“To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a back bone, and a funny bone.”
Those words were spoken by Reba McEntire, but represent Three Bone Theatre’s business philosophy. Founded in 2012, the Charlotte-based arts organization produces four shows each year with the understanding that great theatre can be a catalyst for conversation and change in our community.
“The show is only half of it,” said Three Bone Theatre Executive Director Becky Schultz. “It needs to be fantastic, but it’s a means to the end of getting our community to think differently about topics that are important … The shows educate you about a particular topic and you leave being motivated to be engaged in that topic and we’ll tell you about a community partner focused on that area,”
Three Bone’s upcoming production, By The Water, under the director of Theatre Charlotte’s Ron Law, was written by Sharyn Rothstein and makes its Charlotte debut on Feb. 28 telling the story of a community devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
With fierce compassion and poignant humor, By The Water reminds us that the very powers that tear us apart can also bring us together.
Three Bone Theatre’s community partner for this production is Habitat for Humanity Charlotte.
But, putting on a production requires time, money and resources.
“It’s amazing the time and money that goes into creating something that looks destroyed,” Schultz said of By The Water set which is constructed to look like the aftermath of a hurricane.
And that is why Lowe’s generous offer to provide gift cards to nonprofits for #GivingTuesdayCLT meant so much to Three Bone Theatre. Thanks to donors who visited the Wells Fargo Atrium and chose Three Bone Theatre as a recipient last Giving Tuesday, the organization received $1600 of value in Lowe’s gift cards.
“For us it’s a huge, huge amount for something we really, really need,” Schultz said.
#GivingTuesdayCLT is Three Bone Theatre’s largest annual fundraiser and provides connection to other nonprofits in the community.
“It’s such an important reminder that the nonprofit sector in Charlotte is healthy and robust, but also needs support,” Schultz said.
By The Water runs Feb. 28-March 2 and March 7-9 at Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square.