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Lanyard is returning to Mid-coast Maine and is seeking community support to present a staged reading of Kevin O'Leary's "Lascaux."

     Well hello there, ladies and gentlemen! We've missed your company, and we've heard you've missed ours. It's good to be back.

     Lanyard Theatre Company is a professional theatre troupe operating primarily in the state of Maine and focusing purely on developing and showcasing new work. The company has been dark for approximately two years after founder Kevin O'Leary stepped down in 2009. The time has come for Lanyard's re-launch, and as a fitting reintroduction we have chosen to present a staged reading of O'Leary's lastest work, the full-length play "Lascaux."

     We very much value artists' time, skills and efforts. The company has always operated on a modest budget, but it also has always paid its casts and creative teams. For this Kickstarter campaign, a fundraising goal of $1,800 has been set to present the reading of "Lascaux." The funds will ensure we can offer due compensation for everyone's efforts; the reading itself will lay the groundwork for the necessary next steps including formally reinstating our non-profit status by helping to raise awareness for this company again.

     Founded in September 2005, the outfit blossomed out of a playwriting intensive called the Trigorin Project, which placed high school writers and actors with professional mentors from Maine and New York. After it became evident that community was hungry not just for students to have an opportunity to grow creatively but to see the produced work of the Trigorin mentors, Lanyard productions became semi-annual editions to the local arts and culture line-up.

     When O'Leary chose to step down in late 2009 to devote more time to his family, it was deemed better to go dark for a spell and regroup rather than push through another project without being able to truly focus on the work. For its artists, Lanyard emphasizes the joy of creativity and exploration, not the stress of obligation.

     Long term, we hope to see the Trigorin half of our company become a steady fixture in the area school system once again, return the company's annual programming to a minimum of two produced world premieres a season, and open up submissions beyond the original writers collective and encourage local playwrights to submit work for consideration, as either a workshop or full production.

     In the meantime, however, the most immediate goal is simply to conclude Lanyard's dark period and get the company back into the public light. Non-profit and Equity status must be reinstated, but we feel it is important to put the company back in the community's consciousness and generate enthusiasm once again before setting greater fundraising goals. 

     In years past, we held readings at local homes and encouraged donations as the primary means of gathering funding. But between the company's two-year hiatus and our fear of going to the well once too often with wonderfully loyal supporters who don't necessarily have all that much money to spare in reality, we felt it was time to adjust our approach

     Before going dark, Lanyard filled a void in coastal Maine - where glimpses at new work are rare to date and opportunities for stage artists to workshop new ideas can be similarly elusive. We are very excited to be active once again, look forward to once again performing in and celebrating the greater Bath community.

Lanyard can be found on Facebook at - https://www.facebook.com/LanyardTheatreCompany

There's one last donation incentive we'd like to mention:

From the start, artist Neill Ewing-Wegmann has offered his extraordinary talents to Lanyard, creating original artwork inspired by every single company show to date. These peices have been featured promanently in of all our productions, and in our fundraising efforts as well as paintings have made their way home with donors. Neill's latest commissioned Lanyard work, to be unveiled toward the end of this Kickstarter campaign, will be offered up to the highest backer. And should there be a tie with, say, two people giving $750 or something (just throwing it out there...) we'll just cut the painting in half. Well, probably not. But if having a gaggle of high-level donors becomes our problem, I doubt there'd be any complaints and I'm sure we can work something out.
A light sampling of Mr. Ewing-Wegmann's work can be seen here: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001709540269

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