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ENIGMA is poised to debut as Brooklyn's only interactive outdoor mystery theater, set in the streets of historic Brooklyn Heights.

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ENIGMA: BROOKLYN'S ONLY OUTDOOR MYSTERY THEATER!

ENIGMA: THE SHOW is a unique new interactive theatrical experience that will entertain and provoke participants through surprising encounters with actors, as they explore the historic streets and attractions of Brooklyn Heights. Scheduled to debut June 29, 2013, the production will run every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until the end of October. 

INTRODUCTION: A LITERARY MYSTERY IN THE HEIGHTS?

The quiet village-life and architectural splendor of the Heights that drew notable authors – Truman Capote; Arthur Miller; Norman Mailer; Lewis Mumford; Henry Miller – throughout the 20th century remains, so that it is an unparalleled place for walking exploration. Arguably the most lovingly preserved neighborhood in all of New York City, Brooklyn Heights' every brick, brownstone, and window box is lovingly stewarded; clearly nothing evil or mysterious ever happens here. . . 

The Heights are a place of mystery – you just need to begin looking for the signs, the symbols. Once you do, you will find that they are everywhereDr. Dann will get you started; just come to the flagpole at the Montague Street entrance to the Promenade to get your first clue . . .

"HISTORY! HISTORY! DON'T LET IT BE A MYSTERY!"

A hallmark of the Heights – Brooklyn's glorious front door – has always been its cultivation of a relationship to the past. After the Revolution, it was the home of Brooklyn's first American historians. The legacy of civic activism and historic preservation that is another Heights hallmark springs directly out of the neighborhood's sense of itself as uniquely blessed in its having been home to both heroes and rogues. ENIGMA honors that legacy with its own cast of rogues and heroes, some of whom you may recognize from Brooklyn, and American, history.

THE CAST

From femme fatale. . .

to Jugglers. . .

to the whole dang crew. . .

WALKING AS A RADICAL DEMOCRATIC ACTIVITY

Walkers make the best citizens, because they get out of their own bubble, and expand their comfort zone by encountering others who look, act, and think differently than they do.

HOW ABOUT THAT 5000 BUCKS YOU'RE ASKING FOR?

We've funded this production from the start with buckets of sweat equity from friends and family. That has been a joy! Now, my job as a producer is to make sure that all that sweat, rehearsals, street choreography, and general mayhem pays off with a full house. No Broadway producer, whether it is Max Bialystock or Julie Taymor, is guaranteed an audience come opening night.

So, in the long and distinguished tradition of Brooklyn's eclectic, eccentric, and just plain gonzo theater, I want to get this show out into the streets with a BANG! We've got a mile - high pile of guerrilla marketing tactics that we think will make even the snooty Madison Avenue types across the river sit up and take notice. I'd tell you what they are, but then, that would spoil the fun, wouldn't it!? Just think of Christo draping the Brooklyn Bridge in orange silk crepe, or Banksy tagging the Statue of Liberty. . .

Your contribution will guarantee that we give a full-throated Brooklyn (cheer) stamp to our marketing campaign, and get the word out to the other four boroughs and beyond.

OH YEAH, YOU SAID A "LITERARY MYSTERY" DIDN'T YOU?

As far as I know, ENIGMA is the first dramatic production in history where, after you have walked through the mystery, met the characters, and seen the locations, you can then go home and read the novel. It's too weird to explain – just come to Brooklyn and try it out!

SEE YOU IN THE STREETS!

And, thanks so much for your support.

AND SPECIAL THANKS TO:

Nightingale – Jeremiah McLane, Becky Tracy, and Keith Murphy – for providing the kick--- musical soundtrack to our video:

http://www.jeremiahmclane.com
http://blackislemusic.com

Dave Ratzlow, Videography & TLC

Will O'Hare, Video Editing

Risks and challenges

As producer, I know that the key to giving my audiences a wonderful experience is to keep my actors happy and engaged. I plan to schedule production sessions biweekly, and to host a once-a-month dinner for all the production staff throughout the season.

To gather as much direct audience feedback as possible, I have hired two actors who will double as hosts at the last scene of the show, to give audience members an opportunity of directly voicing their questions, comments, etc.

Regarding backer incentives, as of now, the start date for our campaign, we have in hand the copyedited novel; a streamlined ticketing system; and all that's left is to get those lapel pins manufactured!

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    Usher: a handsome & exclusive ENIGMA lapel pin

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    Prop Manager: an ebook of ENIGMA: THE NOVEL

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    Playbill Author: an autographed copy of Dan Grey’s new novel, ENIGMA

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    Costume Director: a single ticket to ENIGMA: THE SHOW

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    Stage Manager: a pair of tickets to ENIGMA: THE SHOW

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    Playwright: a lapel pin; a pair of tickets to ENIGMA: THE SHOW; and an autographed copy of ENIGMA: THE NOVEL

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    Director: a lapel pin; a ticket to ENIGMA: THE SHOW; an autographed copy of ENIGMA: THE NOVEL; and a post-performance walking tour with author Dan Grey (for up to 10 people)

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    Producer: all of the above, and Dan Grey will write your character into his novel, ENIGMA

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    Megaproducer: A private event for your group, in a spectacular Brooklyn Heights or DUMBO location, with all the actors, Director, & Executive Producer of ENIGMA. Includes a juggling show by the 2012 Freestyle Frisbee World Champion; a Capoeira demonstration by a master (our Director); and lots of literary fun & games.

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