Dear friends, donors, art lovers and all others:
To those who've donated already, we'd like, first and foremost, to say thank you. We’ve been incredibly lucky. We launched our Kickstarter for King Lear: A Radio Play on July 6th, asking for a budget of $1,350. This modest chunk of change covers exact costs for renting rehearsal space, providing food/drink/transportation for actors during long weekend recording days for the radio play, a living stipend for our visiting director and printing post cards for advertising in the city.
Here’s what’s happened: Through the support of a few donors, we reached our goal in just under 24 hours. That’s an unprecedented amount of time – we weren’t even able to send the Kickstarter out in mass emails to friends and family; it all happened through the power of Facebook and friends of friends of friends finding our page and believing in our project. We are incredibly lucky, and are actually still in shock that we haven’t had to pound the pavement.
Here’s the deal: We put a donation period of 21 days on our account. We made it in under 24 hours. We still have 18 days to go. And we’d like to ask for more. We now have a goal of raising an extra $600 so that we can provide small stipends for all individuals involved in this project. And we can tell you why: We believe that artists should be compensated for their work – it’s a form of validation that is practical and necessary, and since we have 20 days of fundraising left, we want to give it a shot.
Money raised beyond that (so, above $1,950 total) would be saved and utilized for our upcoming projects in the winter and spring of this upcoming year. This is the first Chicago project of many to come from The Framework. We’re investing our time in developing a brand as well as our specific project market, and continuing to fund raise during this time will help us create a much-needed nest egg for future projects.
We know that the economy is rough. As recent grads, we’ve experienced that first hand. But we believe this sort of work is important for communities, for artists and for individuals. We’re asking that you take the time to post the Kickstarter to your Facebook; look us up at www.facebook/frameworktheatre and share our page; let us know we have your support.
And, please, tell your friends and loved ones about our project.
This means a lot to us; we’re so happy to have reached our minimum goal so quickly. We want to say thank you for helping us get as far as we have.
Can you help us go a little farther?
With love and gratitude,
Chad Bay & Dylan S. Roberts