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Fifty-Four Boston-Area Theatres Play WICKED HARD To Support Artists And Theatre Practitioners In Crisis 


Times are hard. And when times get hard, Boston plays Wicked Hard.  

Fifty-Four Boston-Area Theatres Play WICKED HARD To Support Artists And Theatre Practitioners In Crisis 

Times are hard. And when times get hard, Boston Plays Wicked Hard.

To raise funds for the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund (TCBF), an organization that helps theatre practitioners in times of need, fifty-four area theatre companies have joined together to promote a limited-edition T-shirt which celebrates the diversity and vitality of the Boston Theater Community.

These special T-shirts, which have the Boston Plays Wicked Hard logo on the front and a list of the 54 participating theatre companies on the back, are just $25, with 100% of the proceeds from sales going directly to TCBF. Note that tax and shipping are not included.

To purchase one of these limited-issue T-shirts, and to show support for local theatre artists during this challenging time, theatre fans can visit Rowboat Creative and their Creatives Who Care initiative at

A complete list of participating theatres can be found at the end of this release.

llyse Robbins, Associate Artistic Director of Greater Boston Stage Company and the person who planned this campaign, explained, "I have seen how furloughs are affecting our industry, and know that, sadly, there is very little work in the foreseeable future for Boston's Theater Community. In addition, as a board member for Stage Source and the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund, I have seen the incredible need pouring in from our community of artists and practitioners. I have spent many wonderful evenings in the theater with and thanks to these talented and dedicated artists. I wanted a fun and easy way to allow audiences to show their support during these unprecedented times."

Robbins acknowledged that she was inspired by the Chicago Acts Together campaign, a similar project spearheaded by Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago.

"We are overwhelmed and humbled by the outpouring of support these theater companies have shown our community," says Amy Spalletta, President of TCBF. "By putting their names to this initiative and taking to their social media and mailing lists to promote, they have shown how much they care about the individual artists and practitioners who call the Boston Theater Community their home. On behalf of the entire TCBF volunteer board, we are extremely grateful."


Acropolis Stage Company

Actor's Shakespeare Project

American Repertory Theater

Apollinaire Theatre Company

Arlekin Players

Artists' Theater of Boston


Birch Tree Productions

Boston Playwrights' Theatre

Boston Theater Company

Brown Box Theatre Project


Central Square Theater

Commonwealth Shakespeare


Company One Theatre

The Company Theatre

Entropy Theatre

Flat Earth Theatre

Fresh Ink Theatre Company

The Front Porch Arts Collective

Gloucester Stage Company

Greater Boston Stage Company

The Hanover Theatre and

Conservatory for the

Performing Arts

History At Play™, LLC

Hub Theatre Company of Boston

Huntington Theatre Company

imaginary beasts

Liars & Believers

Lyric Stage Company of Boston

M&D Playhouse

Merrimack Repertory Theatre

Moonbox Productions

New Repertory Theatre

North Shore Music Theatre

Open Theatre Project

Plays in Place

Puppet Showplace Theater

Reagle Music Theatre of

Greater Boston

Sleeping Weazel

Sparkhaven Theatre

SpeakEasy Stage Company

Studio Theatre Worcester

TC Squared Theatre Company

The Theater Offensive

Theater UnCorked

Theatre By The Sea

Theatre Espresso


Titanic Theatre Company

The Umbrella Arts Center

Wellesley Repertory Theatre

Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater

Weston Drama Workshop

Wheelock Family Theatre

at Boston University

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