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The Shakespeare All-Stars are producing "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" June 23 - July 3. This time with ladies!
54 backers pledged $2,630 to help bring this project to life.

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The Shakespeare All-Stars present "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield

Performance dates: June 23rd - July 3rd at the Heartland Studio in Rogers Park - Chicago.

That's right! We're tackling all of Shakespeare's plays in this hilarious play first made famous by the Reduced Shakespeare Company. 

However, unlike most productions of this play, we're doing it with 3 WOMEN! We thought we would single-handedly try to make up for the hundreds of years women were unfairly banned from the stage by having Arin Mulvaney, Ellen Cribbs, and Jill Matel take on Shakespeare's greatest characters.

Why do we need money? Plays are expensive to produce! Any theatre company will tell you that ticket sales alone are not sufficient to keep the company alive. The $1500 requested in this Kickstarter will cover our costs for:

  • Our performance space rental
  • Royalties for our 8 performances

If we can raise more than $1500, we will have a bigger budget for props, sets, and costumes. Plus, the more money we raise, the more money goes back into the Shakespeare All-Stars, which inspires, educates, and entertains students of all ages through the work of the famous Bard. In fact, during our last school show, an eighth grader enthusiastically came up to us afterwards and asked how she could become a Shakespeare All-Star!!! The more funding we have, the more students we can reach to provide essential arts programming in schools that have smaller and smaller arts budgets every year.

So please consider donating! Check out our fun Kickstarter incentives, and we hope to see you at the show!

The Shakespeare All-Stars have been entertaining and educating audiences at schools, festivals, and community events for the past six years in the Chicagoland area. 

Learn more about us here: http://www.shakespeareallstars.com/

Risks and challenges

As with most theatre companies, the challenge we will face after getting funded will be getting audiences to come see our show. Marketing is key to getting audiences in seats. We are hoping this project will bring new audience members to our theatre! This will help us clear a profit, which will fund our next production. We have a marketing team and are utilizing all the online marketing resources we can find to get word out about this production.

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    We will sing your praises and add your name to our online thank you list (on the Shakespeare All-Stars website and on social media!) and thank you in our program for the show.

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    You will get everything from the FRIENDS, ROMANS, COUNTRYMEN package:
    - Online thank you (on the Shakespeare All-Stars website and on social media!)
    - Thank you in our program for the show
    - Shakespeare All-Stars magnet
    - Shakespeare button

    PLUS....
    We will write you a personalized sonnet on any topic you choose (written by Shakespeare All-Stars member and playwright, Ellen Cribbs).

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    You get ONE ticket to any performance of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" The show runs Thursdays-Sundays from June 23rd-July3rd.

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    You will get everything from THE LUNATIC, THE LOVER, AND THE POET package:
    - Online thank you (on the Shakespeare All-Stars website and on social media!)
    - Thank you in our program for the show
    - Shakespeare All-Stars magnet
    - Shakespeare button
    - Personalized sonnet on any topic you choose (written by Shakespeare All-Stars member and playwright, Ellen Cribbs).

    But this time you get TWO tickets to any performance of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" The show runs Thursdays-Sundays from June 23rd-July3rd.

    PLUS....
    We will send you your very own "Shakes-beard!" It's all the fashion these days.

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    Holy iambic pentameter, Batman! Thank you so much for your amazing generosity!

    You will get everything from the SWEAR BY YOUR BEARDS package:
    - Online thank you (on the Shakespeare All-Stars website and on social media!)
    - Thank you in our program for the show
    - Shakespeare All-Stars magnet
    - Shakespeare button
    - Personalized sonnet on any topic you choose (written by Shakespeare All-Stars member and playwright, Ellen Cribbs).
    - Your very own "Shakes-beard!"
    - TWO tickets to any performance of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" June 23rd-July3rd.

    PLUS....
    We will send you a personalized video thank you from Arin, Ellen, and Jill!

    PLUS....
    We will send you a 2017 "Shakespeare's Ladies" calendar - featuring the Shakespeare All-Stars (SAS) as Shakespeare's most famous female characters. It sure is one SASsy calendar!

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    You will get everything from the TWELFTH NIGHT package:
    - Online thank you (on the Shakespeare All-Stars website and on social media!)
    - Thank you in our program for the show
    - Personalized video thank you from Arin, Ellen, and Jill
    - Shakespeare All-Stars magnet
    - Shakespeare button
    - Personalized sonnet on any topic you choose (written by Shakespeare All-Stars member and playwright, Ellen Cribbs).
    - Your very own "Shakes-beard!"
    - TWO tickets to any performance of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" June 23rd-July3rd.
    - 2017 "Shakespeare's Ladies" calendar full of SAS!

    PLUS....
    A one-hour monologue coaching session with the Shakespeare All-Stars (must be within 20 miles of Chicago city limits). Get your monologue up to snuff with our professional educators/directors who have coached countless students in the Chicagoland area and have experience working with the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington D.C.

