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LONG GONE is a one-woman show that tells the story of Tess, a compulsive and haunted tattooed lady in the circus sideshow.
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I love the circus. And for the past two years, I have been working on a collection of poems told from the point of view of various characters in and around the circus sideshow. The two main characters are Tess, a tattooed lady, and Julian, a sword swallower. As a project for my MFA in Creative Writing, which I will receive this summer, I adapted the poems that follow Tess' story into a script for LONG GONE: A Poetry Sideshow. And, well, what good is a script if you don't actually perform it?

So, LONG GONE is set to debut April 1 & 2 at the Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti, MI. (Check out my website at www.poetrysideshow.com for more info and to purchase tickets.) The show starts at 8 pm, but doors open at 7 pm for a true circus midway experience. Fire eaters, jugglers, fortune tellers... we're going to have some serious fun!

I'm doing as much of the work myself as I can, including teaching myself some of the aspects of producing the A/V component of the show to keep costs down as much as possible. I have great volunteers helping me out by designing promotional materials, creating my website, offering up their performance and directing skills, helping with my costume, putting up posters, selling tickets, you name it. But despite all that, it will still take money to put on this show.

The funds generated here will go toward creating and implementing the A/V portion of the show, renting the venue and equipment, recording the DVD, and printing the programs, posters, and chapbooks. If I meet my goal here, I will simply break even based on my sales projections. (Yes, having a degree in accounting comes in handy when working on creative projects!)

As a full-time student, it's essential that I find creative ways to come up with the funds to put this show together. I've tried to structure the rewards in a way that shares a bit of this creation of mine with everyone who contributes and shows just how much I appreciate your help.

Thank you, and may all your days be circus days.

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    Canvas Crew: No pledge is too small! All pledges from $10 on up will receive recognition in the program under the appropriate category.

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    Barker: Step right up and get your signed, limited edition chapbook of poems from the show!

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    Fire Eater: In addition to the chapbook, reward your daring with 2 tickets to the show.

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    Sword Swallower: A copy of the death-defying DVD is yours along with the chapbook and 2 tickets.

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    Tattooed Lady (or Gent): Not only do you get all of the aforementioned rewards, you get your name where everyone at the show will be sure to see it. That's right, at this level, your name (or a simple design of your choice) will be worked into Tess' tattoos!

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    Ringmaster: Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, you are truly a three-ring supporter! For $1000, not only will you get your name worked into Tess' tattoos for the show's debut, Karrie will also hand-deliver your chapbook and DVD -- when she brings LONG GONE to your town for a special performance.

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