But Monday night was also special to me because we gathered to honor the magnificent Board Chair Jon Dembrow. I was in fact prepared to give a speech about Jon. I’m not going to get into it here, because I’m hoping to be able to give it at a later date, but the nub of it is that Jon’s work for Soho Rep for the past fifteen years has been tireless and remarkable. He is an extraordinary human and I love him dearly.
Forty-five minutes into the evening, a beam supporting the second story balcony cracked at the event venue. Everyone had to be evacuated. In true Soho Rep style, the amazing performers who were already volunteering their time and talent created a spontaneous celebration on the street. It was incredible that in that moment of disappointment, we still managed to share some joy and an amazing New York City moment together.
However, something like this is a nightmare for a small organization like Soho Rep. The financial success of the gala depends on the auction and cash call that happens live. The company expected to raise $65,000 in the room on Monday but didn’t have the chance to, leaving a significant gap.
I’m part of the Soho Rep Family. If you’re reading this, I hope you feel that you are too. I have made a gift today to help them through this uniquely difficult moment. I humbly ask that you join me by doing the same. It’s not a tragedy that this happened. No one was hurt, thankfully. But they really need your help. We can never get back the evening that we lost, but we can together make sure Soho Rep does not hurt for it. Thank you!
P.S. For more photos and a full recap of the evening click here.