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We take The Sonnet Project into schools and beyond NYC, and create a Hamlet that transcends language, gender and race.
We take The Sonnet Project into schools and beyond NYC, and create a Hamlet that transcends language, gender and race.
436 backers pledged $41,532 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

BUDGET

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.

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    HUZZAH! - Be listed as a backer on our ShakespeareExchange.org website

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    HUZZAH IN PRINT! - Be listed as a backer in our 2016 programs and on the ShakespeareExchange.org website.

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    NEW WORK DEVOTEE - A single ticket to the December 2015 workshop READINGS of The Rape of Lucrece + your name in our program. (And, at just a $40 level - below - you can get two tickets to the show.)

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    SHAKESPEARE IN EVERY CLASSROOM - Your name on The Sonnet Project website as a backer of the Sonnet Project Education Expansion, the 10-video program to take Shakespeare to students around the world.

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    TWO NEW WORK DEVOTEES - Two tickets to the December 2015 workshop READINGS of The Rape of Lucrece + your name in our program.

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    One ticket to the autumn 2016 FULL PRODUCTION of the original production of The Rape of Lucrece, the epic poem that resident playwright Kevin Brewer is adapting to stage + program and website thanks.

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    HAMLET TICKET - One ticket to our March/April 2016 production of Hamlet + we'll list you as a backer in the program and on our ShakespeareExchange.org website. NOTE: Not valid for opening night.

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    One ticket to the "roaming Shakespearean performance" with cups of sack and a cast of roustabouts. Huzzah! Pick from winter, spring, summer or autumn performances.

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    NEW REWARD! SHAKESPEARE IN EVERY CLASSROOM - Your name in the video credits and website for The Sonnet Project Sonnet Project Education Expansion, the 10-video program to take Shakespeare to students around the world.

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    NEW! An evening with Alyson Casey and Hamlet. One ticket for you to attend the Saturday, March 26th performance of Hamlet in NYC. It's Alyson, so of course tasty beverages will be involved.

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    DATE NIGHT HAMLET - Two tickets to our March/April 2016 production of Hamlet + we'll list you and your guest as backers in the program and on our ShakespeareExchange.org website. NOTE: Not valid for opening night.

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    PARTY WITH THE COMPANY - Two tickets to the 4 p.m. Sunday, March 20, 2016 Hamlet opening production + an exclusive invitation to the cast party + we'll list you and your guest as backers in the program and on our ShakespeareExchange.org website.

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    Be a named producer for the December 2015 READINGS of our new adaptation of The Rape of Lucrece + two tickets to the readings and two tickets to the autumn 2016 FULL PRODUCTION.

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    SECOND STAGE PRODUCER - Be a named Producer for our Autumn 2016 original production of The Rape of Lucrece + two tickets and a Q & A with resident playwright Kevin Brewer.

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    CREATE-YOUR-OWN-REWARD. This one's for a dear friend of the NYSX, you know who you are. Be our esteemed Director for a Day. Come to a Hamlet rehearsal, take copious notes, and join Director Ross Williams who will take every one of your brilliant ideas under consideration. Plus major backer credit in the Hamlet program.

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    HAMLET MAINSTAGE PRODUCER - You'll get a Producer credit in our Hamlet program and on our website + two tickets to the performance and opening night cast party.

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    Our "roaming Shakespearian performance" is the real reason why some of New York City's top law firms and corporations attract the best summer associates. We'll perform for up to 75 guests at a mutually agreed upon location in NYC. Email us at ross@shakespeareexchange.com for details about this rollicking evening of bawdy performances and more! Location in NYC and date in 2016 subject to mutual agreement.

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    2016 SEASON PRODUCER - Your name, prominently featured on our second stage and Hamlet programs and website PLUS FOUR premium reserved seats to all 2016 events.

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