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AMERICAN BLUES THEATER BRINGS IN $292 FOR SEASON OF CONCERN

April 2017

Stop the Presses!!! To the Cast & Crew of The Columnist and Everyone Involved with American Blues Theater, thank you for collecting donations during your production’s recent run for Season of Concern! Thanks to the generosity of the artists and audiences at three performances on Saturday and Sunday, March 18 & 19 at Stage 773 in Chicago, $292 was raised for Season of Concern! What a wonderful and special production, helping those in need during all the seasons of the year!


Season of Concern's Year End Thanks

A VERY GENEROUS HOLIDAY SEASON OF GIVING RAISES $225,620 FOR SEASON OF CONCERN

March 2017

Season of Concern is very proud to report that generous Chicago area theatres and their audiences donated an astounding $225,620 to our very worthy cause November through January. Using the Season of Carols Volume 4 CD as a donation incentive, the following participating theatres: Remy Bumppo, The House Theatre of Chicago, Northlight Theatre, Theatre at the Center, Marriott Theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre, Paramount Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Court Theatre, Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Mercury Theater Chicago, About Face Theatre and the Goodman Theatre, raked in very impressive funds, which will serve Chicago area theatre professionals, union and non-union, who are dealing with HIV/AIDS and other debilitating illnesses. On World Aids Day, December 1st, the following theatres also raised funds for SoC: Pride Plays & Films, Windy City Playhouse and Pegasus Theatre, along with Porchlight Music Theatre who contributed $993 from audiences attending their productions, End of the Rainbow and In The Heights. One theatre patron donated at four different theatre performances using checks, so they were sent four thank you letters, and one young boy at Lookingglass donated a $5 gold piece he said he got from a wizard. When the gold piece was exchanged, it transformed into $109! Thank you young man and your kindly wizard friend, and to all the theatres mentioned above and audience members who donated during this past holiday season helping others in need throughout all the seasons of the year.


HELL IN A HANDBAG's Skooby Don't

HELL IN A HANDBAG PRODUCTIONS SCARES UP $305 FOR SOC!!!

October 2016

A big boo and a thank you! to Hell in a Handbag Productions for scaring up $305 from generous audience members for Season of Concern! Thank you to artistic director David Cerda and to the lively cast of this Halloween production of the World Premiere of SKOOBY DON'T for asking your opening weekend audiences to give to our worthy cause.


CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE THEATER’S TUG OF WAR: CIVIL STRIFE PULLS IN $525 FOR SoC!

October 2016

Thanks to the generous actors in Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s recent production of Tug of War: Civil Strife, $525 was collected for Season of Concern. Your generous donations will go toward providing resources to members of our community of Chicago area theater professionals in need. Combined with funds raised from the cast of Tug of War: Foreign Fire, presented earlier this year, a combined total of $1,105 will go toward funding Chicago area direct-care services to assist Chicago area theatrical professionals needing assistance due to debilitating illness, injury or personal emergencies in addition to funding agencies providing testing, direct-care, and specific programs provided for individuals living with HIV/AIDS. A very special thank you to cast member Kevin Gudahl for continuing his commitment to SoC by rounding up these funds!


THE SEASON OF CONCERN TEAM AT THE AIDS RUN & WALK CHICAGO ON OCTOBER 1, 2016 HAS ALEADY RAISED NEARLY $26,000 FOR THE AIDS FOUNDATION OF CHICAGO!!!

October 2016

The Season of Concern team currently has raised $25,944 for AIDS Run & Walk Chicago, just $9,056 shy of our goal of $35,000. That is an amazing accomplishment! 90% of funds raised for this event will be given to Season of Concern! Donations are still being accepted. Help us reach our goal (deadline is October 31st) by donating here.


MARRIOTT LINCOLNSHIRE THEATER'S OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE OF HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING COLLECTS $1,268 FOR SoC!

September 2016

Marriott Theatre in beautiful Lincolnshire, IL does it again! Lauren Iezzi and Margaret Tenerelli collected opening night donations totaling $1,268 for Season of Concern at the after party following the opening night showing of HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING on September 22, 2016. Now playing through October 16, this production is an uproariously funny, heartwarming, toe tapping musical production, filled with delightful surprises from top to bottom. Thank you cast and crew and especially the opening night’s generous audience for their kind and compassionate giving in support of SoC’s ongoing efforts; serving as a safety net for Chicago area theatre professionals in need, union and non-union.


AMERICAN BLUES THEATER BRINGS IN $150 FOR SEASON OF CONCERN

September 2016

Thank you American Blues Theater for collecting donations during the run of Dutchman/TRANSit for Season of Concern! Thanks to the generosity of the artists and audiences at two performances on Saturday, September 17 at the Greenhouse Theater Center in Chicago, $150 was raised for Season of Concern! With only 58 seats in the performing space, that is a very impressive contribution.


NUNS4FUN RAISES $257 FOR SEASON OF CONCERN!

September 2016

In Chicago, Nuns4fun’s production of Bible Bingo has been running for 3 years and its Late Nite Catechism is in its 23rd year! Both Nuns4fun productions are currently playing every weekend at the Royal George Theatre. The Nuns in charge raised a delightful $257 at four recent performances for Season of Concern! Thank you, Vicki Quade, Patricia Musker and the numerous actors and crew involved with these warm hearted and hilarious Chicago born productions! Season of Concern serves both union and non-union theatrical professionals in the Chicago area during times of need and it is very grateful for this very kind donation from our on stage sisters. Bless you!


