99 Stock Productions proudly closes their explosive first season with world premiere production of HITCHER. This interdisciplinary theatrical adaptation brings to life the bizarre and harrowing unproduced screenplay treatment of rock legend Jim Morrison of The Doors. Through the utilization of devised movement, unique multimedia, and brand spanking new live music from San Francisco based band dinnerwiththekids (DWTK), HITCHER blends together rock concert, performance art, cinema, and sound into an unforgettable evening of theatre.
Writer and director Alex Peri presents us with a re-imagining of Morrison’s story about Billy, a young American hitchhiker with only one plan: to somehow find a way back to the woman he loves, a whore he met in Mexico. As he drifts down the highway, the wind of the desert night tells the tale of his loneliness…and sings a song of blood.
This is the final production of our inaugural season, and the most ambitious yet! In a perfect world theatre would be free to produce. Unfortunately, this is not the case, and so we once again turn to you. Last summer, we successfully took Edward Gant's Amazing Feats of Loneliness to the New York Fringe Festival thanks to the support of Kickstarter backers, which was a hugely complex undertaking. This year, we're upping the stakes by adding interactive multimedia and a six-member live band to the five talented actors we've brought to this project, not to mention the ubiquitous costumes, props, lights, sets, gaff tape, and coffee that all shows are built of. We are fortunate to have already secured a fantastic performance space at Thick House in San Francisco; now we just need everything that goes inside of it.
We at 99 Stock are also committed to always paying our performers and designers (even though we can't really afford to), so we want to guarantee that our 25+ team members have some cash in their pockets at the end of the day. That's why we ask you to look at our project, and if you believe in it as much as we do, please help support us by spreading the word about 99 Stock and Hitcher, and pledging any amount that you can.
In addition to knowing you've helped to support and perpetuate the existence of live theater and help some starving actors pay their rent, we've also created a ton of fantastic swag for you! Rewards range from signed copies of the script and tee-shirts to a recording of the original soundtrack, or even an invitation to a rehearsal! Show your love for 99 Stock to the world, and remember our gratitude for your support every time you see our logo.
Please note that your money is only a pledge and nothing will be taken out of your account until the 40 days are over. What’s more important is that Kickstarter is all or nothing. If we do not get at least $6,500 within the 40 days then we do not get any of it. So please donate to our show and spread the word to anyone you know who may be interested in supporting 99 Stock Productions, Hitcher, or live theater.
From its inception, it has been our company’s mission is to create theatre that is inventive, thought provoking, and culturally relevant; and to share this work with our audiences in an ongoing dialogue of ideas, stories, and experiences. As backers for this project, your contributions will provide our cast and crew the means create the most an elaborate and exciting piece of work we've yet to embark on.
So hop in, and join us for the ride. We'll be looking for you on road to the theater.
Risks and challenges
This is live theater, so anything can happen. Props could break, sound cables could go missing, we could have an earthquake. (This is SF, after all.) But in the end, the show must go on, and some one or another we'll always find a way to do it.
Now, although the show performs in August-September, you'll notice the fulfillment date on the rewards is not until November. This is because one of the biggest challenges we always face in theater is time - we are constantly racing the clock. So while we'd love to have all your awesome swag ready to go on opening night, we decided we should give ourselves time to put forward the best possible show first, and then get you the best rewards possible. (Of course, any rewards involving tickets to the show or invitations to rehearsal will be fulfilled while the show is still in progress.)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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