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A community celebration of the Jewish carnival holiday Purim--a hybrid political theater extravaganza full of transgressive fun.
A community celebration of the Jewish carnival holiday Purim--a hybrid political theater extravaganza full of transgressive fun.
88 backers pledged $3,107 to help bring this project to life.

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The Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) Purimshpiel is a giant annual art extravaganza that celebrates the Jewish carnival holiday of Purim-- a holiday where everything goes topsy turvy as we celebrate how the Jews survived another threat to their existence. We need you to make it happen! We are raising money to rent a space and produce the event (costumes! sets! lights! sound!). We always produce this event on a shoestring, but in the past year, as the recession has deepened and money for art and political work has dried up, our shoestring has frayed.

Our Purimshpiel is a show bringing hope to the masses. The theater is always political, but never didactic. A hybrid event that combines theater, live music, art installations, and community merriment, the party supports work for social justice. Past shows have focused on domestic worker's rights, immigration, and housing justice. The show and party reinvigorate activists and community members. The event fuses Yiddish culture, art, urban justice, queers, and sequins. It has been happening annually since 2002 in New York City.

Your donations will help us cover the necessities we need to make this event happen. This money will go toward our efforts to rent a space; haul cardboard and fabric and stage lights from place to place; pay the musicians and artists; and cover a hundred other costs.

It is a rollicking party--a theatrical explosion--an interactive art installation--a hybrid full of magic and glitter that reaches between 350-400 people every year. Won't you be a part of it?

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    A signed grogger from the cast and crew!

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    A very special Purim mixtape created by members of the cast, crew, and band!

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    All of the lower levels PLUS a walk-on role in the show!

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    All of the lower levels PLUS a kiss from Queen Esther at the event!

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    All of the lower levels PLUS an envelope full of Purim surprises mailed to you. Purim glitter, a crown, a puppet show - all this and more could be yours!

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    Let that special someone know that you care - get all of the lower levels PLUS one song dedication over the mic at the event!

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    All of the lower levels PLUS a limited edition 2011 Purimshpiel t-shirt!

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    All of the lower levels PLUS 2 tickets to the show and a limited edition 2011 Purimspiel t-shirt!

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    All of the lower levels PLUS A VIP Purimshpiel experience! Allow the cast of the Purimshpiel to dress you and a friend for the festivities.

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    We'll take our show on the road! You receive all of the lower levels PLUS a visit from the Purim cast, in full costume, at a location of your choosing (must be accessible via NYC public transit).

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