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Happy 450th Birthday to William Shakespeare! Come celebrate with us in NYC by reading & hearing all 154 Sonnets read aloud. Read more

New York, NY Poetry
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Happy 450th Birthday to William Shakespeare! Come celebrate with us in NYC by reading & hearing all 154 Sonnets read aloud.

New York, NY Poetry
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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

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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.

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    $10 may not seem like much to some, but to us it goes a long way in paying for our permits and crew and making the Sonnet Slam a reality.

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    OFFICIAL THANK YOU of your name or business name at the end of the Sonnet Slam + a Twitter shout out.
    We are so grateful in your faith in us and your support. We know there are many causes to give to and the fact that you came to help us, is precious and we want everyone to know it!

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    SONNET DEDICATION + THANKS + Twitter Shout Out. Just pick a Sonnet # of your choice and the Reader will dedicate it to whomever you wish. Plus, we read your name / business name at the end of the Slam and tell everyone that you are a Shakespeare lover.

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    SONNET DEDICATION + VIDEO CLIP + THANKS
    + Twitter Shout out. We dedicate a Sonnet to someone you love! Pick a Sonnet # and a Reader will announce your dedication at the Sonnet Slam and we will send you an individual video clip link of your Sonnet & dedication to share with friends.
    Plus we read your name / business name at the end of the slam and thank you for being our treasured supporter.

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    SHAKESPEAREAN SPONSOR
    INVITE TO AFTER PARTY + SONNET DEDICATION + VIDEO CLIP + THANKS + Twitter Shout Out
    Your generosity entitles you to a Sonnet Dedication of your choice, an individual video clip of it being performed and an invite to our after party in NYC. Plus we read your name / business name at the end of the Slam tell everyone how wonderful you are.

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    ANGEL SPONSOR
    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.
    Your Sponsorship means we can produce this event successfully and hire an editor to process the footage we record from the Sonnet Slam.
    Your rewards: INVITE TO AFTER PARTY FOR YOU & A GUEST + DEDICATION of a Sonnet of your choice + a MASTER VIDEO of the entire 3 hour event on video / DVD + THANK YOU + Twitter Shout Out. We officially thank you / your business at the beginning and again at the end of the Slam.

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