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Our play about homophobia is headed Off Broadway AND to one of the most homophobic places in the US: Westboro Baptist Church.

NOTE: THIS PROJECT HAS RE-LAUNCHED ON KICKSTARTER -- PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO FIND THE BUS'S NEW PAGE ON KICKSTARTER AS THIS SITE IS NO LONGER ACTIVE.

We're raising money to take our play about homophobia Off Broadway and to one of the most homophobic places in America, Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas.

The Bus will play Off Broadway at 59E59 Theaters for four weeks beginning the week of October 3rd. We plan to perform it in Topeka, Kansas in early November, immediately following our Off Broadway run.

ABOUT THE PLAY:

The Bus tells the story of two boys who, late at night, regularly rendezvous in a parked church bus just to be close. When their secret meeting place is in danger of being discovered, the boys find themselves in the middle of a family conflict between a large church and a small-town gas station—and the clash proves explosive. Touching, sometimes haunting, often humorous, and swirling with suspense, The Bus was called "a bona-fide surprise hit, drawing big crowds and positive reviews," by the Burlington Free Press.

CRITICAL PRAISE FOR THE BUS:

  • "An extraordinary play…a powerful striking piece that's all the more remarkable because it's the first stage work by the playwright who effectively toes the line between drama and melodrama in a script that tackles such volatile subjects as Christianity, teen homosexuality and the flammable bonds of family…a taut, often darkly amusing script."   The Burlington Free Press
  • "It was a joy to see this script come to life. The main characters, two teenage boys coming to terms with their sexuality, community and impending adulthood, are absolutely convincing." Out in the Mountains
  • "An enormous success … a complex and timely drama about small town tensions caused by the fierce interplay of sexuality, mega-church religiosity, homophobia and pride." Vermont Times

2006 Cast and Crew of The Bus

59E59 THEATERS IN NEW YORK CITY:

59E59 Theaters is a critically acclaimed Off Broadway theater complex with three stages. Owned and operated by the not-for-profit Elysabeth Kleinhans Theatrical Foundation, 59E59 Theaters brings new, innovative, and challenging work to East Side audiences from across the United States and around the world. 59E59 Theaters were honored with a Drama Desk Award in 2008. www.59E59.org

59E59 Theaters in New York City

WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH:

The Westboro Baptist Church is widely known for its anti-gay views and for picketing military funerals. The church has been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and is monitored by the Anti-Defamation League. Westboro Baptist Church came to national prominence in 1998 picketing the funeral of Matthew Shepard; since then the church has staged over 45,000 protests, many of them anti-gay. According to the church’s website, in addition to protesting at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day of this year, they planned to picket at ten different schools in May 2011.

FIND OUT MORE: Please visit our website at www.TheBusThePlay.com

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  • Nothing. Your credit card is not charged and no money changes hands. If this happens, we may not be able to produce our play as planned. We're going to work super hard and do everything we can to make sure this doesn't happen.

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  • Yes! Wow, that would be extraordinary. Our fundraising goal reflects the minimum that it would take to produce a professional show Off Broadway and another that will tour to Kansas. Any amount that we raise in excess of our goal will allow us to more fully realize the production AND / OR to continue to travel the show to other locales around the country. We want as many people as possible to see our show; exceeding our fundraising goal would allow us to expand our audience.

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  • Depending on the type of reward, once we complete our fundraising effort you'll be contacted as to how and when to redeem your gift. Some rewards may not be available until fall (such as the poster). If the reward you earned is a seat at the Off Broadway show, we'll contact you prior to tickets going on sale to the general public to be sure you get your choice of show.

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$10,380
pledged of $87,500 goal
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    LIMITED EDITION POSTCARD -- Pledge between one and nine dollars and we'll send you the official 'The Bus' postcard with some creative words of inspiration meant just for you!

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    ORIGINAL TISSUE ART -- Receive an original 'smiley face' or 'frowny face' tissue art created and signed by the artist Dostie (just like in the video). Original art! Hey, that's nothing to sneeze at!

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    OFFICIAL PRODUCER'S PACKET -- Get a gold sealed certificate that says you're an Honorary Producer of The Bus (your friends will 'ooh' and 'ahh') + some cool limited edition stickers + a bus charm that was struck from the metal of a magic bus + you'll be listed on our website as an 'Honorary Producer' along with everybody else who donates at this level and above.

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    OFFICIAL TEE SHIRT -- The official 'The Bus' tee shirt will be designed by a very cool artist with just your taste and size in mind. Only a limited number will be available so pledge here now!

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    OFF BROADWAY POSTER -- The official Off Broadway poster will be a work of art, exclusively designed by an artist who will create a design to promote our play in New York City and just for you! Our cast and creatives will even sign it and personalize it, if you like!

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    TICKET TO THE SHOW + GIFT -- When 'The Bus' plays at 59E59 Theaters in New York City for four weeks beginning the week of October 3rd, we'll give you one ticket to whichever performance of the show you choose + any one of the aforementioned rewards. Hope to see you at the show!

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    TWO TICKETS TO THE SHOW + GIFT -- When 'The Bus' plays at 59E59 Theaters in New York City for four weeks beginning the week of October 3rd, we'll give you two tickets to whichever performance of the show you choose + any two of the aforementioned non-ticket rewards. Bring a friend!

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    TWO TICKETS + ORIGINAL ARTWORK BY ALISON BECHDEL -- Pledge at this level and you'll get two tickets to the Off Broadway show at 59E59 Theaters in October PLUS you'll earn an original artwork by Alison Bechdel, author of the comic 'Dykes to Watch Out For' and the award-winning book, 'Fun Home.' There's only one of these rewards, so hurry!

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    FOUR TICKETS TO THE SHOW + GIFT -- When 'The Bus' plays at 59E59 Theaters in New York City for four weeks beginning the week of October 3rd, we'll give you four tickets to whichever performance of the show you choose + any two of the aforementioned non-ticket rewards. Hope to see you at the show!

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER TITLE + TICKETS -- We'll give you a handful of tickets to the Off Broadway show + you'll be classified as an Associate Producer with your name listed in the playbill. Double the amount, we'll make you a full blown Producer of the Off Broadway show. How's that?

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    PERFORMANCE -- We'll perform the play ANYWHERE in the state of Kansas (or of equal distance) during our 'Topeka' run in early November. Double this pledge to $20,000 and we'll perform 'The Bus' ANYWHERE in the continental U.S. during our fall production run. Think of the possibilities! Heck, we'll even perform in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania -- home of Rick Santorum!

Funding period

- (33 days)