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SEVEN tells the true stories of 7 women who bravely fought for the well-being of women, families, and children around the globe.
SEVEN tells the true stories of 7 women who bravely fought for the well-being of women, families, and children around the globe.
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Seven is a documentary play that tells the true stories of seven women who bravely fought for the well-being of women, families and children around the globe:

  • in Cambodia, rescuing girls from human trafficking
  • in Northern Ireland, promoting peace and equality
  • in Russia, protecting women from domestic violence
  • in Guatemala, giving voice to the poor
  • in Nigeria and Pakistan, fighting for women’s education and rights
  • in Afghanistan, empowering rural women  

We (Sotto Voce Theatre) are bringing this important and compelling play to the Triangle - during (and after) Women's History Month - the first time it's been produced in N.C.!

We have a committed and talented cast (actor videos, as well as others, being added regularly on this You Tube Channel) and have garnered support from local organizations, including both of our event spaces, Living Arts Collective and Sonorous Road Productions, who have partnered with us and thus mitigated some of the financial burden and risk which theatres- especially new, local companies- inevitably face.

On March 8, International Women's Day, our cast performed a staged reading of select portions of their monologues, followed by a facilitated Q & A. They did a wonderful job bringing these women and their stories to life, and our audience was engaged throughout (thanks in part to our Interview on North Carolina Public Radio!)

We have six full performances of the play scheduled- three in Durham and three in Raleigh. Our actors are rehearsing, our production team is preparing and our excitement (and nerves) growing. Most things are in place and the rest will be taken care of as we progress through March.

But we have our challenges. Our entire team is working for free, which I suppose can be called volunteering. And while the arts tends to be a passion of love, we'd like to be able to meet these expenses for these remarkable women, their important message and this amazing piece of theatre.

We appreciate you taking the time to learn more about us and our production!

Risks and challenges

We are in the process of securing non-profit status but until then, funds are scarce (though we try!). That said, we are producing Seven regardless.

Our main challenge has been raising enough funds to offset production costs, which are quite modest but nonetheless have put us in the red. Our entire team has agreed to make this production happen and agreed to evenly split any funds we receive after expenses are met. These expenses include...

Production Rights (six or seven shows): $480 - $560
Marketing (flyers/programs): $150
Production Team: $200
Technical production Expenses: $100
Costumes/Set: $100

We saved a considerable chunk by partnering with both event spaces, who agreed to split ticket sales. While this allowed us to secure the space, it affects numbers on the back end.

I am glad to answer any questions you may have and share any information that might help you, should our project be one you consider funding.

A couple of other notes:
Our Web site, sottovocetheatre.com, is active but under construction. We are doing our very best to have it looking and feeling a bit better ASAP.

Also, given our performance dates and campaign rewards (tickets to shows), please take special note of specific dates. If you would prefer an additional ticket to a show instead of a '7' scarf, please let us know.

Thanks,
SW

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