What would a public theater look like? Fermat's Last Theater Co is a small group in Madison, WI, and over the past three years we have kept asking that question - of ourselves and our audience. We started with the mission of staging theater that raises important issues of social and economic justice - theater that challenges assumptions about power, race, sex, gender and class. We have done a modern dress Merchant of Venice and Troilus & Cressida set in a circus. To build a new and more diverse audience we have kept ticket prices low ($7 & $10). Our outreach has used Boal's Theater of the Oppressed to connect with minority teens in south Madison.
With Strindberg's Miss Julie, his controversial play about the intersection of class privilege, power and sex, we are taking the important step of making the performances FREE. Come to one of the performances in the Play Circle Theater in the UW Memorial Union beginning July 30, take a program, find a seat, and watch this intense and harrowing work of drama.
We believe that theater should be free. We believe that we will be a better theater company if we are free to stage works without thinking about how many tickets we can sell. And we believe that you, our public, wherever you are, will step forward and fund this Kickstarter to make it happen. Thank you!
Risks and challenges
Miss Julie is our third major production, and this is our third Kickstarter campaign - the shows and the campaigns have all been very successful. It is a challenging (and disturbing) work - but we have an experienced (and terrifically talented) cast and crew, are building an audience eager to see our work, and community partners to help us overcome challenges.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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