HUGE NEWS! Like the big, huge, whoa kind of news! An anonymous donor has offered to match every dollar we raise on our Kickstarter campaign up to $150,000! So, guess what our STRETCH GOAL is! That's right, $150,000. Check out the video below for details!
Curious how the $150,000 Kickstarter goal and matching gift mentioned above fits into the overall plan to purchase the church? Here's a handy dandy info-graph that helps explain how things will come together. (Last updated 11/10/2014)
Dad’s Garage Theatre Company has been Atlanta’s premier home for funny make-em ups (improv) and awesome original scripted shows (plays) for the past 19 years! Last year, we lost our theatre to a mixed-use development and have been couch surfing ever since. Now we’ve found a new home, and we need you to make it happen!
Hungry for more? Here’s a bite-sized history of Dad’s! (om nom nom)
You may be wondering, “Why should I give my hard-earned cash to this group of handsome yahoos? Don’t y'all make enough money from ticket sales? What the heck is a capital campaign?" Why do I smell toast?” Check out this helpful video, where Felix the Feasibility Study will help make things clear. (Also, the toast smell might be a sign of stroke. Call the doctor.)
We’ve been hunting around for a hot minute now and we finally found the perfect spot for an edgy comedy theatre that likes to push boundaries - a church! Don’t worry, they promise to “de-sanctify” it before we move in.
Take an imagination-filled tour of the new digs with Artistic Director Kevin Gillese!
Still not so sure about where your hard earned money is going? Well, rest assured - our celebrity pals will put your mind at ease!
Uhhhhh, well, at least you can write it off.
Yes! Dad's Garage Theatre Company is a 501(c)3 non-profit entity, which means that donations (like the ones from this Kickstarter) are what keep us going! It also means you'll get some sweet tax-deduction action when you donate to this campaign. "How much of what I give is deductible?," you ask. That depends. When the campaign ends, we'll send you a survey. If you choose to receive the tangible benefits (like tee shirts, tickets, etc.) associated with your donation, those costs will be deducted from the amount you gave. And, yes - we'll also email you a tax receipt for your records if you'd like one. Booyah - 2014 tax win!
What kind of neat perks do I get? We’ve put together a pretty awesome list (if we do say so) of super fun benefits in exchange for your super fun support! Every little bit counts, but big bits count even more. So please give what you can and help us build the House of Dad’s!
$5.00 - CINCINNATI HIGH FIVE - Are you from Cincinnati? No? Great! Slip us some skin and we'll send you a high five right back - via a thank you video from Artistic Director Kevin Gillese! (Sorry to our pals from Cincinnati.)
$10.00 - SHOUT OUT - Ever want to see your name in lights? Well, we can put your name in shiny magic interweb lights! See your name on our website so everyone will know how cool, generous, and good-looking you are. Plus: you'll also get a video thank you.
$20.00 - HOLLA BACK - Amber Nash (Pam Poovey) and Lucky Yates (Dr. Krieger) are part of the awesome funny force of FX's animated hit Archer - and are Ensemble members at Dad's Garage! They bring the hilarity to our stage and to their Twitter feeds and now YOU can get a piece of that! Get this perk, and Lucky or Amber will tweet whatever you like back at you**
$25.00 - GROOVE THANG - From zombies to werewolves to sci-fi conventions, our original musicals bring the funny with the toe-tapping melody. Get a downloadable mix of Dad’s Garage's greatest hits (from our original musicals and sketches), and take our jackassery on the road! Plus: you'll also get our special thank you and your name on our website.
$50.00 GET STICKY WIT IT – In addition to your name on our website, we’d like to give you a wee give that’ll STICK with you. Get it? Cause it’s a sticker with an exclusive design from R. LAND, beloved Atlanta artist! Pray for Dad’s, y’all! Plus: you'll also get a video thank you, your name on our website, and a musical download.
$75.00 - SOLO SHOW - Help us break in our new digs on Ezzard Street with a ticket to one of our improv shows at the new venue! (Not redeemable for special events) Plus: you'll also get a video thank you, your name on our website, a musical download, and a "Pray for Dad's" sticker.
$100.00 - TWO TO TANGO - These two tickets are your pass to classy butt jokes and seeing your old pals on a brand spankin' new stage! Bring a pal, or your nemesis! (Not redeemable for special events) Plus: you'll also get a video thank you, your name on our website, a musical download, and a "Pray for Dad's" sticker.
$150.00 - GET IT ON YO’ CHEST - Wear your love for Dad’s (and proof of your generous, awesome nature) for all to see with this tee shirt, featuring R. LAND’s “Pray for Dad’s” clown hands! We’ll ship it with kisses, promise. Plus: you'll also get a video thank you, your name on our website, a musical download, a "Pray for Dad's" sticker, and two tickets to our new venue.
$150.00 - ARCHER HITS THE BULLSEYE - Ensemble members Amber Nash and Lucky Yates (stars of fx’s hit show, Archer) want to come home with you! Autographed and mailed with love from Hotlanta, you don’t have to be a secret agent to snag one of these 8x10" glossies!
$250.00 - ARTSY FARTSY - We not only dazzle on stage, we have some folks with clever hands making cool art as well! We’ll surprise you with an awesome print (8x10”) of original art from artists in the Dad’s family. Plus: you'll also get a video thank you, your name on our website, a musical download, a "Pray for Dad's" sticker, and two tickets to our new venue.
$250.00 - ACTING UP - Ever wanted to be on stage in one of Dad’s hilarious improvised shows? Lay out some cash and come play with Atlanta’s favorite improvisers in a guaranteed ridiculous scene!
