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God of Carnage is the story of two married couples who meet for the first time shortly after the couples children get into a confrontation. They come together to settle the situation but any attempt at having a civilized discussion about whose child is responsible for the fight, and how the parents may have influenced such destructive behavior, quickly devolves into finger-pointing, name-calling, stomping around and throwing things.

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A Word From Our Artistic Director

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Mixed Magic Theatre: Either It’s Worth It or It Ain’t

I’m not in a position to quantify the worth of Mixed Magic Theatre. If I’m ballparking it…I’d put the number somewhere between a million billion dollars or a million trillion dollars. That’s if I’m rounding down. While those numbers might seem steep, I look around and see all the stories my dad and mom have given voice to and it seems reasonable. I look around at all the performers my father, Ricardo, has impacted and it seems reasonable. When I consider the terrific ensembles that have electrified the stage over the past dozen years, a million billion seems reasonable. When I consider the contribution my parents have made to the arts in Rhode Island, a million trillion just seems reasonable. But I know I’m biased.

For various reasons, the actual quantified value of Mixed Magic Theatre has been positioned well south of that. Not unreasonable (I suppose), but definitely a difficult obstacle to overcome day after day, month after month, year after year. Yet, we plug along day after day, month after month, year after year because of the magic we’ve been fortunate enough to create with some great people and some great productions.

But now, more than ever, the time for lip service is over. Now, more than ever, we need the support to continue doing our work and making our impact. So, in my mind, as I reach out to you, there’s really only one thing to consider…

Mixed Magic Theatre: Either It’s Worth It or It Ain’t

If you consider our body of work and the stories that we give voice to and still feel inclined to place us in the “Ain’t” category, that’s OK; you’re not the first. People have all kinds of reasons that it’s not especially productive to quibble with. We are unfortunately familiar with people telling us the stories we tell aren’t really worth their financial contribution or time.

However, if you do consider us a company that’s worth it, know that I’m reaching out to you now. Prove it with your pennies. DONATE. Be the toast of your next happy hour when you’re telling people that you support diverse images and stories on stage. And yes; even if you’re rationing your funds for ‘Gansett tall boys or Dunkin extra extras every month, your dollar can make a difference.

YOUR DOLLAR COUNTS BECAUSE IT’S ONE MORE DOLLAR THAN WE HAD BEFORE YOU HELPED US. DOLLARS WE DON’T HAVE KEEP US FROM MELTING FACES ON STAGE.

One-time donations are cool; recurring donations are cooler than a polar bear’s toenails. Below, some advanced mathematics:

1 X 12 = $12/YEAR
2 X 12 = $24/YEAR
3 X 12 = $36/YEAR

You see where this is going. Starting at $1/month, you can brag about helping an arts organization. Since it’d be gauche for whoever you’re bragging to to ask how much you donate, you can rest assured that whatever donation you make will make you appear awesome. And, this is worth repeating: A one-time donation still places you in the Pantheon of Awesome.

AND YOU WILL BE AWESOME FOR DONATING. YOU WILL BE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE AWESOME.

So, it really comes back to the following…

Mixed Magic Theatre: Either It’s Worth It or It Ain’t

Thanks for taking the time to read this and thanks for believing in magic.

Sincerely,
Jonathan Pitts-Wiley
Artistic Director

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2013 ~ 2014 Season

Mixed Magic Theatre’s 2013-2014 Season!

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The season kicks off in September with Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, the critically-acclaimed contemporary drama by Stephen Adly Guirgis. That production will be directed by Mixed Magic’s Artistic Director Jonathan Pitts-Wiley and will feature Rudy Cabrera, Kate Ambrosini, Edward V. Crews, Jason Quinn and Rich Morra. The season then moves into classical territory in November with Shakespeare’s Othello featuring Mixed Magic founder Ricardo Pitts-Wiley.

In February, the Company will explore the struggles, triumphs and realities of African-American womanhood through poetry and movement with Ntozake Shange’s contemporary classic For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf. 

Rounding out the season on a somewhat lighter note will be Yasmina Reza’s raucous, award-winning God of Carnage, a comedy about two sets of parents, one playground incident, and a meeting that proves that some parents behave no better than their children.

The season will also include a number of special events, highlighted by original works. December will bring Ricardo Pitts-Wiley’s adaptation of Frankenstein to the stage at Providence’s Veterans auditorium. In January, Fate Comes Knocking will explore the lives of the men and women who supported Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement. Night Voices, an evening of original poetry and music, and Arise South Africa, a reader’s theater series featuring the work of Athol Fugard, will also take beginning in January.

Classic. Contemporary. Drama. Comedy. Throw in a full Special Event calendar featuring an array of original work and there’s a little something for everyone this season at Mixed Magic Theatre.

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