With the terrific help of everyone who contributed to my Kickstarter in 2017, I was able to come up with a reasonably healthy budget for the Twelfth Night production. Several of you commented on how enjoyable that show was – especially since due to your donations we were able to build a good set and rent costumes!
Having a known amount of money to work with is crucial to determining allocations for sets, costumes, actors, artistic team and crew. Since I am self-producing this, I unfortunately don't have the structure and resources of a theatre company. This is me - a Shakespeare nerd wanting to spark the interest of West Marin's kids (and hopefully grown-ups) in the music of Shakespeare's verse and timeless themes.
I hope to put on a joyous and fun production for the community! I will be offering admission during this funding campaign. Actors’ Equity Association rules allow a maximum of 99 seats per show. With the wonderful and enthusiastic turn out last year, we anticipate to be sold out this year!
Thank you very much for your support!
Risks and challenges
The time: Labor Day, 2017. The place: the Station House at the cast party following the close of last year’s production of Twelfth Night. Word started getting around that a decision was already made for the next year’s production: The Taming of the Shrew. The response was the same from audience and actor alike: “How could you do that play?”, “REALLY?!” “Isn’t that play really controversial now?”
Mind you, this was months before #metoo surfaced online and I was really so excited about how Katie and Stephen are well-suited for these parts that all of the dated and absurd sexism concerns were really in the far back of my mind.
Reading the text and pouring through a whole lot of academic assessments of Elizabethan sexual politics, misogyny and fabliaux, however, I can tell we are in for either a real laugh riot or real riots!
Fear not: It turns out that there is a local artistic brain trust that over the past few months has weighed every scrap and tittle of the Bard’s verse. Our goal is to play the comedy in this despite some objectionable content to contemporary audiences. We will continue to weigh various interpretations to bring a well-reflected and authentic piece to you all.
As usual, I plan to put this on in a very fast time frame; a breakneck speed for the actors to learn their parts and for all of us to dial in any technical requirements. This aspect is probably the most challenging part of this venture and I am looking for some great support for anyone out there that wants to play music, help paint, weed, run the concessions, house and/or cut, paste, hot glue and staple!
One of the main reasons people go to theatre is the live shared experience: the true connection an actor can have with an audience. A recent study concluded that when at the theatre, the audience’s hearts all beat as one!
Many of these risks and challenges fold into the beautiful spontaneity of live performance – that with your generous support will enrich our local cultural landscape for another summer!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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