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It was gratifying to see the article about Source (“Gut Rehab,” 8/14) in the City Paper. We definitely agree that the theater has a bright future. It is a pity, however, that the author did not have room to mention at least some of Source’s previous successes, including: quadrupling its budget and expanding the financial base; purchasing the building; raising the theater to a constituency status with the professional association, Theatre Communications Group; becoming a full Equity union theater; broadening the outreach program to include teens from Martha’s Table and area schools; annually featuring the performances of the Theatre for the Developmentally Disabled, which Source founded; running a comprehensive intern program that has been the springboard for the careers in theater of many young people; establishing resident artists, artistic associates, and literary associate affiliates to give recognition and a home to emerging artists; establishing paid play-writing prizes for new work; and, of course, expanding the breadth and national recognition of our annual Washington Theatre Festival, which received both the Mayor’s Art Award for Service to the Arts and the Washington Post Award for Distinguished Community Services presented at the 1993 Helen Hayes Awards.
We look forward to the creation of a new flexible and elegant performance space for Washington theater audiences and to presenting artistic seasons that will challenge and reward Source’s current friends, as well as create many new ones. We invite everyone to keep an eye out for coming events, most immediately our Joe Banno-directed co-production with Rep Stage in Columbia, Md., of Dangerous Liaisons by Christopher Hampton, which opens our 1999 season, and our fabulous black-tie Halloween Gala and Silent Action at the Homer Building on Oct. 31.
With the dawn of a new Source on the horizon, we would like to express our gratitude to the individuals who have helped to bring Source to where it is today. They include Bart Whiteman, who started the entire 14th Street theater-district movement and, especially, Pat Murphy Sheehy, who steered the helm of Source with skill and commitment for many years.
With Joe Banno and DeAnna Duncan inheriting that helm, we are very excited about Source’s future.
Board of Trustees