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A brand-new work of theatrical genius. We are raising funds to help produce and market the premiere performance of this show.

Blue Venice is a high-flown fantasy about a young man who is kidnapped and thrust into the delirious and shadowy world of Blue Venice. This hallucinatory adventure boasts a full score of original live music, elaborate and surreal eye candy and an all-expense-paid journey through the seven stages of grief.

My name is Heather Fisch. I have been working with an amazing team of performers, visual artists, costume designers and musicians on the humble beginnings of what will soon become something truly breathtaking.

I began working on this piece after Karin Watkins from The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center offered me a spot in their 2012 season.

At that point, I had already been developing the beginnings of a project around the 7 stages of Grief, and I realized that this could be the perfect opportunity to dig right in. I set to work drawing up a storyboard and calling out to the universe for my cast and crew.

Before I could sneeze, I was surrounded by an amazing group of artists who came to me ready to jump in and get their hands dirty. We’ve been working together on the initial stages of the project, which have mainly included getting acquainted creatively and drawing up the concept script and design plans.

As my imagination soars expansively into this project, I realize that the scope of this project has quickly grown from an exciting concept into a real, developing show, which requires a real-world budget and a nest to grow from.

The budget funds will help to cover:

  • Production Expenses - event insurance, theater rental, advertising, professional audio and sound technicians to run the show
  • Creative Expenses - costume and set building supplies, seven wigs, and rehearsal space
  • Media Expenses - video documentation of parts of the creative process for the project and of the actual show.
Although we have a slew of wonderful rewards for helping to make this show a bombastic reality, the real reward is the satisfaction of supporting an amazing new work. Wouldn't you throw down if Mozart came to your door with a collections hat trying to raise money for the first production of The Magic Flute?

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    Your contribution will get you into Blue Venice heaven after you die. Seriously, this is an amazing place to spend eternity and you will receive official notice in our show program.

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    Your contribution will buy you and a guest an eternity of hot-air-balloon rides with unlimited ice cream in Blue Venice Heaven after you die. Please include the electronic mail address and headshot photograph of you and your chosen cohort so that we may send you photo documentation of yourself in Blue Venice Heaven from the future. Your name will appear in our playbill.

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    Your contribution will ensure the opening of all 14 of your love chakras within this lifetime. A special note which proclaims your energetic excellence will be referred to in our playbill and a chakra love photo of one our cast members will signed and mailed to you by U.S. post.

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    Your contribution will get you (plus one) an invite to the Blue Venice Carnival Ball which will take place the day after our show's premiere in The Berkshires, MA. Live entertainment, lavish refreshments, and good company are all guaranteed. Dress to impress. Also, you will not be forgotten when we draw up the playbill. Wink wink.

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    Garner us with a $100 or more and you will receive a complimentary ticket to the premiere performance of Blue Venice on August 31st at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, MA. You will also receive an invite by US post to the Blue Venice Carnival Ball for you and a guest. We will also include complimentary flatteries about you in our playbill.

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    A donation of $150 or more will get you a signed glossy of our cast mailed straight to your mailbox with a structural cardboard reinforcement for shipping precision. In addition, a complimentary ticket to our premiere performance, an air mailed invite for you (plus one) to attend the Blue Venice Carnival Ball and honorable mention in our playbill will also be yours.

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    A contribution of $250 is for lovers. We will reserve complimentary tickets for you and a guest to our world premiere performance on August 31st at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, MA. Also, we'll send you an invite for you (plus one) to attend the Blue Venice Carnival Ball and not only will we include you in our playbill, but you can also choose to add a short message of your own for print in our playbill (Use for: impressing a sweetheart, paying homage to a great hero, or sharing with the public a most inspiring quote).

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    A donation of $500 will get you all of the above mentioned incentives PLUS the opportunity to subject our cast to your creative whimsy. *This bonus feature will be defined by having the opportunity to name one character in the show after yourself, a deceased pet, your favorite Greek hero, or anything at all really ...

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    Four seats will be reserved for you and your guests in your very own opera box at the beautiful historic Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center for the premier performance of Blue Venice on August 31st. You will also be eligible to receive any and all other benefits aforementioned. You will also be permitted to leave your cell phone on during the performance and to take as much flash photography as you wish.

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