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In this true story, a young man chronicles his life with Elmyr de Hory, a man known as "The World's Greatest Art Forger".
In this true story, a young man chronicles his life with Elmyr de Hory, a man known as "The World's Greatest Art Forger".
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This true story by author and playwright Mark Forgy chronicles his friendship with “the world’s most successful art forger” Elmyr de Hory. The book has been adapted for the stage by Mark Forgy and Kevin Bowen and will be having its world premiere at the 2013 Minnesota Fringe Festival in August! The production is produced by Mark Forgy and Kevin Bowen with Jason Garton as Associative Producer. The show is directed by Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha with Assistant Direction by Pauline Jennings and Production Stage Management by Tim Colby. The Forger's Apprentice also features original music by Minnesota composer Martha Davis.

Our primary purpose in using Kickstarter is to cover our initial production costs related to mounting this world-premiere production. These include Minnesota Fringe Festival producer fees, renting or purchasing props, costumes, advertising, travel stipends for our cast and crew, composer fees and sundries. We’ve established a modest goal of two thousand dollars to accomplish this. Beyond this expense threshold, everyone involved in this project (the writers, cast and crew) will receive equal shares from profits which include ticket sales. Please check out our supporter-friendly donor incentive packages. We aim to foster the careers and talents of everyone connected to "The Forger’s Apprentice," provide a high-quality and entertaining world-premiere play for theater lovers here and beyond. We welcome, encourage, and are grateful for your support!

The play dramatizes the complex relationship between Elmyr de Hory and his two apprentices, one who wants to protect him, and the other who seeks to destroy him. It is a story that is rich with outrageous humor, tragedy, love and search for the truth as seen through the eyes of his true protégé.

Mark Forgy with a painting in the style of Henri Matisse by Elmyr.
Mark Forgy with a painting in the style of Henri Matisse by Elmyr.

Featuring a wonderful cast and crew from around the Twin Cities area, The Forger's Apprentice is bursting with talent and creativity. It's a story that is waiting to be told, and after 40 years, it's time to bring it to life. Now we need your help. The show has been in development for over a year, and as the saying goes, time is money.  With the money provided by this campaign we will be able to rent costumes, props, set pieces, and be able to subsidize our cast and crew. We truly believe that collaboration is the key to creating truly original and beautiful work.  We would love for you to collaborate with us by helping fund the show and then coming to see it!! We would love to have you there!!

Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha - Director, Mark Forgy and Kevin Bowen - Co-Playwrights and Co-Producers
Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha - Director, Mark Forgy and Kevin Bowen - Co-Playwrights and Co-Producers
The cast of The Forgers Apprentice (from left to right): Jason Garton, Nick James Parker, Stacey Sogard, Paul Steffens, Meri Golden, Nick Wolf and John Olive.
The cast of The Forgers Apprentice (from left to right): Jason Garton, Nick James Parker, Stacey Sogard, Paul Steffens, Meri Golden, Nick Wolf and John Olive.

We have some wonderful incentives for those who fund our show.  Everything from a poster of Elmyr's work, to signed copies of The Forger's Apprentice by Mark Forgy, tickets to the show, even limited edition lithographs of a pencil line drawing in the style of Henri Matisse by Elmyr!  These goodies are too sweet to pass up, so get them before they're gone!

This  12''x18'' poster in the style of Henri Matisse by Elmyr is the $25 reward level.
This 12''x18'' poster in the style of Henri Matisse by Elmyr is the $25 reward level.
This is the cover of the book The Forger's Apprentice: Life with the World's Most Notorious Artist by Mark Forgy.
This is the cover of the book The Forger's Apprentice: Life with the World's Most Notorious Artist by Mark Forgy.
The limited edition lithograph in the style of Amedeo Modigliani by Elmyr.  Only four are available.
The limited edition lithograph in the style of Amedeo Modigliani by Elmyr. Only four are available.

Risks and challenges

By the time this campaign has reached it's end date, we will be just days away from premiering the show on the University of Minnesota Rarig Thrust Theater! Should we run into problems, we will tackle them by putting our minds together and collaborating. Who knows, maybe we will even make some new discoveries! We truly do have a professional cast and crew working on the show, and there is no doubt that any problems will not be handled with grace and wit.

THANK YOU FOR VISITING OUR PAGE. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE SHOW!!

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    THE BOHEMIAN CLUB:
    We will gladly take any contributions you are willing to give to help our production. Help an artist out and receive our sincere thanks for supporting the play, the actors and production team. (Not to mention all that good karma coming your way.)

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    THE PAINTERS CLUB:
    Have proof that you are a cultured and well rounded citizen by supporting the arts. In doing this, you will have your name in the play’s program as a donor.

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    THE ART CURATORS CLUB:
    Impress your friends with your new 11''x17'' poster of one of Elmyr's paintings, not to mention your name in the play’s program as a donor!

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    THE READERS CLUB:
    Elmyr not only loved to paint, but he also loved to read, so sink your teeth into your very own signed copy of the book, "The Forger's Apprentice: Life with the World's Most Notorious Artist" by the man who lived it, Mark Forgy. You can do all this while sitting next to your 11''x17'' poster of one of Elmyr's paintings. And if your friends don't believe you, just show them your name in the play’s program as a donor.

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    THE FORGER'S CLUB:
    See the fruits of our labor come to life, with one ticket to the World Premiere of The Forger's Apprentice on Aug. 3, 2013 at 8:30 pm. Be sure to look for your name in the play’s program as a donor. After the play, go home and read your signed copy of the book, "The Forger's Apprentice: Life with the World's Most Notorious Artist" by Mark Forgy.

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    THE NOUVEAU RICHE CLUB: Your name in the play’s program as a donor; a 11''x17'' poster of a painting by Elmyr; a signed copy of the book, "The Forger's Apprentice: Life with the World's Most Notorious Artist" by Mark Forgy himself. This also includes one ticket to the World Premiere of The Forger's Apprentice on Aug. 3, 2013 at 8:30 pm.

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    THE MODERNIST CLUB:
    Make Elmyr proud with your name in the play’s program as a donor, a signed copy of the book, "The Forger's Apprentice: Life with the World's Most Notorious Artist" by Mark Forgy. Not to mention a date night, with two tickets to the World Premiere of The Forger's Apprentice on Aug. 3, 2013 at 8:30 pm.

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    THE IMPRESSIONISTS CLUB:
    Bring a friend to the the show! After all, you will receive two tickets to the World Premiere of The Forger's Apprentice on Aug. 3, 2013 at 8:30 pm. While you're there, show them your name in the play’s program. Later be sure to share your signed copy of "The Forger's Apprentice: Life with the World's Most Notorious Artist" by Mark Forgy. Then keep the 11"x17" poster of a painting by Elmyr for yourself.

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    THE POST-IMPRESSIONISTS CLUB
    If you find yourself yearning for more than your name in the play’s program as a donor, a 11"x17" poster by Elmyr, a signed copy of the book, "The Forger's Apprentice: Life with the World's Most Notorious Artist"; then buckle up, because you and a friend will receive a personal tour of The Minneapolis Institute of Art with the author and playwright, Mark Forgy.

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    THE MASTERS CLUB:
    Stand tall among the giants of the art world with this special package. Receive your name in the program, a signed copy of the book, "The Forger's Apprentice: Life with the World's Most Notorious Artist" by Mark Forgy, a 11"x17" poster by Elmyr, as well as an original limited edition lithograph in the style of Amedeo Modigliani by Elmyr de Hory. These are rare and only four are available! Get them while you can!

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