About this project
NEW GOAL: $9,000! 100 Backers!
Having reached our initial goal of $7,500, we seek additional funding to provide for advertising opportunities, the wide distribution of press releases to media outlets in the New York metropolitan area, and cover unexpected, last minute licensing fees.
Join our campaign, and help provide for the popular success of this incredible show in New York City!
Double Heart will make its New York City debut!
Double Heart (The Courtship of Beatrice and Benedick), a new verse play by Cleveland playwright David Hansen and prequel to Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing”, has been accepted into the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC).
We need your support to help underwrite travel and production expenses to bring this acclaimed local production -- created, staged and produced by Cleveland artists -- to the national stage.
Originally commissioned and produced by Great Lakes Theater (Cleveland's classic theater company) as a touring production, the world premiere of Double Heart was enjoyed by over 2,400 audience members at 22 school and community sites across northern Ohio this past spring.
Double Heart will be produced this August at FringeNYC, the largest multi-arts festival in North America, featuring the same acting company and identical production design as the original outreach touring production.
Great Lakes Theater has graciously allowed the set to be used for the FringeNYC production. It is unable, however, to fund the travel and remaining production costs. With Great Lakes Theater’s blessing, we, the Double Heart production company, have undertaken this Kickstarter campaign to fund these costs on our own.
Critical comment for Double Heart:
"You don't have to know a thing about "Much Ado" to get a major buzz from Double Heart ... The language is funny and at times quite elegant about issues of the heart." - Christine Howey, Rave and Pan
Audience comments for Double Heart:
“I thought this conveyed the real feel of what it must have been like to
see a Shakespeare play hundreds of years ago!!”
“I attended Double Heart at Lakewood Library and decided to see it a second time with my granddaughter, age 17. She loved it too!”
“An amazing piece of work. Shakespeare would be pleased, maybe even a little jealous.”
Double Heart was the second-highest attended outreach tour in Great Lakes Theater history. This independent initiative to produce in New York will provide this new work with greater opportunity for success and development, and showcase the skills and talent of the actors and production company, reflecting positively on what Cleveland has to offer.
Double Heart Production Company:
David Hansen, Playwright
Lisa Ortenzi, Director
David Hansen, Ensemble
Annie Hickey, Virgina/Page
Emily Pucell, Beatrice
James Rankin, Benedick
Production & Design Company:
Diana Lehotsky, Stage Manager
Terry Martin, Scenic Design
Esther M. Haberlen, Costume Design
Richard Ingraham, Sound Design
Carli Taylor Miluk, Choreographer
FUNDING WILL COVER:
- Application fees
- Liability insurance
- NYC safety compliance
- Transportation for set, costumes, company
- Room and board in NYC
Risks and challenges
Taking an entire production to a theater festival is rife with possible pitfalls, from hidden production, transportation or safety compliance costs, to the actual success of the production itself.
Members of this company have experience on the fringe circuit, and have budgeted for all necessary expenses, including fire codes, liability insurance, and securing decent, inexpensive housing for a company of six.
We are also prepared to move heaven and earth to successfully promote "Double Heart" through media, social media, every promotional event made available through FringeNYC itself, and to hit the streets as soon as we reach New York to spread positive word of mouth.
"Double Heart" is a beautiful, contemporary play with strong ties to the works of Shakespeare. We believe in the success of this production, and are prepared to work as a team to achieve maximum visibility to ensure its success at FringeNYC.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Tickets are available for purchase through the FringeNYC box office beginning July 19, 2013. Reservations can be made online (http://fringenyc.org) or by calling 866.468.7619.
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