponsored by Umbrella Stage Company/Umbrella Performing Arts
Link available soon

April 10
The Right Moment by Matt Mayerchak
Sponsored by Cohasset Dramatic Club
Link available soon

April 11
Third Party by Nancy Peavy
Sponsored by Hovey Players
Link available soon

April 12
The Textbook Lady by Nina Louise Morrison
Sponsored by Suffolk University Theater Dept.
Link available soon

April 13
Millstone by Peter Kimball
Sponsored by Greater Boston Stage Company
Link available soon

April 14
Scattered by Lisa Deily
Sponsored by The Front Porch Arts Collective
Link available soon

April 15
Glenda Jackson in a Bodega (I am Not) by R. D. Murphy
Sponsored by Actors Shakespeare Project
Link available soon

April 16
The Unbearable Lightness of Greening by Nina Mansfield
Sponsored by Titanic Theatre Co.
Link available soon

April 17
The Rental by Tim Lehnert
Sponsored by Forge Theater Company
Link available soon

April 18
The Handle by Scott Sullivan
Sponsored by The Actors Studio of Newburyport
Link available soon

April 19
The Bull by Greg Hovanesian
Sponsored by Target Stage/Stonehill Theatre Company
Link available soon

April 20
Interventions by Greg Lam
Sponsored by Liars and Believers
Link available soon

April 21
The Vampyr by James Wilkinson
Sponsored by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
Link available soon

April 22
Cain by Alan Brody
Sponsored by Underground Railway at Central Square Theater
Link available soon

April 23
Misplaced by Cassie M. Seinuk
Sponsored by Wellesley Repertory Theatre
Link available soon

April 24
Strained Bedfellows by Terrence Kidd
Sponsored by American Repertory Theater
Link available soon

April 25
Circles by Amy Oestreicher
Sponsored by Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Link available soon

April 26
Common App by Martha Douglas-Osmundson
Sponsored by ImprovBoston
Link available soon

April 27
Deep Blue by Alex Moon
Sponsored by SpeakEasy Stage Company
Link available soon

April 28
Ships in the Night by Kayce Kvacek
Sponsored by Boston University School of Theatre
Link available soon

April 29
With Intent by Stephen Wrobleski
Sponsored by Fresh Ink Theatre
Link available soon

April 30
A Few Adjustments by Scott Malia
Sponsored by Fort Point Theatre Channel
Link available soon

May 1
Migraine by Cliff Odle
Sponsored by Gloucester Stage Company
Link available soon

May 2
Lo-Fi by Caity-Shea Violette
Sponsored by Boston College
Link available soon

May 3
Pearly Gates by Jack Neary
Sponsored by Acting Out Productions
Link available soon

May 4
The Lady Killer by Erik Nikander
Sponsored by Brandeis University Department of Theatre Arts
Link available soon

May 5
Warm Running Water by Janet Kenney
Sponsored by Firehouse Center for the Arts
Link available soon

May 6
Downgrade by Eliana Pipes
Sponsored by Huntington Theatre Company
Link available soon

May 7
The Stakeout by K. Alexa Mavromatis
Sponsored by Emerson Stage
Link available soon

May 8
Are You One of Those Robots? by Deirdre Girard
Sponsored by Open Theatre Project
Link available soon

May 9
Number 794 by Jayne Hannah
Sponsored by The Wilbury Theatre Group
Link available soon

May 10
Choices by James McLindon
Sponsored by Pilgrim Theatre
Link available soon

May 11
Just Listen by Ken Green
Sponsored by New Repertory Theatre
Link available soon

May 12
The Dobler Effect by John Minigan
Sponsored by Centastage
Link available soon

May 13
Santa’s Dolphins by Patrick Gabridge
Sponsored by Wheelock Family Theatre
Link available soon

May 14
Black Jesus by Fabiola R. Decius
Sponsored by Company One Theatre
Link available soon

May 15
Room 221 by Michael Towers
Sponsored by Forge Theater Co.
Link available soon

May 16
The Wheelbarrow by Ron Radice
Sponsored by imaginary beasts
Link available soon

May 17
12 Days by John Kuntz
Sponsored by Acropolis Stage Company
Link available soon

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Assisting Artists in a Crisis

The Theatre Community Benevolent Fund (TCBF) provides financial relief in a confidential, respectful manner to individual theater practitioners and non-profit theater organizations of Greater Boston and the surrounding areas who are facing occurrences of a catastrophic nature including but not limited to extreme illness, devastating acts of nature, housing emergencies, vandalism, and theft, and who have limited or no resources with which to handle such events. TCBF recognizes the essential value of artists and arts organizations to society, and treats all applicants with dignity, discretion, and compassion.

As area theatres are forced to make drastic decisions about keeping their doors open during the public health crisis of COVID-19, thousands of area artists and technicians are finding themselves out of work. With uncertainty around which organizations will bounce back or when, independent contractors are seeing contracts pulled or postponed indefinitely, leaving people with no income stream for the foreseeable future. Some will be eligible for unemployment but many will not. “The Theatre Community Benevolent Fund is a life preserver for area theatre professionals. In this time of unprecedented uncertainty yielding certain financial peril, TCBF will help people put food on their tables, pay their rent, or take care of other unforeseen expenses like medical bills and increased child care costs. TCBF is a vital part of the economic stability and recovery of the arts sector during a crisis like this,” says Dawn M. Simmons, Executive Director of StageSource.

