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Whispers in the basement bars around the neighborhood. Kids, terrified, telling trembling tales in tents in the yard...He's out there.

We're The Debate Society and we're currently finishing development of our seventh full-length work, Blood Play. Blood Play will premiere at the OBIE-winning theater The Bushwick Starr in Brooklyn on October, 3rd, 2012.

About Blood Play.

Blood Play is set in the tranquil Chicago suburb of Skokie in the 1950's. The War is over and Jewish families are moving from the South Side and settling in brand new ranch houses in brand new neighborhoods. Everyone has a lawn, a couple of kids, a bar for entertaining in their basement...BUT...things are happening...that no one is talking about. And something is stirring underground.

Blood Play is a thriller of sorts, focusing on fear mongering, rumor in communities and how terrifying our capacity to believe can be. It's dark and mysterious and also very funny.

Blood Play is being supported by a project grant (for the play) and a fellowship (for co-creator Hannah Bos) from the Six Points Fellowship, which supports artists who create new work that explores Jewish ideas and experience. The play was created in part at a Clubbed Thumb/Playwright Horizons SuperLab and during residencies at Ars Nova and The Bushwick Starr.

What we need.

We are asking for your help to raise $5000 to help build the set of Blood Play. Part of the play takes place in a basement bar in a ranch house and part of the play takes place in the backyard- under the cover of night.  These are two VERY different sets.  We want a home bar with all the trimmings- wood paneling, tahitian decor, classic pattern linoleum- and outside we need grass, trees, water.  It will be a feat to put these worlds together, and will only be possible with your help. The Debate Society is a 501(c)(3) organization; so all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. Thank you so much for your consideration.

Learn more.

Below are links to features, reviews and other press about The Debate Society and a fun video that was put together during our Clubbed Thumb / Playwrights Horizons SuperLab development. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us.

Village Voice Best of 2010 Award

New York Times Buddy Cop 2 review

Slide Show of 2012 OBIE Winners

The L Magazine Feature

SuperLab: The Debate Society video

Thanks!! We are grateful for your support.

Hannah, Oliver and Paul (The Debate Society)

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Blood Play

Written by Hannah Bos & Paul Thureen

Directed & Developed by Oliver Butler


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    You will also be listed in the Blood Play playbill!

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    You will receive an Official Debate Society Blood Play Secret Society Card...which gives you super special privileges at the show like access to our treasure chest with prizes! And ODSBPSSC drink specials at the show! Just show your ODSBPSSC to an usher when you arrive!

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    You get your ODSBPSSC card AND an invitation to a special open rehearsal for an inside look at what we do. Don't live near NYC? We'll tape it and put together a little video with the highlights.

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    All of the above AND you will receive an autographed copy of the CAPE DISAPPOINTMENT script (forthcoming from Samuel French), personalized to you.

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    All of the above PLUS Hannah and Paul will write you a personalized One Minute Play. And perform it on your voicemail!

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    All of the above plus an "Associate Producer" credit in the Blood Play playbill. We'll throw in 4 tix to the show as well so you can impress your friends.

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    All of the above...PLUS ALSO we will write your name or your loved ones or your enemy's name in real Debate Society Blood...YES PAUL, HANNAH and OLIVER WILL combine their blood and write your name and frame it and send it to you! Crazy?! Yes. Dark, funny and weird?! Yes....just like our plays! You will be our BLOOD PLAY Brother or Sister.

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