My Comedic!Interactive!Improv-ed-Yet-Sorta-Scripted! theater piece was accepted to the NYC Fringe! ...now I just need the down payment.
ETA: Goal reached! Thank you SO much to everyone who donated, shared the link, or told friends about the project! I am extremely grateful that I hit my goal in less than four days. AND, though I did hit my goal, I would be thrilled to surpass it, with additional money raised going towards Phase 2 of taking "HJAWtNBYAN" to the Fringe: marketing, rehearsal space, tech, and everything else I'm gonna need to get this theatrical extravaganza off the ground. Again, THANK YOU!
BACK STORY: A frustrated aspiring television writer enthralled by the fairytale-esque stories of female writers who've succeeded, I read Mindy Kaling's memoir when it first came out (even got it autographed). In one chapter, she explains how she "was discovered" (my words, not hers) at the NYC Fringe when she wrote, directed, and starred in a piece. This made me deludedly think: "Hey! Maybe I could do that!"
Using my background as a playwright (guys, I have an MFA in this stuff), my foreground as a UCB student (guys, I can kind of do improv now), and my undying love of both Jane Austen and Young Adult fiction (guys, yeah), I created the semi-scripted/mainly-improv-ed interactive theatrical extravaganza that is "Help Jane Austen Write The Next Big Young Adult Novel."
"HJAWtNBYAN" got accepted to the New York Fringe Festival.
While this is AMAZING (for MANY reasons, including: the Fringe is awesome, this is feeding my deluded hopes, I've been living in Los Angeles for the last two years and have been looking for an excuse to book an extended-stay trip back to New York), I need a bit of help funding this theatrical extravaganza. Off the bat, I need to raise $650 for the registration fee.
Don't know what the Fringe is? It's a wonderful theatrical extravaganza where lucky small/independent writers/creators/performers are chosen to put up their pieces in Off-Broadway theaters. Several young-upstarts have gotten their start in the Fringe. You can learn more about it here: http://www.fringenyc.org/
I am EXTREMELY grateful for ANY donation you can manage. Every single dollar counts. Literally. This Kickstarter is just meant to fund the initial registration fee, but SHOULD (big should, I know) it raise more than enough, that money would go towards funding the logistics of the production. Should I raise enough money to actually send me to the Fringe, I will be offering EVEN NEWER, SHOW RELATED GIFTS (tickets, DVDs, mentions in the program)!!!!...but first I need to raise the initial money. Please help!
Any questions? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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Every dollar counts. For any donation from $1 - $14, you will receive a letter of gratitude from Jane Austen herself*, thanking you for helping to send her to New York. *letter not literally from Jane Austen. Although, if you don't mind a totally irrelevant-to-the-donation-letter, I can send you a print out of a REAL LETTER FROM JANE AUSTEN. (letter will be addressed to her sister)Estimated delivery:
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For any donation from $15 - $25, you will receive the above letter of gratitude and a small gift.* *small gift will be something I find in my apartment. Something non-perishable. Maybe even something handy, like a spoon or a pencil. Nothing gross, like a used toothbrush or anything. Unless you'd want that.Estimated delivery:
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For any donation $25 - $50, you will receive the above letter of gratitude and a gently used YA book. As this piece is about Jane Austen writing the next t(w)een sensation, I have been "doing my homework" and "reading up" (read: I would've been reading these books anyway) and have accumulated a large collection of YA books. I will send you one of the very books that helped to inspire this piece/that I read because I walked past it and couldn't help buying it! ALSO, unless you yourself are a YA fan, I almost guarantee you will not have heard of whatever book you receive! Totally underground!* *if teen fiction were undergroundEstimated delivery:
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For a select few, for $25 or more, you can choose any of my needlepoints* from http://weirdthingsivemade.tumblr.com/ and I will send it to you! This is a GREAT GIFT if you have been eying one of these needlepoints!!! (big if) *pending availablity! donate fast for first dibs!Estimated delivery:
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For any donation of $50 - $100, you will receive a letter of gratitude and I will needlepoint you the literary/television/film character of your choice! Haven't seen my needlepoints? Well! You are missing out, because they are awesome. Check out a sample of what you'd get here: http://weirdthingsivemade.tumblr.com/Estimated delivery:
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For any donation of $100 or more you will receive the above letter of gratitude and I will buy you a drink. Any drink you want. From one of those fancy mixed ones to a coffee or even a smoothie. I will sit with you while you enjoy this drink* and likely enjoy one of my own. We can talk! About YA fiction, or theater, or television, or whatever you would like to talk about. *pending that we are in the same city -- this offer only good for people in Los Angeles and/or New YorkEstimated delivery:
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