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17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Slant of Light looks to be a rising star in the Connecticut community Theatre arena. Of the many community Theatres, SOL is a proactive and outreaching organizatino that is attempting to bring all forms of theatre arts to the community. I look forward to good things to come from this organization and hope to be a consistent volunteer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working closely with Slant of Light since September 2010. I continue to work with them and have no intention of leaving due to the amazing experiences I have had thus far with the company. SoL attracts positive people who are driven by a zest for life. I truly believe that Slant of Light can do whatever it sets out to do because of the atmosphere it creates. The people involved create everything; and the people involved breed success, a safe work space, and a true passion for life and the arts.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with Slant of Light has been nothing short of an awesome experience. My thoughts are respected and my assistance is appreciated. I've met many new people through Slant of Light and continue to do so. Not just coworkers, but friends. Good people surround Slant of Light which helps make it a great organization. I have no plans to stop working with this group of good people.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

On February 23, 2011, Slant of Light Theater did a reading of my one act play, Good Riddance, that was magnificent!. It was more like a throroughly rehearsed production than a reading. I could not have been more pleased to have their talented actors deliver my play in such a wonderful way.

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1 Abbie C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Slant of Light is an excellent new theatre company creating forward-thinking, innovative, and relevant theatre through the different branches of the company that produce experimental new works, socially and politically relevant plays, and educational outreach that uses theatre to explore issues challenging today’s youth.

The projects that this company pursues surpass the traditional boundaries of theatre. They are not only focused on engaging the community about current issues but on giving the community a venue in which to respond to these issues. The Rail Against the Headlines and the New Play Reading Series present works by many Connecticut authors and SOL’s play M&Ms IN HEAVEN provokes conversations about body image and self-esteem in local middle schools.

SOL demands professionalism while encouraging people to step out of preconceived “theatre jobs” in order to more fully collaborate. This unique approach to contemporary theatre enlivens both the participants and the productions and gives ownership of the plays to every individual involved. I love working with this company and look forward to my continuing involvement and to SOL's growth and evolution.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love Slant of Light and everything it stands for. It raises awareness of topics that most people don't talk about, but are very important to society. SOL provides a "safe space" and gives a voice to those of us who sometimes need that extra encouragment.

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1 Natalie G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Slant of Light is an organization that has a lot of heart and soul. It is a mission-based organization that works towards that mission with every ounce of its being. They are a relatively new organization and are very much working to find their way, make their presence known, be financially viable, and make a difference in the world all at the same time. Any one of those would be a big goal to have on its own, but working toward all of them at the same time is nothing short of ambitious. They are doing a great job so far under the leadership of their artistic director, Stacy Ruttenberg. Her passion and efforts are nothing short of admirable. She has really tried to choose people and productions that are worthy of what Slant of Light is and hopes to be in the future...so far so good!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I wholeheartedly support Slant of Light Productions and their mission of communication and awareness as key to inspiring action.

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Katrina Y.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Slant of Light is innovative and always seeking to do new work. I know that the members who run it are intelligent, amazing, well-rounded and truly excellent in their craft. I admire that they are always striving to present new work, and it's important to keep their work going!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a playwright and screenwriter whose work has been performed often in New York City and internationally. Several of my plays have had reading at Slant of Light Theatre Company. The atmosphere of the company is extremely warm and welcoming. The company can feel proud of its efficiency, hospitality and artistic insight. I very much enjoyed working with the Artistic Director of the company, Stacey Ruttenberg, and would not hesitate to work with them again in the future. They deserve all good things in the future.

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Jillian W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of Slant of Light Theater Company since it's inception. I am proud to say I support a non-profit that truly gives back to the whole community and not just a specific socio-economic group. SOL provides programs that bring to light very intense and debatable issues. They don't stop there; they then partner up with educational and volunteer groups to provide educational resources to continue the public's growing knowledge. I have been able to attend events and have also seen what goes on behind the scenes. The energy and compassion that goes into every fundraiser and production is dynamic. Slant of Light is gearing up for it's 3rd CT Idol Fundraiser at Daniel St. in Milford and each year the fundraiser provides interactive entertainment for all ages and enables SOL to continue to foster change and action in the community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What are young artists looking for in a theatre company? We are looking for a place to find refuge in a world of slashed funding where theatre companies seeking new voices are folding. Slant of Light fosters talented artists from different backgrounds and ages. It is a company that will continue to excel as the community it fosters grows with it.

