Funded! This project was successfully funded on January 5.

Photo-main
Play
00:00
00:00

The Brookledge Follies is a Variety Arts collective. This project will restore Brookledge theater and allow the Follies to flourish.

The Brookledge Follies is preparing to enter its 5th season. We want to create the best season EVER, but in order to keep going we need help! For the past four years, we have showcased scores of performances from some of the most talented performers on the planet. The Follies has created a space for the variety arts to flourish, expand and evolve. The people who are part of this community are here because of their love for the variety arts. As a modern vaudeville collective, we are dedicated to the preservation and advancement of these fantastic and variegated art forms. 

Brookledge Follies 2013
Brookledge Follies 2013

What is truly special about Brookledge is the venue. Brookledge is one of the most extraordinary places in Los Angeles. Paul Reubens called it, "A place you can hardly believe exists. A fairy tale come to life... " Not only is it a historical landmark, it is simply magical. 

Ryan Gosling says, "I'm in love with Brookledge and what's going on here." 

Brookledge Gardens (Courtesy Irene Larsen)
Brookledge Gardens (Courtesy Irene Larsen)
Ryan Gosling in the Brookledge booth. (photo: Erika Larsen)
Ryan Gosling in the Brookledge booth. (photo: Erika Larsen)

The private theater was built in 1933 by a famous inventor of magic effects apparatus, Floyd Thayer, and was "the" gathering place for magicians during the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. 

Brookledge in the 1940's (with Bess Houdini and the Larsens)
Brookledge in the 1940's (with Bess Houdini and the Larsens)

It is currently owned by the Larsen family, the same family who created the Magic Castle in Hollywood. After sitting (mostly) empty for decades, Brookledge was brought back to life several years ago with the launch of the Brookledge Follies. The Brookledge Follies is a true vaudeville experience which embraces the burgeoning local (and increasingly non-local) variety arts community. These shows give both performers and audiences alike a chance to really appreciate the craft that goes into an act - be it magic, juggling, singing, dancing, puppetry… you name it.

Rob Zabrecky - Brookledge Ghost Host Extraordinaire!
Rob Zabrecky - Brookledge Ghost Host Extraordinaire!

 Photos by Mark Berry

Jay Johnson (photo: Mark Berry)
Jay Johnson (photo: Mark Berry)
Brookledge Follies (photo: Mark Berry)
Brookledge Follies (photo: Mark Berry)

David Arquette has this to say about the Follies, "Brookledge Follies is art, love, and magic. It's simply a combination of my favorite things in the world" Like our good friend David, we are committed to supporting the variety arts. But in order to keep perfecting what we do, we must improve our physical capabilities.

Brookledge Theater (photo: Mark Berry)
Brookledge Theater (photo: Mark Berry)

Our equipment is sadly outdated and falling apart. If we are going to continue the Follies into 2014 and beyond, we need to upgrade our lighting and sound systems so that we can get the most out of our intimate space, provide our performers with the best stagecraft possible and create more striking effects onstage. Brookledge is fortunate to benefit from the collaboration of a number of talented and knowledgeable people who have expertise in several fields--artistic, technical, and financial. We have been advised about the specific items of lighting and sound equipment that will best meet our needs as well as suit our budget. 

Here are our basic needs:

1) Rewire the entire electrical system (circa ???) and install new wiring throughout, additional breakers, replace electrical panels, etc. This is our number 1 priority. 

2) Install all new theatrical lighting equipment, including a new lighting board and follow spot.

3) Replace all sound equipment from microphones to speakers, subwoofers, cable, sound board, etc.

4) Purchase projector and wireless headset. These can be used at Brookledge and other events where they can be of use to the variety arts community.

Once we raise our funds for this project, we will purchase the lights and controller that we have selected, as well as new speakers, cable, microphones, projector and wireless headset. The more money we raise, the more improvements we will be able to make. All the money earned will go directly into enhancing Brookledge, and expanding the Follies. We want the 2014 season to be the best yet!

Prince Poppycock (photo: Mark Berry)
Prince Poppycock (photo: Mark Berry)
Bendy Bonnie Morgan (photo: Mark Berry)
Bendy Bonnie Morgan (photo: Mark Berry)

We will install the technical upgrades in time for our grand re-opening in the spring of 2014. This premiere will be a much-anticipated, first class affair featuring a Who's Who of local talent. It will be the first chance anyone will have to experience the new and improved Brookledge Follies. And that will only be the beginning! We are planning a new wave of Brookledge Follies for the future. These shows will benefit from an expanded lighting plot and more nuanced sound system, as well as all-new special effects and projection capabilities. As we strive to make the space better, we will keep our mission focused on reviving vaudeville and supporting variety artists. Brookledge is not just a place… it’s a community. Ultimately, the Brookledge Follies is about creating a kaleidoscopic family where people from myriad creative disciplines can cross-pollinate and benefit from one another. It is a space where artists can take risks, showcase their work and collaborate with their peers. It is an enchanted place where Vaudeville aficionados, artists and audiences alike can appreciate, support and help to evolve the presence of the variety arts in our beautiful city. With your support, we will be able to continue to bridge history and innovation, making the Brookledge Follies the best it can possibly be and propelling it far beyond its physical home.

