5 Acts. 5 Companies. 1 Play: Pericles, by William Shakespeare
For our fourth year as a company, Blunt Objects is embarking on it's largest project to date - an epic collaboration between five Chicago artist groups that will result in a full production of William Shakespeare's Pericles, Prince of Tyre. The way the project works is, we have assigned each Act of the play to a different company, and each company is given complete artistic freedom to interpret, edit, and use that text however they want to tell the story.
Pericles is a beautiful but seldom-performed play, an existential epic about a Prince who wanders the earth through triumphs and heartbreaks. There are pirates, brothels, incest, tyrants, and all the other fascinating tribulations that people seem to forget about when listing the common motifs in Shakespeare! We are so excited to bring this awesome story onstage with these wonderful fellow artists in Chicago, including:
Stephen F. Murray, a free-lance director who brings his unique brand of theatricality, mask, and ensemble work to Act I of Pericles;
Katie Graves and Matthew McMunn, dance artists who apply stunning movement and choreography in Act II;
The Unrehearsed Shakespeare Company, who utilize the daring First Folio Cue Script Technique for Act III;
Equity Library Theatre Chicago, who will make you think twice about the human conscience and human behavior in Act IV;
Blunt Objects Theatre, the host of the event, will bring their distinct style of raw minimalism to the final Act of Pericles.
But, of course, we need your help to make this production a success! We have a variety of fun rewards to recognize all sorts of levels of support, and remember that every dollar really does help.
HELP US EXCEED OUR GOAL!
Our humble goal for this campaign helps cover production costs of the space, but the production costs for each company to pay their performers and build props and costumes is different. Your support here will pair with ticket sales to ensure that Shakespeare, I Love You is a successful project for each of the companies involved!
COME SEE THE PRODUCTION IN MARCH!
Ticket prices are set at the incredibly affordable rates of $15 general admission and $10 for students. This is going to be a fantastic piece of theatre, involving some amazing representative Chicago companies, and you don't want to miss out.
If you pledge $50 or more - which would be a cheap enough price tag for a night for two at most Chicago theatres - you get those two reserved tickets to see our show PLUS a bunch of other delightful goodies that you can check out here on Kickstarter. Or just donate $25 to get the one ticket with your goodies.
And at ANY level of donation, your name will be on display in the lobby program and on our website.
Performances for Shakespeare, I Love You: Pericles are at the Den Theatre 1333 Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago, IL.
March 30 at 7pm,
March 31 at 2pm
March 31 at 7pm
April 1 at 7pm.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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PROGRAM LISTING - Every dollar helps to cover the production costs, and even at this level of donation we will mention you in our programs for the show, both online and in the big lobby displays! THIS APPLIES TO EVERY LEVEL OF SPONSORSHIP!Estimated delivery:
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B.O.T. PIN - It features the Blunt Objects Theatre logo: a pretty silhouette of the infamous Mr. Punch! Put it on your backpack, your lapel, that cool punk rock leather jacket with the rest of your pins... Or anything, really. It's a cool pin! It's yours in gratitude for supporting us, in addition to the program listing.Estimated delivery:
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POSTER + B.O.T. PIN - You can get a pretty shiny poster to remember us by, as a thank you for supporting us! And that cool pin! AND, your name appears in all programs.Estimated delivery:
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T-SHIRT + B.O.T. PIN + POSTER - That's right, Blunt Objects Theatre still makes awesome DIY t-shirts, now featuring the company logo. You can put your cool new pin on it! Of course, you also get a poster and a big thank you in the programs.Estimated delivery:
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1 TICKET + SIGNED POSTER - Not just any poster. A beautiful glossy poster signed by every actor in the five casts of this amazing production who wants to personally thank you. AND a ticket to see the show on the night of your choice, along with all those other cool items: A program listing, pin, and t-shirt!Estimated delivery:
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2 FREE TICKETS - That's right, in gratitude for this level of support you can just waltz right into any night of the performance and see the amazing show that you helped make possible. Your name also goes in the program, and you get the signed poster, t-shirt, and pin!Estimated delivery:
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GET YOUR NAME DROPPED AFTER ALL PERFORMANCES - And we mean for the full 2012 B.O.T. season, not just this show. At curtain call after every show, we will specially thank you by name, informing audiences of your great awesomeness. (Yes, your name also appears in the programs, and you get the signed poster, t-shirt, and pin, too!)Estimated delivery:
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PERICLES WILL WORSHIP YOU IN THE PLAY - By which we mean: the name of the Goddess Diana in the Final Act of Shakespeare's play will be replaced with your name in every show! Or, since this level of donation also comes with the 2 free tickets, tell us to use your date's name instead - It's a perfect gift for that special someone who has everything (P.S. - you also the signed poster, t-shirt, program listing, and pin.).Estimated delivery:
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ENSHRINE YOUR BEAUTIFUL IMAGE AS A LIFETIME MEMBER - Check this out: Professional photographer Katie Graves - who is a choreographer and dancer in Act II - will schedule a photo session with you; select 10 digital copies which are yours to keep and use as you wish - Headshots, portraits, love letter inserts, anything... and you get to select one for us to enshrine as the GRAND SHAKESPEAREAN PATRON FOR LIFE in all future programs and you are guaranteed two complimentary tickets to any Blunt Objects Theatre show, ever. Simply give us 24 hours notice and you will have reserved seats. Oh, right, and you get the t-shirt, signed poster, and pin. How awesome is that?Estimated delivery:
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