How many of you would like the opportunity to talk to Lane Davies ("Tempus") on IRC?
As many of you know, Lane is one of the driving forces behind the Tennessee Shakespeare Festival in Bell Buckle, Tennessee. Some of us have gone to the plays and can attest that they are fabulous. Lane puts his heart and soul into making the plays the best they can be and has also generously met with several FoLCs after the plays.
Now he needs our help. In an e-mail to friends and fans, he wrote:The Tennessee Shakespeare Festival is at a critical juncture. Between last year's flood, this year's tornadoes, and an economy that seems mired in molasses, fund-raising for the festival has been more than challenging.
This year, I'm making a personal plea to the LD.com family to support this year's festival in any amount you can--$5 buys paint, $25 gets a costume, $100 pays an apprentice salary for a week (believe it or not--and I exploit them like 3rd World sweatshop workers, too.) $500 pays an Equity actor's salary, per diem, pension, health and welfare for a week.
Anyone donating will get a recent autographed 8x10 of me (actually taken within the last year!), and my eternal gratitude. Anyone donating $500 gets lunch at the Cracker Barrel with me, this summer or in the future. (Group donations count, but please have one designated donor.)
So please help if you can--as you all know, this festival is a dream near and dear to my heart. I'm hoping we can all look back in a few years and say, "Look what we did!"
Visit http://tennesseeshakespearefestival.com and click "donate".
Love to all,
I have been in touch with Lane and he said he'd be happy to come on IRC.
In return for his time and generosity, it would be a huge thank-you to him if the L & C Community would come together and donate a total
to the TSF. Every little bit is appreciated. As stated in the e-mail, even $5 goes towards the play AND you get the bragging rights of having an autographed photo!
Once you have sent in your donation, please send me a private message with your name and donation amount. I'll keep track of everyone's participation on behalf of the L & C community. Once we reach/exceed/come dang close to our goal, I'll contact Lane again and set up the date and time for the chat.
Thanks to everyone and let's get Lane online!