A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM RAISES $1,355 FOR SEASON OF CONCERN

August 2016

First Folio Theater’s cast of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM used the final week of their outdoor run to make the company’s collection for Season of Concern. With a post-show appeal from Equity actors Johanna Mackenzie Miller (Hippolyta/Titania) and Michael Joseph Mitchell (Theseus/Oberon), Stage Manager Amy Creuziger and the cast were able to raise $1,355.00 for the Chicago area charity which provides compassionate care to those in the theater industry who are experiencing the effects of catastrophic illness, including HIV/AIDS. First Folio Theatre, located in Oak Brook, Illinois, has been collecting annually for Season of Concern since the theater was founded in 1997.

Thank you, First Folio Theatre!


LIFELINE’S "NORTHANGER ABBEY" COLLECTS $966 FOR SoC!

August 2016

Many thanks to everyone involved with "Northanger Abbey" at Lifeline Theatre in Chicago. The cast and crew of this “sparkling jewel of a musical” collected audience donations during four performances, August 11 – 23, 2016 and raised $966 for SoC!

We are so grateful for this collection and for the support and generosity of all the artists working with Lifeline Theatre. Many thanks to the cast and crew, and special thanks to the theatre’s Managing Director, Allison Cain, for her help with the collection.


AMERICAN BLUES THEATER RAISES FUNDS FOR SEASON OF CONCERN!

August 2016

Many thanks to everyone involved with "Little Shop of Horrors" at American Blues Theater. The cast and crew collected audience donations after two performances in July and raised $530.74 for SoC! We are so grateful for this collection and for the support and generosity of all the artists working with American Blues Theater. Many thanks to the cast and crew, and special thanks to American Blues’ General Manager Jaclyn Holsey for her help with the collection.


RENT AT METROPOLIS COLLECTS $388 FOR SEASON OF CONCERN!

July 2016

A big thank you to the Performing Arts at Metropolis for collecting donations for Season of Concern during their recent run of the musical RENT. Thanks to the generosity of their artists and audiences, Metropolis raised a whopping $388.88! Season of Concern serves union and non-union theatrical artists, and in regard to the latter category, Metropolis is our top donor so far this year.


MARRIOTT LINCOLNSHIRE THEATER'S OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE OF MAN OF LA MANCHA RAKES IN $1,422 FOR SoC

July 2016

A huge Thank You to the Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre! Donations for Season of Concern were collected from audience members who attended the opening night party for their wonderfully staged and brilliantly performed musical Man of La Mancha. $1,422 was collected and donated to our worthy and ongoing cause, making “Impossible Dreams” come true for those in need.


CAST MEMBERS OF CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE'S "Tug of War" DONATE $580 TO SoC!

July 2016

Thank you to the cast and crew members of Chicago Shakespeare Theater's “Tug of War” at Chicago Shakespeare Theater for donating a combined total of $580 to SoC in honor of the Opening Night of their production. Many thanks to all the artists involved, and special thanks to cast member Kevin Gudahl for organizing this combined cast gift. We greatly appreciate your hard work and generosity.


NON-EQUITY JEFF AWARDS RAISES $374 FOR SoC!

June 2016

Thank you to everyone involved with the recent Non-Equity Jeff Awards held at the Park West in Chicago. Season of Concern was mentioned by one of the Masters of Ceremonies, Sarah Hayes, right before cast members sang the uplifting song “Season of Love” from the Jeff winner for best musical of the year, “Rent.” The audience generously donated $374 to SoC and they were greeted by the evening's hosts Gilbert Domally and Kyra Sorce who held the paint buckets used to collect donations. We are so grateful to the Joseph Jefferson Committee for their generosity and support. Many, many thanks!


ARTEMISIA’S "CHEWING ON BECKETT" RAISES $30 FOR SoC!

June 2016

Thank you to everyone involved with Artemisia Theatre and the cast and crew of Chewing on Beckett. During their June 3 performance, they collected $30 in audience donations for SoC!

We are so grateful to everyone at Artemisia for their generosity and support. Many, many thanks!


SoC's CHANGING OF THE GUARDS

June 2016

On January 31, 2016, Season of Concern's Manager of Communication and Fund Raising Events, Scott Duff, stepped down to pursue a full-time sales career at Windy City Media Group. In May, Chicago actor and director Frank Farrell stepped into this position. Season of Concern looks forward to working with Frank as it continues to provide care for those in the theatre community living with AIDS-related illnesses, as well as benefiting hundreds of others in the entertainment industry — actors, directors, designers, technicians, playwrights — who are experiencing health-related emergencies and medical issues.


World AIDS Day and Day of Giving

November 2015

World AIDS Day is held on December 1 each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those we have lost. On this day we ask you to consider making a donation to Season of Concern so we can continue to provide relief for those in need. To make a donation on this Day of Giving, click here.


SEASON OF CELEBRATION

November 2015

On October 26, Season of Concern presented the 2015 Larry Sloan Awards and celebrated 30 years of service through the Biscotto-Miller Fund during “Season of Celebration: An Evening of Song.” The Larry Sloan Awards are presented each year to recognize the outstanding contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS made by individuals and organizations. This years recipients were Alexandra Billings (Heritage Award), Mitchell J. Fain (Advocate Award), the Companies of Goodman Theatre’s A Christmas Carol, (Partnership Award). A special Legacy Award was presented to the group of generous spirits behind Arts Against AIDS, a benefit event for the Biscotto-Miller Fund in 1985. The evening was hosted by Chicago legend E. Faye Butler and featured performances by Bethany Thomas and Jess Godwin, Mark David Kaplan, Christine Mild, Evan Tyrone Martin, Meghan Murphy, and Foiled Again. Visit the gallery for photos from the event. Photography by Joe Mazza of Brave Lux.