Neil Patrick Harris and Wilson at Brookledge - Photo by Tommi Cahill
Neil Patrick Harris and Wilson at Brookledge - Photo by Tommi Cahill

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and for considering a contribution to Brookledge. We hope you will want to be a part of it!

Brookledge Spookshow Posters:          (Design by Mike Moon)

Brookledge Spookshow 2010
Brookledge Spookshow 2010
Brookledge Spookshow 2011 - Thayer's Box
Brookledge Spookshow 2011 - Thayer's Box

Kristian Hoffman designed Brookledge Follies T-Shirt!!! 

(Back not shown: "I support the Brookledge Follies! Kickstarter 2013") 

Kristian Hoffman, Brookledge Follies Musical Director
Kristian Hoffman, Brookledge Follies Musical Director
 
Jeremy Kasten - Brookledge Follies Phenomenalist and Booth GOD!!! (And maker of our Kickstarter video. Thank you Jeremy!!)
Jeremy Kasten - Brookledge Follies Phenomenalist and Booth GOD!!! (And maker of our Kickstarter video. Thank you Jeremy!!)

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The biggest obstacles that we will face is the building itself and correcting the wiring, etc. as we go along. This may end up being a bigger job than we anticipated, but we are devoted to upgrading everything we can and restoring Brookledge! It's going to happen!! Brookledge and the Brookledge Follies will THRIVE in 2014 and beyond!!!

FAQ

Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.

Ask a question
276
Backers
$53,943
pledged of $34,000 goal
0
seconds to go
E_larsen_photo.medium

See full bio

  • Pledge $5 or more
    You selected

    6 backers

    We will thank you from the bottom of our hearts AND acknowledge you on our upcoming Brookledge Follies website!

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $10 or more
    You selected

    17 backers

    We will thank you from the bottom of our hearts AND acknowledge you on our upcoming website PLUS you get a Brookledge sticker and personalized, very crafty (made by the Larsen ladies) thank you note!!!!

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships within the US only
  • Pledge $25 or more
    You selected

    38 backers

    We will thank you from the bottom of our hearts AND acknowledge you on our upcoming website AND send you a personalized, hand crafted thank you note PLUS you will receive a special commemorative DVD featuring selected Brookledge Follies performances, Story Time with the Brookledge Players, archival video footage, a visual tour, Larsen family commentary on the estate and more!

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships within the US only
  • Pledge $40 or more
    You selected

    10 backers All gone!

    PAUL REUBENS special!!! Brookledge Follies commemorative DVD, sticker and SIGNED, personalized "Thank you for supporting the Brookledge Follies" 8 X 10 of Paul Reubens (aka PEE WEE HERMAN) with specially-designed Brookledge placard attached.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $45 or more
    You selected

    14 backers All gone!

    All of the above PLUS a limited edition Brookledge follies T-Shirt with design by Kristian Hoffman. (see picture) How cool is THAT? These t-shirts will only be given to those who have helped us by contributing to Kickstarter, and will be very special indeed. Just like the person wearing it!!!!

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $45 or more
    You selected

    20 backers All gone!

    A LIMITED EDITION Brookledge Follies T-Shirt with design by Kristian Hoffman. (see picture) How cool is THAT? These t-shirts will only be given to those who have helped us by contributing to Kickstarter, and will be very special indeed. Just like the person wearing it!!!! PLUS We will thank you from the bottom of our hearts AND acknowledge you on our upcoming website AND send you a personalized, hand crafted thank you note PLUS you will receive a special commemorative DVD featuring selected Brookledge Follies performances, Story Time with the Brookledge Players, archival video footage, a visual tour, Larsen family commentary on the estate and more! PLUS - This reward will SHIP INTERNATIONALLY! (Backer pays shipping - US shipping is free.) And it can be combined with any other reward and shipped internationally!!!

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $65 or more
    You selected

    35 backers All gone!

    ALL of the above PLUS a your name will be prominently displayed in our Brookledge Follies premier show programme. This programme will inaugurate the new season of Brookledge Follies and will be a COLLECTABLE work of art. We will mail a copy of the programme, signed by the cast if requested, to those who are unable to attend. PLUS you will receive T-shirt, two Brookledge stickers, commemorative DVD and personalized, preciously crafty thank you note!

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $100 or more
    You selected

    20 backers All gone!

    ALL of the above, PLUS a limited edition BEYOND BROOKLEDGE mini-poster. Artwork by Brandon Ragnar. Very cool collectable!!!

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships within the US only
  • Pledge $100 or more
    You selected

    4 backers Limited (1 left of 5)

    NEW REWARD!!!! A reproduction of the Brookledge lighting plot SIGNED by Broadway lighting legend JULES FISHER! This is an AMAZING collector's item! You get the signed plot PLUS a T-shirt, commemorative DVD, copy of the Programme with your name in it and über-cool sticker. (This reward is NOT included in any of the other reward. (aka "all of the above" does not apply) LOOK! Only 5 of these!!!

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $105 or more
    You selected

    15 backers All gone!

