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SF's next landmark entertainment space for artists & audiences with 3 stages, film & rehearsal studios, offices & full restaurant/bar.

Extraordinary. No. Extra ordinary. Nah. Not ordinary in any way, whatsoever. INcredible. As in; marvelous, remarkable, astounding and magnificent. We have made it so. You have made it so.

Thank you! Thank you. THANK YOU!!

So.... When you know you're in the middle of a fantastic dream, do you pinch yourself? NO. You clutch those Californicorn wings tighter, inhale another mouthful of dreamcloud and ride that mythical beast until the alarm clock goes off. And we have 60 hours left until that alarm clock goes off!!

We have 885 backers. We need 1,000. There's at least 115 more folks out there and you know where to find them. You talk to them everyday, you're thinking of one right now, you're carpooling with 3 of them and why aren't you saying anything?

Our stretch goal is $145,000. 1,000 backers and $145,000 would be an incredible accomplishment and one that can only be matched with an incredible feat. If we hit that goal, we will make all of our streaming content free for the first year of operations. Yup, all of our streaming content for the first year will be free to anyone willing and able to find some internet.

Beyond that, the possibilities are endless. We'd like to fully soundproof a rehearsal room to record music and accommodate band practices. Another rehearsal space could get floor-to-ceiling mirrors and we'd love to outfit one of the stages with marley flooring to better facilitate dance and movement. And there's always the beer fountain that still needs to be invented for the basement...

The point is; we've made it but we still have a little while longer to dream, so why stop? 1,000 backers before the alarm clock goes off. Now stop reading this and sign your carpool up already!!

With much love, heaps of gratitude and 885 joys,

- PianoFight

Bay Area comedy hero Sean Keene advises: Donate to this kickstarter! Before time expires.....

ACT's Artistic Director Carey Perloff and Executive Director Ellen Richard say why they're backing the 

Daniel Burt of Endgames Improv explains why he's giving "everything" to the PianoFight Kickstarter:

Max McCal of EndGames Improv wants to create explosions with you at PianoFight!!

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Fresh Prints! Check out the incredibly beautiful work of PianoFight artist Ariel Hansen-Strong:

Only 30 of these amazing commemorative prints available at the $50 backer level... Get 'em while their hot!

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Jamie DeWolf of Tourettes Without Regrets "This venue will change the terrain of Bay Area underground art."
 
Max, Cole and Gwen from Faultline Theater talk about their future home at PianoFight:
 
UPDATE 2 - DEC. 29 | 19 DAYS TO GO | 273 BACKERS | 35% FUNDED

Happy Holidays from PianoFight! We're so grateful to all of you who have supported the campaign thus far. For those of you who haven't yet, now's the time! If you didn't find a personal PianoFight Unlimited membership under the tree this year, don't waste time writing Santa nasty letters... treat yourself! 

We're not going to tell you what your New Year's resolution should be... Wellllll ok, since you asked, how about "Support Local Artists" or "Engage and Enrich via More Culture" or "Have More Memorable Experiences" or simply "Be A Badass"? Conveniently, you can achieve all of these with just one click of that magical green button to the right!!

Get your PianoFight Unlimited membership today! Help build San Francisco's next landmark entertainment venue, support local artists and treat yourself to some incredible experiences with PianoFight in 2014. Even better, buy two so you can spread that badass around a little.

Thanks and have a safe, happy and PianoFight-filled New Year!

UPDATE 1 - DEC. 12 | 35 DAYS TO GO | 200 BACKERS | 27% FUNDED
Amazed by all the love and support and BIG THANKS to everyone who's backed the project already. We've also been lucky to get some great press:

"An extraordinary step" - SF Weekly
"Everything about it sounds absolutely awesome." - Uptown Almanac
"Transforming the area into a renewed arts and theater district that harks back to the area's roots." - SF Business Times
"It's going to be really awesome." - MissionMission.com

The launch party was a blast. Tons of ridiculous green screen photos here, and more random silly video / behind the scenes stuff / live-donation comedy here.

THE IDEA
An 8,000 square foot creative playground containing two theaters, a full restaurant and bar plus cabaret stage, rehearsal space, office space, and a film studio. PianoFight will be a landmark entertainment venue, a creative meeting place, somewhere to have a drink, see a show, or create art at the spur of the moment. Located at the former site of the Original Joe’s restaurant, 144 Taylor Street between Eddy and Turk, PianoFight will be a community space right here in the Tenderloin—and we need your help to make it happen.

