It's been a beautiful 17 years...
My name is Christopher Kidder-Mostrom. I am the Artistic Director of Commedia Beauregard, and for the last seventeen years I have led this company on a wonderful adventure. We started out as a couple of young theatre professionals in Saint Paul, Minnesota, who wanted to write and produce comedies that we felt were beautiful works of art. Back when we named the company we were new parents and had a baby name book at our disposal. We thumbed through and found that Beauregard meant "Beautiful in Expression". That stuck. And it was the goal all along, even after the company evolved into a mission-focused company that specialized in translated works. The full name of the company means "Theatre that is Beautiful in Expression".
So... it's been six years since we relocated the company to Chicago, and we have been blessed to work with some of the most amazing people in this city. We were lucky to have gone from one tremendous theatre community to another.
As you can tell from the tone of the first two paragraphs (and the headline above), this is wherein I announce that CommBeau (as we often shorten our name) will be ceasing operations as of December 31, 2016. We can't thank you enough for being part of the journey that we've been on for almost two decades.
A huge debt of gratitude is owed to those who served on our board, who created art with us, who came to see our productions, and who shared your talents and time with us. It's been great.
As I and the others within the company move on to other projects, know that we greatly appreciate the support we've received both in Minnesota and Chicago.
The website will remain up for a few more months beyond the new year, albeit in a more limited version. For those wanting information on our past productions, etc., you can check out www.abouttheartists.com. We've been updating our records there to preserve what we've done. There are a few more of the older shows to be added, but it'll be finished soon. "A Klingon Christmas Carol" will outlast us as other companies now produce the work. We've been told the show is in good hands for the forseeable future.
A couple of things will be wrapped up before we're done for good. A group of commissioned Master Works plays are currently awaiting a staged-reading. The plays are now all written, and the scripts will soon be sent to the folks who commissioned them. Although we will not be able to produce them as a company, I will personally make sure that the promised reading of the plays takes place in the Spring of 2017. Our e-mail list will be notified of that event. I'll invite you to see the last bit of our work and perhaps reminisce a bit with me at that time, too.
I am sad that this is the end of the journey, but am likewise excited to see where our former members and friends will wind up next.
And so, once more, thank you. And...