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!
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.
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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