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Deep Love is headed to the moon! (Via Oregon) Buy CDs, DVDs and get ticket info here. See how you can be a part of the journey! Read more

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Deep Love is headed to the moon! (Via Oregon) Buy CDs, DVDs and get ticket info here. See how you can be a part of the journey!

About this project

********** Stretch Goals************

We're coming up on the last few days of our campaign and there's only just a short time left to help us get to the MOON. We're very excited to go. Ryan has been preparing by living in rural Utah--which is practically the same place. ZING! Just kidding, I love rural Utah.

In all seriousness, though, Arts Northwest is such a fantastic opportunity for us and your support means the world. So many of us have put our blood sweat and tears into this project and to see all the good will come in is immensely encouraging and edifying. If I could wrap every Josh Groban, Celine Dion, Bette Midler, Barbara Streisand and big-hair power-ballad cliche in a box and give it to you as my gratitude, I would. And so, on that note, I wanted to let you know about some ways that we want to express that gratitude.

$6,000 or 150 backers - Rarities

So, we decided that if we can reach 6K we want to give something back to all of you. Over that last several years Ryan, Garrett and myself have collaborated on several things together, many of which have gone unreleased and unseen or heard-- including a full-length CD we recorded in a wood-shop while Ryan and I were living in San Francisco and full-length videos from Deep Love's early stages. We want to just let you have these. For free.

$8000 or 250 backers - PARTY

We like to party and we hope you do too. So, if we can get 8k or just 250 backers we want to party like Prince in 1999... with you! Previous parties have included spontaneous karaoke, nacho cheese shots, water boarding (seriously, we water-boarded each other one night just to see what it was like), loud music, soft music, poetry readings, Joe Madden Super Bowl, connect-four, and more snacks than we should admit to. This could be a fondue party where we dress up in turtle-necks and discuss art and culture or we could meet at a high-school football game and pretend we know someone on the team. We're open to suggestions. (In all reality it'll probably be an after party on show days) Whatever it is, though, we want to party with all of you.

$10,000 or 500 backers - Deep Love: A Ghostly Reality Show

This is an interesting one, and I hope we can make it to 10k just for this alone. If we can reach 10k we'll attempt to turn this circus into a pilot episode of what very well could be the next big reality sensation. Perhaps we'll bring a string of suitable zombie bachelorettes for Old Bones to choose as a replacement for Constance, or we'll sample fine cuisines with Friedrich as we travel to Oregon. Or maybe we'll just give Ford Erickson a few cameras and see what happens. Regardless, if we can hit this mark we want to document our journey and let you in on it.

$12,000 or 750 backers - Deep Love Origin Stories

For years Ryan and Garrett have been talking about writing and publishing the origin story of each Deep Love character. Well, if we can stretch all the way to 12k, we'll make it happen and give you all the exclusive first printings.

There are still so many things this show needs, like costumes and a set for example and every little bit you give will help us make this production something very special. Thank you again!

                                                    ⬆︎ WATCH OUR VIDEO ⬆︎

Hi everyone! It's Deep Love season again and we're gearing up for another great run of shows. Like every October for the last four years we're again bringing to life the story of Old Bones, (Team Old Bones! [I play Old Bones]) Constance, Friedrich and Florence, but this time it'll be a little different. We've been invited to showcase at Arts North West in Eugene, OR! That's one (expensive) step closer to our ultimate goal of performing on the moon!! We couldn't be more excited! Seriously, if bold lettering and excessive exclamation points don't prove that, I don't know what will. It's an opportunity for us to schmooze with performing arts professionals--like presenters, artists, agents, vendors and associates. Essentially it'll allow us to take our show for the first time beyond the Wasatch Front and Snake River Plain, where we've been performing for the last 4 years. This is a chance to expand our position as a local show to something bigger. 

Oct 2013 (photo by David Epps)
Oct 2013 (photo by David Epps)
(photo by Kristopher Orr)
(photo by Kristopher Orr)

                                                                  THE SHOW

Here's a little info for those of you not familiar with us: 

Set at Old Bones’ grave, Deep Love begins with a dead husband and his living wife, Constance, pledging their undying love to each other.  Though Constance cannot see or feel Old Bones’ presence, her love for him goes beyond the grave.  Still grieving, Constance meets Friedrich and begins to see life as a possibility again. For a moment, they find solace in each other’s love. Even so, Friedrich, tormented by a history with his ex-lover (Florence), and Constance, still haunted by the memory of Old Bones, cannot fully escape their respective pasts. The entanglement of these four characters’ lives allows you to judge if their love is deep.

Deep Love is a modern breed of classical opera. It is a story told entirely through continuous music. Since its debut performance it has garnered overwhelming fan support and begun to gather critical acclaim. SLUG magazine said "I've never been to a rock opera before, and the likes of Deep Love is something I'd really dig to see more... The cast pretty delicately and skillfully balances elements of both [rock & roll and theater]." 

