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Award-winning OSR Performance Ensemble brings the creepy, unlikely, bittersweet, macabre & beautiful world of Neil Gaiman to the stage.
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CLICK HERE!!! To hear Neil Gaiman talk about the 5 stories we're adapting to the stage for OCTOBER IN THE CHAIR... 

a sneak peak at our OSR t shirts... oo la la...
a sneak peak at our OSR t shirts... oo la la...

In the event that you should find yourself in a fairytale, remember:

Never ignore the advice of the talking Raven,

Don’t ever literally give your heart as a Valentine,

The Phoenix is the best Last Meal you’ll ever have,

And Little boys always like adventure; especially the dead ones.

Join OldSoundRoom performance ensemble for “October in the Chair and other Fragile Things,” 60 magical minutes of the unlikely happenings and absurdist humor of Neil Gaiman’s short stories.

Neil creating original illustrations for our rewards packages...
Neil creating original illustrations for our rewards packages...

 OldSoundWhaaat?

OldSoundRoom was founded in 2013 by recent graduates & current students of the Yale School of Drama, all of whom share a working process and an artistic vision to create exciting and original theater.  In the fifteen months since our founding, we've done two shows in three countries...

Our inaugural production, OldSoundRoom LEAR was our aggressive adaptation of Shakespeare's King Lear.  The Production utilized his words, frenzied movement set to original beat-driven music, and new text culled from interviews with residents from the Lillian Booth/Actors Fund Assisted Living Facility.  OSR Lear dealt with generational division and asked the questions: What do we owe our elders, what do they owe us, and what can we learn from one another?   The show was featured in both Playbill & American Theatre Magazine.   

Our second production Machine Makes Man (a show inspired by the writings of futurist Ray Kurzweil) debuted at the Amsterdam Fringe Festival, where it won the Gold Prize for International Performance, the highest honor for which it was eligible.  

"Thrown into a crisis of confidence when his wife Milly falls pregnant, mechanic Jeffrey Kramer volunteers for a human trial of so-called “accelerated learning technology”, conducted by the US government’s military technology research institute, DARPA, chiefly so that he has something to teach his child “other than car engines”.  Things start to go awry for the Kramers when Jeffrey quits the program and delves deeper into his existential angst." - Cue, Grahamstown, South Africa. 

Based on it's success in Amsterdam, MMM was invited to The National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa, where it ran to sold out houses and received heaps of amazing press.

a sneak peak at our $222 reward package...
a sneak peak at our $222 reward package...

WHAT'S NEXT?!?!?!

OSR has been invited to return to the Amsterdam Fringe Festival this September, where we will debut our brand new show, OCTOBER IN THE CHAIR and Other Fragile Things.

Adapted from short stories by award-winning author, Neil Gaiman, OCTOBER IN THE CHAIR... is a 5-actor, 25-character show, with original music, masks, puppets, replete with all the macabre mischief & child-like wonder of Mr. Gaiman's writing.

After premiering the show in Amsterdam, OSR will be making their off-Broadway debut.  With support from the powerhouse NYC-based marketing & producing entity, the ARACA Group, OCTOBER IN THE CHAIR... will have a week-long run at the American Theatre of Actors in the heart of midtown Manhattan, appropriately enough, just in time for Halloween.

We are very fortunate to have such wonderful support from Neil himself, who has even gone so far as to create several original pieces of art for us to offer as donor rewards for this kickstarter campaign. More on that in the rewards section.

original illustrations by Neil Gaiman...
original illustrations by Neil Gaiman...

BUDGET EXPLANATION & STRETCH GOALS!!!

artist fees: $400 per week x 6 (4 performers, 1 director, 1 stage manager) x 6 weeks   //   $14,400

rights for the material, generously discounted by Mr. Gaiman:   //   $1500  //  ***PAID IN FULL FROM LAST YEAR'S PROCEEDS!

designer fees: 2 designers (lights and costume+scenic) x $1,000   //   $2,000  //  ***PAID IN FULL FROM LAST YEAR'S PROCEEDS!

airfare to the Amsterdam premier:  $1,000 x 5 (4 performers, 1 director/musician)   //   $5,000  //   ***GENEROUSLY DONATED BY THE AMSTERDAM FRINGE!

rehearsal space:  $1,000 per week x 5 weeks   //   $5,000   //   ***GENEROUSLY DONATED BY SCOTT FREEMAN!

contingency budget for incidental costs   //   $600

PRE STRETCH TOTAL:  $15,000

***STRETCH GOALS***

lighting budget:  rental of a basic lighting package to install at the Theatre of Actors in October   //   $2,000

costume construction budget:  fabric and sewing materials   //   $1,000

set budget:  building materials and hardware   //   $1,500

publicity:  ads, posters, hand bills, online content, publicist   //   $2,000

higher artist fees:  paying everyone a little better than the bare bones NYC living wage we've allotted above   //   $3,600

POST STRETCH TOTAL:  $25,100

Risks and challenges

Producing a play is always a risk. But producing a show in New York is an even bigger risk. We have assembled a fantastic design team, we have a wonderful director, and a great cast; the challenge will be competing with all the other theater and sundry fascinating goings-on that are ever-present in New York. We know that we can meet that challenge. We have the track-record to prove it, so right now, our biggest challenge is fundraising...that's why we're here.

