Patrons take curtain calls at benefit to save the Rep

Posted: May 13, 2018 at 2:02 a.m.

A crowd of supporters gathered May 1 for a next-to-last-minute rally to save the Arkansas Repertory Theatre.

The crowd gathered in front of a bandstand set up near the entrance of the theater. The Greasy Greens entertained the supporters.

"We can come together and we either point fingers or we can be holding hands," said Skip Rutherford, dean of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, and one of the organizers of the rally.

Many attendees put donations in baskets carried by Rep employees and supporters.

Three days later, the Rep announced that two foundations have offered more than $1 million in donations, with the condition that the theater come up with most of the matching money.

The Windgate Charitable Foundation will donate $75,000 in up-front money, plus another $925,000 challenge grant that the Rep will have to match. The John & Robyn Horn foundation offered a $25,000 grant that will also have to be matched.

High Profile on 05/13/2018