$350.00 - EEE EEE EEE! - Everyone knows Ensemble member Amber Nash is the badass voice of Archer’s Pam Poovey. Get your very own sploosh(!) on with an autographed dolphin hand puppet!
$500.00 PRIVATE AFFAIR - Be part of the super-cool force that gets to see the very first show in our new Ezzard Street home, before we even officially open to the public! Damn, you fancy! You'll get a pair of tickets to a private pre-opening improv show. Plus: you'll also get a video thank you, your name on our website, a musical download, a "Pray for Dad's" sticker and tee shirt, and an art print.
$500.00 - WERK IT OUT - Got a special event, costume party, photo shoot or special trip to the grocery store? Let General Company member Gina Rickicki do your makeup and help with styling for a special event! (Atlanta area only.)
$450.00 - HAM DADDY - Go on a magical week-long tour of Atlanta’s best BBQ with our resident expert, Ensemble member Matt Horgan. Just don’t ask him for a piggy back ride. Sore subject. (You gotta buy your own meals, but he'll definitely tell you what you should get.)
$550.00 - FAKE IT GOOD - Have a special event, high school reunion or funeral and in need of a date? Ensemble member Tommy Futch is willing to travel within the Georgia tri-state area to pose as your loving partner or long-lost father - and there will be photos aplenty taken! #rentadude
$1,000.00 - LOWER SAINT - Be immortalized at the new venue! We're painting a mural of saints in our new theatre and we want your face on it (or whomever's face you want)! That's right, your sexy mug will be painted on the wall by a crew of local artists in our new home for all to see. Amen! Plus: you'll also get a video thank you, your name on our website, a musical download, a "Pray for Dad's" sticker and tee shirt, an art print, and a pair of tickets to the inaugural show.
$1,500.00 - HANDLEBAR LOVE – Ensemble members Chris Blair and Mike Schatz have blended two of the world’s most important things: all bass cover songs and Rollie Fingers, world famous Oakland A in the band Bases Loaded! They’ll bring this magic to your party (Atlanta Area) and play a set for your rowdy friends! Play Bass!
$1,500.00 - DETROIT CHILL - Ensemble member and raconteur Lucky Yates is not only an awesome voice actor on Archer, he is the Master of the Hang Out. Spend an afternoon (Atlanta area) chilling the eff out with Lucky possibly doing things that one would do if in Colorado or Amsterdam. You won’t regret it!
$2,000.00 - MOUTHY BROAD - Ensemble member, sass pot and Archer star Amber Nash will go to your workplace (Atlanta area) and tell off all of the co-workers that have been getting under your skin. Someone steal your lunch? Too much of an office suck up? Let Nash take ‘em to the streets!
$2,500.00 - HIGHEST SAINT - Be immortalized in our lobby! A sweet painting of the last supper will hang in our new lobby (so everyone that ever walks through our doors will see it), but the faces of these apostles will be yours (or whoever you choose)! Wanna see Darth Vader at the table? Go for it! AND, before we open our doors, you’ll be invited on a special tour of the new space to see what we’re planning. Exclusive! Plus: you'll also get a video thank you, your name on our website, a musical download, a "Pray for Dad's" sticker and tee shirt, an art print, and a pair of tickets to the inaugural show.
$2,500.00 SECOND SKIN - Ensemble member Chris Rittlemeyer will have a tee shirt made with your face on it, and will wear it for a year. That’s right, a whole ding-dang year. On stage, the shirt will always be visible. At his day job, it will be close to his heart and probably under another shirt. But he will ALWAYS HAVE IT ON. Gross? Maybe.
$4,500.00 PRIVATE EYES - Ever wanted to have a Dad’s Garage show all to yourself? We’ll do a private improv show for your eyes only! Well, yours and up to 200 of your friends. You’ll have that "friend of the year" award on-lock! Plus: you'll also get a video thank you, your name on our website, a musical download, a "Pray for Dad's" sticker and tee shirt, an art print, a pair of tickets to the inaugural show, a private tour of our new home, and your face on the Wall of Saints.
$5,500.00 - PISSED OFF – We will name a toilet in the new building after anybody you want so that their name will be defecated upon for the rest of time. Or - maybe they're into that kinda thing, we don't judge. Plus: you'll also get a video thank you, your name on our website, a musical download, a "Pray for Dad's" sticker and tee shirt, an art print, a pair of tickets to the inaugural show, a private tour of our new home, and your face on the Wall of Saints.
$7,495.00 BUTT-PROV - Ensemble member Travis Sharp is will to go the extra mile on this; you might say he’s putting his ass on the line! Donate at this level and he will tattoo any logo of your choosing on his butt and send you a video of it. For Real. (No hate speech or religious symbols in the logo. His butt, his rules y'all.)
Risks and challenges
While we've worked closely with our fundraising counsel and feel strongly that the plan for purchasing our new home is both solid and attainable, there's always the possibility that something won't work out the way we've planned. Overall, the funds we hope to raise on Kickstarter is only one piece of a multi-tiered plan that includes securing financing from a bank, verifying gifts from various philanthropic organizations, and raising additional capital from community members and major donors. The staff and board are diligently working to ensure we hit the those goals, but missing one could make the reality of purchasing this building very difficult. That said, we're already under contract on the building, and know there is community support because we've already successfully rezoned the property and had the land use amended. Hooray!
The other big challenge is not being able to move into the space until 2016. Even if /when we successfully secure the space this December, the current tenant is still entitled to be in the building until February 2016. But, while that seems like a long time, that's not necessarily a bad thing. They'll cover our mortgage while we go through the permitting process, finalize architectural plans, and raise additional funds for a modest renovation. So really, it all kinda works out.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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