This play with song with Book and Lyrics by Aaron Harris Woodstein and Score by Sam Mullooly is waiting to burst onto the Chicago theatre scene in a large reputable venue at Stage 773. This show is the big break we need to turn Aaron Harris Woodstein Design into Phoenix Rising Productions.
For more information on Stage 773, please visit their website at: www.stage773.com
Stage 773 has been put on hold for a two week run with 10 shows starting July 23rd, 2018. We need your help to change our status to booked!
The Fires of Nero: Rise of a Dictator tells the not so pleasant story of a man commonly known as the Antichrist who fiddled while Rome burned. After a rigorous independent study in the History Department of Illinois Wesleyan University, and two years of writing, this show has come to life in the age of Trump. While the violin was not invented yet, this rousing piece of theatre showcases power unchecked at its worst in song!
I first became interested in Nero through study of his tutor Seneca, the Younger who wrote the play Thestes. That play, many scholars argue, was written as a protest piece against the current despot: Nero. The Fires of Nero brings Seneca, Nero and his court to life in an age where power seems to go unchecked.
The show budget is below:
This is the logical next step for Aaron Harris Woodstein Design. Moving on to a bigger venue is a must after a successful staged reading, a groundbreaking performance at his college, along with another fully staged and funded production in 2015.
With this show we hope to start a larger company: "Phoenix Rising Productions". This year along we have seen too many theatre companies come apart. We hope to bring a fresh perspective, support new works, and bring a wide variety of art to the Chicago theatre scene.
Logo art credit to Celia Gonza.
Special thanks to the following actors that brought this show to life in the staged reading: Actress A: Sierra Schnack, Actress B: Liz Falstreau, Actress C: Hannah Williams, Actor 1: Derek Self, Actor 2: Liz Falstreau, Actor 3: Khloe Janel, Actor 4: Joshua Whitson, Actor 5: Khloe Janel, Actor 6: Kayla V. White / Steven Czajkowski, Actor 7/8: Miranda Bishop.
Risks and challenges
Aaron has produced several shows in the past, and worked as Literary Manager for the Saint Sebastian Players. This show however will test his knowledge learned from the years he has been in the field.
The Stage 773 venue supports more seats than previously had by other productions. The venue supports up to 148 seats (including handicap available seating). Aaron and Sam have connections throughout Chicago and with a small army of actors, getting the word out can be a methodical and achievable venture. Through postcards, posters, buttons, and word-of-mouth those seats will get filled in the quite liberal city of Chicago.
Ticket sales at first will cover the full cost of the venue. In order to raise that cost we need to have 30 people at each of the ten performances. It is a risk, but a reasonable one. The staged reading of the fires of Nero turned a profit, so it is foreseeable that with the right amount of effort we can get enough patrons to exceed our final costs.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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