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Even after fifty years, most Americans still wonder who shot JFK and why. With ASSASSINATION THEATER, investigative reporter and author Hillel Levin offers the most plausible and complete answers to those questions heard to date. With the help of information provided by retired FBI agents that has been hidden or ignored for decades, he provides incontrovertible proof that more than one man shot the President, and identifies the organized crime masterminds behind the plot, as well as their motivation and the likely gunmen who pulled the triggers.
Levin will show that the JFK Assassination was a kind of theater--a carefully scripted event where Lee Harvey Oswald was no more than one actor in a much larger production. To make his case, he will be joined onstage by three actors. One will portray Zechariah Shelton, the FBI agent who pulled him into the assassination story. The other actors will also portray real people and they will say things we know them to have said in interviews, published books and once-secret official documents. A large screen will project photographs, diagrams, charts and timelines to help the audience follow along.
WHO IS BEHIND THE PROGRAM?
HILLEL LEVIN is an investigative reporter and author who has written extensively about organized crime. His books include When Corruption Was King (soon to be a major motion picture) and In With the Devil. His magazine articles have appeared in New York magazine, Metropolitan Detroit, Chicago magazine and Playboy. The sources for all the information cited in ASSASSINATION THEATER will be available on AssassinationTheater.com. KEVIN CHRISTOPHER FOX, the director, has acted in and directed several world premieres and regional premieres to great acclaim. He has also directed new play development workshops with numerous award-winning playwrights.
THE WORLD PREMIERE
ASSASSINATION THEATER will debut with a staged reading on Saturday evening, August 9 at the Arts Center of Oak Park, 200 N. Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois. After the performance, for sponsors, there will be refreshments and a Q&A session with Hillel Levin and the real Zack Shelton, who will be in attendance. Pledgers at the patron level can join them for dinner later.
WHY WE NEED YOUR PARTICIPATION
The visual presentation will be an important part of ASSASSINATION THEATER, which will mean both enhanced projection equipment and permission fees paid to agencies and individuals who hold the rights to classic photographs of the assassination. With Kickstarter contributions, we can also pave the way for an extended run at a theater in Chicago, which will require advanced payments for rent, Actors' Equity salaries, a stage set and upgraded media equipment. If contributions go beyond our goal, we can move to a larger venue and eventually take ASSASSINATION THEATER to other cities (see "Stretch Goals" below). FINALLY, please help us prove that this is a subject that people of all ages still care about—deeply.
Risks and challenges
While we have secured a theater space for the World Premiere of Assassination Theater in Oak Park, we have not yet made arrangements for a suitable facility in Chicago for an extended run in the fall. The longer we wait, the more difficult that will be, which is why we are starting our Kickstarter campaign so early. To help us maximize our options and increase our credibility with theater owners, we will bring in theater professionals with extensive Chicago production experience.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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