Last week Patch reported the sudden closure of the Relapse Theatre comedy playhouse off 14th Street in the Home Park neighborhood.
Escalating financial burdens were the main reason why the six-year-old theatre located in a former church at 380 14th Street near Mecaslin Street was forced to close its doors.
As reported, friends and supporters are hoping that Relapse can respond to the fiscal emergency and several fundraising efforts are in full swing. Included among such is “Relapse Back In The Saddle - Get Relapse Theatre back open so it can continue to have a positive influence on everyone who steps foot inside,” which as of Monday morning had raised almost $6,500.
More fundraising efforts are planned this week. On Tuesday night, comedian Yedoye Opigo Travis is hosting a benefit for Relapse at The Music Room, located at 327 Edgewood Avenue. The 9:30 p.m. show is free, but donations to help save Relapse are encouraged.
Then on Dec. 21, 22 and 23, the Laughing Skull Lounge in Midtown is hosting a series of comedy fundraisers, too. The comedy club, located at 878 Peachtree Street, will be holding stand up comedy showcase fundraisers as audience members will get to see 10 of Atlanta's top comedians perform.
And there’s also been discussion of a 24-hour podcast telethon to raise funds for Relapse. It will reportedly have “standup comedy, improv comedy, variety acts, live music, sketch comedy, incentive giveaways, wacky stunts and spectacles.” If you're interested in performing or being on the production end of things, please leave a note on the Restore Our Relapse page.