Throughout 31 years of existence, Phamaly has never missed producing a summer show, regardless of
change in venues, shift in scheduling, or unpredictable events. Phamaly always made it happen. That
tradition will be broken this summer.
Due to COVID-19, the responsible decision to ensure the health and safety of our actors, production
staff, and audience members is to postpone our summer 2020 production of Alice in Wonderland.
We are sad, but we are not defeated.
If COVID had emerged in 2017, Phamaly would have closed its doors. Thankfully, due to the incredible
efforts of our artists, staff, board, and supporters over the last three years, Phamaly is currently stable.
And, now more than ever as we move through the current crisis, Phamaly’s contribution to the arts and
to society is vital.
However, we know there are unpredictable challenges ahead – we will need the continued financial
support of our community to carry Phamaly onward.
Our greatest priorities in this moment remain: honoring our mission by engaging disabled performers on
artistically vibrant and purposeful projects; engaging our audiences, supporters, and community with
accessible, transformative theatre (with some humor and escapism, too!); and using this current
challenge as an opportunity to grow and expand our work. We are committed to ensuring Phamaly’s
sustainability – with your help, we can maintain Phamaly’s role as a cultural gem and leader in accessible
theatre for years to come.
We are excited to announce our 2020 Season – “Re-Do”!
Alice in Wonderland Development Workshop
May 30-June 20, 2020
The cast and artistic team will virtually explore the script and music soundtrack in
preparation for a future production.
Gettin’ the Dirt Series
Get a glimpse of the inner workings of Phamaly – including actor perspectives, designer
methods, and program reflections – through interviews, audio recordings, blogs, and
videos shared through our weekly e-mails.
Play Salon Reading Series
An opportunity for actors, playwrights, and directors to explore classic and
contemporary plays – from Shakespeare and Arthur Miller to Lauren Yee and Lynn
Nottage. Readings will be open for guests to tune in!
Disability Topics in Theatre – Virtual Discussions in Collaboration with Queens Theatre
Phamaly partners with Queens Theatre in Queens, NY to host virtual discussions with
leaders in the field of disability and theatre around topics of casting, aesthetics, and
Coming Fall 2020
Phamaly’s 3 rd original webseries explores culturally relevant texts – including the
Constitution, the Bible, and A Christmas Carol – in mockumentary style incorporating
the disability perspective. Premiering this fall!
Phamaly’s Big Night Fundraiser: The Show Must Go On! Webathon
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Phamaly’s annual fundraiser goes virtual! In this tongue-in-cheek homage to the Jerry
Lewis Telethon, Phamaly presents music, comedy, and eclectic acts featuring your
favorite performers and some special guests!
We’re not throwing in the towel. Yet, this is a difficult time for everyone in our community.
Theatre organizations face particular challenges as the most fundamental building blocks of our
art form are currently restricted. Artists with disabilities – already underrepresented in the
theatre – are particularly at risk of being further excluded as resources get tight. Phamaly is
working hard to ensure disabled theatre artists remain front and center, and that people with
disabilities have access to life-affirming artistic experiences when they need them most.
We need you. Our goal is to engage 50 new Monthly Donors – at any level – in the next 2
months to ensure Phamaly will continue to shine its light and energy through and beyond this
crisis. Will you please join with us?
Thank you. We’ll be together again soon. Until then, remember these words of vitality: “The
only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
Keep your chin up – love to you all!