“Non-Essential Services”

A friend of ours works with a theatre out in IA that’s lost almost everything as a result of the recent floods, and like many others – they had no flood insurance. Worse yet, FEMA considers theatres “non essential services” and so they will receive no funding whatsoever to help them rebuild.

If you’re a theatre person, and you can help, you can contact them:

to see if you can make a donation, of money or stuff, to help them out. Right now they’re performing out of the local high school’s auditorium, as of course, the show must go on.

Helen Boyd

is the author of My Husband Betty and She's Not the Man I Married.


  1. That’s bullshit. Businesses of any kind should get disaster aid. So Mom & Pop can’t get their lemonade stand back up, or convenience store? A theatre is a business like anything else, and it contributes to the local economy. I know I’m preaching to the choir, but this makes me mad. Rebuilding a community means rebuilding things like churches, theatres, sno-cone shacks, hot dog stands, video stores, musician repair services, et al… *sigh.

  2. Absolutely surprised at this. Is it Federal aide that was denied? Were they incorporated? Did they pay taxes or submit a non profit return? Did they own any specific properties, not just real estate?

    They need a good lawyer. Something is really wrong here. At minimum all property, including theatrical props, etc. should be covered.

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