Schaeffer compromised. “I was like, ‘Maybe just scantily clad.’ ”
He hopes “Hummer” will bring in $20,000 more, making the first year TCOOO total a little more than $30,000. An advisory panel, whose members were selected by TheatreWashington, is finalizing the application process for theater artists to request funds. “There has to be some level of verification,” Levy said, “but we don’t want to make this a complicated process. We want to make it easy.”
The advisory panel consists of Schaeffer; Janet Griffin, artistic producer of Folger Theatre; Rebecca Ende, managing director of Theater J; Bill Largess, producing artistic director of the Washington Stage Guild; Joseph Rossi, managing director of Adventure Theatre MTC; Mary Resing, artistic director of Active Cultures Theatre; and Brad Watkins, director of theatre services at TheatreWashington. The panelists will serve for two years and are tasked with determining how emergency aid is distributed.
“I’d love to see [Taking Care] blossom into a major resource,” Grossman said, but “I think we have to remain realistic also, that the support that we may be able to offer in the foreseeable future . . . it’s not going to be giant gifts.”
Cupo said, “Washingtonians, from my own experience, can be very generous, so the potential for something like that to grow is fantastic.
“The idea of creating a fund for performers and crew who would find themselves in the same situation [as I was in] is just a magnificent idea,” he said. “And I’m a living, breathing witness to that, that it can literally turn somebody’s life around.”
7 p.m. Aug. 20 at Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. 703-820-9771.