What It Means to Be A Backer
Thank you to all who have pledged money to our play and movement. We are incredibly gracious and inspired.
People from over 77 countries have now seen our video. Tumblrs and tweets around the globe are posting "THE BULLIED AND BRUISED GAY YOUTH OF AMERICA."
The emotional reaction that our video is eliciting is so strong and powerful. I receive emails and messages every single day from people who are so supportive of this project. They think it can save lives. I truly believe that. If anything, I think we can inform the right people to feel more empathy and realize the hurt they might unintentionally be causing gay youth. Awareness is step one. Educating people on how to change and be more accepting is step two.
This message is from Sander from Amsterdam. I wish I could telepathically send this to all gay teens across America:
"You are definitely worth every MOLECULE, every ATOM of who you are!!! And I sincerely wish that all those molecules & atoms will be helped fading away all those dropdead-mean that apparently have been shouted at you. You deserve the best of the best.
I wish you the very best of 'luck' with your play and other things that you would like to achieve in your life. I am sure it well help raising the awareness about bashing & bullying.
I am VERY proud of you and you have my deepest respect and sympathy."
Anyone who is backing this project needs to understand that their dollars are not just supporting a project/play/book in Chicago. You are officially a founder and an integral piece of our puzzle to launch this artistic campaign that will emerge and continue after its Chicago run. With your help, you are officially a member of THE ROCK & THE RIPE Collective across the world.
The movement starts right here with you.
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Your name will go on the donor section of the book being produced for the show. Every cent counts, & we want your name next to ours.Estimated delivery:
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A limited edition postcard of the show designed by our talented graphic designers, Kady Dennell and Jillian Barthold, and a pin with our show logo! As well as your name in the book.Estimated delivery:
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'The Rock & The Ripe' cotton t-shirt! Plus, a limited edition postcard of the show, a pin...as well as your name in the book.Estimated delivery:
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The book signed by the entire cast & delivered before the opening of the show. This gorgeously designed book will be a combination of a theatre programme, photo booklet, and research of the various young people that the play is based on. In our opinion, one of the BEST rewards possible besides coming to see the play. Plus all of the above.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $100 or moreYou selected
A coffee/tea date (in real life! or on Skype if you live far, far away) with director/writer, Mark Blane. Plus, the glorious book and all of the above.Estimated delivery:
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Come meet the cast and see them in action! A sneak peak into the rehearsal process. We'll invite you to our rehearsal space in Chicago in April or May for an evening to learn more about our cohesion of theatre and activism. Plus the t-shirt, the date, the book and all the other goodies.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $300 or moreYou selected
A special invitation to an exclusive reception after one of our performances on June 2 or 3 in Chicago. There will be free food, drinks, and an intimate and delightful evening with the cast and creative team! Plus the rehearsal, the date, the book, the t-shirt and all the golden nuggets above.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $500 or moreYou selected
All the merchandise swag, the beautiful book signed personally to you, the coffee date with Mark, the rehearsal visit, Special Reception invite, PLUS a special mention in our book devoted to you and your passion to support such a strong artistic message. You will also receive a package of the fresh and famous Mrs. Blane (Mark Blane's mother) Chocolate Chip Cookies that are a legendary treat in several communities across the country. You will not believe that such magically delicious cookies exist, until you have them in your possession and in your tummy.Estimated delivery:
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