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A new idea in theatrical entertainment: it's like your favorite tv show, if it happened right in front of you in a hip rock club. Read more

Somerville, MA Theater
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A new idea in theatrical entertainment: it's like your favorite tv show, if it happened right in front of you in a hip rock club.

Somerville, MA Theater
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Help us bring to life this exciting new idea in live theatrical entertainment.  Blood Rose Rising is a live-action series, opening in Davis Square, Somerville on Feb. 17th, 2012.  Each episode is a complete entertainment experience in itself, but with developing characters and a story arc that progresses from episode to episode toward a thrilling seasonal climax. The show takes place in a dynamic night club environment, with live music, magic, food, drink, and social interaction.   

Blood Rose Rising will open at the new Davis Square Theater, in association with Saloon, a vibrant new bar right down the hall, which will be providing the food and beverage service. We plan to premiere the Pilot Episode, "Immaterial Girl", starting on February 17th, and follow it up with a new episode every month or so. Our first season has an 8 episode story arc, but the show has the potential to run for a long, long time.  We're looking to create an experience that audience members can become immersed in and share with us over the long haul.

Blood Rose Rising is a supernatural romantic thriller.  It tells the tale of Robert Blackwood, a young history professor living in Cambridge, Massachusetts who inherits a tumbledown Victorian mansion from his estranged father, the brilliant and mysterious Ulysses Blackwood, member of a long line of scientific and medical luminaries.  Robert finds that the house is haunted by the presence of a beautiful Victorian woman, Rose.  His growing obsession with her leads him to the discovery that by spilling the blood of the living, he can temporarily restore her to life.  He sets out down the dark road between good and evil, murder and salvation, life and death.  

With cast members Poornima Kirby, Aimee Rose Ranger, Andrew Cromartie, Calvin Braxton, Dakota Shepard, Casey Preston,Victor Shopov, and Robert St. Laurence, and music by local sensation Alchemilla, it promises many evenings of vivid, high-powered entertainment.  The show explores our longing for connection with life and control over death, and the mysterious triangle that exists between spirituality, science and illusion.  But it's not all darkness and metaphysics.  It's an adventure story - wild, witty, shocking and just plain fun.  It's a full evening out - there's food and drink, live music, and a vibrant party atmosphere.  It's co-written by creator Ben Evett (below, right) and Boston phenom Steve Barkhimer (below, left).

Steve Barkhimer is a Boston-based writer and performer; recipient of the Kennedy Center’s John Cauble Award for Best Short Play of 2009 in the American College Theatre Festival; mentor for playwrights through the Boston Playwrights Theatre; instructor of Creative Writing at Boston University.  His play Yule Laugh, Yule Cry was performed in December 2009, and he is the author of four other full-length plays, including Tongue Out of Hand and The Fishbowl, as well as Time Was, a collection of original music.  A veteran of over 60 theatre productions in the Boston area alone, he was also featured in The Fighter with Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale. He has taught writing, philosophy, literature, mathematics, and other subjects, at Boston University, Worcester State College, Cambridge College, Huntington Theatre, and the China Institute at the University of Massachusetts.

We are looking for the last piece of financing we need to get the show open and running.  Your contribution will buy costumes, set pieces and lights to allow us to fully realize our vision of what this experience can offer.  Join us in this bold new adventure, as we push the boundaries of what theatre can be!

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  • You're contribution is critical to our success. Here's what you're dollars will do:

    $25 pays for the special effects - blood, magic, makeup and other stuff we use up - for one performance

    $50 Costumes one character

    $100 pays an actor for one performance

    $250 pays a band for one show!

    $500 pays for lighting rental for one week. Yeah, theatre ain't cheap!

    $1000 hires a designer. And we need them!

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    Receive a limited edition Blood Rose Rising refrigerator magnet and see your name in our list of sponsors.

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    Receive a drink voucher good for one drink at any performance of Blood Rose Rising and see your name in our list of sponsors. And a magnet!

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    Receive a limited edition Blood Rose Rising T-shirt and see your name in our list of sponsors. And yes, a magnet!!

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    Become a Character #1 - Send us a picture of yourself or a loved one, and we'll photoshop your face into a still from the show of your favorite character - signed by the actor! and see your name in our list of sponsors...and a magnet!

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    Receive a ticket to the show good for any performance and a drink voucher good for one drink; we'll also take a photo of you with a member of the cast and you will see your name in our list of sponsors; and...wait for it...a magnet!!!!!!

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    Receive a BRR Surprise Bag: 2 tickets to any show, 2 drink vouchers, a T-shirt, a poster SIGNED BY THE CAST, and a magic trick; see your name in our list of sponsors. A magnet? But of course!

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    Become a Character - Extreme Edition. We'll use your name and picture or video as a character in a fake news segment during a performance - which will be recorded and posted on the BRR website; also includes BRR Surprise Bag, your name in our list of sponsors, and, and, and -- a magnet.

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    4 VIP tickets, including complimentary drinks and appetizers with creators Ben Evett and Steve Barkhimer and a backstage tour including the revealing of a SECRET special effect. Includes BRR Surprise Bag, and your name at the top of our list of sponsors. But no magnet. Well okay, AND a magnet. Wow!

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