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Raise $3,500 to support the world premiere of Cordelia, a new Noh-inspired look at Shakespeare's King Lear through his daughter's eyes.
58 backers pledged $4,006 to help bring this project to life.

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Through this Kickstarter campaign, we hope to raise $3,500 to help cover production and artist fees for the world premiere production of Cordelia at NOHspace in San Francisco, CA.

Cordelia is a new play written by Erik Ehn, "arguably one of the most experimental American playwrights now working." Informed by the phantasmal Noh warrior play, where time and space are transcended, this sideways glance at Shakespeare’s King Lear unearths both the grand design and the details of this classic through an intricate patterning determined to punctuate the terrifying void.

Ends come before beginnings. What happens to us after we die? Shakespeare spent some time considering this:

"For in that sleep of death what dreams may come When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, Must give us pause."

Cordelia’s story is an old story, whose telling is always pertinent. Her life is defined as much by the things she is in control of (for she is as stubborn as her father) as by the things she is not - she is the youngest daughter of an aged king. Told through the experience of live theater, the story has the power to construct a communal journey… community… a way of approaching the world with others.

Development of the production has already begun. We will open the world premiere on April 20th and run through May 14th, 2011. Performances will take place at NOHspace, 2840 Mariposa St., San Francisco, CA 94110, located at the intersection of the Mission and Potrero Hill neighborhoods.

The collaborators are assembled: Direction: Jubilith Moore | Playwright: Erik Ehn | Composition & Musical Direction: Suki O’Kane | Costumes: Risa Lenore Dye | Set: Josh McDermott | Masks: Hideta Kitazawa | Dramaturge: Ben Prusiner | Performers: Sheila Berotti, Jubilith Moore and Lluis Valls.

The programs and ideals of Theatre of Yugen are against the grain of the current culture; they are elements of resistance against mediocrity, against thoughtlessness and the erasure of memory. Theatre of Yugen is about the search for truth, innovation and the progress in culture and society that only imagination can enable.

Theatre of Yugen is an experimental ensemble dedicated to the pursuit of the intangible essence of yugen. With our foundation in Japanese Noh drama and Kyogen comedy, we create works of world theatre by crafting original material and exploring dramatic and literary classics. By presenting and collaborating we continue the evolution of live performance and foster intercultural understanding. And by training and educating, we keep the legacy of theatrical discipline vital.

You, our donors, are the lifeblood of this project. In an effort to have a successful kickstarter campaign and truly get this project up and going, we have set the bar at only 10% of the budget. With your support, we will be able to move from the dreaming to the doing and bring Cordelia to life. To help inspire you (for we cannot thank you enough) we have assembled a list of rewards that we hope will get you as excited about this project as we are.

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    You'll receive a shout out on Facebook and a specially designed Cordelia sticker.

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    You'll receive a shout out on Facebook, a specially designed Cordelia sticker PLUS our grateful thanks on our website and in our printed program.

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    You'll receive a shout out on Facebook, a specially designed Cordelia sticker, our grateful thanks on our website and in our printed program PLUS a Frankenambient CD (featuring the work of Cordelia composer Suki O'Kane).

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    You'll receive a shout out on Facebook, a specially designed Cordelia sticker, our grateful thanks on our website and in our printed program, PLUS our 25th anniversary book, 25 Years of Theatre of Yugen: A Retrospective.

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    You'll receive a shout out on Facebook, a specially designed Cordelia sticker, our grateful thanks on our website and in our printed program, our 25th anniversary book, 25 Years of Theatre of Yugen: A Retrospective PLUS 2 tickets to any performance of Cordelia (except for the Opening Night Gala).

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    You'll receive a shout out on Facebook, a specially designed Cordelia sticker, our grateful thanks on our website and in our printed program, our 25th anniversary book 25 Years of Theatre of Yugen: A Retrospective, PLUS a Cordelia poster signed by the cast AND 2 tickets WITH VIP SEATING to any performance of Cordelia (except for the Opening Night Gala).

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    You'll receive a shout out on Facebook, a specially designed Cordelia sticker, our grateful thanks on our website and in our printed program, our 25th anniversary book, 25 Years of Theatre of Yugen: A Retrospective, a Cordelia poster signed by the cast, 2 tickets with VIP seating to our Opening Night Gala (or any other performance of Cordelia), PLUS an invitation to "be in the room with us" at a closed rehearsal where you will receive a copy of the play autographed by the playwright.

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    You'll receive a shout out on Facebook, a specially designed Cordelia sticker, our grateful thanks on our website and in our printed program, our 25th anniversary book, 25 Years of Theatre of Yugen: A Retrospective, a Cordelia poster signed by the cast, 2 tickets with VIP seating to our Opening Night Gala (or any other performance of Cordelia), an invitation to "be in the room with us" at a closed rehearsal where you will receive a copy of the play autographed by the playwright, PLUS two one-hour private lessons in the song and dance of Nohgaku (Noh and/or Kyogen) with Theatre of Yugen Artistic Director Jubilith Moore.

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    You'll receive a shout out on Facebook, a specially designed Cordelia sticker, our grateful thanks on our website and in our printed program, our 25th anniversary book, 25 Years of Theatre of Yugen: A Retrospective, a Cordelia poster signed by the cast, 2 tickets with VIP seating to our Opening Night Gala (or any other performance of Cordelia), an invitation to "be in the room with us" at a closed rehearsal where you will receive a copy of the play autographed by the playwright, two one-hour private lessons in the song and dance of Nohgaku (Noh and/or Kyogen) with Theatre of Yugen Artistic Director Jubilith Moore, PLUS a Paella dinner for eight, made with love and care by Yugen Company Member (and Barcelona native) Lluis Valls!

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Funding period

- (90 days)