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NEVERWHERE: Neil Gaiman's Nightmare Wonderland @ Rorschach's video poster
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Monsters are real under the streets of London and death waits in the dark of Night’s Bridge. Gaiman's cult-classic staged by Rorschach. Read more

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Monsters are real under the streets of London and death waits in the dark of Night’s Bridge. Gaiman's cult-classic staged by Rorschach.

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Neverwhere

By Robert Kauzlaric, Adapted from the novel by Neil Gaiman

Directed by Jenny McConnell Frederick

August 16 - September 15 2013 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center

“This remarkable adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s urban fantasy novel brings the nightmare Wonderland of underground London to life… spectacle and story so ambitious and colorful, poetic and vulgar, heroic and homely, it’s like eavesdropping on your favorite author’s waking dream.” –Centerstage (Chicago)

Rorschach Theatre is bringing Neil Gaiman's NEVERWHERE to Washington DC - but we need your help!

It's a big show, even for a gutsy (some might say crazy) young company like ourselves.  Here is a verbatim stage direction from the script:

"THE GREAT BEAST OF LONDON enters. As it lurks around the edges of the light, only brief glimpses of the creature are visible. It is a creature of impossible size, of hooves and tusks, steaming flanks and glowing red eyes, its hide bristling with broken spears and shattered swords.” 

Crazy right?

But we love stage directions like this.  And maybe that makes us a little crazy.  

We love theatre that people describe as impossible to stage. And that’s why we love NEVERWHERE.  Most of all, we love it because it is a story that no one else will tell. 

Haruki Murakami's AFTER THE QUAKE (October 2011)
Haruki Murakami's AFTER THE QUAKE (October 2011)

To give you an idea of the size of this undertaking, here's where some of your money will go:

* 12 actors playing over 40 roles

* About 20 other artistic creators such as designers, directors, fight choreographers and technicians.

* Over 50 costumes

* A set that takes us to over 20 locations

* props, puppets, paint and you know, maybe even some lights so we can see our pretty actors.

* Rent (we'll be performing in the wonderfully cavernous Sprenger Theatre at Atlas Performing Arts Center)

* And all those unsexy details that cost money and remind us that there are a few things we have to be grown ups about... like insurance and administration and marketing and stamps.  I know I know... who pays for stamps anymore?  

Rorschach has a long track record as a gutsy small theatre and we have been producing in DC for over a decade.  We've received significant acclaim for our fierce performance style, our bold use of theatrical space and our dedication to challenging works that are both relevant and timeless. We are especially drawn to new epic works of magic realism, plays that help to reveal the contemporary relevance of fable, plays that find magic in rough spaces, plays that connect timeless works to a contemporary audience.

But don't just take OUR word for it... here's what's been said recently about us:

" Extraordinarily ambitious… the universally strong performances and the heady concepts of desire, self-control, and fate make this an absorbing and inventive work" – The Washingtonian, 1/13 (about THE MINOTAUR)

“Rorschach has a taste for tales that stretch reality. So the plotline about the oddly dysfunctional cartoonist writing a super-elaborate, multi-volume saga featuring a defensive maze designed by a half-man/half-dog — well, in local theatrical terms, that’s pure Rorschach.”  –Washington Post (about A MAZE)

“It’s strong, stirring stuff—a modern fable with an oblique moral. It enchants us like a dream and kicks like a nightmare.” –Washington City Paper 10/11 (About AFTER THE QUAKE)

"Rorschach hasn't lost its immersive touch." - DCist, 4/11 (About VOICES UNDERWATER)

"Good storytelling is a sort of fearless magic act, in which events move too quickly to tolerate objection. And this is the way that the Rorschach troupe tell this story: with such assurance and commitment that the impossible seems true." - DC Theatre Scene, 5/09 (about 1001)

We've received awards and nominations and all sorts of kudos from the press and if you're interested in reading more, take a look at our website.  And take a look at our facebook page for updates and behind-the-scenes fun!

Neverwhere is a show like no other and WE WANT YOU TO BE A PART OF MAKING IT HAPPEN.  

Thanks!

Randy Baker and Jenny McConnell Frederick (Co-Artistic Directors, Rorschach Theatre)

THE MINOTAUR by Anna Ziegler (January 2013)
THE MINOTAUR by Anna Ziegler (January 2013)

Risks and challenges

The truth: only about 1/3 of our budget comes from ticket sales. The rest comes from PEOPLE LIKE YOU. This isn't uncommon for theatre companies.

Our $5000 goal doesn't even cover half of the staffing for this show. Even small gutsy theatre costs a lot of money. The good news is that being a donor makes you a part of something bigger than just an audience member - it makes you a part of a community. And this community is fun and bold and vital to the health of the city.

If you want us to continue bringing work like NEVERWHERE (as well as all our other shows) you should consider becoming a part of this community.

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