Thursday, March 29, 2012

Chicago's Newest Non-Profit Theatre Company - The Brown Paper Box Co.

So at first, this was pretty exciting (which I wrote):

Reefer Madness! The Musical is becoming something of a tradition for The Brown Paper Box Co. After last year's thrillingly successful 4/20 remount at Studio BE, the exec staff decided to take this subversive holiday and make this show an annual event. The second annual production will be a late-night staged reading at the newly renovated Stage 773 following Street Tempo's production of Little Shop of Horrors. See both and make it an evening of cult classics.

But Reefer's not the main purpose of today's entry ... though tickets can be purchased here lickity split. Snag 'em while you can: there are only 150 seats!

The Brown Paper Box Co. is proud to announce Patrick J. Butterfield and Charlie Sheets as new Artistic Associates to our ever-growing troupe. Charlie first designed the show poster for To Tree's world premiere this past winter and recently designed this year's Reefer Madness! poster. His skills and talent is a warm addition to help unify our company's 'look.' Patrick was the Production Assistant for And Then They Came for Me in 2010, in our ensemble for all Reefer Madness! incarnations, and helped in the casting process of To Tree. A jack of all trades if there ever was one.

The executive staff is thrilled to have these two passionate, talented, and giving gentleman join Katie and Ian as Artistic Associates.

Up next ... photos and thoughts from Reefer's first rehearsal. Stay tuned!

But then this happened, as penned by our marketing director Michelle Kritselis:

Best. News. EVAH.

When we founded this company back in fall of 2010, we knew we wanted to apply for nonprofit status early on. After months (and months and months) of filling out complicated tax-style paperwork, writing three-digit checks to Uncle Sam, and waiting (and waiting and waiting, and more waiting) for an answer, we finally received an official response from the Internal Revenue Service: WE ARE NOW A 501(c)(3)! TAX EXEMPT! NONPROFIT, Y'ALL!

This is Michelle here, but I think I can safely speak for the rest of the company when I say: we are thrilled. We are collectively dancing a jig at this very moment. Getting this letter in the mail was like having an ice cream cone fall from the sky directly into our hands. It's like twenty Christmases and Hanukkahs combined.

And we have YOU PEOPLE to thank for it. Thank you for attending our shows and events, thank you for "liking" us on Facebook, thank you for "following" us on "Twitter," thank you for "reading" "this" "blog entry" we're "typing up" right "now." (Sorry. Just carried away from all the excitement.) Thank you for being so supportive of our little company in its first year and a half of existence. You guys constantly reminded us of why we love making theatre - which, let me assure you, is important to remember when you're up to your eyeballs in excruciating government paperwork. So, thank you for this.

Welp, I'm gonna go do a cartwheel, and then maybe a couple shots of bourbon. Possibly not in that order.

 Which led managing director Anna Schutz to write this:
Hi. If I've spoken to you in the past 12 months, you probably know that I've been working with the most amazing people at The Brown Paper Box Co. towards becoming a legally recognized non profit 501(c)(3) organization. Well, folks, that day has arrived! Thank you to everyone who has provided the support and resources to make this a reality. Special thanks to Zev Steinberg, Michelle Kritselis, M William Panek, David Lipschutz, Allen Kutchins, Liz Hoffman, Louis Schutz & Judy Levan Schutz. This was truly a community effort and I'm excited to bring our little city some kick-ass theatre for many years to come! 
Long long long story short, it's a thrilling official beginning for The Brown Paper Box Co.

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