Description and review of the recently held B Street Theatre Launch Party, an event to announce the upcoming 2023 Season.
A friend and I recently attended a B Street Theatre Launch Party, an event presented by the new Artistic Director/Producer, Lyndsay Burch. Long-time Artistic Director/Producer Buck Busfield has retired.
The event was an opportunity for Lyndsay to announce her first full Mainstage and Family Series since taking on the new role.
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Invitations to events such as this are one of the perks of being a season subscriber and/or donor/sponsor.
B Street Theatre Launch Party
We checked in at the door, and as we entered were provided with a program for the event. Inside the program we discovered two tickets – one for a complementary drink at the bar and one redeemable for two tickets for any Mainstage Production! My friend and I will utilize the complementary tickets to invite friends to join us at one or more upcoming plays.
The bar was our first stop. The B Street Theatre bar has been offering, since it reopened after the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, themed drink specials. My friend has made a habit of trying the drink specials and did so again that evening. As a rule, I just stick with a glass of wine.
There was a good-sized crowd that evening milling around the lobby awaiting the opening of the venue for the evening. The event was held in the Sutter Theatre, the largest at B Street. It is primarily utilized for the Family Series and musical productions.
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Lyndsay introduced herself and said a few words about what she hopes to do and accomplish in her new role. All of the B Street cast members were present, scattered around the room. When Lyndsay stated that she would need the help of company members and subscribers to make her vision successful, individual company members jumped up, many with over-the-top props, and proceeded to make elaborate pledges. The audience cracked up – and I was no exception!
Once the laughter died down, the upcoming plays were introduced by Lyndsay. Several of the introductions included performances by cast members who have roles in that particular play. The line-up is varied and several were particularly intriguing.
I should mention that in June there will be a special encore of the hit 2022 production of Black Girl Blues.
After the conclusion of the program attendees were treated to both food and drink in the outdoor courtyard.
About Lyndsay Burch (per program)
Lyndsay is the youngest female artistic director in the country. While at B Street Lyndsay has directed more than twenty productions, written for multiple touring shows, produced hundreds of professional productions and is now the lead producer for Upstairs at the B (alternative cabaret venue).
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Additionally, she has written two full-length plays for the B Street’s Family Series: Gandhil (2018) and an adaption of The Wizard of Oz (2019).
To Sum Up
To sum up, my friend and I agreed that it had been a most enjoyable evening. We are both excited about the upcoming season!
Did you attend the B Street Theatre Launch Party? What would you add?
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