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Yes Ma'am Circus is back with a new show! June 20-23 & 27-30 we'll be bringing our version of Shakespeare's 12th Night to the stage.
22 backers pledged $1,156 to help bring this project to life.

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The Project

Last year Yes Ma'am Circus came together to create It's Not Me, It's You: A Paradise Lost Reimagining. The show was a great experience, and we were able to perform it in several theaters in Chicago and Philadelphia. Now we're back with our latest project, a circus interpretation of Shakespeare's 12th Night. The show will be performed at Theater Wit in Chicago, on June 20-23 & 27-30. Regular tickets are being sold directly through Theater Wit.

PC: Peter Serocki
PC: Peter Serocki

12th Night: If Circus be the Food of Love, Play On! is a big step up for us in complexity and artistic ingenuity. We've edited large sections of the original text to fit our circus needs, choreographed new and even more daring circus acts, expanded our cast twofold, and booked a larger theater. We've also incorporated shadow puppetry to add additional visual depth to the show.

PC: Peter Serocki
PC: Peter Serocki

As we push forward and continue to challenge the lines that divide traditional theater and contemporary circus arts we need the support of our community more than ever. This project has been thrilling to work on, and we want to share it with all of you. The show will be performed at Theater Wit in Chicago, on June 20-23 & 27-30. General Admission and Discount tickets are available on their website. VIP tickets are only available on Kickstarter for a limited period of time!

Kicketh Me    (PC: Peter Serocki)
Kicketh Me (PC: Peter Serocki)

Thank you all for your support of the circus arts!

Who We Are

Yes Ma'am Circus is a Chicago-based contemporary circus company (no animals, only human performers). We are a primarily female and queer led company creating plot and character focused circus shows. https://www.yesmaamcircus.com/

Cast for Paradise Lost Show            (PC: Johanna Vargas)
Cast for Paradise Lost Show (PC: Johanna Vargas)

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15 oz mug
15 oz mug
Stickers!
Stickers!
Commemorative Postcard and Poster- Design by Myriam Bloom
Commemorative Postcard and Poster- Design by Myriam Bloom

Risks and challenges

This show is happening one way or another. The theater is booked, tickets are live, our acts have been created, and rehearsals are happening. Most rewards have been created, with the exception of any personalized or custom rewards. Although shipping delays do happen, we feel confident that they can be sent out shortly following the completion of the show for anyone who cannot pick them up in person. This fundraiser will help us make the show even better. Props, costumes, and advertising cost money. By going bigger this year, we're incurring more expenses. Your help will make this show as good as it can be!

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    Bit Part

    Get a digital shout out and a sticker! Stickers are a cute way to show your support for Yes Ma'am Circus!

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    The Clowns

    Can't get enough of that paper? In addition to the rewards above, get a fancy promotional postcard, signed by the cast!

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    Antonio & Sebastian

    Get all of our cute and small promotional materials! This nifty little package comes with a limited edition button and a show poster!

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    Viola/ Cesario

    Level up your Yes Ma'am swag! In addition to the previous rewards, now you can get one of our amazing mugs! These mugs hold 15 oz (2 cups) of your favorite beverage, are microwave and dishwasher safe, and have a super nice handle that fits all hand sizes!

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    VIP Ticket

    A VIP ticket to any one of our shows! VIP tickets include guaranteed seating in the first four rows for maximum enjoyment of the circus spectacle! We'll also be really nice to you.
    All VIP tickets must have show dates chosen ahead of time and will be available for pick up at the Theater Wit Box Office prior to the show.
    After the Kickstarter closes we will contact you to confirm desired show date.

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    Countess

    Show your circus pride with a brand new Yes Ma'am t-shirt, specially designed for 12th Night by Stag Beetle Designs. These gorgeous one-of-a-kind shirts are hand printed, but can still be safely machine washed! Package also includes all the previous items.

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    Duke

    All the merchandise! Now you can strut your stuff clad in the finest Shakespearean style with Malvolio's chartreuse tights! These gloriously bright tights can be autographed by the cast for display, or worn out and about as you dazzle the world!*

    *Cross gartering not included, Yes Ma'am Circus bears no liability for blinded or dazzled bystanders

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    • Sticker
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    • Limited Edition Button
    • Poster
    • Mug- 15 oz
    • T-Shirt- hand printed
    • Malvolio's Chartreuse Tights
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    2 VIP Tickets

    Play some are better with company, so get 2 VIP tickets to any one of our shows! VIP tickets include guaranteed seating in the first four rows for maximum enjoyment of the circus spectacle! We'll also be really nice to you.
    All VIP tickets must have show dates chosen ahead of time and will be available for pick up at the Theater Wit Box Office prior to the show.
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    Limited! Malvolio's Ode

    Care not for the material things in life? Have Malvolio write a sonnet defending or impugning your honor! Sonnets can be performed by Malvolio at the show you attend, or sent via video recording. Quality of sonnet is not guaranteed, but Malvolio's enthusiasm is!

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    Limited! Portrait Session

    Spend half an hour and receive a unique self portrait! This reward has 2 options.
    Portraits can be painted by Maggie Karlin in Shakespearean style with an in-person sitting or from a photo.
    Portraits can also be a photo shoot with Kristi Taff.
    All final images are yours to keep! Schedule at your convenience.

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    Limited! Custom Shadow Puppet

    Shadow puppetry is an important part of this production. Now, you can take home your very own, custom made shadow puppet! All puppets are hand made by Maggie Karlin.

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    Limited! Walk-on Role

    Always wanted to trod the boards? Now you can! Enjoy a bit part on one night of our show, then continue watching in comfort from the front row. Lines, stage directions, and minor costuming will all be provided.

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Funding period

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