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A journey to find ways some of the many street theater traditions from throughout history can be given new life in the 21st century.
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Six actors, one bus. We're out to challenge the way people think of theater. Tickets, tours, expensive scenery, velvet seats - these are all things directly associated with theater, yet none of them are necessary for theater to take place. So we're going back to our roots, finding traditions of theater that were stripped down, straightforward, and right there in the middle of the hubbub of life, and figuring out how to bring those into the 21st century. We're taking to the road with several short plays (all of which we'll modify, expand upon, cut, and mix and match as we go) and performing them on street corners, in parks, town squares, wherever there are people.

The Vagari Project will take place from early September until mid December of 2013. We'll be starting in New England, and working our way down the east coast. We are intentionally not setting tour dates, but we will be performing almost every day. We are keeping our schedule flexible so that, like any nomads, we can go where the fields are green. If we're getting good audiences in one town, we might stay a week. If not, we'll move on. Each time we perform, we will learn more about what works and what doesn't within these styles. As a result, we'll be constantly adapting the work we do and creating our own performance style best suited to our audiences.

As we travel, we will be documenting our work and experience on video, and afterward we'll be making a documentary about the project. This will include footage from performances and reflections on our discoveries about this kind of theater.

So what will we use your money for? Getting ourselves outfitted and on the road. We have a funky little bus, and we like it funky, but not no-seat-belts-or-rear-breaks funky. We need various practical equipment, like large water jugs, kitchenware, a secondary reserve battery, etc, as well as artistic equipment, primarily costumes and props. With your help, we can get ourselves on going, and once we're on the road, we'll be living frugally and passing the hat at performances for gas and food money.

To read more about the artistic inspiration for the project, some bios of the crew, and more, check out our website, vagariproject.com.

Risks and challenges

Our largest risk and challenge is the various practical aspects of the bus and its outfitting. I, Forrest, the director, have extensive handy-man experience, including in the professional world. I don't know how precisely I'm going to do all of the things I want to do to the bus to make it livable, but I feel fairly confident that I can either figure out a way to do it all, or when things can't be done how we want them, we'll adapt. Artistically, we're plunging into territory none of us has a large background in. And because we're not all in the same place all the time right now, and are working on other projects, it's going to be a little bit of hit-the-ground-running once we kick into full gear in September. Fortunately, we have a fantastic crew of actors, and with this also, we will figure things out and adapt. The great thing about this project is that it's an exploration of how this kind of theatre can be re-imagined in the 21st century, so every time we find ourselves adapting our plans, we're discovering exactly what we've set out to discover.

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