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February 27, 2010

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February 27, 2010

Counter Productions under the direction of Susan Grilli has given to the lower cape community quality theatre. The history of theatre in Provincetown with the work of Tennessee Williams up to the present has been a special treasure in our small artistic town. Counter Productions has been a precious part of this treasure. Three years ago, at the ripe old age of 63.. I was in my very first theatre performance. It opened my eyes to an amazing world where the words of a play writer come to life. A director takes these words using actors, scenery, lights and sound and creates magic. This is what CP and Susan do best ..make quality theatre come to life for our community..after being in six plays my world has certainly changed: i have many new friends, gained confidence, and learned so much about this craft. I urge everyone to support Counter Productions so young and old can appreciate this art and Provincetown can maintain its treasure.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning the craft...seeing a play come alive..appreciating all involved from the writer..director... actors..sound..lights..scenery..i am truly amazed.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, gifted and very supportive..I learned how team work can make something special..It is the greatest feeling in the world to be part of something bigger then yourself.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

stop worrying..

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 26, 2010

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February 26, 2010

I volunteered with Counter Productions a few years ago, and I accidentally ended up with a job! It has been a wonderful experience to work with Susan Grilli, the founding artistic director, and with all of the amazing actors and fellow crew members. I'm not trained at all in theater, but I have learned along the way and have been lucky to have patient teachers. Overall though, Counter Productions has done a wonderful thing by reviving the theater spirit in Provincetown and all of the lower Cape. We are a young non-profit, but we have so, so much more to do! So many plays to produce! So much fun to be had for all!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the amazing dedication and hard work of the actors, most of whom are unpaid and who give hours and hours of their lives in order to make a play the best it can be. Also, the shows are great entertainment!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 26, 2010

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February 26, 2010

I have performed in or acted as an Assistant Director for five productions mounted by Counter Productions. I find that working with its blend of local and professional talent an exhilarating experience. The Artisitc Director's choice of material is always interesting and a refreshing change from what is often offered by community theaters and the encouragement the company gives to members of the community is exceptional. My experience with Counter Productions has been nothing short of wonderful . With its year-round programming I think it brings a gust of of fresh and invigorating theatrical excitement to Cape Cod- and the outer Cape in particular

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

as an actor, a back stage "helper" and as an audience member.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

In crease the size of the administrative staff staff by 1-2 people so that additional outreach and public relations ( that would attempt attempt to interest more people in theater and also raise audience numbers)

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The "can-do' attitude of everyone involved in productipns and the sense of being part of a team that is doing interesting and exciting work.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, talented and enthusiastic and enthusiastic

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

1) Obtain/build its own performance space in the commercial area of Provincetown that would allow both greater visibility and outreach to the community from which it draws its audience and talent.

Ways to make it better...

The artistic director had more money to f=hire one or two people as permanent staff. As it sands now, she has to do too much of the "heavy lifting" to mount a production herself.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Primarily money that would in various ways help to The ability to widen its audience base.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Counter Productions offers an wonderful and often deeply felt experience both to those involved with its work and to its audience. It's "the little company that can" and deserves as much support as can be mustered

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 26, 2010

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February 26, 2010

Provincetown has been blessed over the years with a variety of theatre companies invoking the talents of amateur and equity players. Counter Productions has been one of the strongest and most creative of these companies offering a wide variety of productions for every interest throughout the year so that not only tourists but those of us hearty year round residents can enjoy theatre on a regular basis. As with all theatre groups in Provincetown, performance space and particularly rehearsal space is at a premium. Counter Productions has been fortunate to be able to find performance time at the superior Julie Harris Theatre in Wellfleet but they really need their own dedicated workspace here in Provincetown.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that everyone connected with Counter Productions is so involved and dedicated to each production.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Excited and dedicated to the cause.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build a world class theatre with rehearsal space in Provincetown along with enough area for classes to be held.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

