There are times where you just want to pull your hair out in frustration. Then there are small victories that give you hope. Occasionally larger victories take hope to new levels. That's been a part of the lives of those of us who work at Wayside Theatre for far too long now as we continue to meet the challenges of keeping "this little theatre with a big heart" alive and moving forward.
One of the paradoxes we face, seemingly each and every day, is that when we do benefit from the generosity or efforts of someone from our community, everyone else thinks we've solved our problems. Unfortunately, that's far from the truth.Good news is met with great applause and lots of pats on the back and then the urgency diminishes. On the financial front, we're carrying too much debt, and for every dollar that comes in, half of it pays back, while half of it keeps us going. That formula is OK on the surface and addresses the realities, but it does creep into the soul with a gnawing tenacity that can feed on the desperation of hard times.
This article, out today in the Northern Va Daily, talks about some of those challenges and how we are attempting to meet them in this 50th Anniversary Season. If you take the time to read it, you'll see that a number of wonderful individuals have stepped up to help out. Without them, we'd be finished and yes, we are very, very grateful. But the changing times and continuing soundtrack of self serving rhetoric puking forth from our so-called political leaders create a tough climate for those who wish to help out to see their way clear to. I know. I've talked to some folks who would like to help out, but they are either scared or scarred. Either way, it's a tough sell.
I hope you read the article. I hope if you read this, you'll help out any way you can. If you'd like to help but aren't sure how to, let me know. Or simply head to our website www.waysidetheatre.org and hit the Donate button at the bottom of the page. Even better, come see one of our shows and bring some friends along. Even in the face of adversity, we do some pretty amazing things with some amazing artists on our stage. But that's who we are. You won't be disappointed.