I write to you at this moment to say thank you. Thank you for eight years of support, interest, and enthusiasm. The strength and involvement you have given this Company has sustained us as an organization, and allowed us to grow and mature as individuals. Cripple Creek has operated for eight years with the assumption that theatre can change people; oddly enough, the people that it has changed the most are us, the members of Cripple Creek. While we were producing shows that hoped to make you think and act, your support of those shows changed how we thought and acted. Theatre is a funny thing. As we have evolved as artists, our priorities and ambitions have as well. This is the transformative nature of theatre, and our company must transform with it.
We are taking a break. I won’t say this is the end of Cripple Creek, because I don’t believe it is. All of us, though, need to take some time and space to answer some very real questions about what we as an organization actually intend to do, and how we as an organization can go about achieving it.
We are hoping that some time apart will allow us the space to consider how we as a congregation of invested artists and citizens with diverse passions and interests provide Cripple Creek with the correct structure and stability to move it forward as an organization that continues to produce work that provokes social action, but does so with the intention and community organization necessary to strengthen both the work and its desired effects.
Cripple Creek began because we saw a need for a theatre that explored the societal issues facing our city. As the landscape of New Orleans continues to change, and as the expectations we place on our work change, the intentionality that Cripple Creek brings to the productions needs to change as well. Our hope for this sabbatical is to rest, breathe, and explore individual paths for a time. If we can better define ourselves as individuals, then we can better define the ensemble that results from our collaborations.
At this time, we are not planning any new productions for the summer or fall. Our intended production of The Cradle Will Rock will be moved to the summer of 2015. In light of this need for redefinition we choose to present this classic work at a time more amenable to the fulfillment of our mission. We thank all who showed an interest in the work and look forward to collaborating with you in the near future.
I count myself very fortunate to have worked with such an amazing group of artists and performing theatre for such an amazing group of invested, passionate, intelligent individuals such as yourself. Cripple Creek will continue as long as people like you desire art that attempts to change the way we think, feel, and act. We will see you soon.
Yours in solidarity,