This play is crucial.
Double Falsehood is a layered exploration of honor, rape, discourse, dishonesty, promises, family and love. It is a smart and scathing piece that demanded dialogue when it was first written and, now, cuts straight to one of the most important social issues of our time.
This story is all too familiar.
The play begins with an acquaintance rape between two young adults, has another attempted rape, and contains very accurate descriptions of the psychological and social aftermath of rape for the victim and the rapist.
With the Bureau of Justice reporting that 80% of college aged victims knew their offenders and that 1 in 5 college aged women are victims of sexual assault, it is appalling that in the nearly 300 years since this play's conception, we have yet to move beyond a culture of violence, or, as psychologist Carol Gilligan puts it, the “honor culture.”
We are an ensemble.
Letter of Marque Theater Company’s mission is to reinstate Art as a cultural necessity by producing approachable and accessible ensemble theater that tackles social issues, all offered at little or no cost to the audience.
Because of the traumatic events that occur in the play which echo modern day society, it was clear to us that we needed to build a strong, trusting, and intimate ensemble in order to create an atmosphere in which we could work truthfully and safely.
Double Falsehood is controversial.
Double Falsehood is based on a subplot of Cervantes’ Don Quixote, focusing on a character named Cardenio. In 1613 the King’s Men performed the play bearing the joint authorship of William Shakespeare and his contemporary, John Fletcher.
More than 100 years later, eighteenth-century Shakespeare scholar, Lewis Theobald, claimed to be in possession of three Shakespearean manuscripts of the original work from which he developed an adaptation titled Double Falsehood, or the Distrest Lovers. His version was first produced in 1727. However, rival scholar Alexander Pope and many other scholars dismissed Theobald’s claim and accused him of forgery.
In 2010 the Arden Shakespeare series published Double Falsehood - leading readers to believe it was the Bard’s lost play. A 2015 computer analysis and subsequent study published in the Journal of Psychological Science has deemed it a work of Shakespeare.
People need to see this show. Your donations will make that possible.
Letter of Marque Theater Co. is committed to producing socially impactful theater, theater that challenges the status quo, theater that is approachable and accessible, theater that not only engages our audiences, but incites them to make change. In order to do that, we need people to experience our work. A hefty ticket price shouldn’t keep anyone away. So we at LoM try to offer all of our shows at little or no cost to our audiences. This is where you come in.
As a non-profit organization, we believe it is our duty to give back, strengthen, enlighten and empower our communities. We know the work we produce can do all those things. And that’s why 100% of your donations will go toward subsidizing 1,500 tickets that we will offer for free to our audiences.
The way to change our current culture of sexual violence, victimization and blame is by coming together in the same room and having the hard conversations. There is another way to be. We can put an end to this rape culture. And we can heal. Together.
With your support and your patronage, we can propel this conversation forward.
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Fan Club Package
Get in with the in crowd! Donate to the campaign to fund free tickets and receive the autographs of the movers and shakers of tomorrow!
Get a behind the scenes look by attending a dress rehearsal in March and see the ensemble process at work. And your experience will be sweetened by an exclusive Q&A with Director Andrew Borthwick-Leslie and members of the company.
Out of Towner Package
Can't make it to the show? No sweat! You'll receive all the lovin' via a personalized voicemail from LoM! And a signed cast poster! Just 'cuz you're far away doesn't mean you can't donate today!
Join the ranks of the elite with your very own trophy sword! This coveted token grants you access to LoM's honored league of past Swordraiser winners. Dazzle your friends and look cooler than everyone around you with this sexy attache. Ships only in the US.
Looking for a new way to stretch your brain? Want to learn the art of composing live in the moment? This package is for you! a 3 hour intro session to Soundpainting, a gestural language that allows all kinds of performative disciplines to create together. With 15 years of teaching experience, Nolan Kennedy will teach you how to use the international language of live composition. No previous performance experience required!
Stage Combat Package
Legendary fight choreographer and stage combat trainer, Steven J. White of Stella Adler Studio of Acting will bring out your inner (and safety conscious) beast! A Broadway fight choreographer of 20+ years, his mastery of the sword is matched only by his brilliance as an instructor. Join him for a 2 hour session culminating in a piece of original fight choreography.
Director and actor, Andrew Borthwick-Leslie offers can help you land those roles you've been dreaming of. A member of Shakespeare & Co., the Shakespeare Forum and the Humanist Project, Andrew excels at getting actors to go deeper, connect with their bodies and voices and bring all of themselves to the roles they are playing. An hour with Andrew is worth a semester of training!
Ultimate LoM Hangout Package
Kick it with the founders of Letter of Marque! We'll treat you to eats and tales of old. Cpt. Wellland might even break into song (seriously, he probably will). Ask us all your burning questions and we'll make up the most quenching answers.
Join us in creating the most ambitious work we've done to date! Your support not only ensures that many, many people can experience this important play, but also forwards our dream of changing how American's interact with live art. Being a Producer is the kind of support we need to reinstate Art as a cultural society. Yo ho!
Risks and challenges
Once this is fully funded, our main challenge is to fill the theater, plain and simple. We want everyone to see this show. But it's not that easy to do.
As a relatively new theater company in New York City, we are competing with a countless number of other events. Even with free tickets, we face the challenge of getting people to show up. So, we have a plan to make sure this show gets out.
Specific initiatives to engage our audience include:
--> Partnering with the Lady Plays Podcast to reach out to colleges across Brooklyn to participate in our 'Unstaged Reading Series'. We aim to engage college-aged women playwrights by choosing an original work that tackles women's issues. Three plays that will be selected for a staged reading and realized by a female director.
--> Inviting specific department heads and students to come see the show from local Brooklyn colleges such as Brooklyn College, Long Island University and Pratt Institute.
--> Arranging "Full Frontal Panels" before each pf the Saturday night shows. These facilitated discussions will engage politicians, activists, scholars and artists to discuss the issues this play brings up. Participants include playwright & artistic director,Cecilia Copeland and the members of the Shakespeare Society.
--> Encouraging everyone we know to use the hashtag #doublefalsehoodproject and to share posts from @lomtheater on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We'll also be actively using apps like Swarm and Vine to spread the word.
--> Implementing a strong publicity campaign involving posting related articles on Facebook boosted posts, sending targeted email blasts and listing our show on Brooklyn-centric event listing sites.
We know this work is important. We did not start this conversation, but we will do everything we can to advance it. As an ensemble theater company that collaboratively creates all of our work, we know the power of the collective. By donating today, you are joining that collective in saying, “There is a better way. Together we can find it.”Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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