AIDS RUN & WALK

November 2015

This fall, Season of Concern participated in the 2015 AIDS Run & Walk. With a team of 22 individuals, Season of Concern ranked number one for the Team Fundraisers raising $26,623.00! Thanks to all who participated and donated!


HOLIDAY CAMPAIGNS

November 2015

It’s the time of year to spread comfort and joy to those in need. Thanks to the talents and generosity of theatre artists across Chicago, Season of Concern will be able to continue to provide assistance to those in need. When you attend a show this holiday season, please consider making a donation to Season of Concern. Participating theatres include Goodman Theatre, Theater Wit, Theatre at the Center, Lookingglass Theatre, Marriott Theatre, Kokandy Productions, Barrel of Monkeys, Court Theatre, Drury Lane, Northlight Theatre, Mercury Theatre, and more!


WELCOME SEAN TAYLOR!

September 2015

Season of Concern is thrilled to announce that Sean Taylor, Central Regional Director/Assistant Executive Director of Actors Equity Association, to the Board of Directors.


2015 LARRY SLOAN AWARDS

September 2015

The Larry Sloan Awards, named for the former Executive Director of Season of Concern, will be presented on Monday, October 26, 2015 at "Season of Celebration: An Evening of Song". The 2015 honorees are Board Member Emeritus and cast member of the Golden Globe award-winning series "Transparent" Alexandra Billings (Heritage Award), actor/comedian Mitchell Fain (Advocate Award), and the companies of Goodman Theatre's "A Christmas Carol" (Partnership Award). A special Legacy Award will be presented to the organizers of Arts Against AIDS, commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the benefit performance that lead to the founding of Season of Concern. To buy tickets, click here.


SEASON OF CELEBRATION: AN EVENING OF SONG 10/26

August 2015

Join us Monday, October 26 at Steppenwolf Theatre as we celebrate the legacy of beloved Chicago theatre artists, Tommy Biscotto and Pat Miller, who have inspired thirty years of service to the Chicago theatre community through the Biscotto/Miller Fund. It will be an evening of song and celebration! Details to come soon!


SEASON OF CAROLS 2015

August 2015

Summer may have finally arrived in Chicago, but it's beginning to look a lot like the holidays for Season of Concern. We are in the studio recording the third edition of Season of Carols featuring some of the most exciting theatre artists from your favorite shows of the past season! For all of those involved it is a true labor of love. "I was blessed to have been a part of Season of Concern way back when it started," says veteran Chicago actor Ron Keaton. "To this day Season of Concern still maintains the role in the community of helping others. We all have to take care of each other in this world…Season of Concern takes that personally and always has. And I've always been happy to be a part of it." The third edition of Season of Carols will be available this coming holiday season.


SEASON OF CONCERN WELCOMES LUTHER GOINS

April 2015

Season of Concern is thrilled to welcome Luther Goins to the Board of Directors. Mr. Goins bring years of experience as a playwright, producer, theatre instructor, and union representative. Currently working as one of six Central Region Actors’ Equity Association Business Representatives, Luther re-located to Chicago in 1990 after working extensively in Cincinnati as a producer, director, and an acting instructor. From 1995 to 2002, he held the Managing Director position for the Chicago Theatre Company (a professional, African-American company) located on Chicago’s south side. From 1992 to 1995, he worked as the Assistant to the Producer at the now Skokie-based Northlight Theatre; and held the position of Resident Artistic Director at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Theatre in Evanston, IL. Mr. Goins joined the Central Region office of Actors’ Equity Association in 2002.

Luther, a two-time cancer survivor, is happily married to Leon Schrauben, a Chicago Public Schools Teacher.


LATE WINTER/SPRING CAMPAIGNS

April 2015

Late winter and early spring is a tough time for everyone in Chicago. And yet, some stalwart theatres continue to spread goodwill and “fight the good fight” for Season of Concern! Thanks to A Red Orchid Theatre, About Face Theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre, Raven Theatre, and TimeLine Theatre Company for the generosity of their artists and audiences with their donations.

Interested in holding a fundraising campaign? Contact Scott Duff at Scott@seasonofconcern.org for information!


CONGRATULATIONS, WILLA TAYLOR!

April 2015

Board Member Emeritus, Willa Taylor, was honored with the WREN Award by Rivendell Theatre Ensemble for her outstanding contributions to advancing the work of women theatre artists in Chicago. Steve Scott, Season of Concern Board Member and Producer at The Goodman Theatre, says, “During her time as the Goodman Theatre's Director of Education and Community Engagement, Willa Taylor has gained a national reputation for her tireless advocacy for the arts as an essential tool in the process of education, as well as a lynchpin in the development of communities. She is an essential resource for our city and our community, and incredibly deserving of this honor.” All of us at Season of Concern extend our gratitude to Ms. Taylor. Brava!


ALEXANDRA BILLINGS, BOARD MEMBER EMERITUS, WINS AT GOLDEN GLOBES

January 2015

Alexandra Billings, Season of Concern Board Member Emeritus, made history at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards when her series, "Transparent," won Best Comedy Series. The ground-breaking series follows the lives of a southern California family as they navigate life when the patriarch (Jeffrey Tambor) reveals he identifies as a woman. Alexandra Billings plays Maura's best friend, Davina, on the show. "Transparent," which is produced by Amazon, became the first online series to win a best series award, comedy or drama, on the annual awards show.

