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A mesmerizing adventure story for adults and young adults — told entirely with text messages. Help us share it with young audiences.
A mesmerizing adventure story for adults and young adults — told entirely with text messages. Help us share it with young audiences.
656 backers pledged $11,265 to help bring this project to life.

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We made it to our stretch goal! That means we'll be able to give bit more to Kathy, Annie, and Buzz — who have absolutely given their hearts and souls to this thing. Thank you!

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A contribution of $6 gets you five months of incredible, original storytelling, in a wild new narrative form.

Help us share it with young audiences.   

     

What is it?

Sister of Shattering Glass is an all-ages story delivered to your phone using nothing but text messages — and not just pure text messages, but also stunning, hand-made images and audio as well.

A hall in the maze of mirrors
A hall in the maze of mirrors

In the story, you take the role of a father whose two daughters are trapped in a great secret maze that links the mirrors of the world. Deep in this surreal place, a being born from reflections and fractures threatens to devour the maze from within — including the two sisters and every bird on earth.

The story unfolds gradually over the course of five months, starting on Friday February 17th and ending in July. During that time, you’ll receive just a tiny handful of texts each day — and some days you’ll get no texts at all. Each character in the story writes to you directly from his or her own phone number, like this...

Texts to you from Summer and Bird
Texts to you from Summer and Bird

What if you're a young adult who wants to sign up for free?

So glad you asked. Click this link to go to our contact page. Just send us a quick note and we'll get back in touch about how to sign up. Be sure you're signed up no later than than February 13th!

(Please don't choose this if you're over 19-years-old. Thanks.)

Sounds good. Who's involved?

The team
The team

The creative team — Kathy, Annie, and Buzz — are extraordinary. The video above offers some background about them, but visit their websites for more info:  

Sounds of the maze, from Buzz...

 

Where will your money go?

This peculiar storytelling format makes it effortless it is to receive the story. You don't need to go to a venue. You don't even need to live in a particular city. 

But there is one thing that can stand between you and experiencing the story: whether you can afford the $6 it costs to sign up. That doesn't sound like much to most of us, but to some people — particularly young people — it can be a lot.

And here's the thing: The story is written for adults and young adults alike. It's an adventure that celebrates the power and independence of two girls and their ability to navigate a strange world full of difficult moral choices. We think it's a story a lot kids today long to hear.

That's why our donations and rewards are set up around the idea of giving the story to younger people who might feel they can't afford it. 

With the help of youth educators and education groups across Austin, we assembled some additional information for parents and teachers. We'd love for you to take a look. 

Caught in the mirrors
Caught in the mirrors

That's cool, but what does the money actually get spent on?

Our first priority is paying artists fairly for the work they make. In this case, those are Kathy, Annie, and Buzz. Compensation for all three adds up to $7,500.

On top of that, there's the cost of actually sending the texts. Each message costs $0.0061 (just a bit more than half a cent). That might not seem like much, but it adds up fast. Our goal is an audience of 1,200 people, which means we’ll be sending 408,000 individual messages over the course of five months. That’ll cost $2,506.

And on top of all that, we've got infrastructure and publicity costs: 

  • an online database service 
  • a cloud web service 
  • hosting fees 
  • phone number rental fees
  • compensation to programmers 
  • poster design and printing

And all of that adds up to another $3,002.

The grand total is $13,008 (7,500 + 2,506 + 3,002). Let's call it an even $13,000. Very fortunately, we have some generous donors named Jim Greer and Daphne Keller who've offered a matching donation — so we’re reaching out to you for the rest: $6,500

And, again, a contribution of $6 gets you five months of fantastic storytelling, offered in this wild new narrative form. And speaking of that...

What’s the deal with telling stories by text messages?

We want the text messages you get as part of the story to feel just like any other text message you might receive from a friend or family member. In other words, it should feel like the characters are talking to you directly and the messages should look just like any other messages you might randomly get during the day. As you get messages like that from multiple characters, the story unfolds just like it really would — as if you were in the middle of a real crisis. 

A bluejay brings a message
A bluejay brings a message

What if you're not in the United States?

Unfortunately, we 're not able to send the story outside of the United States. We tried to make it work but the technology and carriers just make it impossible.

What if you decide you don't like it?

We've made it as easy as possible to turn off the story if it's not your cup of tea. Just text "DONE" to any of the story's numbers and we'll immediately stop sending texts.

What's in it for you?

Your contribution makes the project possible and any contribution of $6 or more gets you a ticket to the story. It's a thrill that we can off a story that's as fun and mysterious and original as this one is for just $6 per person — an incredible bargain for a theatrical performance. 

Chip in a little more so that younger people can experience the story, too. Maybe you've got a child, student, niece, or nephew who'd love this kind of thing. Six dollars gets you the story. The great conversations you have together about that story are on the house.

Share the project

Almost as valuable as a contribution is your willingness to share this Kickstarter project with friends and family. If you think this project is interesting, pass it along. Show people what you're backing. The more contributors we have, the more likely we are to reach our goal.

 

Risks and challenges

This project is on steady ground in all the ways it can be: The script, photos, and audio are all ready to go. We've battle-tested the technology. And we've reached out for your support.

At this point, we're ready to send the story to as many people as we possibly can.

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Big thanks!

    We'll list you on a 'Supporters' page on our website — and send a link to that page at the end of the story:

    https://physicalplant.org/sosg-credits-and-thanks/

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    One ticket for the show

    We'll send an email to let you know how to sign you up for the story.

    We tell the story gradually over the course of five months.

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    Two tickets for the show

    We'll sign you up — plus one friend or family member.

    The story is a blast to experience with other people. Tip: Go through it with a favorite youngster — 11-years-old and up.

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    One for you, one for the kid

    We'll sign you up — and your contribution will also enable one young adult in Austin to experience the story for free.

    This is a huge part of our mission with this story. See here for more info:

    https://physicalplant.org/sosg-guidance/

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    Table for six.

    A ticket for you and five others. Use the extras for friends and family — or let us give them away in your name to a young person who can't afford the story otherwise.

    We'll also send along one of our beautiful posters, by Annie Gunn and Jennymarie Jemison.

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    Make it rain

    A ticket for you and 15 others. Use as many as you need for friends and family — and we'll give the rest away in your name to people in underserved populations.

    We'll also send along two of our beautiful posters, by Annie Gunn and Jennymarie Jemison, signed by Katharine.

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    Make it rain

    A ticket for you and 15 others. Use as many as you need for friends and family — and we'll give the rest away in your name to young people who can't afford it otherwise.

    We'll also send along two of our beautiful posters, by Annie Gunn and Jennymarie Jemison, signed by Katharine.

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    A picture worth a thousand text messages

    Set up 20 people with tickets to the show.

    Plus, let us send you a framed, professional print of one of Annie's photos from the story. We'll let you choose a favorite.

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