“The Boston Theater Marathon has supported the TCBF for over 20 years, and this Fund is a vitally important resource for our community. Even though the BTM will not be performed in April, we’re still thinking of ways to support our playwrights, directors, actors, and theatre companies. The TCBF is the one place in the Boston area where artists can go for help, and we have committed to giving this year’s estimated proceeds from the BTM to the Fund. It’s clear that now is the time we all need it most. I urge
everyone to do the same!” Kate Snodgrass, Artistic Director, Boston Theater Marathon


“Acknowledging the high potential of unexpected need within Boston’s theatre community during these unprecedented times, TCBF will begin to review all COVID-19-related applications to the Fund on a weekly basis. Applicants should expect a delay in response of at least five business days. TCBF will only accept one application per person/theatre company that is directly related to COVID-19 and plans to set caps on these funding requests, amounts to be announced. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The Intent To Apply form can be found on TCBF’s website. The form is the same one used for normal applications, but please indicate the application is related to COVID-19. We will continue to accept applications not related to COVID-19 during this time,” stated Amy Spalletta, Board President, representing the TCBF Board.


About TCBF
In the Fall of 1997, a Boston-area theater artist became ill with a life-threatening condition. The theater community decided to throw a party in order to raise funds to help with medical expenses. The Big Easy nightclub opened its doors free of charge for this event, and actors, producers, writers, designers, directors, and managers all donated their time, money, and expertise. The party was an unqualified success. Out of that experience arose the idea to create an organization to aid members of our theater community who are in dire need and do not have the financial resources to meet those needs. That organization is the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund.


The first substantial contributor to TCBF was the Boston Theater Marathon, established in 1999 by Kate Snodgrass, Artistic Director of Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, for the dual purpose of promoting the area’s wealth of playwrights and of contributing to the Fund. In subsequent years, theaters throughout the region have participated in fund drives for the organization, raising tens of thousands of dollars and helping to make it possible for TCBF to provide over $145,000 in grants over the years.


About StageSource
StageSource provides leadership and services to advance the art of theater in the Greater Boston and Ne England region. Our mission is to unite theater artists, theater companies, and related organizations in vision and goals that inspire and empower our community to realize its greatest artistic potential.

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COVID-19 Resources

We have added a list of a variety of resources to help theater artists weather COVID-19 shutdowns and cancelations. Please check them out- you can find the link in the page header.

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Donate While You Shop!

Spread even more joy this holiday season or anytime you shop via Amazon Smile

Did you know that a small percentage of your Amazon purchases can be donated to TCBF? All you have to do is join Amazon Smile, choose TCBF as your charity and make all of your purchases through the Amazon Smile website.

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2019 Boston Theater Marathon A Success

Once again, the theater community came together to support our theaters, artists and TCBF by participating in and attending the Boston Theater Marathon XXI (BTM). Evening attendance was down from last year due to a certain series finale but a good time was still had by all.

We can’t possibly thank Kate Snodgrass and the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (BPT) enough for producing the Marathon each year. The BPT panel reviews submissions of over 400 new scripts each year and pares that number down to 50 for the Marathon. We also noticed increased visibility this year regarding advertising about the Marathon and support of TCBF by the BPT. And thanks to those patrons who also stopped by to make donations at the TCBF table throughout the day. Congratulations and much appreciation to all involved: we look forward to seeing all of the exciting new works in 2020!

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Our Main Fundraiser: the Boston Theater Marathon!

TCBF’s main fundraiser is the Boston Theater Marathon, which takes place  from noon until 10 p.m., at the Calderwood Pavilion Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts, 427 Tremont Street.  The Marathon features productions of plays by fifty New England writers, produced by fifty different theatre companies.  There’s no better way to see a cross section of the immense pool of talent that makes up the New England theatre community than attending the Boston Theater Marathon.

And the net proceeds for the event go to the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund.  That’s right, for $25 you can watch TEN HOURS of new plays, five (or more) new plays every hour, and a portion of that money helps fund TCBF’s financial support of theatre artists  suffering from catastrophe.

You can stay for an hour or try to last the whole day. You’ll not only have a good time, you’ll also do some good.  That’s a tough deal to beat.

The Boston Theatre Marathon XXII will take place on April 19, 2020. A link for tickets will appear here when tickets go on sale.

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The basics

The Theatre Community Benevolent Fund (TCBF) is a non-profit theatre community organization administered by StageSource for the benefit of its individual and organizational members and the theatre artists who are or have been employed by those organizations who face dire need and require financial assistance. TCBF provides financial relief in a confidential, respectful manner to individual and organizations facing extreme illness, catastrophic acts of nature, and other events such as vandalism/theft, and who have limited or no resources with which to handle such occurrences.

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