CATS Distributes 25,000 tickets!
How High the Moon?: CATS Produces an Exclusive Performance
for Bay Area Non-Profit Service Agencies
Changing the Face of Arts Patrons in the Bay Area:
Community Access Ticket Service Distributes 25,000 Tickets to Local
For Immediate Release: May 11, 2005
Swords to Plowshares took 12 clients to see Addicted at the
Marines Memorial Theatre. Value: $420
Boys & Girls Club of Oakland took
100 youth to the East West Shrine Game. Value: $1,500
Marin AIDS Project has taken dozens of clients to hear the San
Value: over $800
Unity Council Head Start received 180 San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker
tickets for youth and families. Value: $3,600
With the consistent non-profit
budget cuts and the climbing ticket prices to arts and cultural events,
it’s no surprise that most
of the cultural richness within the Bay Area is only accessible to
people who can afford to purchase tickets. That’s the exact
reason Community Access Ticket Service (CATS) opened its doors in
September of 2004: to provide much needed socialization, respite,
and recreation to disadvantaged populations through partnership with
nearly 250 Bay Area non-profit service agencies. Since that time,
CATS has distributed 25,000 donated tickets with a value of more
Formerly Center Stage Ticket Foundation, CATS is the only non-profit
of its kind, serving as a bridge between Bay Area cultural entities
and the community by aggregating donated tickets and distributing
them to non-profit social service agencies.
CATS works with over 225 agencies that represent a wide variety
of populations which include but are not limited to: foster families,
at-risk youth, veterans, formerly homeless in transition, persons
living with AIDS/HIV, developmentally and physically disabled, teens
and adults in drug and alcohol recovery, dual-diagnosis patients,
and low-income seniors.
Davies Symphony Hall
Just a quick note to tell you how much our clients
loved The Boys From Syracuse last night! They were very excited about
their front row seats, and they really enjoyed the humor and singing.
And after the show, they recognized one of the actors, and after
initial trepidation, asked him for a picture. And now all they can
talk about today is having their picture taken with a "real
Citywide Case Management
Community Through Arts Access: An Exclusive Performance for Bay
Area Non-Profit Service Agencies
For Immediate Release: April 26, 2005
Community Access Ticket Service (CATS), a non-profit
providing cultural opportunities to Bay Area non-profit service agencies,
is partnering with Three Wise Monkeys Theatre Company (3WM) to produce
two free performances of How High the Moon? exclusively
for CATS partnership agencies.
How High the Moon?, written by JC Samuels
and directed by Alice Shikina, tells the story of two teenagers attempting
to overcome the constraints of their past in order to move forward
with their lives. Diane is dealing with her abusive father and her
dreams of joining the Air Force while Habimana struggles to write
an essay to get into college and tries to remember the events that
forced him to flee from Rwanda.
Through partnership with 3WM director Richard Bernier
and director, Alice Shikina, CATS has arranged for two free showings
of How High The Moon? as well as a question and answer session
with the director, playwright, and actors exclusively for agencies
partnering with CATS. The show will be held at the Off Market Theatre
in San Francisco, generously donated by C.A.F.E. Arts which continuously
support CATS and it’s mission.
"The intimacy of Diane’s story and intensity
of Habimana’s story hit you down to your core. Clients, like
those with whom we work, can instantly relate to those feelings and
knowing others feel them too is part of recovery.” said Zoe
Kahana, CATS Executive Director.
Alice Shikina and Richard Bernier embraced the
idea of presenting this work to CATS agencies.
Formerly the Bass Ticket Foundation, CATS serves
as a bridge between Bay Area cultural entities and the community
by aggregating donated tickets and distributing them to non-profit
social service agencies that are in direct contact with disadvantaged
persons. CATS partners with over 220 agencies that represent a wide
variety of populations which include but are not limited to: foster
families, at-risk youth, veterans, formerly homeless in transition,
persons living with AIDS/HIV, developmentally and physically disabled,
teens and adults in drug and alcohol recovery, and low-income seniors.
Over the last six months, CATS has distributed over 25,000 tickets
representing over half million dollars.
How High the Moon? will be performed for
CATS agencies at the Off Market Theatre in San Francisco on Saturday,
April 30th and Sunday, May 1. For more information about CATS please call 415.543.1400 or email zoe (at) communitytickets (dot) org.
|Zoe Kahana leads a question and answer session
at How High the Moon?
|Actress Cassie Powell meets audience members
after the show.