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    A special shout out on our website and our eternal gratitude.

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    EARLY BIRD SINGLE TICKET!!! One ticket to any performance of OCTOBER IN THE CHAIR... in either Amsterdam or New York.

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    Autographed copy of DEATH: the High Cost of Living from DC Comics/Vertigo (1993), signed by Neil Gaiman

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!!! a limited edition OSR t-shirt emblazoned with a golden OSR logo, and one ticket to the performance of "OCTOBER IN THE CHAIR and Other Fragile Things" of your choosing, in either Amsterdam or NYC.

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    EARLY BIRD TIX!!! Two tickets to any performance of OCTOBER IN THE CHAIR... in either Amsterdam or New York.

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    Autographed paperback edition of Neil Gaiman's short-story collection, FRAGILE THINGS, signed by the author.
    This is the book from which we are adapting our play!

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    Autographed 1st printing of DC Comics/Vertigo "the Sandman: Overture," (2014) Signed by Neil Gaiman.

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    A first printing of BATMAN #686 (2009), autographed by Neil Gaiman.
    This is part one of a two-part story by Neil, billed as 'the LAST Batman story.'

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    Autographed copy of the Dark Horse Comics graphic novel, "Harlequin Valentine" (2001).
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    Autographed copy of "Instructions" hardcover graphic novel (2010). This too, is one of the stories from "Fragile Things" that we've adapted for our show.
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    Autographed paperback edition of Neil Gaiman's "Ocean at the End of the Lane."
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    BATMAN: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader, trade paperback by Neil Gaiman, autographed by the author.
    This trade paperback collects the two-part story billed as, 'the last Batman story.'
    In fact, this was the last Batman story before DC comics restarted their continuity.

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    Autographed trade paperback of DC Comics/Vertigo's the Sandman volume 2: the Doll's House, collecting Sandman comics issues 9-16, by Neil Gaiman.
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    Autographed hardcover edition of the Dark Horse Comics graphic novel, "the Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch" (2008).
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    Autographed copy of the script for, "October in the Chair & Other Fragile Things."
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    Autographed trade paperback of DC Comics/Vertigo's The SANDMAN volume 1: PRELUDES & NOCTURNES (collecting Sandman comics issues 1-8), by Neil Gaiman. Signed by the author.

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    Autographed paperback edition of Neil Gaiman's novel, "Neverwhere."
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    DC/Vertigo's DEATH trade paperback, collecting all of the fan-favorite character's best stories and adventures.
    Autographed by Neil Gaiman, with the inscription, 'Don't Die'

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    Autographed 10th anniversary paperback edition of Neil Gaiman's 'Coraline,' with an original interior sketch by the author.

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    ***ILLUSTRATED SANDMAN SPECIAL*** //
    for the final half of this campaign, 2 of the 7 original cover illustrations that Neil has created for the new DC Comics/Vertigo series 'the Sandman: Overture,' will be offered in this special rewards package.
    Each recipient will receive a near-mint condition first issue of The Sandman: Overture, with a brand new cover illustrated by Neil.
    Each of the 7 covers we are offering is a completely different image, and bares the artist's signature as well.

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    FINAL 48 SPECIAL!!! To support our campaign, Neil has created 7 original cover illustrations for the new DC Comics/Vertigo series 'the Sandman: Overture.'
    Each perk recipient will receive a near-mint condition first issue of The Sandman: Overture, with a brand new cover illustrated by Neil.
    Each of the 7 covers we are offering is a completely different image, and bares the artist's signature as well. THREE LEFT!!

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    To support our campaign, Neil has created 7 original cover illustrations for the new DC Comics/Vertigo series 'the Sandman: Overture.'
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    FIRST PICK!!! of the (7) limited edition Sandman comics with an original cover illustration by Neil Gaiman. Choose your favorite of the 7!! 6 are pictured on this page, and the 7th is featured in our video. Take your pick!!

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    Your choice, any edition of DC Comics/Vertigo's ABSOLUTE SANDMAN or ABSOLUTE DEATH hardcover, prestige format collected editions, personally inscribed by Neil to you, with an original sketch done in the interior of the book's pages.

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    BRING OSR TO YOU!!! A private performance of MACHINE MAKES MAN, OSR's award-winning sci-fi romance saga and international hit play. We will bring you the entire production to be staged in any location you can provide (so long as we can remain unharmed in said location). For performances outside of the New York area (100 miles or more), travel expense and lodging costs must be paid separately. Includes two OSR t shirts, and two tickets to OCTOBER IN THE CHAIR...

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