I am constantly amazed at the high quality output from Counter Productions. Under Susan Grilli's leadership they have managed to put out one outstanding production after another, reaching a wide variety of audiences. I cannot say enough good about the meticulous care that is put into the decision making process for each production and more importantly the support Susan lends to her "staff" of actors, stage hands etc. After being away from the stage for many years, Counter has reawakened my desire to get back on it. From an outsiders perspective, there are almost always positive reviews both in the press and from the local word of mouth and I can certainly say that the review from the actors side is just as excellent. If I didn't have to work a "real" job, I'd try to be a part of every show in some way shape or form. Love, love, love Counter Productions!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the true sense of community ties with the productions. There is an overwhelming sense that people are rooting for the success of Counter Productions.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing! I've made new friendships with locals I had somehow not known; I've made friendships with people from other states that will last a lifetime and I've strengthened the already existing friendships I've had.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Find a permanent home and not worry about the financial strain and stress of outstanding bills.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

Counter Productions & Susan Grilli, it's artistic director, and the company of actors & tech. do a broadway worthy job every time. I have worked with the company at different times as the stage manager and I am continually impressed & honored to work with everyone. For the last 10 months other work have taken me away from working with Counter Productions. It has been a pleasure to be an audience member for the shows that happened over that time and see the continued growth of the company. It just keeps getting more & more polished. They bring NYC quality to our small community theater here on the lower Cape. I am grateful to everyone involved for this enriching addition to the community. Thanks Counter Production. Thanks Susan Grilli.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

enriching the community I live in. Also, giving many of us nonprofessionals an opporunity to work in a first class company.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the artistic director's ablity to bring the best out in her actors, both experienced & unexperienced ones. The enjoy of sharing the experience of creating exceptional theater.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, professional in their actions, helpful, easy to work with.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build a permanant home and continue it's good work.

Ways to make it better...

some of the systems that are in place now were in place then.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finding a home in Provincetown the town they are based out of. Right now they are renting from another theater. For the find of a permanant home, one needs funding. Receiving this award would go a long way on grants the company has applied for.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This company is worthy of any & all support it can receive.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

I've worked on many productions with Counter Productions, as well as having been an audience member at many many wonderful productions. This company is such a needed part of our community. The quality of work is always superb, and the experience had by all involved is always something to be treasured.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

a great cross section of our community; professionals and amateurs, townspeople and students.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

Provincetown Counter Productions is a prolific organization serving an under-served community. Led by the irrepressible, Susan Grilli, Counter's vision and execution is thrilling. She accomplishes so much with little support. I am a theatre professional who has worked all over the world and Ms. Grilli's accomplishments and perseverance are unparalleled. What she has done so far is something no one else in the community has been able to do and the community support should mirror that.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my career and my community.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to help optimize income to make it easier to continue production.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the remarkable people that are involved, committed and passionate about the work of Provincetown Counter Productions

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

capable, energetic and welcoming.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

revolutionize the theatre community in Provincetown and the outer Cape. Provincetown is the birthplace of the American theatre, and for yeats has been unable to support a professional company.

Ways to make it better...

there had been more financial support from the community.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

Counter Productions is a community theater of professional caliber-- they have brought a wide range of wonderful, thoughtful plays to Provincetown-- from Anna in the Tropics to Working: the Musical, to Philadelphia Here I Come. The acting, music, sets, costumes, direction, are superb. I'd rather see live theater than a movie any day-- and it's the rare city that has a company of Counter's strength and good taste. I have been deeply moved by every show I've seen there. Life in this small town has been infinitely enriched.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

brilliant, generous, and just plain fun.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

it could bring great theater-- by which I mean plays that look honestly at the human condition, that move us, remind us of our best and worst, reconnect us to each other... to many, many more people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

Counter Productions are a wonderful group of people operating with high standards while making the working experience fun and enjoyable. They are a strong community asset and are held in high regard throughout the region. I have worked in many theaters in the area and would be troubled to find a group with whom I have had a better experience.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated to their work, friendly and gracious to those who assist them in their mission.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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