On November 8, 2014 Kate Levy, the wife of 1st Stage’s Artistic Director was killed in a car accident while visiting family in Michigan. Kate, Alex and their 11-month-old son had just moved to the East Coast after spending the last five years in Los Angeles. Kate’s death leaves a hole in the hearts of all who knew her. The 1st Stage family grieves every day for the loss of this extraordinary and loving soul.

Over the past few months, many people have asked how they can contribute to something that would be meaningful to Alex and his family. Many of you have seen Kate and Alex’s beautiful son Augie run around the theater, you’ve probably also seen audiences and artists reach out to him and make him feel welcomed. It has meant so much to witness what the theater does best, to see a community created when we need it most.

If you’ve ever been to 1st Stage then you know we have red squares on the floor marking where donors have adopted a square foot of the theater. Many of you may have seen little Augie run around the theater and suddenly stop to stand on a red square and giggle then run to the next one and stop and giggle again.

1st Stage is conducting a special drive that will endow a square foot in Kate’s memory for the entirety of Augie’s childhood. Kate would want Augie to know, as he grows up in the theater, that she is with him always. Kate and Alex made the move to Virginia because they wanted to help build something special at 1st Stage. Sadly, Kate passed away before she could realize that goal but her name and memory will be a part of achieving that dream.

We hope that you will help us reach our goal of raising $35,000 for a square that will bear Kate’s name and will help make the important work of 1st Stage possible. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to this fund so that we can continue to build community at 1st Stage and so that Kate can forever be a part of that work. We will lay her square down on Sunday, May 10 (Mother’s Day).

Give a gift that would ensure the memorial for a week ($50), a month ($200) six months ($1,000), a year ($2,000) or a decade ($20,000).

Thank you for your support of 1st Stage and for honoring Kate’s memory.





Please help us reach our goal of a square that will bear Kate’s name and will help make the important work of 1st Stage possible. 

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