It is impressive in the current climate to have made such a wonderful start. I feel fortunate to be a part of its work and what will one day be its remarkable history. I look forward to working with the company more in the future.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of witnessing a little of what goes on behind-the-scenes of the Slant of Light Theater Company's productions. What I have seen is a cooperative and creative environment for those who relish both the on and off-stage aspects of theater. The wholeheartedness of the Company's founder, Stacy Ruttenburg, is reflected by both the works that are chosen and the professionalism with which they are performed.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

True exploratory, original theatre at the grass-roots level is a rarity these days, as professional theatre has increasingly become a place for the privileged few - actors & directors lucky enough to get what limited work there is, and the ticket buying public flush enough to afford the stratospheric prices. Slant of Light offers an entirely different and inclusive experience: a laboratory-like environment for actors, playwrights and directors of all experience levels to come together, explore, discover, & take professional risks with new material in a safe, encouraging & collaborative space, free from the constraints of what will "sell" in a commercial venue. The founder, Stacy Ruttenberg has a vision not only of what this type of theatre should be artistically, but how to involve & bring together diverse members of the community, folding their feedback into the evolving works, virtually making them part of the production process and engaging them in an ongoing dialogue.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a fan of Slant Of Light Theater Company since its inception. What has continually impressed me has been how consistently and clearly Slant Of Light Theater Company has stayed true to its mission of using theater to inspire theater-goers to think more critically about and engage more actively in the world around them to make it better. This has been the goal of theater for centuries and yet that sense of purpose seemed to me to have been lost by so many theater companies over the years as they began to be more concerned with profit than product. When I found out about Slant Of Light, I realized that they are succeeding at using theater to communicate and educate the public effectively in a way that I feel much of theater hasn't tried to do since the days of The Great Depression. I was particularly struck by their production of "M&Ms In Heaven", an original work that examines issues of body image and self-esteem with the goal of promoting healthy self-esteem and healthy living to children. Instead of just putting on a great play, the people of Slant Of Light decided to perform their play for Fourth to Eighth Graders. This impressed me because I was born prematurely and use crutches and a wheelchair to get around, and I was picked on and teased in school and as a result of that I had low self-esteem and a negative body image for much of my youth. Because I was finally able to gain a positive self-image after many years, I know how important it is for children to understand the message of "M&Ms In Heaven" while they're so young, because they're far less likely to tease each other and not to damage another person's self-esteem for years. I am very glad that Slant Of Light is able to do such important work so effectively and I hope it wins the $5,000 so that it can do more of it.

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Sheila F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been attending Slant of Light Theater company since its inception and have been very impressed with their productions. They do an excellent job of presenting a great variety of original readings and plays that are thought-provoking and timely. What has been most worthwhile to us is the opportunity to participate in the after-theater discussion of the provocative ideas which were embodied in these works-in-progress.

It is particularly stimulating to see the writers, directors and actors interact with the public and share innovative ideas. We have been extremely pleased to see how all those involved were open to ideas and suggestions from the general public on improving and adapting their presentations.

Slant of Light is a very welcome venue for those seeking stimulating presentations as well as those searching for help with and in life-challenging situations.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Slant of Light Theater Company has provided an ongoing source of inspiration and motivation to me personally, both as a fledgling, wannabe playwright, and as an enthusiastic member of SOL's growing audience.
The Rail Against the Headlines series has been riveting this season, presenting plays with spot-on relevance to a variety of contemporary issues. I found the production values of both "The Goodbye Party" and "Hurricane Ike" astonishing, especially given the budetary limitations imposed by remarkably low ticket prices and the limitations of performing in makeshift space. Both plays effectively sounded their disparate alarms--one warning against citizen apathy in the face of self-appointed oligarchy and the other raising a cry against officialdom's indifference to human tragedy--chilling and unsettling wake-up calls crafted to both engage (and sometimes enrage) their audiences. Superbly conceived minimalist sets, and highly creative use of sound and lighting effects elevated both of these productions to a professional level that is "de rigueur" at Slant of Light. Both of the plays I have mentioned were thrillers, in the best Hitchcockian sense of the term. Each provided a growing sense of dread in the opening scenes, laced with a sprinkling of gallows humor and strong character portraiture, obviously the result of skillful casting and directing.

Overall, I feel the laudable mission of The Slant of Light Theater Company is being carried out in a focused and productive manner. Their underlying philosophy infuses every aspect of the theater's operation. The environment is warm and nurturing. Their commitment to theater with a social conscience is forward-looking and progressive, without being oppressive and agenda-risen. Every voice is afforded a hearing, and disagreement is not only tolerated, but encouraged, but always in a context that is broadly accepting of disparate viewpoints. Many "slants" of enlightenment are welcomed, in a spirit of discourse and in a non-threatening enclave that fosters self-expression and interaction of values and ideas. A beacon in tumultuous times where discord sometimes seems an end in itself, Slant of Light offers a safe port of entry into the calmer waters of evenhanded exchange and reasoned dialog.