Life can be pretty strange. One minute, you’re leaving behind everything in a natural disaster to start a comedy theater in Austin in the back of a junk room. And suddenly, fourteen years later, you’re shutting down that theater because of a pandemic with no clear idea of when you’ll be able to reopen. Here’s the thing: the theater is going to be fine. We built this thing out of scraps and we’re going to keep going no matter what.
Here’s the other thing, however. Unlike fourteen years ago, we’ve got a staff of 30-40 full and part time employees who count on our shows and classes to support themselves. Many of them are freelancers and artists, most of their other gigs have dried up, and ColdTowne is a significant part of their income.
We believe in getting people’s backs, especially in their time of need, because people got our backs when we needed it the most. To that end we are committed to paying our folks until we literally can’t. But with zero cash flow, that’s going to get tricky fast. You’d be surprised how much it costs to run a theater. If you’ve been to ColdTowne, and have the means to do so, please support the folks who have worked their asses off behind the scenes – often for too little money – when they need it the most.
Everyone’s facing a tough road ahead, and we completely understand if you can’t swing it. Please take care of yourself, your friends, and your neighbors. But if you have anything left over, we’re here and we could use a hand. You can do that in the following ways.
GIFT CARDS AVAILABLE – Gift Cards can be purchased for any dollar amount and can be redeemed online or in person for classes, shows, merchandise and concessions. Simply bring a print out of the card to ColdTowne or apply the code online in eventbrite! As of right now, these will not apply to “Pay What You Want” Donations set up in Eventbrite and there are no refunds available for purchases made with the gift card because computers are hard. We’re working on that. Buy for yourself, a friend, a loved one, or an enemy! CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE
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