    NEIL PATRICK HARRIS special!!! Brookledge Follies commemorative DVD, limited edition T-Shirt, sticker and SIGNED, personalized 8 X 10 of NPH with specially-designed, very cool, Brookledge placard attached

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $5 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $150 or more
    You selected

    14 backers Limited (6 left of 20)

    The limited edition T-Shirt, (2) Brookledge stickers, website shout out, Brookledge Follies programme with your name in it, thank you note and commemorative DVD, PLUS your choice of collectable, now vintage, impossible to find (they were never offered for sale) Brookledge Spookshow poster. A very cool piece of history.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $200 or more
    You selected

    4 backers Limited (6 left of 10)

    The limited edition T-Shirt, (2) Brookledge stickers, website shout out, Brookledge Follies programme with your name in it, personalized thank you note and commemorative DVD, PLUS one of EACH Brookledge Spookshow poster. That's TWO beautiful posters. A matching set!

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships within the US only
  • Pledge $250 or more
    You selected

    26 backers Limited (1 left of 27)

    VIP Tickets for two to any one of the 2014 Brookledge Follies. (Except our premier, grand re-opening performance) You will receive actual, old-timey collectable tickets. PLUS T-shirt, programme with your name in it, DVD, thank you note and (2) stickers!

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships within the US only
  • Pledge $300 or more
    You selected

    2 backers Limited (3 left of 5)

    VIP Tickets for two to any one of the 2014 Brookledge Follies. (Except our premier, grand re-opening performance) PLUS you get to choose a signed, one-of-a-kind photographic collectible print from Brookeldge. These are beautiful 8X10 black and white photos taken by Mark Berry. They will feature Brookledge and its players. Gorgeous and each one unique and can be signed. PLUS, t-shirt, programme with your name in it, DVD, thank you note and (2) stickers!

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $350 or more
    You selected

    7 backers Limited (3 left of 10)

    One VIP ticket to the grand re-opening PREMIERE BROOKLEDGE FOLLIES 2014!!!! PLUS your name will be prominently displayed in our program which will be given out that night. This will be a VERY special all-star, celebrity event which will begin with handcrafted treats and hors d'oeuvres and last into the night!! With a show that is waaaay outta sight! We predict it will be one of the best nights of 2014. This ticket will include a gift bag with the aforementioned T-shirt, sticker and other amazing, Brookledge goodies, including at least one, one-of-a-kind item. The gift bag alone will be full of great surprises and worth a lot!! AMAZING DEAL!!!

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $500 or more
    You selected

    14 backers All gone!

    Two VIP tickets to the grand opening of Brookledge. Your name will be prominently displayed in our program. This will be a VERY special all-star, celebrity event which will begin with handcrafted treats and hors d'oeuvres and last into the night!! This ticket will include two (2) gift bags with the aforementioned t-shirt, sticker and aforementioned t-shirt, sticker and other amazing, Brookledge goodies, including at least one, one-of-a-kind, hand-made item. The gift bag alone will be full of great surprises and worth a lot!!!

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $1,000 or more
    You selected

    8 backers All gone!

    YOUR NAME INSCRIBED AT BROOKLEDGE!!! Your name featured on a special, gorgeously designed vintage-style plaque mounted on our hallowed wall! PLUS Two VIP tickets to the grand opening of Brookledge Follies. Your name will be prominently displayed in our program. These VIP tickets will include (2) gift bags with the aforementioned t-shirt, sticker and other amazing, Brookledge goodies, including at least one, one-of-a-kind, hand-made item. The gift bag alone will be full of great surprises and worth a lot!!!

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $2,000 or more
    You selected

    1 backer All gone!

    YOUR NAME INSCRIBED AT BROOKLEDGE!!! THIS REWARD PUTS YOUR NAME AT THE TOP!!!! Your name featured on a special, gorgeously designed vintage-style plaque mounted on our hallowed wall! PLUS Two VIP tickets to any of the Brookledge Follies. Your name will be prominently displayed in our program. These VIP tickets will include (2) gift bags with the aforementioned t-shirt, sticker and other amazing, Brookledge goodies, including at least one, one-of-a-kind, hand-made item. The gift bag alone will be full of great surprises and worth a lot!!!

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $2,500 or more
    You selected

    1 backer Limited (1 left of 2)

    YOUR NAME INSCRIBED AT BROOKLEDGE!!! Your name featured on a special, gorgeously designed vintage-style plaque mounted on our hallowed wall! AND we will put an 8X10 (it must be artistic) or a mini poster of your choice up in our museum. PLUS Two VIP tickets to any THREE of the Brookledge Follies. Your name will be prominently displayed in our program. These VIP tickets will include (2) gift bags with the aforementioned t-shirt, sticker and other amazing, Brookledge goodies, including at least one, one-of-a-kind, hand-made item. The gift bag alone will be full of great surprises and worth a lot!!!

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $5,000 or more
    You selected

    2 backers All gone!

    ALL of the above PLUS you get to host up to 20 of your friends at a special Brookedge Follies custom made for YOU!!!!

    Estimated delivery:
Funding period

- (30 days)