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Adapt Theatre Productions, a Chicago-based company formed by alumni of Oklahoma City University, is producing their inaugural show.
Adapt Theatre Productions, a Chicago-based company formed by alumni of Oklahoma City University, is producing their inaugural show.
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Adapt Theatre Productions, a Chicago-based company formed by alumni of Oklahoma City University, is producing their inaugural show.

The production is called BELOW: A Retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid. Managing Director Lane Flores has adapted a brand new script written from the perspective of the little mermaid's five sisters after the tragic events of Andersen's story. This is NOT Disney's Little Mermaid.

When & Where:

March 7 - 30, 2013 at The Charnel House in Logan Square, Chicago, IL.

Thursdays -Saturdays at 8PM.

Who we are:

We are a small ensemble of 13 theatre artists from different parts of the country who met during our time in undergrad at Oklahoma City University. Each of us chose to move to Chicago after school to involve ourselves in the vibrant theatre scene available to young actors; however, we have always harbored the dream of creating and especially adapting our own projects for the stage, as we believe we have something special to offer the artistic community here. We believe in unconventional, risky theatre that challenges our previous understanding of familiar stories and offers new, sometimes scary, sometimes thrilling insights to these stories, many of which have become a part of our culture and our lives. 

In our first production, BELOW: A Retelling Of Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid, we are using an entirely original script composed in blank verse and featuring a small, six-person ensemble of actors and actresses. We are interested in work that relies on the artistry of language and movement to tell a story, as opposed to large-scale sets or costumes. We are interested in ensemble-oriented theatre that focuses on the complete collaboration of actors, writers, directors and technicians to work together to tell a story. And we believe that audiences will appreciate the truth, honesty, and passion of a few young artists from Oklahoma.

Update!

Watch this short video for an update on where we are, and where we're headed!

Our goal of $5,000 will go towards:

-Theatre/space rental (6 weeks of rehearsal, 4 weeks of performances)

-Costumes (6 cast members)

-Advertising (posters, programs, online/print ads)

Because we are going to be filing for tax exempt status in the next month, we will be officially a 501(c)(3) by the end of this year! Donations made will be tax deductible!

Risks and challenges

Chicago has hundreds of theatre companies, many who started just like Adapt. Standing out among such talented company poses quite a challenge. We want to do great work, but we also want to successfully share it with our community. Our backers can help provide us with the proper foundation, and with that, we will use our knowledge and professionalism to carry out this project no matter what obstacles may arise. We've set a very strict deadline and a hefty goal for ourselves, and we understand that not all boats sail smoothly. But we have a lot of hope. We appreciate and love all of you very, very much. Thank you.

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    TWO TICKETS to any performance Thursday-Saturday, March 7-30, 2013 at The Charnel House, Logan Square, Chicago. (Tickets would be held at Will Call)

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    All previous rewards PLUS a signed copy of the play and a copy of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid.

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