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A theatrical mashup of the uniquely 21st century experience of mourning and moving on in the digital age.
A theatrical mashup of the uniquely 21st century experience of mourning and moving on in the digital age.
193 backers pledged $25,277 to help bring this project to life.

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Seen / By Everyone is a theatrical mashup of the uniquely 21st century experience of mourning and moving on in the digital age. Cat videos, photos of ultrasounds, proclamations of loneliness, and the endless gloating of lives well-lived coexist with heartfelt final goodbyes to, now, ghosts in the machine. What does it mean to live, die, grieve, and keep living in the era of (over)sharing?

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Conceived by and starring a core group of five writer/actors (Matt Cohn, Amir Darvish, Meg MacCary, Enormvs Muñoz, and Jenny Taher), the play has been in development for over a year. It is directed by Kristin Marting, assistant directed by Noel MacDuffie, and also features Rolls Andre, Jens Rasmussen, Vanessa Kai, Katie Bruestle, and Lauren Annunziata. On the design team are veteran talents Eben Hoffer (sound), Christopher Heilman (sets), Ray Sun Ruey-Horng (video), Oana Botez (costumes), and Ayumu “Poe” Saegusa (lights).

The play will premiere on June 4th, 2016 at HERE Arts Center in Soho, New York City, and will run for four weeks. This is an ambitious, provocative, and timely show; thank you for your support as we explore life as we live it (and, then, don't) in the 21st century.

The music used in our videos is courtesy of RhythmDB.com.  Reaching' For The Sky (Alexander Orue Mix)

Risks and challenges

We have almost everything in place. We have the script, the space, the talent, the gumption, and 75% of the funding. We need $20,000 to bridge the gap. Of course we aim for greatness which is why your support is so vital! To make something truly special, we plan to not only compensate our talent with a dignified wage, we want to create a beautiful show.

Here's a sampling of what it costs to make a show, and what your donation will help provide:

** $10 six shot glasses (props for the play - promise:)
** $25 one roll of gaffers tape (we need many!)
** $50 one gallon of paint
** $75 one day of rehearsal space rental
** $100 one costume
** $500 entire sound budget
** $750 one day of theater rental
** $1500 entire light budget
** $2000 one artist's salary (we have 17 artists!)

Making art, sharing it with the world, working collaboratively is a risk but that's also what makes it so exciting and your support means the world! (Psst: Join the Party!).

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    We need YOU! Just like Uncle Sam, but this is a lot more fun and affirms LIVING and ART! Your name will appear in our printed program, and we'll give you a shout-out on Facebook.

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    You make parties, parties, and we want you at our show! We will straight up give you a ticket to any performance (except the benefit). We'll have a souvenir button waiting for you. And, yes, your name will be in print in the program and on Facebook.

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    You are instrumental here! You're kicking the party up a notch with your confetti-erupting contribution. As thanks, we'll give you a SEEN / BY EVERYONE tote bag, one ticket to any performance (except the benefit), and your name in the program and on Facebook.

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    Your contribution will help cover the cost of one of the show's costumes — which is great, because we want our cast to be clothed! Not that we don't love nakedness. We'll return the favor by sending you a SEEN / BY EVERYONE T-shirt, TWO tickets to any performance (except the benefit), and credit in the program & on Facebook.

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    You are a supporter of the arts, and you deserve to be fêted! You'll get two tickets to our benefit performance and afterparty. Come see the show, and then enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres with your fellow Medicis and artists. You and your guest will also get VIP seating, tote bags, and T-shirts, and we'll thank you in the program & on Facebook.

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    Guest of Honor!!!

    You are gonna to make a lot of new friends this year. Let's celebrate with a private dinner party for you and three of your guests. The party will be hosted by cast member Meg MacCary, prepared by cast member/master chef Matt Cohn (he's got a sous-vide machine and he's not afraid to use it), and served by the cast. We'll regale you with tasty anecdotes and a custom meal, plus cocktails and a toast to the donors who make art a reality. You'll also get four tickets to the benefit performance and afterparty with VIP seating, tote bags and T-shirts for you and your guests, prominent mention in the program & on Facebook, and a place in our hearts 4 eva.

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