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Slip into the world of MactheKnife, with live ElectroSwing, vaudeville & more delights than you can shake a jack-knife at.
Slip into the world of MactheKnife, with live ElectroSwing, vaudeville & more delights than you can shake a jack-knife at.
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                  ...Step right up, step right up, 

                     welcome all and sundry to...

                             THE PENNY JIVE



Presented by the OBERON New Works Series, Jive and Myss Ripley's Pleasure Swing, The Penny Jive is an immersive ElectroSwing clubnight theatrical inspired by the cut-throat universe of ThreePenny Opera and the Beggars Opera. 

ElectroSwing, for those not in the know, is a genre of EDM (or dance house electronic music) grooving, growing in popularity and sure to set your heart (and loins) on fire; If the Andrews Sisters and Deadmau5 had a love child, ElectroSwing would be it. 

W   H   A   T . I   S . I   T ? 

Left to Right: Amy Macabre, Myss Ripley, Dan Prior, Tim Lawton, Tim Hoover
Left to Right: Amy Macabre, Myss Ripley, Dan Prior, Tim Lawton, Tim Hoover

The Penny Jive seeks to take the two intrinsic and opposing textures of ElectroSwing and the music of Kurt Weill to produce a show that melds the in-your-face fun of spinning DJ talents---curated by Jive, an ElectroSwing monthly every first Friday in Boston--- with an electro-noir nightclub immersive theatrical spectacular. Once passed through OBERON's front doors, the audience is transported to The Penny Jive nightclub, sipping poison with Jenny Diver and Polly Peachum, as well as being surrounded by a rotating cast of scintillating circus, vaudeville  variety and bodacious burlesque guest performers.

The Penny Jive  is a cocktail of one part club extravaganza, one part stage show, one part vaudevillian chaos and a whole glass overflowing with effervescent delight.

Our Captain Mac/Dan Prior surveying the OBERON space.
Our Captain Mac/Dan Prior surveying the OBERON space.

T   H   E . P   L   A   Y   E   R   S : 

MYSS MADELAINE RIPLEY is a Boston area performer, musician and producer. After having such a delightful time at OBERON with Madame Tullule's Grand Fiasco in 2011, Ripley went on to a rollicking year-plus of collaboration and work with a wild variety of experiences...

From time spent with the Boston Circus Guild as co-composer and performer in their 2012 production 'Threshold' to performing with bands ranging from the Deer Hunter to the 30 Seconds to Mars to cavorting through the rooms of Sleep No More with Somerville's own Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band. Now she is back in OBERON with a new project hatched through a (debatably) healthy obsession with vaudeville, circus and Kurt Weill.

The director at work---- Myss Ripley
The director at work---- Myss Ripley

JIVE is Boston's premier ElectroSwing dance night, a frolicking rollicking night of swing, blues, singers and dancers coming together on the "first Fridays of the month at An Tua Nua; Grab that fedora and slip on those wingtips; we're rocking the classic dance sounds with a modern club feel! Electroswing has already taken Europe by storm - we're joining the movement here in the States." (Text taken from the Jive Facebook page)

MODULOKTOPUS is Myss Ripley's partner in electro-collaboration, and the electronic producer for The Penny Jive live ElectroSwing score.
Moduloktopus and Myss Ripley's brains come together with live instrumentalists to make Myss Ripley's Pleasure Swing an aural romp through dixie-land, sultry swing, haunting ballads and drubbing drum&bass.

the Wizard at work
the Wizard at work

the OBERON New Works Series is a fantastic opportunity for new creators to workshop their show utilizing the OBERON and A.R.T. facilities. The OBERON space was created to house their weekly glitter-soaked spectacular "The Donkey Show," a disco re-telling of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

W   H   E   N . I   S . I   T ? 

The Penny Jive will be hosting a workshop performance on June 3rd at OBERON, and will then go barreling straight towards the full run August 9th, 15th & 16th of 2013.

