Based on interviews with actual Iraq War veterans, a young soldier's search for himself is experienced through vivid physical theatre.
EVET Arts is a new theatre company whose mission is to close gaps of cross-cultural understanding. We do this by devising new works of physical theatre based on the stories told to us by those who have lived through today's most socially and culturally-significant events.
EVET means YES in Turkish, and we strive to always say "Yes" to artistic innovation and cultural understanding. We're seeking your help to fund our inaugural production. Will you say YES?
Whose Story Are We Telling?
Trajectories is based on the stories told to us by American Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans and Iraqi refugees living in Chicago. Trajectories explores the themes that reliably re-appeared in these interviews: The search for identity, the need to belong and the reality of loss.
Trajectories, which is being developed as a trilogy, explores the Iraq War through the eyes of a US soldier and an Iraqi and examines the places their experiences meet. It is being collaboratively created and performed by a skilled and diverse group of physical performers from Boston and Chicago and is co-written by former Marine Sergeant Chris Mandia and physical theatre expert Meron Langsner.
What Are Our Goals For This Production?
- Stun audiences visually while telling a compelling story that engages them mentally and emotionally and motivates them to take action within their communities
- Motivate civilian audiences to learn more about their veteran and refugee neighbors and encourage them to begin a dialogue of engagement and friendship
- Validate the veterans and refugees in our communities and encourage them to use art as a means to express and share their experiences with others
Why Does This Story Need to be Told?
"[T]his year it may be a Catholic against whom the finger of suspicion is pointed, in other years it has been, and may someday be again, a Jew -- or a Quaker -- or a Unitarian -- or a Baptist... Today I may be the victim -- but tomorrow it may be you -- until the whole fabric of our harmonious society is ripped at a time of great national peril." - President Elect John F. Kennedy
Where Will My Money Go?
- Travel costs and salaries for our talented cast and creative team ($3,000+)
- Rental costs for rehearsal space and performance spaces ($2,000+)
- Production costs such as set materials, costumes and printing programs ($2,000)
EVET Arts is also being supported by the generosity of the Dekeyser & Friends Foundation. Aged 18-28? Get inspired and follow your dreams!
Please send all names (exactly as you'd like them to appear in print) and photos (in uniform or not) to "firstname.lastname@example.org" and put "Trajectories Kickstarter Submission" in the subject line. Names and photos received by October 1 will be featured in both the Boston workshop and the Chicago premiere. Those received after October 1 will only be featured in the Chicago premiere.
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Sep 17, 2012 - Oct 19, 2012
Pledge $10 or more
Thank you! Your name will be featured on our website and in our program as an EVET Arts inaugural donor.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $25 or more
Trajectories is about ALL the soldiers who served in Iraq. Donate $25 and EVET Arts will honor a military veteran of your choosing by featuring his/her name and photo in "Trajectories". *Names and photos must be received by October 1 to appear in the Boston workshop production. Those received after October 1 will be featured in the Chicago premiere.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $50 or more
Not only will your name be featured on our website and in the 'Trajectories' program as an EVET Arts inaugural donor, but you'll also receive a 'Trajectories' theatrical poster signed by the entire cast!Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $100 or more
In addition to the poster and shout-outs mentioned above, you'll receive one complimentary ticket to either the 'Trajectories' workshop premiere in Boston in October or to the premiere in Chicago in November. One ticket not enough? Donate $125 and we'll give you two tickets so you can bring a friend! *You must donate before October 5 to receive tickets to the Boston premiere.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $150 or more
You'll receive a personalized invitation to our Meet 'n Greet Cast Party in Boston after the workshop or in Chicago after the premiere, plus everything above. Donate $175 and we'll make sure that friend you brought to the show attends the cast party too! *You must donate before October 5 to receive tickets to the Boston party.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $250 or more
You'll receive a signed, framed, professional production photo from the show plus everything mentioned above!Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $500 or more
All we need are ten donors at this level to reach our fundraising goal! If you donate $500 or more, in addition to everything listed above, you'll also receive billing as a "Project Sponsor" of 'Trajectories', EVET Arts' inaugural production.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
Donate $1,000 and in addition to everything above you'll receive billing as "Associate Producer" of 'Trajectories' and either a full-page ad in our program or a full-page salute to the military veteran of your choice. You'll also receive our utmost gratitude and the gratitude of those veterans whose stories we are telling.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012