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Lantern Theater Company
The Plague (2021)
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Your support is crucial to the Lantern's artistic and education mission – and to help us build on this year's great successes and prepare for the exciting season ahead!

It has been a joy to see so many of you back in our theater as we have reopened with live performances of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol in December 2021 and A Man for All Seasons in spring 2022. We look forward with great enthusiasm to welcoming you back to St. Stephen's Theater in June for our production of Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine by Lynn Nottage.

Our joy, however, has not erased the memories of the shared trauma we have all endured since early 2020. We have lost family and friends. We have lost time and opportunities. We have lost employment and a sense of identity and belonging. And yet we must persevere, and we seek support to overcome both the objective experiences we have suffered and the subjective toll those experiences have taken on us.

At the Lantern, we believe that theater can play an important role in helping the mind – what the ancient Greeks called the psyche – to heal. Our belief is not original. It first found expression in the classic dramas by Sophocles, Euripides, and Aeschylus, and has been rediscovered and bolstered by every great playwright from William Shakespeare to Lynn Nottage. In Oedipus the King, Sophocles wrote presciently:
The chorus: We know your pain; you are not alone.
Oedipus: O friend, you are my steadfast caregiver still.
As we look ahead to the 2022/23 season, we persevere in the hope that Lantern productions engender precisely that catharsis that has been the goal of theater for more than 2,000 years.

YOU will be key to making the Lantern's 2022/23 season a success. We ask that your support includes both active participation as audience members and financial support for the bold and ambitious season we have planned, including Travesties by Tom Stoppard, The Royale by Marco Ramirez, and two additional plays to be publicly announced in June – including an all-new Lantern Shakespeare production.

We thank you in advance for your support, and we welcome your questions and observations at any time.

With deep appreciation,
Charles McMahon
Charles McMahon
Artistic Director
Stacy Dutton
Stacy Dutton
Executive Director

Every dollar makes a big difference.

Questions? Please contact our Development Team at development@lanterntheater.org. Thank you for supporting the Lantern!

GuideStar Exchange Silver Participant Lantern Theater Company is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our Federal Tax ID number is 23-2798692. Donations to Lantern Theater Company are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. The official registration and financial information of Lantern Theater Company may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

Pictured: Amanda Schoonover in The Plague (2021). Photo: Mark Garvin.
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Header Photo: Paul L. Nolan, Sally Mercer, and Charles McMahon in Copenhagen (2018); Charlie DelMarcelle, Anthony Lawton, Jered McLenigan, and Brian Anthony Wilson in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (2019); Anthony Lawton and Paul L. Nolan in The Craftsman (2017); and Bi Jean Ngo and Peter DeLaurier in The Tempest (2018). Photos by Mark Garvin.

Lantern Theater Company respectfully acknowledges that it is situated on Lenapehoking, the ancestral and spiritual homeland of the Unami Lenape.

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