Recently, I received about $500 in the mail & from church members who wanted to pledge. I told them I cannot pledge, it's against the rule, but would give the money to one of the previous backers to pledge. I was first waiting to see if there were others who would- give before doing so. I think it's a shame to have worked in theatre nearly 40 years in my city of Memphis, taught thousands of children, help elect city officials who said that they would ,and there aren't enough people who care enough to have pledged $1 or $5 to this Kickstarter Project to reach the goal. Just $10 from 1000 people would have done it!
It is equally upsetting to know that those who I have previously told that I was launching it, that I polled as to their donating , and they did not. Maybe it was fear of the use of the Internet, timing, graduation, whatever, but now that the project seems NOT to have made it... the need is still there. All who attempted to back this, I hope that you wll still do so. I literally contacted and spent money making postcards about this to hand out -over 1000. While this saddens me, and may compromise the quality of the play, I will find other ways & means- holding fish fries, pool parties, dances, bake sales, put on a play in July, ask for donations from church members and friends to get this production paid for- it''s the AMERICAN way; If my health does not fail me- it shall be done! Thanks Kickstarter. (I was hoping that some wealthy backer would see this, I even wrote Ellen Degeneres about asking people, but she may never have gotten it. I asked for no money, just her endorsement of the project on her show so others might give. I am not defeated! Thanks again backers, I will contact you and request your continued support for the play which will still be in the Festival.