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A night of revelry and music. Ten actors. Forty guests. Shakespeare's most perfect comedy, with some new bits added just for you.
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"What You Will," by The Bard's Beerd Cohort. 9pm, December 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Theater 2, Teatro Circulo. 64 E 4th St. Manhattan, NY.

Our Website: http://whatyouwill.weebly.com/

Find the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/416783831757234/

"What You Will," fully titled "Twelfth Night, or What You Will," is one of William Shakespeare's best known and most dearly beloved comedies. Often called his most perfect comedy, the play includes shipwreck, loved ones assumed dead, mistaken identity, gender swapping, prank playing, fighting, and most importantly, revelry.

Our production puts revelry front and center, seeking to incorporate the audience in an experience of drinking (beer will be served for a suggested donation), singing, joking, the occasional melancholy or morbid note, and general merriment. Come ready for an experience, as the actors will talk to you, toast to you, and possibly use you as a prop or interlocutor. The space is small and intimate, the goal being to incorporate the audience as fully into the experience of the play as is possible without giving them specific lines. 

The Company

Director: Stephen Bennett

Producer: Ariela Rotenberg

Assistant Director/Stage Manager: Zach Libresco 

Costume Designer: Sonia Paauwe 

Lighting Designer: Randy Katz 

Orsino: Zach Tomlinson 

Olivia: Victoria Nassif 

Viola: Kendra Slack 

Antonio: Emma Sherr-Ziarko 

Sebastian: Nicolas Cerkez 

Feste: Allison Kelly 

Sir Toby Belch: Mackenzie Knapp 

Sir Andrew Aguecheek: Teddy Lytle 

Malvolio: Nora Hyde 

Maria: Megan Lee 

All video footage shot by Martin Loper. Find him online at: http://www.martinloper.me/

The ten actors will accompany themselves and each other in an extra-musical rendition of a story with swelling and overbearing love discovered in the wake of devastating loss. They bring their myriad talents in dance, poetry, singing, fighting, and enchanting each other with the sheer power of their presence.

Any donation will go towards costs of performance space, rehearsal space, designs, costumes, lights, refreshments, materials, and our advertising costs. Our base goal for this kickstarter is $4000 , which is a good deal of money, but that will only begin to cover the cost of the show. This is the base amount needed to break even after all is said and done including ticket sales and donations. Our dream goal to cover all costs of production is $7000. On top of that, if we get $8000 we will be able to make a really awesome film of the show, working with some of our friends who are cinematographers and video editors. We can make the DVD available to the public, including all of you lovely people. So even if you can’t see the show, you can see a recording of it. To this end, be the first person to donate $1000, and we will put that money directly to the cost of filming. You will also get a DVD of the production sent to you, a pair of tickets to the show whenever you want to use them, and a personalized musical video thank you from the cast.

But there is one more step, one more goal that we dream of achieving. One thing that is a dream for all new theater makers is the ability to pay the people who work so hard to put on the play with you. We would love to pay the company for all their time and energy putting What You Will together for our wonderful audience. So, our great big pie-in-the-sky, penny-in-the-wishing-well, win-the-lottery goal is to raise $10,000. If we can do that, we can pay all of our company members for their time, dedication, creativity, and hard work.

We have gotten the project into its second month of rehearsals, and we are so looking forward to having a wonderful show to present to you, and to meeting you all, our lovely audience! Four weeks to go! What we need from you most now is, of course money. But that is not all that you can do. Spreading the word is the key to any successful campaign. Whether or not you can give to our Kickstarter, TELL YOUR FRIENDS!!!! We want to see them! We would love it if they can give, or if they even just come to see a cool show! So get the word out, and help us make this happen!

Tickets are available online at:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/516022

Risks and challenges

PEOPLE: Finding the right people to work with on any project is daunting, and as in most large undertakings, the group has to make every piece of the play together. Luckily, the 15 people that have come together to form The Bard's Beerd Cohort have already made great headway on forging bonds, overcoming obstacles, and beginning to create a wonderful piece of theater.

SPACE: It is often difficult to find space in New York, much less pay for it, and for theater, we need rehearsal space as well as a place to perform. We've found an amazing venue for the performances, the underground theatre at Teatro Circulo, at 64 E 4th St in Manhattan, and we are already well into the rehearsal process. We have made use of park space, our apartments, and gathering spaces like cafés in order to meet, but we will be needing more and more rehearsal space as tech week and the week of performances draws near. We will spend more than the $4,200 that we are asking for in cost of space alone. So we can't do it without you!

TIME: We are in New York. Time is precious, and we all have precious little of it. We are trying our best to see each other as often as we can, to give everything that we have to this project. One of the limiting factors is that we also need to get paid. And unless we reach our very ambitious $10,000 goal, this will not be a source of income for the individuals in the company. But it is not just money that we are after. We will squeeze in late at night, or more often, early in the morning, times when we can meet and rehearse.

WORK: We are all working in the theater, and working hard, but that doesn't mean that we are getting paid for our efforts. We are working second and sometimes third jobs to pay the rent, and doing this in our down time. And though 15 people sounds like a lot for one project, with the 10 performers, dozen-plus schedules that need to be worked around, 8+ musical numbers in the show, most of which we have devised ourselves, not to mention the producing, finding space, and organizing, we are working ourselves pretty hard. We are doing that, however, to achieve the highest possible quality of production, even with a goal as ambitious as one we have set ourselves. We will have had almost two months of rehearsal, a rarity in the New York theater world, and we are dedicated to taking the project into the stratosphere of theater. Metaphorically. Meteorically. Metatheatrically.

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