Thank you to all who have given to this campaign to get Dogugaeshi up in DC. we are two thirds of the way funded. we completed our first week of the Twist Festival DC...and a great review of the first show, Petrushka, appears in today's Washington Post by chief theater critic Peter Marks. He speaks glowingly about the entire festival and the idea behind it... in a funny twist i happened to meet him and he noted that he had heard that i was self producing one of the shows..and he seemed to think that was pretty cool. That show is Dogugaeshi. That i am self producing means that i am not being presented by a venue with a guarantee of my fee, like with the other three shows in the festival...even though the wonderful Studio Theatre is being very generous with me in many, many ways. But for this show I am putting in my own resources..and calling on my community to join me. You have joined me and so we are all producing this show.
I want this show to be a part of this festival here because i love this piece..im proud of it..i have always felt it to be a very meaningful show based on the extraordinary experiences i had in Japan that inspired it. Now it is even more meaningful because of this incredible support coming from you and so many others. It really has been very moving to me in the middle of this great honor that is this festival of my work that so many of you have joined me.
i need to raise another $11,000 in these next nine days or all the funds committed through Kickstarter are all returned. Since youv'e helped me come so far, please help me make it to the finish line by March 28th...a little more than a week from now. Please continue to share the link with people you know and encourage them to join in to help produce this show. At first all the backers were people i know and now there are many i've never met. It means that the sharing of the kickstarter link really works so please keep doing that. Many of you have adjusted your pledge and decided to give an even larger amount, and i am especially grateful for your generosity in revisiting how much you can contribute.
I wish all of you could see the show. Maybe you can! www.twistfestivaldc.org. But even if you cant make it to DC your support means that you really are in fact here with me. Thank you so much for joining me and for sticking with me these next 9 days to make it to my goal. I cant wait to get this show up...!
ps- ive attached a photo of the set seen from backstage when we performed it in Kyoto. I wish the picture was bigger, but as one of my backers i want you to know what its like to put on this show from a puppeteer's point of view. Enjoy xoxo