To celebrate the 40th Season, (27 at the current location) The Unicorn Theatre launches a campaign to own the building and guarantee a permanent location for its production of bold new plays that challenge, educate, and entertain its patrons.
The purchase of the building, Cynthia Levin, Producing Artistic Director said, helps decrease operating costs while allowing complete control of the facility in order to make much needed renovations, and most importantly ensure it’s success and longevity. As such, Levin announced a capital campaign to preserve The Unicorn for years to come.
“Our commitment to Midtown, Main Street and bold, new plays will be solidified by the purchase of this building. We promise to continue bringing you the newest and most provocative theatre for another 40 years (or more),” Levin said.
Unicorn Theatre is currently in its 40th Anniversary Season and is offering one of the most provocative and cutting-edge seasons yet. The season started with a successful run of Venus in Fur, a very provocative and sexual comedy that explores sadomasochism, role reversal, female domination, male servitude, and contained a lot of big laughs along the way. The play was a Tony nominated play and the Broadway actress actually won Best Actress in a Play that year.
Next up is Seminar, another edgy comedy. Seminar is followed by Colborne Park; Grounded; Other Dessert Cities; Water by the Spoonful; and, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. More information about the shows can be found at: unicorntheatre.org.
“In May, we provided earnest money and signed an agreement with our landlord. Through the agreement, we have one year to raise the funds needed to purchase the building outright. Our total goal for the campaign is $1,035,000. This includes purchase of the building, replacement of the roof and tuck pointing, campaign costs, contingency and a three-year maintenance fund,” Levin said.
According to Levin, the building will do so many good things for the Unicorn. Ownership dramatically decreases the yearly major expense by eliminating rent. Overall maintenance will also decrease as the landlord has let the roof deteriorate to the point that multiple leaks occur every time it rains. Most importantly, it will provide the assurance that Unicorn Theatre can never be moved out of its home
“We have received $190,000 in cash and pledges for the campaign. Our short- term goal is to raise the first $414,000 by December 1. This will enable us to submit a request to the Mabee Foundation for a challenge grant,” Levin said.
To achieve this goal, corporate and individual donations need to flow into The Unicorn Theatre. The needed total of over one million dollars in a year remains a reachable goal with the help of loyal patrons and corporate donors. Still, the sum represents a lofty goal, but one so needed to ensure The Unicorn’s continued success, Levin said.
“Please consider a gift to our capital campaign. You can choose to contribute with a one, two or three-year pledge. Use the enclosed envelope or go to the website: unicorntheatre.org and contribute online. You can also check our website throughout the year to track our progress toward the campaign goal,” Levin said.
To see the full season line-up, calendar of performances, purchase tickets , and get additional information on the Longevity Campaign visit: unicorntheatre.org.
Pledges and donations to Unicorn Theatre’s Longevity Campaign can be made online at: unicorntheatre.org by using the donation form on the Support Us page, by calling 816.531.7529 ext. 12 or by filling out the campaign form at the theatre, 3828 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64111.
“Your help will make a substantial difference,” Levin concluded.