CHALLENGE MATCH ANNOUNCED

CHALLENGE MATCH INVESTMENT IN IN PARK SQUARE’S MISSION AND FUTURE

Saint Paul, Minn., November 22, 2019 – Park Square Theatre’s artistic director Flordelino Lagundino and executive director Michael-jon Pease announced today that a group of Park Square board members, long-time patrons, and the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation have compiled a $100,000 challenge to match gifts made to the theatre this season dollar for dollar.

“Park Square Theatre is an important part of the rich arts and culture community of Saint Paul and the greater MSP region,” says Ann Mulholland, Executive Vice President of the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation. “The foundation is proud to invest along with Park Square board members, in strengthening the financial future of this vital community organization.”

Picture of Artist Director Flordelino sits smiling in the seats of the Proscenium stage.

Artistic Director Flordelino Lagundino. Photo by Amy Anderson.

“The impact of these gifts will provide crucial support for our award-winning educational matinee program and main stage programming,” agrees Lagundino. “The generosity of these funders, along with all the donors who help meet the match, assures that plays like The Diary of Anne Frank and Face To Face – a project with members of the Twin Cities’ Hmong community – will give a diverse group a people the ability to see their stories on stage.”

Picture of Executive Director Michael-jon Pease standing in front of the theatre.

Executive Director Michael-jon Pease. Photo by Amy Anderson.

Pease reported that Park Square’s Give to the Max Day goals were exceeded and hundreds of patrons have been donating their tickets back and even making additional contributions towards this significant challenge match. “The dedication of the both long-standing and new fans is truly heartwarming,” he says. In November, Park Square announced significant financial losses which led to the cancellation of its winter and spring musicals.

“With these cancellations and the challenge match, we are using this time to pause and right size Park Square,” adds Lagundino. “We see a clear path forward in the light of this year’s financial reality and the generous response of our community.”

The Park Square season continues with PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Kate Hamill (Nov 15 – Dec 22, 2019); FACE TO FACE: OUR HMONG COMMUNITY with Ping Chong + Co. (Mar 5 – 15, 2020); HOLMES AND WATSON by Jeffrey Hatcher (Jun 12 – Jul 26, 2020); and a remount of MARIE AND ROSETTA by George Brandt (Dates TBD).

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PARK SQUARE THEATRE. 20 W. Seventh Place, Saint Paul. Ticket Office: 651.291.7005. www.parksquaretheatre.org