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Our film, Theatre on the Edge explores the community art, the reinvention of the American Dream, of Double Edge Theatre in rural Massachusetts.
Our film, Theatre on the Edge explores the community art, the reinvention of the American Dream, of Double Edge Theatre in rural Massachusetts.
33 backers pledged $6,099 to help bring this project to life.

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THE STORY

What's the American Dream? A marriage, a house, kids, stable income, material comforts?

Imagine a reinvention of the American Dream? Writing, rehearsing, sharing food, skills, talents, experiences, joys and fears....

Double Edge Theatre is creatively building their version of the American Dream, living, creating and performing on a farm in Massachusetts. The farm and the land around it feeds and houses the small company so they can make art. The nearby village, filled with farmers, bakers, carpenters and shopkeepers, takes care of the fields, makes the bread and helps create sets so the company can make art. In exchange for all that they receive from the community, the artists create theatre that they share freely with all their neighbors. The neighbors have not always understood the art, but they have helped because they feel it is important. Some of the stories are dark tales of human greed and strife based on historical events while others, are dazzling fables of hope where the audience can feel the power of stories to heal even the deepest of sorrows.

This is the reimagining of the American Dream in a remarkable community, open to possibilities.

Theater on the Edge is a documentary about a unique theatre, in a unique community, with a unique vision of living in America. Our film will be broadcast on PBS and distributed to theater departments and community theater companies across the country so millions of people can see this extraordinary community in action.

Up until now, no film has been made about this New England cultural treasure. This film will appeal to anyone who is curious about how people struggle and thrive in the arts today. Actress, Karen Allen has just signed on to do our narration. The tentative broadcast date in Boston and Springfield, MA is December 2010. With your help, we can make this goal.

HOW FAR ALONG ARE WE?
We are in the home stretch! We have shot everything but need to finish editing, sound design, and graphics for our broadcast

WHY PLEDGE? WHAT WE NEED?
We need the funds so our editors, sound designers, and graphic artists can get paid. They work so hard and defer payment, as is so customary. Please help so we can give them a living wage.

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    DVD of "Theatre on the Edge" AND Original art work by artist Emily Rosenfeld.
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    All of the above plus two tickets to the Double Edge Summer Spectacle, July 24 through August 22, 2010. This includes dinner and a meet-and-greet with the cast.

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