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Company of Fools cast members performed Wood Guthrie’s American Song at the Liberty Theater in 2018.

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts and the Company of Fools theater troupe will host their annual free Fools Day Celebration on Monday, April 1, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Liberty Theatre on Main Street in Hailey.

The event is open to the entire community and will feature sneak peaks of upcoming programming, including an announcement of Company of Fools’ 24th season and The Center’s 2019–20 Big Idea projects, concerts, films and lectures.

Company of Fools was founded in 1992, and its name reflects an essay by visual artist Cecil Collins titled “The Vision of the Fool,” in which the fool is described as one who embodies “truth, joy, creativity and a childlike wonder of all that is magical and mysterious.”

“Collins suggests that All Fools’ Day should be celebrated universally, when no work should be done, a day of giving away in foolish generosity,” company Manager Kristen Olenick said. “It was always a dream of Company of Fools co-founder John Glenn to celebrate All Fools’ Day as a day of giving. In honor of John’s dream, Center staff will spend the morning giving [their time] to another of our community’s organizations, Mountain Humane.”

The 22 Center and Company of Fools staff members will then retire to the Liberty Theatre to share food, beverages and stories with the public, award prizes and provide news on the upcoming programming season.

“As the valley has welcomed me, the Fools have opened their hearts and The Center has given me a new home, it feels only right for my first season to reflect my gratitude to my new family,” said incoming Company of Fools Producing Artistic Director Scott Palmer.

“The 24th season at Company of Fools will explore all of the joys, sorrows, laughter and tears that come along with being a family, both the families we are born into and the families we create and choose,” Palmer said. “The season is also a reflection of the Fools’ producing history—classics made new again, new works that speak to our times, musicals and popular plays with a national reputation that have not been seen in the valley. A mixture of the old and the new, the hilarious and the heartwarming, all deeply connected to our sense of self and family.

“I am also thrilled to present a season with 100 percent of the shows by female playwrights, and 70 percent of the roles performed by women and artists of color.”

The celebration will feature homemade desserts, refreshments and a chance to win tickets for Company of Fools’ upcoming shows, as well as fun schwag from The Center.

“Fools Day is a time to look forward—to get excited about upcoming conversations and programs,” said Kristin Poole, artistic director at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts. “But it is also an opportunity to celebrate our members, our family of participants who support the work we do in and for the community. It’s a little party to say thank you and to anticipate all that is to come.”

No tickets or registration are required for this free community event. For more information, visit sunvalleycenter.org or call 208-726-9491.

Email the writer: tevans@mtexpress.com

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