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    You are one cool cookie! Thank you to Mars and back!

    You will get everything from the TWELFTH NIGHT package:
    - Online thank you (on the Shakespeare All-Stars website and on social media!)
    - Thank you in our program for the show
    - Personalized video thank you from Arin, Ellen, and Jill
    - Shakespeare All-Stars magnet
    - Shakespeare button
    - Personalized sonnet on any topic you choose (written by Shakespeare All-Stars member and playwright, Ellen Cribbs).
    - Your very own "Shakes-beard!"
    - TWO tickets to any performance of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" June 23rd-July3rd.
    - 2017 "Shakespeare's Ladies" calendar full of SAS!

    PLUS....
    Dinner for 2 with the cast! Arin, Ellen, and Jill will treat you and a guest to dinner at the Heartland Cafe (right next to the theatre) after either of the Sunday performances - June 26th or July 3rd (the show is at 5pm, so dinner will be immediately after). Dinner includes an entree and one drink for both you and your guest. Ask us questions, chat about Shakespeare, talk about theatre, or just enjoying chillin' with some cool ladies.

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    You will get everything from the TWELFTH NIGHT package:
    - Online thank you (on the Shakespeare All-Stars website and on social media!)
    - Thank you in our program for the show
    - Personalized video thank you from Arin, Ellen, and Jill
    - Shakespeare All-Stars magnet
    - Shakespeare button
    - Personalized sonnet on any topic you choose (written by Shakespeare All-Stars member and playwright, Ellen Cribbs).
    - Your very own "Shakes-beard!"
    - 2017 "Shakespeare's Ladies" calendar full of SAS!

    But this time you'll get THREE tickets to any performance of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" June 23rd-July3rd.

    PLUS....
    A ride in the Shakes-mobile! Need some transportation? The Shakespeare All-Stars will be your Uber for one ride (up to a 30 minutes) for you and a guest. Pick up location must be within 15 miles of Chicago city limits. During the ride, ask us questions, chat about Shakespeare, talk about theatre, demand we perform while in transit, or just enjoying chillin' with some cool actors.

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    “THE PLAY'S THE THING” PACKAGE

    You are a rock star! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Did we say "thank you"?

    You will get everything from the TWELFTH NIGHT package:
    - Online thank you (on the Shakespeare All-Stars website and on social media!)
    - Thank you in our program for the show
    - Personalized video thank you from Arin, Ellen, and Jill
    - Shakespeare All-Stars magnet
    - Shakespeare button
    - Personalized sonnet on any topic you choose (written by Shakespeare All-Stars member and playwright, Ellen Cribbs).
    - Your very own "Shakes-beard!"
    - 2017 "Shakespeare's Ladies" calendar full of SAS!

    But this time you'll get FOUR tickets to any performance of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" June 23rd-July3rd.

    PLUS....
    A Shakespeare All-Stars show at a school or event of your choice! That's right! The Shakespeare All-Stars will perform just for you. This covers an hour long performance of our "Shakespeare Shorts" show, full of Shakespeare trivia, music, and famous Shakespeare scenes. This is a great introduction or review of some of the best work from the bard! We will work with you to customize the selection of scenes that best matches the age group you're targeting. Fun for Kindergarteners to Adults! Performance venue must be within 25 miles of the greater Chicagoland area.

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    “THE COMPLETE WORKS” PACKAGE

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    "Well then, if ever I thank any man (or woman!), I'll thank you" - As You Like It

    This is the big one!
    - Online thank you (on the Shakespeare All-Stars website and on social media!)
    - Thank you in our program for the show
    - Personalized video thank you from Arin, Ellen, and Jill
    - Shakespeare All-Stars magnet
    - Shakespeare button
    - Personalized sonnet on any topic you choose (written by Shakespeare All-Stars member and playwright, Ellen Cribbs).
    - Your very own "Shakes-beard!"
    - 2017 "Shakespeare's Ladies" calendar full of SAS!
    - FOUR tickets to any performance of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" June 23rd-July3rd.
    - Dinner for 2 with the cast. Arin, Ellen, and Jill will treat you and a guest to dinner at the Heartland Cafe (right next to the theatre) after either of the Sunday performances on June 26th or July 3rd (the show is at 5pm, so dinner will be immediately after). Dinner includes an entree and one drink for both you and your guest.
    - A Shakespeare All-Stars show at a school or event of your choice! This covers an hour long performance of our "Shakespeare Shorts" show, full of Shakespeare trivia, music, and famous Shakespeare scenes. This is a great introduction or review of some of the best work from the bard! We will work with you to customize the selection of scenes that best matches the age group you're targeting. Fun for Kindergarteners to Adults! Performance venue must be within 25 miles of the greater Chicagoland area.

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