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You are the students. They are the teachers. Put. The joint. DOWN.
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Hi! 

Thanks for visiting our Kickstarter page. Let me tell you about The Drugstoppers. Two years ago I, Gili Malinsky, writer and New York resident, realized I wanted to write a show in which the audience plays a role in a totally ridiculous story. And I realized pretty quickly the setup had to be audience: classroom, story: anti-drug class. So I reached out to my actor/comedian friends (Megan Sass, Amanda Van Nostrand, Tom Johnson, Tierney Nolen...) and said let's put on a show. And they said yes. 

High schooler Amy, made to help teach the anti-drugs class, reads a personal essay about tripping on shrooms.
High schooler Amy, made to help teach the anti-drugs class, reads a personal essay about tripping on shrooms.

For the past year we've been meeting in libraries, bars, studios and living rooms to read the play to each other and to audiences and make sure it really is the funniest, most delightful and heartfelt hour of theater we could possibly offer New York. Along the way we've picked up some badass producers (Abigail Ludrof and Brett Ryback), an award-nominated director (Michael Bello) and some mind-blowing collaborators (Andy Zou, Arthur Meyer, Tessa Hersh...), and we're finally honing in on dates and location. We're looking to do two weekends of shows, four shows a weekend, this coming November!

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(High schooler Donald presents one of two Don't Do Alcohol posters)

But now is the part we really need help with. In order to put on this play, we need to cover the cost of the following:

- Actors & director stipends

- Rehearsal space

- Venue

- Costumes (like colorful scarves and animal t-shirts)

- Props (like a baby keyboard and poster board for handmade alcohol posters)

- PSAs (with props like "heroin" and "meth")

- Collaborator stipends (like our PSAs director, Andy, who also made our Kickstarter vid!)

- PR efforts (flyers, a listing)

This money would be the foundation to truly bring our play to life. It will make The Drugstoppers real. 

So, all that said, thank you, again, so much for checking out our Kickstarter campaign! We can't WAIT to share our story with you.

Very truly sincerely,

Gili Malinsky and The Drugstoppers team

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p.s. We'd love so much to be able to keep this play going. If, by chance, you'd like to give a bit more, with $11,000 we can put on the show at least one more weekend and pay our actors a bit more for their efforts.

p.p.s. And if we raise $17,000 or more, we could take the show to another city on this very coast, and perhaps share our story with those of you readers outside of New York...

Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges of putting on The Drugstoppers include not getting the venue our hearts are set on (an actual school! But that depends on a bit of logistics, etc.), in which case another venue would be far more expensive and harder to pay for for a two-weekend run. We've built ourselves enough of a buffer that we should be able to do it regardless, but that does depend on the venue and what kind of price they are able to give us.

There is absolutely no reason for this play not to go up by the end of the year! Another thing is, though, until we book the venue definitively we won't know exact dates. We're looking at the middle weekends of November (weekend of the 14th and weekend of the 21st), but everything hinges on where we can do it. We will 1000000000% be keeping you posted.

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    Pledge US$ 5 or more About US$ 5

    Shout out on Drugstoppers Facebook! Thank you so much! You are so cool. Thank you :-)

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    - A ticket to the show
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    - Shout out on Drugstoppers Facebook

    YAY! Can't wait to see you there :-)

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    - TWO tickets to the show
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    - Shout out on Drugstoppers Facebook

    Wait, wait. Are you bringing a date? Listen. You're def getting laid.

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    - Two beverage vouchers the night of the show
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    - TWO tickets to the show and
    - Shout out on Drugstoppers Facebook

    Wash that trip down memory lane with a juice box. I like apple.

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    - Munchies Survival Kit
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    - Two beverages (both to be given the night of the show)
    - Two tickets to the show and
    - Shout out on Fbook

    It will be hard, but try to refrain from consuming ALL munchies at once.

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    - A Drugstoppers T-shirt
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    - Munchies Survival Kit
    - Two beverage vouchers
    - Two FRONT row seats (or seats of your choice) and
    - Shout out on Fbook

    No. Way. Holy. Crap. You. Are. So. Cool.

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    - VIP Package (including two front row or seats of your choice, onstage and backstage tour and meet & greet with cast!)
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    - Drugstoppers T-shirt
    - MAJOR Munchies Survival Kit
    - Two beverage vouchers and
    - Shout out on Fbook

    Ahhh! Girl, we are SO excited to have you :-)

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    Pledge US$ 5,000 or more About US$ 5,000

    - PRODUCER CREDIT!
    - Drinks with Gili!
    - Getting to be part of the show!
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    - VIP Package (including two front row or seats of your choice, onstage and backstage tour and meet and greet with the cast!)
    - Drugstoppers T-shirt
    - Major Munchies Survival Kit
    - Two beverage vouchers and
    - Shout out on Fbook

    I don't even know what to say anymore... Good thing about those drinks because we have SO much to talk about ;-)

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