We made the big time.
Theatre Zarko's He Who will premier on Steppenwolf's Garage Rep stage, running February 2 - April 8, 2012.
Imagine the insanity. After more than a decade of performing, we decided to start a formal arts organization in January 2009, at a time when the economy was terribly uncertain, because we believe Michael Montenegro when he says, "Our society, local and large, is in desperate need of reminders of what it means to be a dignified human being, and to respect the dignity of others. As our world collapses around us, we need to remind ourselves of what is important. Somehow, even on the small scale of a puppet theater, we have to take our stand and create a healthy response to the chaos and confusion."
Just 2 and 1/2 years later after sold out performances at our space at Evanston's Noyes Cultural Arts Center, we have been invited to premiere Michael Montenegro's He Who at Steppenwolf this winter.
We must raise at least $11,000 ($20,000 would be ideal) to support production costs for He Who, which will introduce new audiences, particularly young audiences, to the cerebral joy that is Theatre Zarko. We hope that this will be an opportunity for Kickstarter backers to become members of Theatre Zarko, to follow our progress along this daunting journey, and to take just as much pride and joy in the success of this important project as our founders.
Back us today. This is big - indeed, it's our biggest baby ever.
It is also about a fractured soul who longs for unity and fulfillment. It is about Motherhood and Infant-hood. And very much about fear and anxiety.
Help us to ensure that He Who is as well financed as it is laden with talent and creative brilliance so that we can execute our vision and do what good arts organizations do best - nourish hungry souls.
P.S. A note from Michael . . . We are in the midst of our most ambitious project to date. We are developing an original puppet theatre piece called He Who, which will premier at Chicagoʼs world renowned, Steppenwolf Theatre, as a part of their Garage Repertory Series 2012. The play is a dark comedy examining the power of invisible forces, one of which is a Big Idea. An Idea is born like a baby, innocent, vulnerable, and even malleable. It is then often nurtured, protected, and bolstered until it takes root and either brings gifts into the world or brings calamity. So this play is about the birth of an invisible something and peopleʼs obsessions with this invisible something. What then you will actually see on stage are four identical women, four aspects of the same distraught mother, caring for a single enormous baby. And the struggle to deny the inevitable consequences of nurturing a bad idea.
Please visit our web site theatrezarko.org to catch highlights of some of our past projects. And feel free to contact us if you have any questions about Theatre Zarko or our up and coming production of He Who.
All our thanks.
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