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Off the Quill's inaugural production about Shakespearean Violence and all its faces. At Capital Fringe Festival 2013 July 11th-28th.
Off the Quill's inaugural production about Shakespearean Violence and all its faces. At Capital Fringe Festival 2013 July 11th-28th.
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With Violent Delights, Off the Quill has taken seven of Shakespeare's works and used those life-or-death fight scenes as a framework to tell a bigger story, one about human nature and the nature of violence, presented through the lens of a Circus of performers whose show is usurped by one of their own.

Off the Quill was founded by four like-minded friends (Patrick Mullen, Katie Wanschura, Leanne Dinverno, and J. Peter Langsdorf) who wanted to create a different kind of theater experience. One that blends many different mediums, like stage combat, dance, clowning, physicality, to present truly compelling stories to the audience. We aim to take classic and modern stories and make them our own, either by writing new material or presenting them in innovative ways.

The four of us are just regular people who happen to be passionate about theatre, and we can't fund this project alone. So how exactly do intend to use what we raise?

- Administrative costs of performing in the Festival
- Advertising (postcards/posters and online advertising)
- Costumes (7 different scenes with 10 performers...you get the idea)
- Stage weapons. Each fight uses a different combat style and will require different weapons.
- Foam flooring. Our actors will be performing a lot of stunt and combat work, and we need to keep everyone safe.
- Set materials and props.
- Paying our actors!

Our two biggest goals with Violent Delights are to generate enough revenue that we can continue to produce new shows in the future and, most importantly, to pay our actors. Everyone involved in this production is giving their all, and it is incredibly physically demanding, and we want to be able to pay them for their hard work and dedication. If you help us reach our goal, ALL of the revenue we generate from ticket sales will get to go toward future shows and our actors!

Learn more! Facebook: facebook.com/OfftheQuill Twitter: @OTQ_Theatre, #OTQ, #CapFringe2013, @CapitalFringe Website: OffTheQuill.org *Due to the nature of the Fringe festival, comp tickets are *extremely* limited. If you choose the free ticket perk, you are required to notify Off the Quill no later than July 11, 2013 of your two preferred show dates. We will do our best to accommodate your requests, and your tickets will be available at will-call. **The Capital Fringe Festival also requires that all patrons purchase a Festival Button, which are available at the door of all venues and at the Box Office. For more information, please visit capitalfringe.org. This production is presented as a part of the 2013 Capital Fringe Festival, a program of the Washington, DC non-profit Capital Fringe.

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The story of OTQ & Violent Delights

Four friends met and hatched a plot,
Around artistic goals we all sought.
Do you like movement and dance?
Do you like music, perchance?
Do you like stage combat, too?
Theatre blended is OTQ!

So Violent Delights did we write.
Scrawling down on all in sight.
On the walls and boxes too.
We did write for OTQ!

With scripts in hand, we cast away.
Bringing more into our fray.
Striving on, more trials we met.
On all sides we were beset.

But nothing stops this OTQ.
Flexibility we do.
Our sideshow will always go
Despite our challenges and so…

We rehearsed this here and there.
We rehearsed this everywhere.
We rehearsed this in a house!
We rehearsed, thanks to my spouse!
We rehearsed this on a box!
We rehearsed our fighting blocks!
We rehearsed this in a yard!
On driveways with sticks we sparred!
In breakrooms we rolled on mats!
In living rooms. At Lea and Pat's!
We rehearsed this here and there!
We rehearsed this everywhere!

Now our opening draws nigh,
And more and more we’re forced to buy,
To make our Shakespeare show come true
And stock the props for OTQ.

We come to you, Kickstarter mates!
Please help all our supplies inflate.
Grow some props and costumes, too.
Rent a space for OTQ.
Dancing shoes, fighting floor.
Get us daggers, swords, and more!
Assist us up our debut hill.
And support the art of Off the Quill.

A thank you from OTQ
OTQ does most thank you.
Offering both art and fun.
Creating shows for everyone!

Risks and challenges

Any time you ask actors to take on such physical roles there is a chance for injury. We have sought out and are training understudies in all worst case scenarios.