All of us at Season of Concern send love and congratulations to Alexandra!

Check out this incredible interview on Jezebel.com.


DRURY LANE OAKBROOK BREAKS THE RECORD!

January 2015

This holiday season, there was much to celebrate at Drury Lane Oakbrook. Not only did their spectacular production of Camelot entertain audiences from all over Chicago, the cast and crew raised an incredible $50,304.00! Bravo!


SEASON OF CONCERN WELCOMES MARTIN GROCHALA

January 2015

We are thrilled to announce that Martin Grochala has joined the Board of Directors for Season of Concern. Martin brings with him over twenty years of fundraising experience and a rich history with the Chicago theatre community. Click here to learn more.


NORTH SHORE COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL COLLECTS FOR SoC

January 2015

For their fall production, the students of North Shore Country Day School performed The Yellow Boat by Dave Saar, which tells the true story of David and Sonja Saar's son, Benjamin, who was born with congenital hemophilia and died in 1987 at the age of 8 of AIDS-related complications. Embodying the schools mission to “live and serve,” the students, led by their director and teacher Ms. Julia Macholl, selected Season of Concern as the beneficiary of their audience collections. Macholl and her students raised $612.00 to provide direct relief to those living with HIV/AIDS. We thank NSCDS for their generosity and applaud their activism!


SoC's 2014 LARRY SLOAN AWARDS RECIPIENTS

November 2014

The Larry Sloan Awards, presented in memory of the Chicago theatre artist and first Executive Director of Season of Concern, are presented annually to individuals and organizations who have made exceptional contributions to supporting direct care assistance to individuals living with HIV/AIDS and theatre community members affected by HIV/AIDs as well as catastrophic illness or injury. This year’s recipients are accountant William C. Solar (Advocate Award), Lori Cannon from Vital Bridges (Heritage Award), and TimeLine Theatre Company (Partnership Award).

William C. Solar (Advocate Award) – Since 1997, William Solar has served as the accountant and auditor for Season of Concern. Throughout his 40-year career in public accounting, Mr. Solar has served audits for dozens of non-profits as well as serving as treasurer and a member of the executive committee for the Mayer Kaplan Jewish Community Center, Skokie, Illinois.

Lori Cannon (Heritage Award) Longtime AIDS activist Lori Cannon's distinguished career spans three decades. Lori first made her mark in 1988 as co-founder of Chicago's legendary Open Hand meals-on-wheels program for people with HIV/AIDS - a program which Season of Concern has supported for many years. Now part of the Heartland Alliance, her northside "GroceryLand" pantry center serves as a life-line for people who continue to struggle with HIV/AIDS. She is co-founder of Chicago's Legacy Project Museum Walk and Youth Education Program, which is the world's only outdoor LGBT Historic museum walk devoted to combating anti-gay bullying by celebrating LGBT contributions to world history and culture.

TimeLine Theatre Company (Partnership Award), named one of the nation's top 10 emerging professional theatres (American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards®), Best Theatre in Chicago (Chicago Magazine, 2011) and the nation's theater "Company of the Year" (The Wall Street Journal, 2010), was founded in April 1997 with a mission to present stories inspired by history that connect with today's social and political issues. Over its first 17 seasons, TimeLine presented 59 productions, including nine world premieres and 20 Chicago premieres, and launched the Living History Education Program, which brings the company's mission to life for students in Chicago Public Schools. Recipient of the Alford-Axelson Award for Nonprofit Managerial Excellence and the Richard Goodman Strategic Planning Award from the Association for Strategic Planning, TimeLine has received 52 Jeff Awards, including an award for Outstanding Production 11 times over 15 seasons of eligibility.

“TimeLine is honored and humbled to be recognized by Season of Concern in this way,” TimeLine Theatre Managing Director Elizabeth K. Auman said. “Chicago’s theatre community takes care of each other, and our audience responds to that spirit, never more generously than they did last season during our production of The Normal Heart. Partnering with Season of Concern is one way we can help make a difference for those in our community who are most in need.”


MERCURY THEATER'S AVENUE Q RAISES OVER $41,000 FOR SOC!

October 2014

Mad love to Mercury Theater and the amazing cast & crew of Avenue Q! They have raised over $41,000 to help artists in our community.

Thank you to everyone involved with Mercury Theater for this incredible donation and for their continued support of SoC! BRAVO!


SoC WELCOMES SCOTT DUFF AS THE NEW MANAGER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND FUNDRAISING EVENTS.

October 2014

Scott Duff is a Chicago based actor, comedian, theatre educator, and activist. As a founding member of the award-winning About Face Theatre, he helped to create over a dozen original works, including the ground-breaking About Face Youth Theatre. In addition to AFT, Scott has performed at the Goodman, Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, and American Theatre Company. He served as Director of Theatre Arts for St. George’s Independent School in Memphis, Tennessee, and has been a Guest Artist at Rhodes College and The Groton School. Currently, Scott is the host/producer of OUT CHICAGO, a live talk show for the LGBT community airing Sundays from 11am-1pm on WCPT, Chicago’s Progressive Talk. He is also the host/producer of Chigaygo!, Laugh Factory Chicago’s night of gay and gay friendly comedy.


THE LAST 15 YEARS: A BENEFIT FOR SEASON OF CONCERN

August 2014

It’s a celebration of the last 15 years of Season of Concern Benefits! We have prided ourselves on not doing many repeats of songs we’ve performed previously, but this year it’s the opposite: all of our songs are reprises!