Running music in OBERON.  All photos, except that of Moduloktopus are by Travis Alex Photo and property of The Penny Jive. Please do not use or repost without proper accreditation.
Running music in OBERON. All photos, except that of Moduloktopus are by Travis Alex Photo and property of The Penny Jive. Please do not use or repost without proper accreditation.

Risks and challenges

In order to provide you lovelies with the most detailed of immersive experiences, it is necessary to procure a certain amount of funding. Unfortunately, letting dear Macheath collect them using his… particular methods is frowned upon in polite society. As such, we have launched this Kickstarter!

Live theater is a large enough obstacle to tackle. Fringe musical theater mixed with an ElectroSwing dancenight is a beast of a different wild and strange color...
Our greatest risk is simply in not being able to put on the full production. The actors are in the wings, the music is cued to play... but without funding, the full production will be put on an indefinite hold.

This is where the beauty of Kickstarter and crowdfunding starts to shine as you, dear denizens of the internet, become that personage of myth and legend: a financial Producer and Sponsor of the Arts

Transforming a theater into an electrifying ElectroSwing environment takes gumption and cash.
In the full scope of this production we must find the capital to cover...

+Paying a stipend to cast, band, DJ's, guest performers, production team, and technical crew--- we are all committed to this project, but one sadly cannot actually subsist on creativity alone.
+Cost of materials for costumes, set, props and accouterments needed for a spectacle of this nature.
+Rehearsal space
+Recording costs associated with making the live ElectroSwing score
+A whole lot of overhead.

As such it is imperative that we meet or exceed our goals so that we can exceed your expectations!

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    Shout out on The Penny Jive facebook page!

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    Shout out in The Penny Jive program, plus a patch&pin with The Penny Jive logo!

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    WORKSHOP SPECIAL
    A ticket to any of the three performances at OBERON Aug. 9, 15 & 16 and walk away from with a The Penny Jive tshirt in black or red!

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    WORKSHOP SPECIAL
    A ticket to any of the three performances at OBERON Aug. 9, 15 & 16 and walk away with a The Penny Jive flask to fill with the poison of your choice...

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    Official production poster by Evening Hawk (www.eveninghawk.com) signed by the cast, performers and crew.
    AND shout out in the program, patch&pin!

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    WORKSHOP SPECIAL:
    The Penny Jive creation artbook with the peeping Tom's insight into the thought and creativity that went into putting together The Penny Jive!

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    GET YOUR SWAG HERE
    The Penny Jive shirt in babydoll or gender neutral plain tee in black or red
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    shout out in the program, patch&pin of The Penny Jive logo, official production poster.

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    THE POLLY PACKAGE:
    For those who dare to dream, there is the Polly Package, which includes a cream The Penny Jive tshirt, official The Penny Jive flask and a signed copy of the Polly vignette flyer...
    PLUS a patch&pin, shout-out in the program!

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    THE MACKY PACKAGE:
    Walk down the razor blade edge of life with the Macky Package, which includes a red The Penny Jive tshirt, official The Penny Jive flask and a signed copy of the Mac the Knife vignette flyer...
    PLUS a patch&pin and shout-out in the program!

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    THE LOCKIT&PEACHUM PACKAGE:
    What is power without the swag to go with it? The Lockit&Peachum Package, which includes a grey The Penny Jive tshirt, official The Penny Jive flask and a signed copy of the Lockit&Peachum vignette flyer...
    PLUS a patch&pin and shout-out in the program!

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    THE JENNY PACKAGE:
    In honor of our sultry songstress there is the Jenny Package, which includes a black The Penny Jive tshirt, official The Penny Jive flask and a signed copy of the Jenny vignette flyer...
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    HAT OR SPAT?
    Your choice of a fascinator or a pair of spats, handmade by costume designer Jackie Olivia.

    Each fascinator is built on small base with secure attachment to the head, features feathers, a veil, and is stunning in black and white with red accent. One size fits all.

