Boheme in a Bar is a Chicago-based project that takes the late 19th-century opera La Boheme and adapts it for an everyday audience at a bar. By utilizing the natural setting, we create a site-specific work, encouraging audience interaction and making the often stale art form something alive and immediate. Plus, there's beer.
We will sing the opera in the original Italian with live narration for clarity. Two comic actors have been written into this new concept by our director, Dylan Bandy, and they will serve as the narrators, highlighting certain parts of the text with movement, visual storytelling, and mime. Similarly, the singers in this production have been hand-picked by our artistic director, Johanna Moffitt, not only for their beautiful voices but their whole-hearted portrayals of these characters. For three nights in April, Act One Pub will become the streets of Paris, alive with the sensations and the sentiment of the bohemian lifestyle.
Still, we need your help. We're raising funds so that we can adequately pay all of our artists and cover the costs of materials, technical support, and video documentation. We're devoted to making this work accessible, and as such, we have priced the tickets at just $10--JUST TEN DOLLARS!! So, while we expect to be sold out every single night of our 3-night run, that won't nearly cover the cost of the hours and the materials that went into making this thing happen. And that's where you come in. A dollar. Five dollars. No amount is too small. And we're grateful for every little bit that we can get. Thank you for your consideration.
Risks and challenges
The specific challenge we face with this project is that it's our first. /kor/ productions makes its debut with "Boheme in a Bar" and there are a lot of things that come up when you're self-producing as a duo with no particular support staff or investment capital behind you. We're dreamers, but we're practical. And we're infinitely lucky to have the faith of Act One Pub | Mayne Stage behind us and the support of our community in Rogers Park. Truly, there is a long list of thank-yous already in store. But, with it remains a bottomless list of to-dos and must-haves and wishes. For us, it's just a matter of continuing to show up and do the work. And, of course, it's your support and belief in us that will see us through the self-doubt and the exhaustion and the late nights and the sometimes utter loneliness of the artistic process. And if nothing else, by the end we will have made something great, together.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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