About this project
With your help, White Heron can soar.
A successful theatre piece is really the work of dozens of dedicated people. But bringing Candida to the Edinburg Festival Fringe this August will require the talent and support of hundreds.
You among them.
Some will support this effort because art enriches their lives and the lives of those around them. They believe in the transformative power of theatre to change people on a personal level. Others will support us because, with issues of feminism, socialism and religion currently in the media spotlight, George Bernard Shaw’s Candida is perhaps more relevant and powerful today than it was in 1892. And others will support White Heron because bringing a local production to a world-class venue is good for Nantucket and every artist who plies their craft on the island.
Whatever your reason, or level of support, please know that we are incredibly grateful.
About the production
One of Shaw’s personal favorites, Candida is the story of two men — a minister and a youthful poet — and the woman they both love (yet, fail to fully understand). It is a comedy that gets to the heart of the role of women within the family and society. Part witty Arthurian love triangle, part study in social morality, White Heron’s production of Candida challenges the audience’s views of the sexes and touches them on a personal level.
How did we get here?
Last Summer, we had an idea for a different approach to theatre. A number of us got together on Nantucket Island to expand the boundaries of classical theatre and make it relevant and personal for modern audiences.
After a considerable amount of planning, White Heron brought Shaw's Candida to the stage in the middle of a sleepy January season on Nantucket. The audience and reviews, however, were anything but sleepy. And now we have been chosen to perform in August at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. At one of its premier venues — Assembly.
We have a mountain yet to climb
We must raise $70,000, from a range of sources, including a generous matching grant, to bring Candida to Scotland. Through Kickstarter, we have set a goal of $29,000 to pay for the venue, our travel, lodging and other costs. We are hoping, of course, to exceed our Kickstarter goal and raise as much money as possible through this site, so please know that we are grateful for any gift — large and small.
Thank you for helping us bring contemporary, classical theatre to the world stage.
—Lynne Bolton & Michael Kopko, Co-Artistic Directors, White Heron Theatre Company
For more on White Heron and Candida, visit our website at www.whiteherontheatre.org.
Video Credits: Videographer, Lisa Frey. Editing, Jeff Tocci. Creative Direction, Grant Sanders. Original Music, © Copyright 2012, AW Bullington, used by permission of the composer, "Sunrise" by Alastair Cameron. Used under Creative Commons License by 3.0. Terms.
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