Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
A fast-paced, hilarious and poignant play by About Face Youth Theatre exploring queer youth safe space and trans-identity in Chicago
138 backers pledged $10,300 to help bring this project to life.

About

About Face Youth Theatre presents WHAT'S THE T project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$10,300

138

Celebrate Pride Month by supporting our youth!

About Face Youth Theatre (AFYT), a group of dynamic and diverse young people and teaching artists, have spent the past two years working with the community to create the play WHAT’S THE T.  Now we need your support to make this ambitious world premiere a reality!

Get an introduction to WHAT'S THE T in the video above as ensemble members talk about and show us where they feel safest in the community.

The play follows internet personality / trans activist / fierce community leader Ms. Ma as she uses her YouTube page to create community, live her glamour, and spread the good word about queer safe space in Chicago.  WHAT'S THE T tells the story of Ms. Ma's tangled web of connections, her struggle to stay positive, and what happens to her community when she disappears.  Inspired by issues of race, gender, age, and class in the queer friendly neighborhood of Boystown, WHAT'S THE T is based on true stories and interviews from LGBTQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied) young folks in and around Chicago.

Pride is a time to celebrate how far we’ve come, individually and as a community.  Let's pay it forward to this empowered and dedicated group of young people who have worked so hard to tackle these important issues. 

Think about the resources you had (or wish you had) when you were growing up. Where did you feel safe when you were a teenager?  Was there a place where you felt unsafe?  These young people want to share their two year exploration and tell their stories.  The whole community has been involved in this play, from activist and artists Precious Jewel, Arturo Soria, AJ Jennings, and Eric Hoff to organizations like GenderJUST, the Trans Oral History Project, Gender Queer Chicago, Transformative Justice Law Project, and The School of Opulence.  Only you can make the culmination of this work possible by donating to our campaign!

Donations to this Kickstarter campaign will go directly to producing WHAT’S THE T this July and August, created by the AFYT ensemble and Education Director Sara Kerastas and directed by Artistic Associate Eric Hoff, who just finished directing the smash hit HIT THE WALL.

Thank you for your help – WHAT’S THE T wouldn’t be possible without your commitment to youth!

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    You'll get a picture perfect photo of our Youth Ensemble kicking butt and taking names in WHAT'S THE T for your very own in your inbox!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    20 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    Forget Livestrong, be "LGBTQA"strong and receive your very own About Face Theatre bracelet when you come to see the show in addition to an e-mailed hi-res production photo from WHAT'S THE T.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 21 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Need a pick me up? Receive a special thank you video from our About Face Youth Theatre via e-mail PLUS everything else!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    13 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Want one of our brand spanking new About Face Theatre t-shirts? In addition to the above prizes receive a sleek black "Theatre is so Gay" or a "Sixteen Years of Queer" shirt that's guaranteed to make your friends green with envy!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    7 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    Have a blank space on your wall? This signed poster from the entire cast of WHAT'S THE T is just what you need in addition to everything mentioned above!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $350 or more About $350

    See the show with a guest for free and get your picture taken with the cast! It rounds off all the other prizes above that you'll get quite nicely.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Then be our special guest with a VIP invitation to the the opening night party of WHAT'S THE T where you can show off all your other prizes as well!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $750 or more About $750

    Go on a behind-the-scenes tour led by members of the cast for a sneak peak at the magic of theatre. You'll also get a lovely package that includes everything listed above.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Be the guest of honor at our closing party on August 4th at the National Museum of Mexican Art! You'll be featured as an official patron of About Face Youth Theatre.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (21 days)