The Barnstormers Theatre shares the anguish and frustration experienced by all Americans over the past few weeks concerning the human rights issues that persist in our country and throughout the world.
Since the emancipation, and ultimately Juneteenth 1865, Black performing artists have contributed essentially to the American experience. From Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington in music, to Alvin Ailey and Judith Jamison in contemporary dance, to the searing cinematography of Spike Lee to the insightful and soulful live theatre works of August Wilson and Anna Deavere Smith to name a very few, these artists all have changed the world with their extraordinary talent and contributions.
The Barnstormers Theatre, as an important player in the American professional theatre movement acknowledges our responsibility as an arts organization in the 21st century to ensure that our programming includes voices from diverse and underrepresented perspectives. We commit ourselves to expanding the range of dramas we produce and offering opportunities to playwrights, actors, directors, and crew members of all colors and backgrounds to contribute to our artistic output. Please join us in helping to create a community that accords every individual dignity, respect, equity and equality. We shall all be enlivened as a result.
2020 Season Update from The Barnstormers Theatre
We are so sorry to announce that we have made the very tough—but sadly necessary—decision to suspend our 2020 core summer season in this, our 90th year. Our priority is the safety of all of you—our Barnstormers family of audience, actors, and awesome friends.
And…we can’t let 2020 go by without a celebration of the spirit that has sustained us through all these years. We are not going to go to completely dark during this time. In fact, we are now in the midst of planning a few options for safe—and fun–season alternatives, including a spree of online Anniversary Love Letters to The Barnstormers. We hope you will join us—stay tuned for details!
As you know, ticket sales account for just under half of our sustaining revenue. Unfortunately, with no official 2020 summer season, we will not have the funding needed to sustain us past this year. We are nervous, but we are ever hopeful and optimistic that we will be able to navigate this unprecedented time—with your help.
If you have already bought tickets for the 2020 season, we offer you three options. We ask that you consider donating your ticket purchase to help us keep afloat through this crisis. Or, you can choose to use your purchase as a “gift certificate” for our official 2021 season. Or, if need be, we will refund your ticket price. And, if you haven’t yet bought a ticket, perhaps you would be willing to donate what would be the cost of a ticket to help us out. Thank you for any consideration.
We love you all—and we thank you—for your ongoing care and support of our dear theatre. We will miss seeing you but perhaps as a result of our alternative programming, our paths may yet cross this summer, either on-line or out-of-doors. And, we hope to come back ever stronger in 2021.
The Barnstormers Board of Directors and Staff
The Barnstormers Theatre
The Barnstormers, located in the scenic village of Tamworth, NH, is one of the longest-running professional summer theatres in the country.
The company was founded in 1931 by Francis Cleveland, the youngest son of President Grover Cleveland, Francis’s wife Alice and their friend Ed Goodnow – all of whom were involved with theatre on Broadway. Over eighty years later, their legacy continues.
Today, The Barnstormers is one of three Equity theatres in New Hampshire and provides the region with brilliant summer theatre.
Like most theatres nationwide, ticket sales cover only about half of income needs, so every gift to The Barnstormers is greatly appreciated.
My summer trip to visit family in NH wouldn't be complete without taking in a performance at The Barnstormers! It was a tradition of my grandparents, and my parents, and we now share this with our children! Over the years I've been to performances on and off Broadway, in San Francisco and Los Angeles. The Barnstormers consistently pleases with its top quality performers and well mounted productions! Taking in a performance in Tamworth is a magical ride and I look forward to it every time!
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To keep vital the value, spirit, and tradition of fine summer theatre in Tamworth and to provide a venue for and to promote varied cultural activities within the region.