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Let's build robots for Sideshow Theatre Company's "Heddatron!" They light up, roll around, and, yes, sing Total Eclipse of the Heart. Read more

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Let's build robots for Sideshow Theatre Company's "Heddatron!" They light up, roll around, and, yes, sing Total Eclipse of the Heart.

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Sideshow Theatre Company invites you to join the official Heddatron Robot Club! Robot Club members' gifts pay to build robots for our production of Elizabeth Meriwether’s Heddatron, part of the 2011 Steppenwolf Garage Rep. Our robots light up, speak, roll around, and, oh yeah, perform scenes from Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler. We're geeking out about this fantastic project, and we hope you are too! Join us as we build the future and bring it to Steppenwolf, starting February 11!

It all starts with a book falling from the sky. Suddenly Jane Gordon, a very depressed and very pregnant Michigan housewife, finds herself kidnapped by a clan of renegade sentient robots and whisked away to the jungles of South America where she is forced to perform the title role in a mechanical version of Hedda Gabler. As a documentarian searches for the truth about Jane’s abduction and her family mounts a search party, Jane's 10-year-old daughter Nugget discovers a past where a tormented Henrik Ibsen squeezes out each tortured word of his greatest masterpiece. Sideshow Theatre Company is proud to partner with robotics experts from across Chicago to present a cast of human actors and functioning robots in the Chicago premiere of Elizabeth Meriwether’s frighteningly funny Heddatron.

2011 STEPPENWOLF GARAGE REP: Sideshow joins UrbanTheater and The Strange Tree Group in bringing three incredible plays to Chicago audiences. We’re rolling out fully functioning robot actors alongside our human cast, and we need your help to do it! Expertly engineered and built in collaboration with our friends from the Chicago Area Robotics Group, these robots will make you laugh, break your heart, and delight your imagination. Please help us bring them to life! We couldn’t undertake this special project without you!

Sideshow Theatre Company is a 501(c)3 organization. Your donations are tax-deductible!
Check out our blog for more robot news, including more pictures and video!
Chicago Area Robotics League, our engineers!
Buy tickets and get more information about the Steppenwolf Garage Rep here!


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    42 backers

    Welcome, freshmen, to the Robot Club! You get special thanks on our website and an official, exclusive, Robot Club certificate of membership!

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    37 backers

    You’re not as big a bunch of n00bs as we thought you were! You’ve earned special thanks on our website, a Robot Club certificate of membership, and a special Robot Club LOLbot emailed right to you!

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    15 backers

    Gadzooks! You’re the drones we’ve been looking for! Give these people all of the above and a collectible “LOVEBORG” Heddatron button.

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    6 backers

    Okay, intrepid engineers, let’s show them all how it’s done. Honors include all of the above and a Heddatron poster signed by the cast.

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    14 backers

    Number 5 is alive! Take home all of the above, a robot lollipop, and, if you come see Heddatron and stay afterwards, your photo with a robot from the show!

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    3 backers

    Call Tony Stark and tell him to stay home. We’ve found our computer genius! Rake in all of the above plus a handmade stuffed robot toy built by a friend of the company and, after the show, a robot demo from one of the Heddatron robot operators!

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