In addition, we have already worked through the process of incorporating in Maryland so that we could purchase liability insurance to protect our actors that much more.

Once we are funded, we will be able to complete the process of setting the business side of OTQ, including a bank account and federal 501(c)3 recognition. The more established we can be, the more likely we can take advantage of opportunities that are currently only afforded to federally-recognized non-profits.

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    Everyone counts and Off the Quill knows that. For less than the cost of a Slurpee (or multiple Slurpees), you can get a recognition, Thank You shout-out on Facebook/Twitter/OTQ website!

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    What's better than your name in lights? Your name in print! Receive a mention in the Violent Delights program and a Facebook/Twitter/Website thank you.

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    See your name in print in the Violent Delights program & receive a clown whistle like one used in the show--didn't expect whistles? We live to surprise! Also receive a Facebook/Twitter/Website thank you.

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    Get an Autographed Copy of Founder/Actor/Writer J. Peter Langsdorf's book, "Into That Good Night," which even features references to Off The Quill! Also receive a mention in the program and Facebook/Twitter/Website thank you.

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    Take home a piece of the birth of Off the Quill! Receive a framed show poster signed by the cast of Violent Delights. Also receive a mention in the program and Facebook/Twitter/Website thank you.

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    Take home another piece of the birth of Off the Quill! Receive a signed copy of the script, Violent Delights, A Shakespearean Brawl-Esque Sideshow! Also receive a mention in the program and Facebook/Twitter/Website thank you.

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    Enjoy your beverage of choice in style with a set of two "Violent Delights" etched rocks glasses by Founder/Actor Patrick Mullen. Also receive a mention in the program and Facebook/Twitter/Website thank you.

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    Get an Original Short Story! Founder/Actors/Writers Patrick Mullen and J. Peter Langsdorf will write an original 1-page short story or poem just for you! Also receive a mention in the program and Facebook/Twitter/Website thank you.

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    Pair of free tickets to Violent Delights. (This does not include your Capital Fringe Button. Buttons must be purchased separately. In addition you must notify Off the Quill ahead of time which performance you plan on attending. Tickets will be at Will Call) Also receive a mention in the program and Facebook/Twitter/Website thank you.

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    Receive one of the shillelaghs we use in the show! We can even have the cast sign it, if you like! Also receive a mention in the program and Facebook/Twitter/Website thank you.

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    Can't make it out to Violent Delights? No problem! You will receive a pair of tickets to ANY 2014 Off The Quill production!* Also receive a mention in the program and Facebook/Twitter/Website thank you. Arrangements to be made at least two weeks in advance of the performance you wish to attend.

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    We have many original works in the pipeline, and we need character names! Name a character!* Also receive a mention in the program and Facebook/Twitter/Website thank you. *Pending appropriateness, of course! Nothing political, religious, explicit, etc.

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    We will be wearing beautiful hand-made filigree masks and in our production, and one of them will be yours! Examples of the masks can be seen on our social media pages. Also receive a mention in the program and Facebook/Twitter/Website thank you.

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    Have a business or production you'd like to advertise in Violent Delight's program? We will print a FULL PAGE ad for you!* Also receive a mention in the program and Facebook/Twitter/Website thank you. *Pending appropriateness, of course! Nothing political, religious, explicit, etc.

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    Founder/Actor Katie Wanschura is also an amazing seamstress and will provide two hours of clothing alterations for you!

    Also receive a mention in the program and Facebook/Twitter/Website thank you.

    *The complexity and style of item(s) will determine how many pieces can be altered during that timeframe.

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    Want to be part of the action? We'll create a walk-on part just for you in a future show!

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    Founder/Actor Katie Wanschura is also an amazing seamstress! She will create a custom-made period costume or evening gown for you! You choose the pattern and fabric, and Katie will create it and fit it specifically for you!*

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    Founder/Actor Katie Wanschura is also an accomplished website designer! She designed offthequill.org, and now she can create yours! Katie will create a basic website, with up to 8 pages, and will include training on the content management system so that you can maintain it upon completion. This does not include continued maintance by Katie, and no hosted e-commerce.

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