LINES OF FREEDOM
Harriet Tubman, James Pennington, John Brown, Henry Ward Beecher, William Still. Names from dusty history books come alive on stage in two exciting musical works that bring us close to the events that changed our nation forever.
Lines of Freedom, a co-production of the Irondale Ensemble Project and American Opera Projects, will feature
- The premiere of Nigerian-American composer/librettist Nkeiru Okoye's folk opera: Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom. In this chamber version we follow Harriet's journey from her roots as a slave in Maryland to her role as a conductor of the Underground Railroad determined to rescue her family.
- Color Between the Lines, a musical created and performed by the Irondale Ensemble about the abolitionist struggle in Brooklyn during the decade leading up to the Civil War. The music spans Rock, Folk, Jazz, Soul and R&B.
Performances will take place in Fort Greene, Brooklyn at the Irondale Center, a transformational theater space created out of the ruins of a Civil War-era Sunday School.
150 years ago Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. 100 years ago, Harriet Tubman died. These anniversaries reinvigorated a national dialogue about slavery and oppression that continues today. Lines of Freedom consists of two stories that take the dust off history and speak directly to this struggle and keep the conversation alive.
How will my gift be used?
Your tax-deductible contribution goes directly to our creators - composer, Nkeiru Okoye, our hardworking casts of actors and singers, talented instrumentalists from the Harlem Chamber Orchestra, local chorus members, and technical artists. Your gift will subsidize performances for local schoolchildren and allow to us to extend marketing and outreach strategies so more people will hear about the shows.
Who are you people anyway?
AOP and The Irondale Ensemble Project are neighboring organizations in the BAM cultural district in Brooklyn. We have a combined 55 year track record of telling stories through theater and music. Stories that have gone from Brooklyn to audiences across America, Europe, and Asia. Learn more about us at www.irondale.org and www.operaprojects.org .
So when is it?
February 20-March 1, 2014. The shows run in rep at The Irondale Center in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. A complete schedule, tickets and info can be found at http://irondale.org/LinesOfFreedom
And keep visiting this page for updates on additional Lines of Freedom events around the city and online!
What If I Have No Idea How Kickstarter Works?
If you're not familiar with Kickstarter or how it will work, here's a brief overview (or you can read the official one, here). For the next 30 days, you'll be able to make pledges to help support this project, ranging from $1 to whatever you can afford without your spouse/parent/financial advisor slapping you. For your pledge, you can select one of the reward packages—listed to the right—of equal or lesser value to your pledge. You can always pledge more than the minimum to get a reward if you want (and for some packages, you'll need to do so if it must be shipped internationally). Your credit card or other account will not actually be charged at the time you make your pledge, and you can change your mind right up to the final deadline. If the final deadline comes and we've reached our goal, then everyone gets charged the amount they pledged at once and we begin putting together all those nifty rewards for you (along with producing our show, of course). But if for some reason we don't meet our goal, then the whole thing is called off. No one gets charged, no fees are applied, everyone just keeps their money. Of course, if we fail to meet the goal, then no one gets any rewards, either, and some of those rewards are pretty cool, in our highly biased opinion.
Is my donation tax-deductible?
The Irondale Ensemble Project and American Opera Projects are both IRS recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organizations. All donations are tax-deductible, minus the expenses of any rewards you receive. If the project meets its Kickstarter goal, you will receive a letter declaring your donation once we have received all funds.
Your donation is securely processed by Kickstarter through our Amazon account. This means that there's a 10% transaction fee to cover credit card fees, bank fees, and other processing costs. Please consider chipping in an additional 10 cents on every dollar so that the full value of your donation amount goes to this project.
Risks and challenges
Every time a work of art goes beyond the "idea stage" there are enormous risks: will it work? will the audience come? are there sufficient resources to turn these ideas into reality? AOP and Irondale deal with these risks on a daily basis. The prospect of failure always looms. All we can say is that we approach this work with integrity, determination and the most talented group of artists we can find. No project is devoid of obstacles, but as you sit in the audience you will know that you helped surmount one of the major ones -- the need for adequate funds.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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