Featuring the talents of: Kim Borland, Karen Bronson, Tony Calzaretta, Terry Foster-Hulbert, Mark Mavetz, Elizabeth Mora (3:00pm only), Douglas Orlyk, Stephen Rader, Debbie Roberts, Lori Skubich, Brian Streem.

Suggested donation is $20. Wine, soda and munchies are included in your donation.

Reservations are strongly recommended. Call 630-399-4127 or email kbsocbenefit@gmail.com. When making a reservation, be sure to include your name, number, how many seats you’d like and whether you are coming to the 3:00pm or 7:30pm show.

Performances are at Village Theatre Guild, 3S020 Park Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 (corner of Park and Butterfield)

Saturday, August 16 at 3:00pm and 7:30pm


2013 Revenue Reaches Close to $200,000

As former board member Alexandra Billings put it so simply, Season of Concern is "family helping family." In 2013, collections spearheaded by producing companies and the casts and crews of 29 plays, sales of the second Season of Carols Holiday CD (many thanks to Eugene Dizon and Cory Goodrich), and numerous individual gifts raised almost $200,000. Funds will benefit members of the Chicago Theatre community and provide support for organizations providing services to individuals living with HIV or AIDS.

Here is a list of the theatres and casts who participated in the 2013 Campaign with opening night gifts made by company members and/or audience solicitations:  About Face Theatre (We 3 Lizas), Bohemian Theatre Ensemble (Kiss of the Spiderwoman), Chicago Shakespeare (The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry VIII), Court Theatre (Proof, An Illiad and Seven Guitars), Pride Films and Plays, (Directions for Restoring the Apparently Dead), Drury Lane Oakbrook (Hello, Dolly!), Elegy Company, First Folio (Cymbeline), Goodman Theatre (A Christmas Carol), Hell in a Handbag, Karen Bronson’s Cabaret, Lookingglass Theatre Company (Metamorphoses), Marriott Lincolnshire (South Pacific, 9 to 5, and Mary Poppins), Mercury Theatre (A Christmas Schooner), Music on Stage (Pajama Game and Oliver!), Northlight Theatre, Paramount Theatre (Fiddler on the Roof), Raven Theatre (A Trip to Bountiful), Remy Bumppo (An Inspector Calls), Royal George (Old Jews Telling Jokes), The Ruffians (Burning Bluebeard), Theatre at the Center (A Christmas Carol), Theo Ubique (A Very Merry Madrigal), and TimeLine Theatre Company (Concerning Strange Devices and The Normal Heart).

Thank you to everyone who participated in collecting funds for Season of Concern and to all those who contributed so generously.


SEASON OF CONCERN'S FAREWELL TO STEPHEN

January 2014

On January 31, 2014, Season of Concern's Executive Director Stephen Rader stepped down after more than nine years of service. We are most grateful to Stephen for his efforts during his years with Season of Concern. Stephen led the Board of Directors through a transition of Season of Concern’s mission. We became not only an AIDS-centered assistance organization but began to include assistance for members of Chicago-area theatre industry facing life threatening illness, injury, and emergencies. Other initiatives conceived during Stephen’s tenure include the expansion of the Larry Sloan Awards to honor members of the community who have selflessly served the mission of Season of Concern; the 2012 and 2013 Season of Carols CDs, produced by Eugene Dizon and Cory Goodrich; Karen Bronson’s annual cabaret; and numerous fundraising events in the Chicagoland area. One of 2013s most successful Season of Concern audience collections was from the cast and crew of Timeline Theatre Company’s critically acclaimed production of The Normal Heart, in which the role of Mickey Marcus was played by Stephen Rader.

Cree Rankin, President of Season of Concern said, “We wish Stephen well in his future endeavors and thank him for his many contributions to the organization.” Rankin continued, “The Board of Directors is embarking on a strategic planning process and has no immediate plans to hire an Executive Director.”


TIMELINE THEATRE'S THE NORMAL HEART RAISES $35,607.91 FOR SOC!

December 2013

An exceptional thanks to the cast & crew of "The Normal Heart" at TimeLine Theatre. They graciously collected audience donations during their run and collected a record breaking $35,607.91 for SoC!

Thank you to everyone involved with TimeLine Theatre for this incredible donation and for their continued support of SoC!


Chicago Theatre Artists Create A Holiday CD to Benefit SoC

October 2013

For the second year in a row, producers Eugene Dizon and Cory Goodrich have recorded a new album of holiday music, "Season of Carols 2013", which features nearly one hundred Chicago theatre artists, singers and musicians. This entirely new holiday CD was produced to raise funds for Season of Concern, which supports Chicago artists in need. A special concert on Monday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m. at Mercury Theater Chicago.

"Season of Carols 2013" features the Chicago casts of The Color Purple (Mercury Theater Chicago), Cymbeline (First Folio Theatre), James Joyce's The Dead (Court Theatre), Mary Poppins (Marriott Theatre), Old Jews Telling Jokes (Royal George Theatre), Shrek (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Theatre at the Center), and Larry Adams from the Chicago cast of A Christmas Carol (Theatre at the Center). It also includes Jazz artist Peter Eldridge, Chicago singer/songwriters Jess Godwin and Cory Goodrich, Chicago cabaret stars Beckie Menzie, Tom Michael, Kingsley Day, David Edelfelt, Roberta Duchak and Ann McMann, as well as Chicago’s performers of tomorrow - - students from The Chicago Academy for the Performing Arts. "Season of Carols 2013" is now available for pre-order at seasonofcarols.com.

