Contact: Peter J. Crosby
               peterjcrosby@cryhavoccompany.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New York, NY (February 20, 2009) – The CRY HAVOC Company announced today that it has been granted official 501(c)3 status by the Internal Revenue Service, making the company a tax-exempt not-for-profit organization. This recognition, given at the culmination of a lengthy and detailed application process, is an important step towards realizing the Company’s vision of becoming one of New York’s leading theater companies committed to developing and producing raw, provocative, humane theater.

“We are gratified that the IRS has recognized the potential of our artistic and cultural contribution to the New York audiences as well as to the theatrical canon,” said CRY HAVOC Artistic Director Kitt Lavoie. “It allows us to focus all our financial resources on fulfilling our mission to provide a creative home for all our artists – actors, writers, and directors – to do their best work, and to engage and educate our audience about the process of theater-making.”

The tax-exempt not-for-profit status is retroactive to May 19, 2008, when the Company was incorporated in New York State. With that incorporation, The CRY HAVOC Company renewed its ten-year commitment to its ongoing developmental and educational programs. Moreover, CRY HAVOC has newly committed itself to bringing the best of the new plays that it develops to a New York audience in fully realized, union-contract, Off-Broadway productions featuring the CRY HAVOC Resident Company and Associate Artists.

Since the Company’s founding in 1997, its mission has been to develop new plays and reinvestigate existing plays in an environment that demands that artists challenge the boundaries of their talent and technique. They approach all plays as conflict between individuals struggling to do what each desperately believes is right. They are dedicated to maintaining a resident company of actors, writers, and directors committed to sharing the fruits of their rigorous development process through the immediate power of live performance.

About The CRY HAVOC Company
The CRY HAVOC Company, Inc. is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit theater company committed to developing new play and reinvestigating existing plays in an environment that demands that artists challenge the boundaries of their talent and technique. CRY HAVOC is committed to creating raw, provocative, and humane theater by approaching all plays – both comedy and drama – as conflicts between individuals struggling to do what each desperately believes is right. The CRY HAVOC artistic community is comprised of more than 150 artists, and since its founding in 1997, the Company has developed more than 70 new plays and scores of new approaches to existing plays through its active Workshop and Lab programs. More information at www.cryhavoccompany.org.

 

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