We are New York Shakespeare Exchange
With last year's successful Kickstarter campaign we brought you a bloody good Titus Andronicus that the New York Times called "blessedly stylized" and "directed with self-assurance and an ardent sense of character."
We're back for our SIXTH season, with an original adaptation of Hamlet that reflects the universality of Shakespeare's greatest play while crossing boundaries of language, age, gender, culture and race, with multiple actors playing the lead role.
Become a backer and you can join us in New York City for the opening performance at the Flamboyan Theater on Sunday, March 20, following a 4 p.m. matinee, or guarantee your premium seats for our run, which ends April 10, 2016.
Our New Second Stage Production
Up for something new? We have commissioned a new adaptation of The Rape of Lucrece, one of Shakespeare's least exposed works, in which resident playwright Kevin Brewer converts an epic poem into a stage production. Join us in December 2015 for four evenings of developmental workshops in which we share the first version of the play. We will bring our "second stage" production to you in the fall.That's Not All...
This is your annual chance to support a theater company that brings theater to new audiences in exciting new ways.
- We're wrapping up The Sonnet Project and moving it into classrooms
- NYSX has been commissioned to be the featured guests at the Welcome Ceremonies for the First Folio Texas stop at Texas A&M in March. We will be hosting a ShakeBEER, presenting an evening of Sonnet Project films at a local bar, and teaching both local actors and at the university.
- We're getting a special commendation for a body of work that represents the ideals of the Shakespeare Birth Trust, based in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England.
- We're the only North American partners with The Globe Theater in London, who have included our films from The Sonnet Project on their website.
Become a backer and your support will guarantee your tickets for our limited run 2016 productions and support our sixth season of original theater. We're raising a minimum of $41,000 for:
$18,000 for rehearsal space and theater rentals
$10,000 to underwrite the next stage of development for The Sonnet Project educational initiative, which will include a new app and teaching tools to bring all 154 sonnets into classrooms.
$6,500 for lighting and set design
$4,000 for artist fees
$2,500 PR and marketing consultant
We keep doing great work with your support
Your pledge will be rewarded with tickets to good, inventive, heart-thumping live theater; recognition on our website; or even producer status. Thank you for pledging generously to the NYSX Season 6! Huzzah!
Ross Williams and the NYSX
Risks and challenges
Our challenge as a company is to make Shakespeare accessible and relevant to contemporary audiences, and our growth over the past six years reflects our success at this mission. Work on the 2016 is long underway and we have the track record and experience as a company to address the production challenges that arise with each new project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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