An epic reunion overseas to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival... with my long-lost Cabaret! Let's get my bum on the plane.
It was a little over ten years ago, in a tiny basement in Burlington, Vermont, that the Spielpalast Cabaret came to fruition. It was a joint endeavor with my best pal, and at the time, we had no idea that our schemes of creation would sell out nearly every show, every year, and even unite our little community. We'd no clue that artistic passion could fuel one so fiercely that sleep, food, and the basics of life could become so... secondary. Or that Spielpalast would become a local household name. Almost overnight, we'd gone and "raised the bar in the Burlington theater community," according to the paper.
What fruitioned was a rich tour into 1930's Weimar Germany: A stage laden with honeyed songstresses and dancing decadents, threaded by an illustrious emcee and a couple of charming but untrustworthy mute twin cigarette girls, all set to melodic motion by the quasi-drunken and revelrous misfits we called "The Band." This was the Spielpalast as I knew it, before I waved my goodbyes, tipped my hat, and took off to California almost four years later to get some decent sleep.
From the beginning, I had big dreams of taking this show on the road. Now this unbreakable and ambitious band of gypsies is going overseas, with another six years notched on the belt, and I am honored to rejoin the cast in its tenth year for a reunion at Scotland's Edinburgh Fringe Festival-- an esteemed wellspring of creativity and inspiration in itself.
If you'd like to assist in my first stow-away mission to perform across the sea, I can use your help. The good news: I am halfway there. The housing, food and daily living expenses have been raised, but I need $1150 to cover the airline fare. I did some calculations: If ten people donate $10, twenty people donate $25, five people donate $50, and three people donate $100, then I go to Scotland. Any extra funds raised will go towards festival fees and additional travel expenses for the troupe. Check out the rewards.
There is no bad news. Donate if you'd like. How it works on Kickstarter is once you pledge, you won't be charged unless the full goal is met within the 25 day period. Feel free to pass this along to anyone who might be interested. Contributions of any size are gratefully appreciated. Please know that your donation is also a gesture of support towards the Spielpalast Cabaret.
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HAPPY SMILES ... from me.
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POSTCARD FROM SCOTLAND: Personalized, storied memorabilia postcard sent to your doorstep (haiku upon request). Potentially tawdry details included...
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POSTCARD+FAMOUS RECIPES+SECRET NOTE: A postcard, plus my three most well-loved recipes. As well, a secret note passed to an adoring audience member during the show that says "(your name) helped fund my bum to get here." It will also include a brief synopsis of your excellent character.
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SCOTLAND MEMOIRS: A copy of my memoirs, to be written across the sea.
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ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT: Relax into summer with my favorite acupuncturist, Mary Lyell, L.Ac. ($100 value/Santa Cruz).
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SCOTLAND MEMOIRS+BOOTLEG RECORDING: Memoirs, plus a recording of my band, Post Street Rhythm Peddlers, live from the Post St. Warehouse-- an unprecedented opportunity from the vocalist.
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MERCH KIT+SCOTLAND MEMOIRS: Spielpalast merch kit, includes Tshirt or Video (based on availability), cast photo, photo postcards. Plus my memoirs.
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ASSORTMENT PACK+5 HOURS PERSONAL ORGANIZING SERVICES: All items listed above (except acupuncture), plus 5 hours of my home/office organizational services (Burlington, Austin, Dallas, Santa Cruz/bay area).
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ASSORTMENT PACK+8 HOURS SERVICES: Add 3 more hours of moving or cleaning services.
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