Check out what is happening now. In The Tree Of Smoke
We have pushed bootstrapping this project, and have worked the place to where there is just a one short list to complete, and a wee bit of cash necessary to make magic.
1. FABRIC. Curtaining of the auditorium walls. This is aesthetic and acoustics, making the walls break up sound that is now just bouncing off them.
2. LIGHTS. A light board is needed, with the instillation of an entire theater lighting system. LED has brought this cost down by a factor of ten, but is is still a ten to twenty thousand dollar adventure.
3. BALCONY. We have to make it fancy, and slick, and dreamy. I will add the drafting illustrations for this as soon as I get them back, but as with everything in getting this place off the ground, the balcony will be done with a little money and a lot of clever.
4. RIGGING. It's a theater from 1925, and some of the rope is suspiciously old. I was a little shocked at the full expense of rope, let alone the acrobats who climb the rafters to replace the old with the new.
5. NEON. We have a huge neon sign hanging on the front of the place, and it is in Chinese! I just got to get that going again. it is just too cool.
6. CLEAN. We have removed 8 tons of debris from this place, and now we are ready to wipe away 90 years of dust. You might be able to imagine what a big job that ends up being.
7. PAINT. And then a nice layer of new paint over thousands and thousands of square feet of wall and boom, you got yourself a show place.
This is truly to kickstart the theater, to have it roll forward under its own momentum. past this campaign there will be endless opportunity for cleverness. If anyone is looking to spice up their lives, please contact us and tell us what you can do here.
Our first real production will be In The Tree Of Smoke. click it for reals.
Risks and challenges
This place is already here, already putting on shows. We are dreaming of a place that is relatively clean, functional, and stable, able to give performance groups in SF a place to develop shows that are a step up from the warehouse with chairs, but still afford the opportunity the larger more formal theaters can't.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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