As many of you know, Promethean postponed our productions of Trina Kakacek’s A Town Called Progress and William Shakespeare’s Richard III, originally slated to run in 2020. You’ll be pleased to know that both projects are currently in development and expected to premiere on a Chicago stage in 2022. Keep an eye out for upcoming announcements about the return of our in-person programming!
It is hard to believe, but this fall marked our sixteenth birthday! While 2021 may not have been a typical year for us, Promethean continued to grow and evolve as a creative organization. 2020 forced our industry to become creative in ways we would never have expected, and Promethean has risen to this challenge. Pivoting to digital programming, Promethean presented a series of new play readings, both internal and external, as well as a pair of hilariously fun trivia nights. We also gathered the cast of Richard III for a string of digital workshops, led by our gifted director, Goodman Theatre Artistic Collective Member Steve Scott.
Promethean has recommitted itself to educating our organization on topics of diversity and inclusion. We’ve added specificity and attainable steps to our plan for achieving a more diverse and inclusive company. As part of that work, the company, staff and board participated in DEI training with Cultivating Better Tomorrows. We also expanded our mutual aid community partnerships, raising money for Black Lives Matter, Greater Chicago Food Depository, and Southside Blooms. Finally, our Artistic and DEI committees worked to create a new and more sustainable mission statement for Promethean that better reflects both our work and our values as an organization.
All of this is made possible by you, our dedicated supporters. We simply could not do what we do without the generosity of our community. We need your help more than ever as we continue to figure out how to fulfill our financial obligations in the face of such unprecedented times.