                                                                   ABOUT US

Who are we? Jerk kids who probably never belonged in rural Idaho. OR MAYBE WE DID! Maybe you just don't know Idaho. 

(photo by David Epps)
(photo by David Epps)

Whatever your notions of potato country, we're no different than anyone anywhere who's tried to do something much larger than themselves. It started in 2009 when Garrett Sherwood approached Ryan Hayes with the idea of writing a rock opera. We were all students in Rexburg, ID. Garrett recalls, "there wasn't a lot to do in Rexburg in the winter, so we decided to write a rock opera." Using the bitter cold and their respective run-ins with heartbreak as literary fodder, they composed this story of love and loss. 

I was pretty skeptical at first. I mean, who writes a rock opera on a whim? But, when they played the first few songs for me I was immediately hooked and told them we needed to make it happen. We started small. Really small. We slapped together a show at the last minute and and performed for about 50 people at a local club. You should have seen my face paint. I was trying to look dead, but all I managed to do was look like a victorian Iron Man. 

Oct 2010 Featuring Iron Man
Oct 2010 Featuring Iron Man
April 2011
April 2011

                                                     THE DEEP LOVE FAMILY

Each year as the show picks up steam, however, and as we increase our production value, we add several new faces to the show. We've become a large and growing family. As I mentioned in the video, after each performance there is a dialogue about how we can make the next performance bigger than before--and it usually boils down to what we can afford to do. After this first performance, our objective was just to take it to a larger venue. After the second year it was to add more show dates and the third was to actually pay everyone involved (except ourselves). We are keenly aware of, and strive to preserve the spirit of how this project started. It began as something we did just for the love of doing something great. It has been an immense joy to walk this path with so many of my friends. And in that same spirit we hope to add you as well to our Deep Love family. With your support we can make this the best year we've ever had.

                                                          A LITTLE TASTE

Undeniably this section may come off a bit like free samplers at Costco, (They always snag me! They're so delicious!) but listen to this song and you'll agree that Amy Whitcomb singing the part of Florence is impressive. Some context: 

Florence, Friedrich's bawdy and obsessive ex-lover, confronts him about his sudden change and claims that, because she knows the real Friedrich, he should return to her. She scoffs at his current adherence to the idea of love. 

The next is an excerpt from the DVD. Garret Sherwood plays Friedrich and sings one of my favorite songs from the show, "Surely Reclaimed." More context:

Friedrich agonizes over his lifelong failure to find lasting peace. He resolves to change, trusting a newness of life will come from abiding with Constance.                                                 

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                                                            BOARD GAME 

Be the first to find love in the exclusive Deep Love board game! 

Box Top
Box Top
Game pieces
Game pieces

                                            FUNERAL ATTIRE RECOMMENDED

While the show does deal with death themes, it is not scary and is intended to be enjoyed by all audiences. Funeral attire is recommended. 

                                            WHO ARE THE DEEP LOVE SLAVES?

The Deep Loves Slaves are what we affectionately call our street team. From time to time we need to call in the troops to get the word out about the latest Deep Love news. Or sometimes we function as an alternative for joining the Boy Scouts. We'll help old ladies across the street, go camping, hiking, partying, karaoke-ing, knot-tying, or any other activity that strikes our fancy. 

                                                 NEED A PEP-TALK?   

You may have noticed that one of our pledge options will get you a personalized pep-talk from Ford Erickson himself. Maybe you're having a bad day or perhaps you need the courage to do something extraordinary. Ford's pep-talks can be tailored to your specific needs and help you to overcome life's challenges with gusto. See an example in the video below.

Ford's Bio: Ford Erickson is a key member of the Deep Love family, and one of the finest men we know. He's inspiring and creative, but most of all he has a flat top haircut that you could set your watch to. If you need motivation, Ford's the man to give it to you.

                                                   WANT TICKETS TO OUR SHOW?

As a thank you to those who have supported us over the years, and who may support us in the future, we wanted to offer tickets at a discount. Throughout the duration of this Kickstarter campaign we're knocking off $5 from the ticket prices. So, please follow tickets links below and reserve your seat! These shows will sell out, so get tickets while you can. 

Oct. 10, 2014 Idaho Falls, ID

8pm-10pm Colonial Theater (Willard Arts Center) ⬇︎ GET TIX THERE ⬇︎

http://tix2.centerstageticketing.com/sites/idahofalls6/tickets.php?type=general-admission&c=457&e=1215&d=1673

Oct. 17th Salt Lake City, UT 

8pm-10pm Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center  ⬇︎ TICKETS ⬇︎

http://www.arttix.org/tickets/reserve.aspx?performanceNumber=13009

Risks and challenges

As we learned with our last kickstarter campaign, there are always snafus in fulfillment. We recognize the possibility of any number of unforeseen scenarios that can delay our timeline, but given the nature of this particular campaign we feel extremely confident in getting your rewards to you in a timely manner. This is not a project with a prototype, but rather an investment in our future. The rewards have already been created and are ready to ship upon funding.