Many thanks to everyone who donated their time, talent, and funds to the creation of this CD, and special thanks to "Season of Carols" producers Cory Goodrich and Eugene Dizon for their hard work, for longtime support of SoC, and for their overwhelming generosity. Many thanks!


THANK YOU FROM SEASON OF CONCERN

July 2013

Season of Concern is pleased to announce that, thanks to the Chicago theatre community's amazing fundraising efforts, SoC awarded $115,677 in grants to a variety of service organizations throughout Chicago. This includes $15,677 in grants made through Season of Concern's internal fund, The Biscotto-Miller Fund, which provides financial assistance to individuals in need in the Chicago entertainment industry.

Season of Concern would like to thank you everyone involved with Chicago's theatre community for their donations, for the funds raised by their theatre collections, for their Opening Night Gifts and online donations, their benefit performances and concerts, for their work on and purchase of the "Season of Carols" Holiday CD, and for their overwhelming support of our organization and our mission. Your hard work and generosity made these grant awards possible. We are incredibly grateful for your continued support.

  • AIDS Legal Council of Chicago - $7,500
  • The Actors Fund, Midwest Office - $60,000
  • The Biscotto-Miller Fund (SoC's Internal Fund for Individuals) - $15,677
  • Bonaventure House - $5,000
  • C.A.L.O.R., a division of Anixter Center - $5,000
  • Chicago Women’s AIDS Project - $5,000
  • The Children's Place - $5,000
  • Test Positive Aware Network - $5,000
  • Vital Bridges - $7,500

BOHO'S "SPIDER WOMAN" COLLECTS $1,221 FOR SoC!

June 2013

Many thanks to everyone involved with "Kiss of the Spider Woman" at Bohemian Theatre Ensemble. The cast and crew collected audience donations throughout their run at Theater Wit and raised $1,221 for SoC!

We are so grateful for this collection and for the support and generosity of all the artists working with Boho. Many thanks to the cast and crew, and special thanks to the production's stage manager, Meg Love, for her help with the collection.


CAST MEMBERS OF CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE'S "HENRY VIII" DONATE $610 TO SoC!

June 2013

Thank you the cast and crew members of Chicago Shakespeare Theater's "Henry VIII"for donating a combined total of $610 to SoC in honor of the Opening Night of their production. Many thanks to all the artists involved, and special thanks to cast member Kevin Gudahl for organizing this combined cast gift. We greatly appreciate your hard work and generosity.


TIMELINE'S "STRANGE DEVICES" COLLECTS $1,932 FOR SoC!

May 2013

Thank you to everyone involved with TimeLine Theatre, especially the members of the cast and crew of "Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West." During their run, they collected an amazing $1,932 in audience donations for SoC!

We are so grateful for this generous donation and for the longstanding support given to SoC by TimeLine Theatre. Special thanks to Lara Goetsch, TimeLine's Director of Marketing and Communications, for arranging this collection for SoC. Many, many thanks!


MARRIOTT'S "SOUTH PACIFIC" RAISES $1,058 FOR SoC!

May 2013

Thank you The Marriott Theatre production of "South Pacific" for donating $1,058 to SoC from funds raised at their Opening Night Reception. The Marriott Theatre's longstanding support of SoC are vital to the success of our mission. We greatly appreciate their overwhelming generosity.

Special thanks to Margaret Newton, Marriott Lincolnshire's Business Manager, for arranging this and all of the Marriott's fundraising efforts for SoC.


CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE RAISES $2,411 FOR SoC!

February 2013

Many thanks to the cast & crew of "The School for Lies" at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. They graciously collected audience donations during their run and collected $2,411.80 for SoC!

Thank you to everyone involved with Chicago Shakespeare Theater for this incredible donation and for their continued support of SoC!


WRITERS' THEATRE'S "THE LETTERS" COLLECTS $3,217 FOR SoC!

February 2013

Thank you to everyone involved with Writers' Theatre, especially the cast & crew of "The Letters." During their run, they collected $3,217 in audience donations for SoC!

We are so grateful for this incredible donation and for the longstanding support given to SoC by Writers' Theatre. Many, many thanks!


MERCURY THEATER'S "CHRISTMAS SCHOONER" RAISES $21,000 FOR SoC!

January 2013

Thank you Mercury Theater Chicago, especially the cast & crew of "The Christmas Schooner," for collecting $9,845 in audience donations for SoC during their run.

In addition, the cast & crew of raised an amazing $11,155 for SoC through "Season of Carols" CD sales.

This brings the grand total of funds raised for SoC by the Mercury Theater Chicago's production of "The Christmas Schooner" for SoC to an incredible $21,000!

Mercury Theater Chicago's overwhelming support of SoC and our mission is vital to our structure and success. We greatly appreciate their longstanding help and generosity. Special thanks to Walter Stearns, Eugene Dizon and Cory Goodrich for their outstanding fundraising efforts for SoC.


THE NEO-FUTURISTS RAISE $508 FOR SoC!

January 2013

Many thanks to everyone involved with The Neo-Futurists. They graciously collected audience donations during the December season and raised $508.66 for SoC!

Many thanks to all the members of The Neo-Futurists for this wonderful donation and for their continued support of SoC!


LOOKINGGLASS' "METAMORPHOSES" COLLECTS $7,554 FOR SoC!

January 2013

Thank you to everyone involved with Lookingglass Theatre, especially the cast and crew of "Metamorphoses." During their run, they collected $7,554 in audience donations for SoC!

