Patrons of the Livermore Shakespeare Festival have just a few more days to have their tax-deductible donations matched by an unnamed “Angel Donor.”

Shakespeare’s Associates, which produces the annual Shakespeare Festival, announced in mid-April that an Angel Donor had offered to match up to $50,000 in donations received by Wednesday, May 20.

As of Friday, May 15, the theater group, known informally as the Livermore Shakes, had received nearly $40,000 to help keep the nonprofit afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.

With restrictions on public gatherings because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Livermore Shakes recently announced the cancellation of its Shakespeare in the Vineyard summer season this year, which included performances of Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors,” from June 25 through July 19, and Tennessee William’s “The Glass Menagerie,” from July 16 through Aug. 9.

However, on the Livermore Shakes website, Artistic Director Lisa Tromovitch said the nonprofit’s mission “has not changed” and the organization is “envisioning creative ways to adapt to evolving and anticipated restrictions on mass gatherings, outdoor performances and special events.”

“Importantly,” she added, “we need to replace lost tickets sales in order to keep our nonprofit organization afloat and to provide alternative types of programming and educational outreach to cover this profound loss.”

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