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Bucks Playhouse receives grant to offset pandemic losses, plans outdoor fundraising gala


Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope has received a grant from the Small Business Association, through the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program.
The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered arts venues.
The grant of $2,543,050 will allow the Playhouse to recover from the financial devastation of the 2020 pandemic year. The grant award is being used to cover fixed operating expenses — including payroll, office rent, utilities, insurance, equipment, and maintenance — as well as other expenses related to the return to normal operations. The theater must continue to raise funds to cover production and operational expenses as it readies itself to return to a full production season in summer 2022.
“This is welcome news indeed,” said Alexander Fraser, producing director and CEO. “We were faced with a significant shortfall due to the pandemic. Thanks to our donors, we were able to retain and re-hire a majority of the dedicated staff of theater professionals who helped us get to where we are today. The SVOG will allow us to plan our return to full-time programming next season.”

The Playhouse is hopeful that with the success of its upcoming outdoor fundraising gala, Galavant in the Garden, it can end 2021 in a better position than that of 2020. Scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 2, the outdoor event will be held this year at Spring Meadow Farm in Buckingham, and will feature a performance by Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., the original lead singers of The Fifth Dimension. The evening will honor Paul and Bev Muller and is co-chaired by Vivian Banta and Robert Field and Carol and Harry Rose. Complete information is available at