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A Staged Reading and World Premier of ASSASSINATION THEATER--a factual presentation about the conspiracy to kill JFK
A Staged Reading and World Premier of ASSASSINATION THEATER--a factual presentation about the conspiracy to kill JFK
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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.

WHY THEATER?

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.

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    Moral supporter, expressing the desire for someone to finally address the JFK Assassination with a comprehensive explanation. Hillel Levin will respond with a heart-felt Thank You email and updates on the progress of Assassination Theater (if you choose).

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    A Thank You and recognition in the World Premiere program and on the AssassinationTheater.com web site with continued project updates by email (if the backer so chooses).

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    Reprint signed by Hillel Levin of "How the Outfit Killed JFK" (November 2010)--the Playboy article where the investigation began.

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    All of the above plus enhanced access to AssassinationTheater.com sources and blog--otherwise restricted to those who attend the performance AND, if the backer would like, a phone call from Hillel to personally answer a question about the assassination (or make a best effort to find out if he doesn't know).

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    One ticket for a reserved seat at the World Premiere in Oak Park on Saturday, August 9, 2014, along with program/web recognition and enhanced web access.

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    An autographed, first edition hardcover copy of WHEN CORRUPTION WAS KING written by Hillel with Robert Cooley (soon to be a major motion picture from Paramount).

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    RECEPTION PACKAGE Entrance to a post-performance reception and Q&A session with Hillel and the real Zechariah Shelton in addition to ONE ticket for a reserved seat at the World Premiere in Oak Park on Saturday, August 9, 2014, along with program/web recognition and enhanced web access.

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    RECEPTION PACKAGE Entrance to a post-performance reception and Q&A session with Hillel and the real Zechariah Shelton in addition to TWO tickets for reserved seats at the World Premiere in Oak Park on Saturday, August 9, 2014, along with program/web recognition and enhanced web access.

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    Chicago Sponsor Single. Entrance to a post-performance reception and Q&A session with Hillel and the real Zechariah Shelton in addition to one ticket for a premium reserved seat at the World Premiere in Oak Park on Saturday, August 9, 2014, along with program/web recognition and enhanced web access.

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    Chicago Patron Single. Dinner with Hillel and Zack, entrance to the post-performance reception with Q&A session in addition to one ticket for a premium reserved seat at the World Premiere in Oak Park on Saturday, August 9, 2014, along with program/web recognition and enhanced web access.

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    National Patron Single. Same as Chicago Patron plus a round-trip Southwest Airlines ticket to Chicago; Saturday night in a four-star hotel and all ground transportation needed between the airport, hotel and theater for the World Premiere, along with program/web recognition and enhanced web access.

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