Opening on June 21st, 7th House , with some of the Twin Cities’ most talented young performers, will take over 514 Studios in the Warehouse District for a nine-show run. It is being directed by Chanhassen Dinner Theater’s Michael Brindisi, and Choreographed by local dancer and actor, Emily King.
Who is 7th House Theatre Collective? We are a group of young professional theater artists based in Minneapolis. We are dedicated to offering low-cost, high quality musical theater productions to a diverse, Twin Cities community. Our goal is to strip our productions down to their basic necessities, with the relationship between performers and audience at the center of our process. Hair will be our inaugural production.
Few of the small companies in Minneapolis are devoted to Musical Theatre. That’s where we come in. Our productions will include new works and established shows, but they will always push boundaries, and will always be affordable to everyone. Every ticket to Hair costs as much or as little as our audience can pay. This is what we feel our theater community needs from us.
Why are we producing Hair? And why now? When Hair first opened on Broadway in 1968, it was a Plea for Peace. It highlighted the two groups of patriotic young people fighting the Vietnam War: the soldiers on the ground in Vietnam, and the protesters of the war who asked the question “What The Hell Are We Fighting For?” Though the wars we fight now are different, Hair is still as relevant as ever, and is possibly the American Musical Theater’s best argument against hate and violence. We look to the brave, young generation of the sixties, who so profoundly affected audiences when they begged them to “Let The Sunshine In.”
We struggled with whether or not to include in this letter any mention of the recent tragedy in Boston – we were worried how its inclusion would be interpreted. But ultimately, we decided that we, like the Tribe of Americans in Hair, are navigating the defining moment of our generation. For them, it was war with Vietnam. For us, it is the “War on Terror.” We, too, long for peace.
How can you help? We are producing this play with very little resources, but Musical Theater is expensive. We committed early in the process to paying every artist we work with. On top of that, there are the costs of rehearsal space, performance rights and venue, costumes, sets, and more. Five dollars gets us a microphone for a week. Forty dollars pays for an entire day of rehearsal. One Hundred dollars will cover an actor’s stipend. Any amount will help – but we are doing this quickly. Our Kicktsarter campaign ends in 30 days.
We think with your help, we can make this summer in Minneapolis, the Summer Of Hair.
Did we mention the show is free?
Risks and challenges
Hair is a big play. It has a lot of characters, a lot of music, and a lot of complicated material. It's ambitious for a first production, and definitely a play that requires as much from its audience as it does from its performers. It is risky for any theater to mount.
On top of that, we are building this production with very little resources. We have a team of over twenty artists working together with a budget that is under $8,000. It asks for immense creativity from everyone involved - we all have to be on our artistic A-Game.
These risks are a reflection of the complete trust and admiration we have in the team we have assembled. We have many of the Twin-Cities' brightest young artists coming together to help make this happen. We are being directed by Michael Brindisi, who has been directing musical theater in Minnesota for over twenty-years. This project could not be in better hands.
We are also (proudly) members of an audacious, generous theater community here in Minnesota. Young, brash, work thrives here. We are confident in ourselves here because the community supports us.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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