During the running of the most recent play at the Orcas Grange – “Hotbed Hotel” – Doug Bechtel of The Actor’s Theater and director of the play, shared with audiences his love of The Exchange and stories of how the theater has often drawn on the unpredictable treasure trove that was always to be found there for costumes, lighting and sets.
He bemoaned the recent loss of The Exchange building to fire and asked audiences to consider contributing to a new reuse center. Over the course of three shows, Doug raised over $1,400, which were subsequently donated to The Exchange Phoenix Fund set up with the Orcas Island Community Foundation.
On behalf of all those in the community who love and miss The Exchange and who are eager to see the reuse center back on line, we wish to express our deep gratitude to Doug Bechtel, the cast of “Hotbed Hotel” and the audiences of The Actor’s Theater – thank you for all of your support!
Vive le The Exchange!
The Board of Directors and Executive Director