At Two Planks Theater Company, it is important for us that theater and art should be an integral part of every community. And it is equally important that theater can not just provide entertainment, but it can also be a vehicle for discussion, social awareness, and change.
That is why at Two Planks we are proud to use our productions as a platform to help other groups and organizations. In 2016, we are happy to be able to present our winter Main Stage production, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, in support of Newtown’s Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation and their mission to spread awareness of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) around the country and the world. We invite you to visit their webpage to learn more about who they are and what they are doing, and hopefully to join Two Planks in supporting JLCLF by donating to their goal of providing free SEL training to educators and communities everywhere.
Thank you for supporting Two Planks though your patronage, and thank you for investing in your community through support of organizations like the Choose Love Foundation. Two Planks looks forward to working with you to make our community, and yours, a better place to live.
Two Planks has also partnered with and supported different organizations during previous shows:
In the summer of 2015, Two Planks presented our Main Stage musical, Avenue Q. Over three performances, when the characters sang the song “Give Us Your Money,” we accepted on the spot audience donations, as our actors (and puppets!) circulated through the gathered crowd. Hundreds of dollars were collected through the generosity of our patrons, and the money was presented to The Make a Wish Foundation, in Trumbull.
The hard-hitting, rock musical Next to Normal centers on how a suburban family copes with their mother’s struggles with mental illness. In recognition of Mental Health Awareness month, Two Planks partnered with a dozen mental health service and support organizations from across the state to hold a moderated discussion panel, giving audience members the chance to interact with experts in the field.
Annually, Two Planks self funds thousands of dollars worth of scholarships to enable area youth to experience the magic of live theater. We are able to do this not only through our own efforts, but thanks in part to our advertisers and though the generous support of the community. Interested in helping us help kids from your home town? Contact us to see how you can get involved and help out too!