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    {Backer-Exclusive Images and an 'Atta Boy} Download backer-exclusive images to show your support. Add them to your social media profiles, make them your desktop photos, or just pull them up to look at from time to time. Additionally we will read your name out loud and high five you with our minds. You deserve it.

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    {Deep Love Slave and a Football Tap} We'll make your slave status official with a digital certificate of authentication and add you to the private Deep Love Slave Facebook group to keep you on the inside of what's happening with Deep Love. We'll also be sure to inspire our slaves with pep talks and telepathically give everyone one of those "Oh-I'm-Super-Tough" football butt taps. Additionally, you'll be able to pimp your social media pages in style with all the same Backer-Exclusive Images from the previous pledge.

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    {Backer Exclusive Digital Download} This includes a digital download of all 21 songs from the 2013 performance of Deep Love. Please note: all pledges will receive the Backer Exclusive Images and have the option to be a Deep Love Slave.

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    {Backer-Exclusive DVD and a Thank You} By popular demand we're making the 2013 performance available on DVD. This pledge also includes a little thank you note from us. It's important to us that you know we're grateful.

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    {Backer-Exclusive CD and a Thank You} For those of you that want a physical copy we're printing all 21 songs for you from the 2013 performance on a double disc CD. You'll also receive the same swag from the earlier pledges (including the digital download of the CD)

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    {Song-book and Backer-Exclusive Digital Download} If you want to take the classy route and sit down with some sheet music while you listen to Deep Love, then this one's for you. Get the songbook plus a download of all 21 Backer-Exclusive downloads. You'll be jammin' OG style. Like, REALLY OG. Beethoven style.

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    {Deep Love T-Shirt and Digital Dowloads} Get a Deep Love shirt to sport while you're out and about. I won't go so far as to say it will make you better looking, but I can promise you will FEEL better looking. You'll also get all Exclusive Digital Downloads.

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    {Songbook/CD} Deep Love Songbook + Live Album on double disc CD + Backer Exclusive Images + Become a Deep Love Slave

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    {DVD/CD} 2013 Live performance on DVD + Live Album on double disc CD + Backer Exclusive Images + Become a Deep Love Slave

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    {DVD/Songbook} 2013 Live performance on DVD + Deep Love Songbook + Backer Exclusive Images + Become a Deep Love Slave

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    {CD/DVD/Songbook} 2013 Live performance on DVD + Live Album on double disc CD + Deep Love Songbook + Backer Exclusive Images + Become a Deep Love Slave

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    12 backers

    {The Family} You'll get the rewards from the previous pledge--the 2013 Live performance on DVD + Live Album on double disc CD + Deep Love Songbook + Backer Exclusive Images + Become a Deep Love Slave. BUT, you'll also get your name in our program along with the other members of our Deep Love family.

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    {Collector's Poster & Swag} In addition to the DVD and CD download you'll receive a screen printed poster signed by the cast. This will be a chance to say you knew us "way back before [we] made it to the moon."

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    {Personalized Pep-Talk from Ford Erickson}In addition to getting a copy of the exclusive 2-disc CD Ford Erickson will give you a personalized pep-talk. Who is Ford? Poke around our YouTube channel and you'll find him. He will make a motivational speech for you to use whenever you need a pick-me-up.

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    {Collector's Board-Game & Swag} This includes the DVD, CD download and a limited edition collector's Deep Love board-game (Only 7 have ever been printed). You can be Friedrich, Florence, Constance, or Old Bones and see who finds love first.

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    {CD AND A JINGLE} Not to be outdone, Garret will match Ryan's full song reward with a bargain for a jingle. So, if you have a company, commercial or just want a jingle to announce your entrance in any room, now you've got a chance. Garrett will make your dreams come true.

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    {Collector's Delight} So, this is a limited offer of a board game, The CD, DVD, Poster AND board game. Basically it's the "family," poster, and board-game pledges rolled into one.

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    {Get Your Own Song} Ryan Hayes will write a song based on YOU and dedicate it in your honor. In addition you will get the Live Album on double disc CD + Deep Love Songbook + Backer Exclusive Images + Become a Deep Love Slave

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    OLD BONES will preside at your wedding or funeral. Travel not included.

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    Ryan Hayes will take you on an all night ghost hunt. Must be near Salt Lake City.

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    Ryan & Garrett will write a 15 minute opera on any topic. ANY TOPIC.

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    Take the entire show to any city in America.

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