The Folly Needs You

When the lightbulb-encrusted globe atop the Folly Theater was raised, it was the highest point in all of Kansas City at the time and stood as a beacon of light calling together patrons thirsting for arts and cultural experiences.

That beacon has been standing on the Folly Theater for over 120 years now. The Grand Lady and her torch have weathered the 1918 influenza pandemic and other global health crises, the Great Depression, the Great War, and other challenges like the advent of “talking movies” and television.

Today they stand strong and proud, still welcoming diverse communities to come together to experience world-class artists on a world-class stage.

But now more than ever, the Folly needs your help. The economic crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic has rocked the foundations of the Folly. Please don’t let the lights go out for this great theater. Your donation, in any amount, will make a tremendous difference in keeping the Arts alive at the Folly.

Help Keep the Lights Lit

There are many different ways that you can support the Folly Theater in this time of economic crisis.

Contribute Financially

The first and most effective is to make a monetary donation! Your support goes directly to the Operations Fund which pays for the maintenance of the Grand Lady of Twelfth Street.

Did you know you can even contribute monthly? Simply follow the button below, enter the amount you would like to give monthly and select “Recurring Donation” and fill out the rest of the form!

You can also donate by mail by filling out this form and mailing it to:

The Folly Theater
c/o Development
P.O. Box 26505
Kansas City, MO 64196

Learn about making a bequest and including the Folly in your estate planning by contacting Brian Williams at [email protected] or by calling 816-522-9798

Purchase Performance Tickets

While it seems obvious, it is a major way to support not only the Folly Theater and artists that perform on her stage. Ticket sales & theater rentals, to local organizations like Heartland Men’s Chorus, Friends of Chamber Music, Harriman-Jewell Series, and more, make up roughly 60% of the Folly’s operating revenue.

Beginning in March the Folly has been closed for at least and has had to postpone or cancel over 20 performances.

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