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A black tent. Three weird sisters. Short plays for audiences of 8 or less. A bit whimsical, a dash dreadful, all tiny, and all for you.
51 backers pledged $2,811 to help bring this project to life.

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The Theatre of the Tiny Clandestines is a quiet and terrible performance affair. Once inside the 10' x 10' pavilion tent, you will enter something akin to a Victorian parlor or failed seance tent. There will be odd trinkets hanging from the ceiling (watch your head), a number of suitcases (where the stories live), eight chairs (completely curse free) and three strange sisters (not related). You don't have to be concerned with any of this except the chairs. That's where you sit. For five to ten minutes the sisters will entertain you with stories: uncanny stories, ridiculous rituals, horrid fortunetelling, shadow puppetry, and the occasional badly-timed song. It is mostly painless, and you come out of the tent unscathed, ready--or not--to see another show.

The tent will arrive for two hours, once a month in select locations and communities around Saint Paul, Minnesota. For those who are looking to find us, a website will be made available to you, adorned with puzzles or riddles to help you find your way.

For those that do not look to find us and wish to stumble haphazardly upon this dismal event...well. That's why we're here.

OUR DREAM:

The Theatre of the Tiny Clandestines is meant to be suddenly discovered with the goal of bringing a little strangeness, surprise, and peculiar stories into the everyday. We seek to make theater simple, playful, quiet, and welcome for all.

THAT'S WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP.

The Theatre of the Tiny Clandestines doesn't sell tickets; we perform for everyone, and we perform for free. Even though this project has been awarded a generous grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (as part of the Knight Art Challenge St.Paul), it IS a matching grant, so we need to raise the equivalent funds! With these powers combined you will help us to:

  • Pay artists: Each of the professional performers inside and outside the tent help to create the show as well as perform it. Some of us pull double duty helping to design, direct, promote, manage outdoor venues, and maintain the website. Even the tent needs to be transported and reconstructed at each location. For every hour you see performance happening, at least ten more came before it in prep and sweat.
  • Make costumes and props: Even though our world is tiny, there's a lot of detail involved, and a lot of our set dressing, props and costumes are found objects or hand made by our designer, Kristina Fjellman.
  • Buy chairs: Yup. We need eight of them. But no more than eight. We want our audiences to be comfortable while they are enjoying their daily helping of weird foolishness.
  • Rent: Some of the locations we'll be performing at will require rental fees or insurance. What...you think you can just show up anywhere and put three fools in a tent?

PRAISE FOR THEATRE OF THE TINY CLANDESTINES

The Theatre of the Tiny Clandestines made its debut as part of the Irrigate Project in Saint Paul. Here's a few actual audience quotes from our guestbook:

"Great show! Thanks so much!" -Brian

"What the?? I loved it!!" -Anonymous

"I expect tiny people. Or tiny stories. Or ants." -Andy.

"Hooray for weird!" -Melanie S.

"This one time, I saw two dogs fighting in a park. And that was the craziest thing I had seen, until I saw the Theater of the Tiny Clandestines." -Stan.

"A Haiku: Tiny Clandestines, Black Tent: warm shenanigans, tiny equals RAD." --Theo.

And we landed on Arts Junkie TC's favorites of 2013:

"Theatre of the Tiny Clandestines: Under the Black Tent by Winding Sheet Outfit - Things that go bump in the night, creatures of unknown and fantastical origin, ghost stories, freaky slideshows, and other delights await the brave souls that venture into a small black tent, set in an open field. The performance was a series of bite-sized vignettes, served a la carte by the cast and the host. Each piece was told in a different way; object/puppet theatre, projections/shadow puppetry, or just bodies in space. The stories were often creepy, usually silly, and always delightful." 

LET'S TALK ABOUT REWARDS.

We can't thank you enough for helping the Tiny Clandestines along. As a donor, you'll receive a few things across the board. A thank you on our website, and a newsletter telling you when that website goes live so you can get to solving puzzles and finding us in the flesh. And, of course, some goodies. You can find out more about what we're offering over at the right. Here are some visuals:

Tiny Clandestine button sets come in a full set or random selection of four (depending on donation tier)!

Tiny Clandestine tea towels (limited edition)!

Curio cabinets in progress, large and small...

 #102: Tea strainer, Gold, Greece c.300BC: Believed to be the only item not returned to its former state once Midas' touch was reversed by the gods. The chain was replaced in 672 by a band of centaurs needing gold chains for ceremonial jewelry.

#16: Ladies Key to the Parisian Catacombs, Paris c.1754. There is also a gentlemen's key, which has since been lost, probably set down by accident in a royal toolbox somewhere.

#3: Tiara, private collection of the Teddy Roosevelt estate, c. 1901-1909. It is reported that sometime during his presidency, Queen Elizabeth II of England was sucked into a time hole and landed in the White House. The president invited her to join him on a hunt wherein Her Majesty shot three bears and a hedgehog, even though hedgehogs are not indigenous to North America. To show her appreciation, she made a gift of her tiara. Upon taking it off her head, she promptly disappeared, proving the tiara to be the instrument of time travel. It has since shown no evidence of sucking individuals into time holes and it has been determined that it was only ever intended to be a one-time sample.

#11: Jar of fossilized miniature armadillos, Continental, c. a billion years ago or more.

Risks and challenges

The Theatre of the Tiny Clandestines has had a previous short run, so we know that there's always a chance of rain--both figuratively and literally. A traveling show requires a lot of flexibility in weather, location, and audience. With funding, we have the means to reschedule performances, Saint Paul has a lot of unique spaces to seek out, and as long as we have eight people in the tent it is an automatic sell out. (Last time we performed in the tent, we had a 200% attendance rate!)

This is the first Kickstarter for The Winding Sheet Outfit, and most likely not our last. We'll strive to keep our costs low so we can continue to make work that is simple, charming, accessible, and truly engaging--bringing theater back to play.

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    THANKS EVERLASTING

    Our eternal thanks...really. We'll thank you on the upcoming website, and since the internet is made of titanium and grade A honey, it could very well be for all time.

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    BUTTONS AND BEFUDDLEMENT

    A set of 4 random Theatre of the Tiny Clandestines buttons for your odd and disturbing fashion needs, and a mysterious note of thanks.

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    DAINTY AND DISQUIETING

    A vintage tea towel embroidered with dainty flowers but completely ruined by our Tiny Clandestines logo screen printed upon it. A set of ALL EIGHT buttons.

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    FAMILY BINDINGS

    Become one of our ancestors, represented by a cursed object! One of the oddities in our traveling curio cabinet will be assigned to you in name and the audience can learn about your Tiny Clandestine character in the accompanying program (or as told to them by the strange ticketmistress). Also, a disturbing set of four buttons.

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    PUPPET MASTER

    Based on your request/whim/evil wishes, we will create a new show for the tent to be performed in the pantheon of the Tiny Clandestines. Also includes becoming one of our ancestors (see above), an 8-button set, and a note of odd and unsettling amounts of thanks.

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    CURIO AND INCURABLE

    Your own, personalized curio cabinet. In miniature: a one-of-a-kind Tiny Clandestines trove of forgotten treasures (delivered personally if within the Twin Cities metro area). As well as an ominous 8-button set.

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    CLANDESTINE INFESTATION

    Your personal fools: one night only! You provide the setting and the guests of your choosing.The Tiny Clandestines bring the tent--and all its shows--to you. (Only applies in the Twin-Cities metro area. Date to be determined through unreasonable negotiations.)

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