Join us for a hilarious ride through the mind of Bay Area writer, Rachel Bublitz by supporting All Terrain Theater's production of "The Fantasy Club." A stay-at-home-mom herself, Bublitz is known for her strong comedic writing and holds nothing back in this sexy comedy about Frances, a housewife who finds herself in the arms of the man she's been fantasizing about since high school. Uh-oh!
This is All Terrain Theater's fourth season producing original new work in the San Francisco Bay Area, and we're thrilled to bring this show to The Alcove Theater for six amazing performances between August 2 - 11. But, guess what? It's expensive to put on a show in an incredible venue conveniently located near Union Square. That's where you come in.
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What We Need
We're raising $4,000 to make this production possible. We anticipate healthy ticket sales for our August 2 – 11 performances, but ticket sales will only cover a portion of our expenses. Our Kickstarter goal of $4,000 is the minimum amount that we need to pay our rental fees, insurance, modest stipends for our fantastic volunteer cast, crew, and artistic team, not to mention costumes, props, and equipment.
Just to give you an idea, here are some of our largest expense categories:
- Rehearsal & Performance Space Rentals: $1,800
- Crew/Production Team Stipends: $1,500
- Actor Stipends: $1,300
- Insurance (estimated) $400
We have additional expenses, of course, including publicity materials, props, fees for this campaign, etc, but we estimate that ticket sales, in-kind donations, and Kickstarter contributions will allow us to meet our minimum budget needs.
If we can raise our entire goal by Friday, June 28th, then we’ll be able to open the doors to The Fantasy Club on August 2nd. However, if we do not raise $4,000, then we will receive NONE of our pledges. Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing proposition and it’s critical to the success of our project that we meet our minimum goal before midnight on Friday, June 28th.
If we exceed our goal of $4,000, then we will increase payments to all of our performers, crew members, and production team members to more adequately compensate them for their time. If we can raise over $6,000, then we can set aside money for our upcoming productions. This Kickstarter campaign is our one major fundraising effort for the year, so raising an additional $6,000 would be incredibly beneficial.
How to Support The Fantasy Club
In addition to helping us produce a delightful and memorable stage show, your contribution entitles you to a fabulous range of rewards. Every backer who pledges a contribution of $10 or more is eligible for a fun and sexy Fantasy Club thank you gift. Just check out the rewards in the sidebar on the right and indicate how much you want to contribute. It’s quick and easy and helps us reach our goal.
Enticing Stretch Goals
We would be absolutely delighted to raise the minimum $4,000 that we need to put on this great show, but it would be fantastic to raise enough to pay our actors, crew, and artistic team an actual wage. Once we raise more than $6,000, we can start setting aside funds for other projects (including our San Francisco Fringe show, Babies, the Ultimate Birth Control: Terrifyingly Hilarious Plays About Parenting and our third installment of solo pieces performed by women, Women in Solodarity). To that end, we are providing some very special stretch goals to help us more adequately compensate our team for their time and hard work.
If we raise at least $5,000, then everyone who has contributed $25 or more to the campaign will receive a pair of The Fantasy Club condoms!
If we raise at least $7,500, then everyone who has contributed $50 or more to the campaign will receive a CUSTOM sexy thank you message recorded by Barb, the phone sex operator, sent to your email as an MP3.
If we raise at least $10,000, then everyone who has contributed $75 or more to the campaign will receive CUSTOM erotic messages from Barb’s Twitter account.
If the knowledge that you’re helping to bring a hilarious and sexy comedy to the stage isn’t enough, we hope these rewards will inspire you to support our project.
Can I just buy tickets?
Tickets to the show go on sale to the general public on July 1st … IF we meet our Kickstarter goal! But why not get your tickets now through the campaign and enjoy some other great rewards?
Are Barb and Christopher Reed in this show???
Barb, the Midwestern phone sex operator and Christopher Douglas Reed (Filthy Phil of the hit FX show, "Sons of Anarchy") are generously supporting The Fantasy Club with their talents for our Kickstarter campaign, but, unfortunately, they are not characters in the show. However, we’re breathlessly thrilled with our cast of Siobhan Marie Doherty (nominated for a 2013 Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award), Rob Dario, Claire Rice, and Tavis Kammet. Trust us, this is an amazing cast in an unbelievably funny show, and you will love yourself for getting tickets ... and supporting this Kickstarter campaign!
Rachel Bublitz (Playwright) has been involved with theater for over a decade and has been writing plays for the past year and a half. Her short plays have been produced by Wily West Productions, Love Creek Productions, Playwrights' Center of San Francisco, Unity Stage Company, Thespian Productions and La Petite Morgue. Her plays have received staged readings with The Disreputables, Sonoma Stage Works, Masquers Playhouse, Play Cafe, and PCSF. She is currently writing a full length play based on Achilles for the 2013 SF Olympians Festival, and this fall she will start working towards an MFA in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. Bublitz founded the 31 Plays in 31 Days Project, is a member of the Dramatists Guild, and spends the majority of her time chasing after her two rambunctious children. A transplant from Southern California, Rachel lives in Berkeley. She's also happily married ... so back off!
Rob Dario (Actor) received his BA from California State University at Sacramento, studying Acting and Directing. A native of San Francisco, he has worked at many Bay Area theaters including Berkeley Rep, Shotgun Players, The Asian American Theatre Company, The Custom Made Theatre Company, The San Francisco and Napa Valley Shakespeare Festivals respectively, Shakespeare at Stinson, Darkroom Arts (Vallejo), The Pear Avenue Theatre, The New Conservatory Theatre Center, Impact Theatre, Berkeley Playhouse, and others. Favorite productions have been "Trainspotting" (Johnny Swan), "Hamlet" (Horatio), "Three Sisters" (Tuzenbakh), and "A Midsummer's Night Dream" (Oberon). Working on educational tours, Rob has travelled to nearly 200 schools and community centers throughout California, performing Shakespeare, and advocating tolerance and anti-bullying. He has also appeared in television, commercials, music videos, short films, advertising and print.
