Newly-minted thespians take on the Kansas City Fringe Festival with a new play about love, marriage, how to make a home in a cold world
**Holy Smokes, We Made Our Goal!**
We've been absolutely flabbergasted by how little time it took to reach our goal. Thank you to everyone who donated, we can now pay the Kansas City Fringe Festival's production fee with no problems. We're going to the Fringe!!
However, that they call this "show business" for a reason, and we are learning just how expensive it is to publicize, build, and costume a production. So if you are still interested in supporting our project, every donation will be put to good use!
$60 dollars means the difference between black and white posters and color posters (and color posters for our backers, too!)
$25 dollars will let us buy 50 postcards to expand our publicity's reach.
$25 dollars will let us build the window set piece our playwright has been dreaming of for months.
Thank you all so much for your support.
Send the Amber Bastards to the Kansas City Fringe Festival
Every July since 2005, artists from all over the Midwest have gathered at the Kansas City Fringe Festival for a ten-day theatrical extravaganza. This year, we want to join the fun!
About the Amber Bastards
Lee Hannah Conrads—Director
Carly Putnam—Playwright and Stage Manager
Lee and Sam met in elementary school and in high school performed together in Carly’s first one-act play “The Air is Colder.” Those three got up to lots of theatrical high jinks until they parted ways for college. It was at college that Lee met Rachel and they received honors for their thesis production of Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive.
Now as recent—or nearly—college grads, we come together this summer to bring a new play, Winter House, to the Kansas City Fringe Festival. Our namesake--the lighting gel color "bastard amber"--was a botched batch of amber gel which has become one of the most prolifically useful gel colors available today. We hope to embody that spirit of spontaneity and resourcefulness in this project.
James, a successful yet stuggling novelist, and Zoe, a physicist, are old friends and newly-weds. Winter House follows them as they wrestle boxes of bone china and books into (and later out of) their new home. The play asks how long do we have to explain ourselves to the people we love, what happens when we stop, and whether there is there anything sexy about a New England winter?
Our fundraising goal is $375, which will allow us to pay the Kansas City Fringe Festival’s production fee (plus kickstarter's processing fee), even if we don’t sell is a single ticket. This is very important because it will:
1) allow us to perform in the Kansas City Fringe Festival!
2) allow us to put the money we make from ticket sales or kickstarter funds beyond the $350 towards publicity, props and costumes. After years of college theater, we are expert penny-pinchers and makers-do and Winter House was written to be produced on a shoe string, but your generosity will help us publicize more widely and raise our production values.
You can be assured that your money—no matter the amount—will be used to its full potential!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Jun 21, 2012 - Jul 11, 2012 (20 days)
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Thank you note from the cast and crew!Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Thank you note from the cast and crew! AND special access to the Winter House production blog which will include insider insights, funny backstage stories, and undoubtedly, pictures of the cast and crew rehearsing and wearing silly hats (sometimes both!)Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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All of the above AND a signed Winter House poster designed by burgeoning graphic designer Milanda Landis!Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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All of the above AND we will name a character after you (or a person of your choosing: mother, spouse, third grade teacher, childhood hero. Human names only, please.)Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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All of the above AND the opportunity to be a test audience: come to one of our dress rehearsals and see the team in action! (KC area only )Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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All of the above AND a chapter from James’ fictional yet best-selling novel (see project description) The Last Warm Days written by our very own playwright, Carly Putnam.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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All of the above AND two free tickets to any of our four performances at the Kansas City Fringe Festival (KC area only! Show dates are July 21, 23, 27, and 28th)Estimated delivery: Jul 2012