The above video clip is of Sonneteer, Sonnet Supporter, & friend Dakin Matthews (starring now on Broadway as Mickey in ROCKY) performing Sonnet #129 at the Slam last year.
It is my dream to create a place in this world where it's just the Reader and Shakespeare for even a minute and that it's enjoyed by everyone for FREE in the beautiful city of New York.
I want the Sonnet Slam get a permanent sponsor and be an annual ritual. Kickstarter contributors have certainly come through for us since we started this annual event in 2011 and we are so very grateful.
This is our 4th year and so far, we've had Sonnet Readers from ages 8-96 perform their Sonnet and there have been Readers from over 30 Countries. Some Readers are professional actors but many are not, they just share a common love of Shakespeare and are willing to get up on that stage to perform. The audience is comprised of people of all ages who stay for as little as 10 minutes or stay the entire three hours and hear all 154 Sonnets by 154 Readers.
Please feel free to join us at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park on April 25th.
See you there,
Melinda Hall & Anthony Heath, Producers
Risks and challenges
As I mentioned, we have yet to find a reliable sponsor who can give us enough stability to make sure we can successfully produce the Sonnet Slam, pay the professional crew, hire an editor to cut the footage (which takes about 90 hours of editing time) and cover the permit costs.
The amount we are looking for now is just for the basic costs of the Slam for 2014 and that is if we pay our crew only a very small stipend.
There are over 30 people who work to put the Sonnet Slam up every year and yes, they do it because they love it but I'd really like to be able to pay them fairly for their work.
But where there's "a Will" there's a way, and that's where you come in.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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