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IN THE DARK is a bawdy production that combines Goth-erotic dance and theatrical satire in the original burlesque tradition. Read more

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IN THE DARK is a bawdy production that combines Goth-erotic dance and theatrical satire in the original burlesque tradition.

Chicago, IL Theater
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The 1901 is an independent, non-profit art and performance space in Chicago that has been hosting a variety of theatrical events for almost seven years. During this time, the sound and lighting systems have taken a heavy beating. Our highly treasured monthly production, IN THE DARK, relies heavily on an intense theatrical atmosphere, as well as colorful costuming and props used by The 1901 Damsels for our multiple group ensembles.
We are looking to update and maintain the technical mechanisms and costuming aspects that are necessary in order to deliver the high-quality production that is IN THE DARK. Our first show in 2012 is appropriately titled “Shadows & Echoes” (January 20th & 21st) and will be leaning heavily on costuming, stage props, and the revamped audio and visual make-over that we are driving at here on Kickstarter!
We pride ourselves on high quality productions, and because our patrons and talent are the very fabric that hold The 1901 together, it’s crucial that they experience the finest environment we can provide. When we open our doors to give and receive artistic fellowship within the local theatre community, the talent and creative energy should be showcased rather than an abandoned, broken mechanism or sagging chair. Four local artists erected The 1901 from the ghostly shell of a dilapidated 9-car garage with nothing but elbow grease, precise planning, a large personal investment and a whole lot of inspiration. Our small collective managed to build the stage, hand-sew the double layered stage curtains, insulate the building, and transform an empty structure into the magical space that it is today. We have the plans and the hands to bring our theatre up to speed with repairs and a mini face-lift, but lack the funding.
The 1901 is different from most entertainment venues. We are not a bar, so we cannot receive sponsorship and promotional assistance from liquor companies, tax breaks for advertisements, nor do we have an entertainment budget from any sort of “corporate headquarters.” We rely 100% on donations from the patrons at our events and money from our own pockets. As you can imagine, this is no easy task, especially in recent times. Lucky for us, our landlord has been understanding and accommodating when rent is late, allowing us to continue to provide a space for the number of dancers, photographers, sculptors, musicians, painters, writers, designers, directors, actors and artists that call The 1901 their home away from home.
Individuals, like you, are the key to our success. For as little as $5, you can add your name to the list of folks who are helping to re-vamp our space so that we can continue to operate - with the absolute coolest rewards that revolve around our IN THE DARK show titled “Shadows & Echoes”!! The more financial support you can provide brings a uniquely matched batch of goodies your way, and we are happy and ever-appreciative to do it. Our goal is to repair, improve and maintain the very structure that keeps our creative pulses pumping. The cast and crew of IN THE DARK and all who enjoy our space thank you for your love and support!

*Find out more about The 1901 at: www.the1901.com

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    "Pal" - your name will be listed on our website as a "Helpful Pal." Many virtual hugs and kisses!

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    "Chum" - your name will be listed as a "1901 Chum" on our website as well as in our signed IN THE DARK "Shadows & Echoes" program (which we will mail to you).

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    "Awesome" - you will receive a signed photograph of the cast and crew, your name listed on our website as well as in our signed IN THE DARK "Shadows & Echoes" program.

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    "Beautiful" - you will receive an IN THE DARK "Shadows & Echoes" dvd, a signed photograph of the cast and crew, and your name listed on our website as well as in our signed IN THE DARK "Shadows & Echoes" program.

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    "Brilliant" - you will receive an IN THE DARK "Shadows & Echoes" t-shirt and dvd, a signed photograph of the cast and crew, and your name listed on our website as well as in our signed IN THE DARK "Shadows & Echoes" program.

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    "Notorious" - Congrats! You just grabbed a walk-on part in a group number for a future IN THE DARK show (with +1 entry), an IN THE DARK "Shadows & Echoes" dvd and t-shirt, signed photograph of the cast and crew, and your name mentioned on our website as well as in our signed IN THE DARK "Shadows & Echoes" program.

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    "Super-hero" - Wow! Enjoy a post-IN THE DARK show late night taco dinner with the cast and crew, a walk-on part in a group number for a future IN THE DARK show (with +1 entry), a "Shadows & Echoes" dvd and t-shirt, signed photograph of the cast and crew, and your name mentioned on our website as well as in our signed IN THE DARK "Shadows & Echoes" program.

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    "Royalty" - You rule! You will receive an original watercolor painting of the Cast Member of your choice (from the talented ~E~), a walk-on part in a group number for a future IN THE DARK show (with +1 entry) followed by a late-night taco dinner with the cast and crew, a "Shadows & Echoes" dvd and t-shirt, signed photograph of the cast and crew, and your name mentioned on the website and IN THE DARK "Shadows & Echoes" program.

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    "Patron Saint of The 1901" - All hail YOU! Your name will be painted on a front-row chair, you will be granted free admission to every IN THE DARK show in the 2012 Season, you will receive an original watercolor painting of your chosen Cast Member, a walk-on part in a group number for a future IN THE DARK show, followed by a late-night taco dinner with the cast and crew, a "Shadows & Echoes" dvd and t-shirt, a signed photograph of the cast and crew, your name mentioned on the website and in our signed IN THE DARK "Shadows & Echoes" program.

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