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Produce both a site-specific play and a high quality film of Henrik Ibsen's under-appreciated masterpiece, Hedda Gabler.
Produce both a site-specific play and a high quality film of Henrik Ibsen's under-appreciated masterpiece, Hedda Gabler.
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In 2013, videographer Kyle Cassidy and actress Jennifer Summerfield joined with director Josh Hitchens to produce a film of Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House," based on an existing, site-specific production of the play. Now they want to take what they learned from that project and create the definitive version of Ibsen's later, seldom performed masterpiece, "Hedda Gabler." With a cast of seven of the most respected actors in Philadelphia, performing in one of the most beautiful living museums in the country, magic is bound to happen. The stage for this production is the parlor of Philadelphia's historic Physick House, a mansion built in 1785 and decorated in the tastes of the late Victorian era. Every detail of the performance space is period accurate for this production set in the Philadelphia of the 1890s, where Hedda's beloved father, General Gabler, fought in the Civil War. With 360 degrees to work with, the house provides an intimate and immersive atmosphere for the play. The video will open the production up to include the beautiful, enclosed garden and the entire two stories of the mansion. 

The live production of Hedda Gabler will take place for two weeks in December of 2015; between performance weeks, a four day video shoot will bring this unique and definitive production, in the form of a multi-camera video, to people who couldn't see one of the eight performances of the play.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10 8:00pm -- Show

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11 8:00pm - Show

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12 8:00pm - Show

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13 2:00pm – Show

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17 8:00pm - Show

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18 8:00pm - Show

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19 8:00pm - Show

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20  2:00pm - Show

Risks and challenges

We learned from producing "A Doll's House" that the most time consuming and expensive part of the production was creating physical DVDs and Blu Ray disks. We've opted this time to include that as a stretch goal instead of a basic goal, which means that the sole time consuming task, post production, is editing. Editing on "A Doll's House" was largely completed within 30 days; however, we've given ourselves extra time with this production to be sure that the final product will arrive ahead of schedule.

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    I just want to help out: Access to the production blog, behind the scenes updates, videos and news!

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    Digital Download: get a copy of Hedda Gabler in HD downloaded to your computer.

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    Ticket to the play: Buy a ticket to one of the live productions of Hedda Gabler in Philadelphia.

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    Leave a ticket at the door for someone.

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    Ticket to the Play and Digital Download: Get a ticket to one of the production nights and a copy of the finished product when it's done.

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    DVD
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    Date Night! Two tickets to one of the live productions of Hedda Gabler in Philadelphia.

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    Your marriage is better than the Tesman's but you don't live in Philadelphia! Your marriage is better than the Tesman's! One of your own honeymoon / vacation photos in the wedding album used on stage and a photo of your photo on the set plus a digital download of the movie when it's done!

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    Men's cravat: Own one of the custom period neckties worn by the men in the production. Get your 19th century on. Plus a digital download of the movie.

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    Mens Cravat (local pickup)

    Own one of the custom period neckties worn by the men in the production. Get your 19th century on. Plus a digital download of the movie. Stop by after the show and pick your tie up and there's no shipping cost.

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    See the play with Joel Hodgson from Mystery Science Theater 3000 (no talking during the performance please!) Joel will be attending the Saturday, December 19 2:00pm matinee and immediately after will be taping an interview in front of a live audience (you) with producer Kyle Cassidy about "What makes a movie good?" The interview will be part of the Hedda Gabler special features. You also get a digital download of the movie (and special features) plus an opportunity to show Joel your best Joe Don Baker imitation. Because Kickstarter doesn't allow multiple rewards to draw from the same pool of limited tickets the easiest way to do Date Night purchasing is to get two separate tickets with two separate emails. (Sorry!)

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    Date night and a movie! Two tickets to one of the live performances and a digital download of the film when it's done. Relive the glory. (Movie arrives in June, 2016, theater tickets in December 2015)

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    Your honeymoon photo on stage! As the play opens, the Tesmans have returned from their Honeymoon & Hedda shows off their vacation photos. We'll add one of your 4x6 vertical photographs to the photo album used on stage. Audience members might catch a glimpse of it, but we'll send you a digital photo of it set, plus a download of the film.

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    Own one of the custom made mens vests used in the production. (Drop us a line with questions about size.) Also includes a digital download of the movie.

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    Family night! Four tickets to one of the live productions of Hedda Gabler in Philadelphia save $10.

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    Name General Gabler!

    Ibsen doesn't give a name to Hedda's father but you can. Is there a high school drama teacher you want to remember? Your own father? The brass plaque on General Gabler's dueling pistols will be engraved with the first name of your choice and we'll send you some closeup photos and a behind the scenes video showing how it's used in the play. Plus a digital download of the movie.

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    Closing night cast party: Come celebrate with the cast on closing night as the play wraps up and they get ready for filming.

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    Production credit: Your name, or the name of a friend or mentor, listed in the closing credits of the film and the printed play program. Also includes a digital download of the film.

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    Your marriage is better than the Tesman's! Two tickets to the show, one of your honeymoon photos in the wedding album used on stage and a photo of your photo on the set and a digital download of the movie when it's done!

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    Party with Peter Sagal! Apart from being the host of NPR's "Wait ... Wait Don't Tell me!" Peter is an accomplished playwright and actor. He's hosting an after-party for the cast Friday December 11th and you can be there. Talk about the play with Peter, the cast & crew. Enjoy refreshments and hopefully do not lose your manuscript on the way home. Includes a ticket to the movie and a digital download of the movie. Because Kickstarter doesn't allow multiple rewards to draw from the same pool of limited tickets the easiest way to do Date Night purchasing AFTER ALL THE DATE NIGHT SETS SELL OUT is to get two separate tickets with two separate emails. (Sorry!)

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    Family Night Forever! Four tickets to one of the live productions of Hedda Gabler in Philadelphia save $10 PLUS get a digital download of the movie to watch over and over.

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    The Tesman's Victorian Photo Album: Own Hedda's beautiful, authentic Victorian, velvet backed photo album, filled with production photos from Hedda Gabler. Used as a prop in the production and film, it contains 30 photos of the cast in the historic Physick House taken by Kyle Cassidy.

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    You and a friend - Party with Peter Sagal! Apart from being the host of NPR's "Wait ... Wait Don't Tell me!" Peter is an accomplished playwright and actor. He's hosting an after-party for the cast Friday December 11th and you can be there. Talk about the play with Peter, the cast & crew. Enjoy refreshments and hopefully do not lose your manuscript on the way home. Includes TWO tickets to the play and a digital download of the movie.

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    Shadow the director: Want to be on set during the production of the video and learn about video production? Spend the day shadowing director Kyle Cassidy. Learn about lighting, camerawork and how an independent video production gets made. Includes 1 on 1 time to ask your own questions. Also includes a digital download of the film and a mention in the credits.

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    George Tesman's Favorite Smoking Jacket: This one of a kind, recreation-Victorian smoking jacket was created especially for Hedda Gabler by Philadelphia costumer, Mary Kinney. Perfect for an evening spent by the fire with your favorite obscure book.

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    Sponsor an actor production credit: $400 pays the salary of one of the actors. Receive production credit in the printed theater pamphlet and the video credits.

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    An entire show all to yourself! Whether it's you and 29 of your best friends or you alone, get every seat in the house plus digital downloads of the movie. Hang out after and meet the cast.

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    Hedda's Mourning Dress: Own the actual dress from the production, custom made by Styled to Rock star Autumn Kietponglert of Heartless Revival. (Expedited shipping available if you want to make this a holiday gift.) Also includes two tickets to the play, an invite to the cast party and a digital download.

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