We are so grateful for this incredibly generous donation and for the longstanding support given to SoC by Lookingglass Theatre. Many thanks!


PORCHLIGHT'S "GIFTS OF THE MAGI" RAISES $3,601 FOR SoC!

January 2013

Thank you to Porchlight Music Theatre, especially the cast & crew of "The Gifts of the Magi," for collecting $3,141 in audience donations for SoC during their run. Porchlight also raised $460 for SoC through selling "Season of Carols" Holiday CDs.

The combined amount of funds raised for SoC by Porchlight Music Theatre's production of "The Gifts of the Magi" comes to an amazing $3,601! Porchlight's continued support of SoC and our mission is vital to our structure and success. We greatly appreciate their longstanding help and generosity.


"THE NUTCRACKER" AT HOUSE THEATRE RAISES $309 FOR SoC!

January 2013

Thank you to everyone involved with The House Theatre of Chicago, especially the cast and crew of "The Nutcracker." During their run, they collected $309 in audience donations for SoC!

We are so grateful to everyone at The House Theatre for their generosity and support. Many, many thanks!


ABOUT FACE'S "WE THREE LIZAS" COLLECTS $1,237 FOR SoC!

January 2013

Many thanks to About Face Theatre, especially the cast and crew of "We Three Lizas." During their run, they collected $1,237 in audience donations for SoC!

We are extremely grateful grateful for this gift and for the many years of support About Face Theatre has given to SoC.


NEXT THEATRE RAISES $1,394 FOR SoC!

January 2013

Many thanks to the cast & crew of "Welcome Home Jenny Sutter" at Next Theatre. They graciously collected audience donations during their run and collected $1,394 for SoC!

Thank you to everyone involved with Next Theatre for this incredible donation and for their continued support of SoC!


DRURY LANE'S "SINGIN' IN THE RAIN" RAISES $18,500 FOR SoC!

January 2013

Thank you to Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace, especially the cast & crew of "Singin' in the Rain," for collecting audience donations during their run and raising $10,500 for SoC!

In addition, the cast & crew sold 400 "Season of Carols" Holiday CDs, which raised an additional $8,000 for SoC.

This brings Drury Lane Theatre's combined fundraising total for SoC during the run of "Singin' in the Rain" to an astounding $18,500! This overwhelming support of SoC and our mission is vital to our structure and success. We greatly appreciate Drury Lane Theatre's generosity. Many thanks!


COURT'S "THE DEAD" RAISES $7,971 FOR SoC!

January 2013

Thank you Court Theatre, especially the cast & crew of "James Joyce's 'The Dead,'" for collecting $3,171 in audience donations for SoC during their run. Court Theatre also raised $4,800 for SoC through "Season of Carols" CD sales.

Combined, the total amount of funds raised for SoC by Court Theatre's production of "James Joyce's 'The Dead'" comes to an incredible $7,971! Court Theatre's continued support of SoC and our mission is vital to our structure and success. We greatly appreciate their longstanding help and generosity.


THEATER WIT'S "SANTALAND DIARIES" COLLECTS $5,372 FOR SoC!

January 2013

Thank you to everyone involved with Theater Wit, especially the cast and crew of "The Santaland Diaries." During their run, they collected $5,372 in audience donations for SoC!

We are so grateful for this incredible donation and for the longstanding support given to SoC by Theater Wit. Special thanks to Mitchell J. Fain Actor/Performer for arranging the collection, making the post-show curtain speech, collecting the donations, and for his continued support of our organization and our mission. Many, many thanks!


MARRIOTT'S "MY ONE AND ONLY" RAISES $19,791 FOR SoC!

January 2013

Thank you The Marriott Theatre, especially the cast & crew of "My One and Only," for collecting $13,974 in audience donations for SoC during their run.

In addition, The Marriott Theatre donated $1,017 to SoC from funds raised at the Opening Night Reception of "My One and Only. They also raised $4,800 for SoC through "Season of Carols" CD sales.

This brings the grand total of funds raised by the Marriott's "My One and Only" for SoC to an incredible $19,791! The Marriott Theatre's continued support of SoC and our mission is vital to our structure and success. We greatly appreciate their longstanding help and generosity. Special thanks to Margaret Newton for arranging all of the Marriott's fundraising efforts for SoC.


GOODMAN'S "CHRISTMAS CAROL" COLLECTS $22,232 FOR SoC!

January 2013

Thank you to Goodman Theatre, especially the cast & crew of "A Christmas Carol," for collecting audience donations for SoC throughout their entire run and raising $22,232 for us!

In addition, special thanks to the cast & crew members who made generous personal donations to SoC totaling $260 in honor of the Opening Night of their production.

This brings the 22 year giving history of Goodman Theatre’s production of "A Christmas Carol" to an astounding $405,884! This continued support of SoC and our mission is vital to our structure and success. We greatly appreciate Goodman Theatre's longstanding help and generosity. Many thanks!


REMY BUMPPO RAISES $4,544 FOR SoC!

January 2013

Many thanks to the cast & crew of "You Can Never Tell" at Remy Bumppo Theatre Company. They graciously collected audience donations during their run and collected $4.544.95 for SoC!

Thank you to everyone involved with Remy Bumppo Theatre for this incredible donation and for their continued support of SoC!


NEW COLONY'S "DOWN & DERBY" RAISES $212 FOR SoC!

