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A provocative and profoundly funny new play makes its world premiere, wondering: "Sure, we CAN. But WHO the hell are WE?" Read more

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A provocative and profoundly funny new play makes its world premiere, wondering: "Sure, we CAN. But WHO the hell are WE?"

New York, NY Theater
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About this project

We're Down Payment Productions and we need YOUR help to give our provocative and profoundly funny new play YES WE CAN the world premiere production it deserves!

The Play

Election Week, 2008: After witnessing a racially-charged incident on a New York City bus, Larry turns to LeJean for a shared sense of outrage.  But as an historic candidacy pushes the nation ever deeper into an identity crisis of epic proportions, LeJean's baffling response sends a whole handful of her fellow citizens into a mind-bending and side-splitting spiral of self-doubt.  Hurtling from the pedestrian to the preposterous, YES WE CAN confronts the politics of identity and shared narrative, the antics and intricacies of stereotype, and compels us to ask: who are "we" when we say WE?

What We Need

YES WE CAN will be Down Payment's 4th production in New York, and our most ambitious yet.  We've got a fantastic theater already booked: Walkerspace in Tribeca. But it’s expensive!  And to help realize the ambitious vision of our top-notch production team, we're going to need more money. 

That's where you come in!

The funds from this Kickstarter campaign will help pay the rent on the theater, create the sets and costumes, and cover some less visible costs like publicity and insurance.  If we raise enough, we might even be able to provide a small stipend to our hard-working actors and designers!  They’ve got to eat too!

$8,000 would be great, but of course, the more money we can raise, the better the show will look and sound, and the happier and healthier our artists will be.

Why Us?

There are a lot of small, young theater companies in New York.  Why give to us?  Our goal is to put a "down payment" on the careers of the next generation of American theater artists, of young people who are already working as assistants and associates to the established veterans who regularly work On-and-Off-Broadway, but who rarely get to see their own work fully realized. We're giving them that chance!

We're also focused on the next generation of theater-goers.  Ticket prices have gotten out of hand in the theatrical mainstream, making it hard to attract new, and especially younger audiences.  And too often, those pricier shows take fewer risks and cater only to the loyal audiences who have been patronizing them for years.  Your contribution helps us keep ticket prices low so that we can create bold, innovative, funny, provocative live theater that is exciting and accessible to a diverse group of theatergoers.

Meet the Team and Join the Campaign!

Find out all about our super-talented cast and crew, watch videos, get the latest news on Down Payment and YES WE CAN, friend us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter all from our website, linked in our company bio below!

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Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge $10 or more

    14 backers

    Yes You Did! Receive a pack of official YES WE CAN stickers to supplement the satisfaction that you've helped make THEATER WE CAN BELIEVE IN. Plus, get exclusive email updates (with pictures) on how the production is progressing.

  • You selected
    Pledge $50 or more

    13 backers

    You're a real Grassroots Go-Getter! Have a seat in the theater NAMED IN YOU HONOR for one night of the performance and receive a digital picture of your chair. Plus, one free ticket to the show and email updates on the production.

  • You selected
    Pledge $100 or more

    15 backers

    You've found your way onto the campaign bus! Receive a CAMPAIGN CRONIES credit in our program, a chair named in your honor, updates on the show, 2 tickets to any performance of YES WE CAN, a complimentary refreshment, and a signed production poster.

  • You selected
    Pledge $250 or more

    7 backers

    We see you, holding court at the Convention! Receive a POLITICAL POWER PLAYERS credit in our program, plus 2 tickets to any performance of YES WE CAN, a complimentary refreshment, a signed production poster, AND a pdf of the final production script.

  • You selected
    Pledge $500 or more

    3 backers

    What'll it be? Interior? Agriculture? Homeland Security? Receive a CABINET MEMBERS credit in the program, updates on the show, 2 tickets to Opening Night of YES WE CAN and an invitation to the opening night party, a signed production poster, a pdf of the final production script, and a copy of DPP's 7-time IT-award nominated PINK! published by Broadway Plays and signed by the cast, writer and director.

  • You selected
    Pledge $1,000 or more

    2 backers

    Let's have some beers in the Rose Garden! Receive a RUNNING MATE credit in the program, plus 2 tickets to Opening Night, an invitation to the party, a short original play based on your life or any subject you can think of, written by a Down Payment playwright of your choosing: Stacy Davidowitz (PINK!) or Daniella Shoshan (YES WE CAN), a chair named in your honor, updates on the show, a pdf of YES WE CAN, a signed copy of PINK!, and 2 tickets to select preview performances of any production in the 2011-2012 season at Off-Broadway institution PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZONS (home of this year's Pulitzer Prize Winner, CLYBOURNE PARK), plus free backstage/full building tour.

  • You selected
    Pledge $1,500 or more

    0 backers

    You've moved beyond the political. You're our one true love. Receive a FIRST LADIES AND GENTLEMEN credit in the program, plus 2 tickets to Opening Night, an invitation to the party, a personal play from Daniella or Stacy, a chair named in your honor, updates on the show, a pdf of YES WE CAN, a signed copy of PINK!, and a pair of tickets to select performances of Broadway's CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, plus a backstage tour!

  • You selected
    Pledge $2,500 or more

    1 backer

    You might as well be the prez yourself. Receive an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit on the program's title page, 2 tickets to Opening Night, an invitation to the party, a chair named in your honor, updates on the show, a pdf of YES WE CAN, a signed copy of PINK!, a personal play from Daniella or Stacy, plus the full treatment at both PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZONS and CATCH ME IF YOU CAN!

Funding period

- (31 days)