Turn Off the Violence
is made possible through the generous contributions of time, talent, and
financial resources of our members and volunteers. In the belief that we
really can make a difference, our staff are donating their time until we can raise the funds for paychecks for one executive director and one part
time support staff.
If you'd like to support the campaign, please
contact us by e-mail or mail your contribution to:
Off the Violence
“Don’t Hate Us
Because We're Funny: The Improv Theater Community’s Benefit Against Violence
& Hate Crimes.”
On August 10, 1999, a man walked into a
Los Angeles Jewish community center and shot five people, including three
children. He fled and later shot to death a mail carrier who crossed paths
with him. When he was arrested the next day in Las Vegas, he showed no
remorse. In fact, it was the smirk on his face that outraged a New York
man, Stuart Nager, into action.
Stuart Nager, director and founder of The
Brothers Grinn, a New York State based improv company, took action the
best way he knew how... by contacting his colleagues across the country and
asking them to participate in a benefit for violence prevention. He named
the event “Don’t Hate Us Because We're Funny: The Improv Theater
Community’s Benefit Against Violence & Hate Crimes.”
Seventy troupes across the country did
benefit performances in mid-November and sent their proceeds to violence
prevention projects. The five troupes shown below selected Turn Off the
Violence as the organization to which their funds would go. We have used their contributions to purchase Adobe Acrobat
software that will enable us to make our Educators Guide and other materials
available on this website.
This is another example of how all of us
can use our time and talents to help "turn off the violence."
Thank you to Stuart Nager and the following improv troupes!
Brody Theater in Portland, Oregon
Chainsaw Boys in Brooklyn, New York
Sunday Night Improv in New York City,
Brothers Grinn, in New York City, New York
The Inconceivables in Sarasota, Florida
Sportz in Minneapolis, Minnesota
in Boston, Massachussetts