    The pair of spats attaches to the outside of your shoes and is hand constructed with quality materials. White and black design with red flair. Multiple sizes available.

    You cool cats attending The Penny Jive can pick up your hat or spat at the show!
    Otherwise, these items will ship out to you for September, 2013.
    Did you want more? Because you bet this reward comes with patch&pin and a shout-out in the program!

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    THE PENNY JIVE ARTBOOK
    Do you need more, dear? Do you like the inner sanctum juicy details? Then you want The Penny Jive Art-Book, a peeping tom's view of the production from creation to performance.
    Inbetween the binding you will find...
    +initial inspiration and concept
    +behind the scenes rehearsal photos
    +interviews of the creative team
    +concept art
    +much much more!
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    shout out in the program, patch&pin, poster and a tshirt!

    This reward is in limited supply, so grab them before they fly off the shelves... You cool cats attending The Penny Jive can pick up your book at the show!
    Otherwise, these items will ship out to you for September, 2013.

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    SKIRT OR VEST?
    Looking for something to wrap yourself in that embodies more of The Penny Jive style?

    Choose between a hand constructed skirt or vest designed by costume designer Jackie Olivia!

    Each design (skirt or vest) is unique to the production and is inspired by the character’s costumes.

    Lined skirt and vest features an original design and is hand constructed with quality fabrics. Care instructions included, & multiples sizes are available.

    You dandy fops attending The Penny Jive can pick up your skirt or vest at the show! Otherwise, these items will ship out to you for September, 2013.

    You want more? Good thing this item also comes with The Penny Jive shwag so you can accessorize and personalize: patch&pin, poster and tshirt included!

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    TRIPLE TROUBLE or the I WANT IT ALL:
    The Penny Jive Artbook + signed cast poster + tshirt in any of the listed colors + patch&pin + official flask + recognition in the program AND tickets for two to attend any of the August performance dates (9, 15 or 16)!

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    AFTER THE FESTIVITIES CUSTOM THREADS:
    Looking for the ultimate way to jive up your get up for a night out on the speakeasy circuit? This prize includes a complete ensemble specifically designed for YOU! Whether you fancy a suit and tie kind of look, or maybe something more slinky and sultry, you will be dressed from head to toe in premiere The Penny Jive stylings. This is a great choice for a long lasting outfit that’s customized for you! Those local will be fit for their new do with the Costume team; online arrangements can be made for those outside of the Boston area. There are only 2 available, and this prize is redeemable after September 2013 just in time for Halloween. -nudge-wink-
    Note: Does not include undergarments, shoes, and accessories.

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    PART OF THE GANG:
    This is the ULTIMATE way to immerse yourself in The Penny Jive Experience! You will receive a complete, custom designed ensemble by costume designer Jackie Olivia and a VIP Guest position during opening night! You will be dressed from head to toe in premiere The Penny Jive style, and given special instructions for your experience during the show! The costume will need to be measured and fit before the show; the costume team will be in touch with you to arrange fittings and design your one of a kind garb. You can pick up your costume and have backstage access to dress and doll yourself up for the big night! Due to the premiere and limited nature of this prize, there will be only ONE available! Bottoms up!

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    PARTY WITH THE PENNY JIVE-
    The bouncer will know you and 20 of your closest friends when you attend this highclass speakeasy function at a TBD location in July 2013 (Boston Tri-City Area).
    Get first glimpse at the grit, glitz and glam of The Penny Jive while enjoying VIP treatment slugging back the poison of your choice, grooving to the smooth tones of Myss Ripley's pleasure swing, becoming personally acquainted with the cast and key players, and basking in the glory of one of a kind The Penny Jive shwag (flask, poster, tshirt and hand screenprinted day&night wear.)
    Plus tickets for a booth (6people) to any of the performing nights in August (9, 15 & 16), which guarantees focused attention from the performers
    AND listing as Sponsor of the Arts in the program.

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