Siobhan Marie Doherty (Actor) is a San Francisco-based actress and voice-over artist. She received her BFA in Drama at NYU, and in the years following she performed in numerous venues in the NYC downtown theater scene, including The Ontological, The Brick, and The Algonquin. Since her return to the West Coast she has performed all around the Bay Area and Northern California with theSan Francisco Mime Troupe. She has also performed with The Magic, Cutting Ball, PianoFight, Playwrights Foundation, the Bay Area One Acts Festival, and Livermore Shakes. She was nominated for a 2013 Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for her performance in Cutting Ball's "Tenderloin," a documentary play that she helped research and perform in. She teaches drama classes for Theatreworks, and can often be seen doing wonderfully ridiculous things with the sketch comedy group Hot Mess.
Tavis Kammet (Actor) received his B.A. in Drama from University of Exeter then he went and got his M.A. in Performance from the University of London Goldsmiths. He now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and works as a substitute teacher. Give him back his dreams, reality!
Chelsey Little (Stage Manager) is a native of Austin, TX, and she smirks rather than smiles just like her mother and has a voracious temper just like her father. She is one of five children in the Little Clan and bears the cross of being the only redheaded daughter. After graduating with honors from Stanford University with a degree in English Literature and a concentration in Shakespeare, Chelsey moved to “the City” where she has been living and working since, dipping her toes into the vibrant theatre scene. She’s worked with theatre companies worldwide, from ZACH Theatre in her hometown to FESTA Theatre in Florence, the Corpus Christi Owlets in Oxford, Dragon Productions in Palo Alto, and the Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco. While she’s an actress at heart, she is interested in every aspect of theatre and has experience in theatre education and administration. She also writes from time to time, and is an integral part of everything that Rachel and Tracy work on.
Tracy Held Potter (Director/Producer) is the Artistic Director of All Terrain Theater, the Executive Director of Play Cafe, and the Co-Founder of the 31 Plays in 31 Days project. She serves the theater community as a director, playwright, and producer. She has directed a number of plays for All Terrain Theater, including the original "Tuning Point: The Musical!," and she has directed staged readings for Masquers Playhouse in Point Richmond, the SF Olympians Festival, Play Cafe, and the Playwrights' Center of San Francisco. She is serving as the Director Coordinator for the 2013 SF Olympians Festival. She has served as a producer for PCSF's "Repro Rights!" staged reading showcase as well as the Playwrights Foundation's Rough Readings Series. Her most recent playwriting projects include a short musical, "A Mother's Seduction" that was produced by Monday Night PlayGround's staged reading series and won the People's Choice Award for musicals night and a full-length script called, "Sweet, Sweet Revolution" about a woman who tries to save her family farm by fighting Monsanto. She received her A.A. degree in Theater Arts from Laney College in Oakland and her B.S. degree in Conservation and Resource Studies from UC, Berkeley. She is beginning an MFA program in Dramatic Writing at Carnegie Mellon University in the Fall.
Claire Rice (Actor) is normally found behind the stage as a playwright and director. She has worked with Thunderbird Theatre Company, No Nude Men, Three Wise Monkeys, PianoFight, AtmosTheatre, Theatre Pub, SF Olympians Festival, Custom Made Theatre Company, DIVAFest and is co-founder of Ann Marie Productions. Her plays include "Sex in the Next Room," "Woman Come Down," "The Carmine Lie," "It Ain't Me," "Water Line," "Demeter's Daughter" and "Pride and Succubus." Claire graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a BFA in performance, before moving to San Francisco to earn her MFA in Playwriting from SF State. She lives and works in San Francisco with her wonderful husband. We are delighted that she is returning to her acting for this production, which is also a reunion performance with Tavis Kammet. (P.S. Why wasn't Claire in this sexy video? She, unfortunately, had to work at her other job. Help support theater in the Bay Area by giving theater artists the financial compensation to pay their electricity and water bills.)
We would like to thank Colin Johnson for directing, filming, and editing the fantastic Kickstarter video that you’re watching over and over and sending to all of your friends, Jeremy Cole for generously lending us access to his gorgeous loft for filming, Christopher Douglas Reed for recording our Kickstarter video and providing awesome rewards for our contributors, Allison Page (a.k.a. Barb, the phone sex operator) for putting the sex appeal into The Fantasy Club’s Kickstarter campaign, Thomas Kessinger and Hip White People for providing groovy music for our video, and, of course, Rachel Bublitz for writing an amazing play and letting us compromise her wholesome image to make money and sell tickets.
Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge as an independent theater company is reaching a large enough audience to reach our goals, both with our Kickstarter project and with ticket sales. We are confident that our community of supporters, from friends and family to other theater professionals as well as past and current All Terrain Theater patrons, will help us spread the word and contribute to the success of this campaign.
We have already planned our fulfillment needs and are confident that we can afford the rewards we have listed at prices that fit our budget (including packing and shipping materials), and we are confident that we will have the resources to produce and ship all items on time. Some of the items, including the logo Boy Shorts, logo Condoms, and autographed photographs will need to be produced once the campaign closes, and we have budgeted for time to fulfill these rewards.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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