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Minneapolis, MN Theater
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The Wild Plan is a new way to produce and tour theatre across the country, creating shared experiences of wonder for communities.

Minneapolis, MN Theater
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The Wild Plan is a new model for creating and touring performances around the country--it's all about shared community experiences, centered around live performance of new theatre.

We're not going to wait for opportunities to be given to us to create the kind of work we want to make. We're taking the reins ourselves, and we're going to do it our way.

We believe that theatre is about community. Our Wild Plan is to create shared experiences through story and spectacle and song―not to mention beer and wine and food, and babies, and dogs, and picnic blankets, and fireworks, and sunsets. The Wild Plan is about sharing, which is why our performances are free and outdoors, open to anyone.

The Wild Plan will visit four communities in August 2011:

  • Brookings, South Dakota on August 9-10th
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota on August 13-14th
  • Chicago, Illinois on August 15th
  • Cape Cod, Massachusetts on August 18-19th

For each festival on the tour, we'll curate a sort of 'set list' - Boy with a Moon and a Star on his Head will be family-friendly, Misanthrope, Or the Impossible Lovers is more like PG-13 (it's set at a drunken party and there is some four letter lovin'), and The Witches is not meant for the faint of heart - it's set in Hell and inspired by horrifying movies like The Shining and The Exorcist. The three plays are wildly different, but with a shared goal: to create immersive theatrical experiences that audiences will find impossible to forget, and to do it in the context of these shared, community-based party-festivals.
These 'set lists' will be different in each community, as we'll be bringing local artists and community organizations on board. For instance, in Chicago we'll be screening a short film beforehand and hosting an improv troupe, and in Truro we'll be hosting yoga classes before the performances. If there are local artists (maybe it's you!) that you'd like to see involved with The Wild Plan when it comes to your community, please tell us! That's what we'll end up with. But how do we get there?

Think fair-trade art: the artists make a living wage for their work, and their art is shared freely with the communities that support them.


It's a structure that gets a lot of material (3 different plays that can be performed over two days) out of a fairly short rehearsal period and only 4-6 actors/directors, and it can do so because it prioritizes artist pay so that the group can afford to commit their time and energy [read: put their day-jobs on hold] to devote themselves to the development and touring of these plays. Over 80% of our budgets goes to the artists to facilitate their ability to invest themselves fully in this process. 

A positive track record - proof of concept - will be vital to future iterations of The Wild Plan. This first attempt has proven to be a bit hard to explain (huh? free theater? outdoors? I pay in advance? for a two day festival?), and the newness combined with the very difficult economic environment is certainly challenging. 

In a longer term vision, we'd like to produce on the model of The Wild Plan at least once a year and possibly twice a year, to different regions around the country (our next target after this first tour is the Bay Area and Sonoma County). Documentation of our (with your help) uber-successful debut will be instrumental in building a longer term vision, but in order to get there we need visionary supporters who see the potential in this kind of model.

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    11 backers

    Excellent karmic vibes, sent directly from our hearts with love-beams. Also, you'll be listed as a supporter of The Wild Plan on our website!

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    14 backers Limited (36 left of 50)

    Excellent karmic vibes, + a personalized postcard from the Wild Plan crew while we're on the road. You pick which location you'd like a postcard from. Plus, you'll get access to exclusive behind-the-scenes video, including Eric and Ben's performance at a drag show in Provincetown, Mass. You don't want to miss this.

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    20 backers Limited (80 left of 100)

    Karmic vibes + a postcard from The Wild Plan + your name on our website, along with access to exclusive video content PLUS a limited edition silkscreened poster designed and printed especially for The Wild Plan by Minneapolis-based artist Danimal (dnml.org). Danimal's work has been recently featured in the book Pulled: A Catalog of Silk Screening by Mike Perry. He's, like, our favorite.

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    6 backers Limited (44 left of 50)

    Karmic vibes sent via heart-beams + your name on our website + a postcard from the road + exclusive access to video content + your choice of a limited edition silk-screened poster by Minneapolis artist Danimal or a Wild Plan t-shirt featuring his design + 2 drink tickets to be used during any Wild Plan performance!

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    Make us greener! We'll be driving a lot on this tour, and it pains us to know that we'll be producing over three tons of carbon emissions to do so. By contributing only $65, you can single-handedly be responsible for off-setting our carbon emissions. Plus, you'll get all of the above benefits.

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    11 backers Limited (39 left of 50)

    Wow! Thanks! You are an official Supporter of The Wild Plan. We're gonna give you a certificate that says so, too. Plus, of course, your name will appear on our website, we'll send you good vibes and a postcard from the road, you'll get 2 drink tickets, access to behind-the-scenes video, a poster AND a t-shirt by the truly extraordinary Danimal, AND we'll thank you by name before the performances.

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    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    The $500 level is that of Cornerstone Supporter. For your commitment to The Wild Plan, we will love you forever. Besides that, you'll get all of the above, plus, The Wild Plan will write and record a song in your honor, just for you, which we'll personally present to you in a deluxe ceremony at the Wild Plan venue of your choice. Because we love you.

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