THE COMPANY
PianoFight started in 2007 to provide up-and-coming artists a vehicle to produce their own work, and to give audiences a fun and inviting environment to come see it. What was once a three man team grew into a 48-member ensemble of artists determined to create theater that was more accessible, less stuffy, and closer to how we enjoy being entertained today. We’re producing everything from comedy to interactive events, dance shows, visual art, records, short films and even a comic strip. We have an extended network of professionals, amateurs and fellow companies that believe in our vision and will be there on day one. We believe that theater and live performance has a place within our generation, and that if you spend enough time around our community, pretty soon you’ll want to give it a go yourself.

THE PRESS 
"Goldie Award for Theater 2012" SF Bay Guardian
"Best Up-And-Coming Theater Company 2011" - SF Weekly Editors
"Best Theater Company 2008" - SF Weekly Readers Poll
"Good for theater" - NY Times
"A riot" - Guardian UK  
"Better than SNL" - SF Weekly
"A permeating spirit of revelry, debauchery and irreverence" - SF Bay Guardian
"Seriously funny shit" - 7x7 Magazine
"San Francisco sketch legends" - LAist.com
"A few years and they'll be battling Judd Apatow for pop culture supremacy" - East Bay Express

FOR AUDIENCES

This will be the ultimate hangout spot. You can come to get a drink and a bite, see friends, catch a show, and then come back to the bar for more. There will be multiple shows a night, by local performers and touring acts, including dinner theater performances on our cabaret stage. We're interested in producing shows that make you laugh, make you think, and generally challenge the status quo of how theater is presented. Audience-judged playwriting competitions, fully-scripted choose-your-own-adventure plays, ballet horror comedies, Throw Rotten Veggies at the Actors Nights -- this is the kind of content we want to see, so it’s the kind of content we produce. Performers will often join you at the bar after the show, breaking down the barriers between audience and artist. This is theater and performance for the 21st century, as we are only interested in content that is fresh, relevant and that we ourselves would like to see. 

FOR ARTISTS
You’ll be able to get in, get creative, develop a show and get it up on stage. The theaters will have a three-camera setup with real time edit capabilities so that you can record and live stream shows. Our video production studio will be tricked out with a green screen and lighting, as well as music production and recording gear to fast-track the creation of short video concepts and soundtracks. If you want to improve your public speaking, learn how to edit films, write jokes or improvise - you can gain experience and learn from working artists. The restaurant and bar will provide a place to hangout and collaborate, and you can execute ideas right there in the space.

THE PROGRESS
We’re 90% of the way there, and now we’re turning to the community to get us to the finish line. We’ve secured a long term lease, put in the walls, plumbing, electrical and soundproofing, and are about to finish a complete remodel of the interior. Your support will get us that last 10%, and make the space truly unique for artist and audiences alike.

THE BACKING
Your support will go towards:
- First rate lighting and sound for all three stages
- Moveable risers to reconfigure the space for events (like giant, sweaty dance parties.)
- Three video cameras wired to an AV room with live editing equipment
- A truss and lighting kits for the green screen studio
- A big art piece by a local artist in the bar

THE FUTURE 
Once we’re open, this whole thing is sustainable. With local artists making work for their communities and a hopping restaurant and bar providing food and drinks, this creative space will sustain itself. That means we won’t have to ask for money every year. But since we are, just this once...

THE ASK
The way Kickstarter works is, if we don’t raise the full amount, we don’t get any of it. All levels of donation will help, but we are particularly excited about the PianoFight Unlimited Membership. Because once the brick and mortar is set, the lighting grids are powered up and the kegs are tapped, your presence and energy is the key to making this San Francisco’s next landmark entertainment venue. This is going to be an incredibly vibrant and important space for San Francisco. Even if you don't live in the Bay Area, when you're here, this space is yours. We think San Francisco needs this, and with your help we can make it happen. Thanks for reading, and if you can't back the campaign, we hope you can make it out to a show.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

At this point, we're 90% of the way there - a long-term lease is signed, the plans have been approved by the SF Building and Planning Departments and the remodel is almost complete. However, there are still a few permits and licensing processes (Entertainment, ABC, Health Department) that have yet to be finalized. We've set the wheels in motion with all of these departments and are confident we will be approved but there's no guarantee until all of the official papers are signed. Construction delays are still certainly possible but at this point we've all but eliminated any project-threatening issues. With a project of this size and scope, risks and challenges are aplenty but we have good advisors and quite a lot of experience at this point in finding solutions.

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