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This dynamic new company tackles the longing, danger, sex, and pain of Sarah Kane's play "Crave."

The Blind Owl is thrilled to be putting on Sarah Kane’s CRAVE as our inaugural production. CRAVE embodies everything The Blind Owl holds to be vital to theatre; truly poetic language, a script that demands an ensemble at all times, and no emotional boundaries in rehearsal or performance. Crave is a play about the unconscious demons we all try to smother. It's about the pain of being human and how connection with another is the only escape. As much as we love rehearsing, our production will not be complete until we share it with an audience. That means YOU. And we need your help to make this happen. Putting on a show is a costly venture that includes the following expenses:

Space - $1800 

Script Rights - $600

Actors - $400

Production Team - $800

Costumes/Props/Set - $800 

Lights/Sound - $200 

Marketing - $400 

These costs are the minimal to put on a two week run at a Chicago storefront theatre. We are not asking for any more money than what we need to make this happen. $5000 is a lot to a group of newly graduated theatre artists. Anything you have to give whether it’s $5 or $500, we appreciate it and thank you for helping make our dream a reality.

Thank you for reading and visiting our kick-starter page. Your generous contributions will bring to life a new theatre company in Chicago. One that puts its artists first and tries to be fearless in every step of our process, so please help us bring CRAVE to the stage this August!

The people who are making this all happen include: 

Actors: Marielle de Rocca-Serra (M), Gabi Mayorga (C), Jared Lorenzo (B), and Tibor Radvanyi (A) 

Designers: Noah Hayman (lights), Jack Hawkins (sound), Cara Adams (costumes), and Lesley Jackson (set) Production team: Azar Kazemi (director), Elizabeth Thomas (assistant director), Leah Raidt and Colin Sphar (digital marketing), Melanie Plank (poster design), Patricia Lavery (print marketing), C. Dylan Plummer (kick starter campaign manager), Will Gillespie (video director), Morgan Madison (video editor), Sam Benediktson and Heather Kinion (development), Elizabeth Fiala (company stage manger), Julian Grant (camera operator), and Barry Brunetti (production advisor)

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    THE OPENING NIGHT REWARDS PACKAGE: A poster signed by the cast, a pair of tickets to the Opening Night of "Crave," and an invitation to the Opening Night party with the cast!

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    Any (or all previous reward levels) and this is the Donor's Choice level! Your choice of: -A 30 minute French lesson with Marielle OR -A 30 minute Spanish lesson with Gabi OR -A 30 minute piano lesson with Sam OR -A 30 minute improv lesson with Shamefist OR -A 60 minute quilting lesson with Heather OR -A 30 minute Farsi lesson with Azar OR -A private audition coaching session with the artistic staff of The Blind Owl Don't live nearby, we can do these via Skype!

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