December 2012

Thank you to everyone involved with The New Colony, especially the cast and crew of "Down & Derby." During their run, they collected $212 in audience donations for SoC!

We are so grateful to everyone at The New Colony for their generosity and support. Many, many thanks!


"TRAINSPOTTING USA" RAISES $1,580 FOR SoC!

December 2012

Many thanks to everyone involved with Chicago's world premiere production of "Trainspotting USA." The cast & crew graciously collected audience donations during the run and raised $1,580 for SoC!

Special thanks to Tom Chiola for arranging this incredible collection.


THEATRE AT THE CENTER COLLECTS $8,283 FOR SoC!

December 2012

Thank you to everyone involved with Theatre at the Center, especially the cast and crew of "Plaid Tidings." During their run, they collected $8.283.70 in audience donations for SoC!

We are so grateful for this incredibly generous donation and for the longstanding support given to SoC by Theatre at the Center. Many thanks!


CATALYST CABARET RAISES $300 FOR SoC!

December 2012

Many thanks to everyone involved with Catalyst Cabaret. They graciously collected audience donations during their 2012 season and raised $300 for SoC!

Many thanks to all the members of Catalyst Cabaret for this wonderful donation and for their continued support of SoC!


HELL IN A HANDBAG COLLECTS $3,584 FOR SoC!

December 2012

Thank you to everyone involved with Hell in a Handbag Productions, especially the cast and crew of both "SCARRIE The Musical" and "Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer." Together, the two casts collected $3,584 in audience donations for SoC!

We are so grateful for this incredible donation and for the longstanding support given to SoC by Hell in Handbag Productions. Special thanks to David Cerda for arranging Hell in a Handbag's many collections for SoC. Thank you all so much!


NORTHLIGHT'S "ODD COUPLE" RAISES $6,739 FOR SoC!

December 2012

Thank you to everyone involved with Northlight Theatre, especially the cast and crew of "The Odd Couple." During their run, they collected $6,739.50 in audience donations for SoC!

We are so grateful for this incredibly generous donation and for the longstanding support given to SoC by Northlight Theatre. Many thanks!


THEO UBIQUE'S "SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE" COLLECTS $1,420 FOR SoC!

November 2012

Thank you to everyone involved with Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre, especially the cast and crew of "Smokey Joe's Cafe." During their run, they collected $1,420 in audience donations for SoC!

We are so grateful for this generous donation and for the all the support given to SoC by Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre. Many thanks!


SHATTERED GLOBE'S "BURN THIS" RAISES $151 FOR SoC!

November 2012

Thank you to everyone involved with Shattered Globe Theatre Company, especially the cast and crew of "Burn This." During the end of their run, they collected $151 in audience donations for SoC!

We are so grateful to everyone at Shattered Globe Theatre for their generosity and support. Many, many thanks!


STEEP THEATRE COLLECTS $1,430 FOR SoC!

November 2012

Thank you to everyone involved with Steep Theatre Company, especially the cast and crew of "Moment." During their run, they collected $1,430 in audience donations for SoC!

We are so grateful for this generous donation and for the all the support given to SoC by Steep Theatre. Many thanks!


MUSIC ON STAGE RAISES $289 FOR SoC!

November 2012

Thank you to everyone involved with Music On Stage, especially the cast and crew of "Kiss Me Kate." During their run, they collected $289.50 in audience donations for SoC!

We are extremely grateful for the longstanding, incredible support given by Music on Stage throughout the years. Many thanks!


SoC'S ANNUAL HOLIDAY FUND DRIVE

November 2012

This holiday season, many Chicagoland theatre companies are raising funds for those in our community in need by participating in SoC's Annual Holiday Fund Drive. Throughout the city and the suburbs, theatres are raising funds for SoC through post-show Audience Solicitations.

If you are involved with a production that is currently running, please consider having your show collect for SoC. A large percentage of the annual funds raised for SoC come from Audience Solicitations collected in November and December. The more theaters that participate in our Holiday Fund Drive, the more funds we raise and the financial support we can provide for people in need.

To learn more about having your production collect audience donations for SoC, email SoC Executive Director Stephen Rader at stephen@seasonofconcern.org or call our office at 312-332-0518.


13th ANNUAL CABARET BENEFIT RAISES $2,200 FOR SoC!

August 2012

Thank you once again to SoC Larry Sloan Award recipient Karen Bronson. Her 13th annual cabaret benefit, a concert celebrating the music of Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin & Cy Coleman entitled "As Easy as ABC," raised an incredible $2,200 for SoC!

Special thanks to Karen, Mark Mavetz, Doug Orlyk, Debbie Roberts & Lori Skubich for donating their time & talent to this event. And many thanks to Village Theatre Guild for graciously hosting the event.


FIRST FOLIO'S "MERCHANT OF VENICE" RAISES $1,209 FOR SoC!

July 2012

Thank you to everyone involved with First Folio Theatre, especially the cast & crew of "Merchant of Venice." During the final week of their run, they collected  $1,209 in audience donations for SoC!

Many thanks to First Folio Theatre for their continued support of SoC. Special thanks to Artistic Director Alison Vesely and Executive Director David Rice for arranging this collection.


MARRIOTT'S OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION OF "HERO" RAISES $1,178 FOR SoC!

July 2012

Thank you to the The Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire for donating the proceeds from the Opening Night reception of "Hero" to SoC - - a gift of $1,178!

Many thanks to everyone at The Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre for their longtime support of SoC, and special thanks to SoC Larry Sloan Award recipient Margaret Newton for arranging this donation and for her overwhelming support of SoC each and every year.