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Please help me to take ALIEN CITIZEN: An Earth Odyssey to  Tjarnarbíó in Reykjavik, Iceland this August! (With a good laptop!)
Please help me to take ALIEN CITIZEN: An Earth Odyssey to Tjarnarbíó in Reykjavik, Iceland this August! (With a good laptop!)
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The amazing Tjarnarbíó creative center in Reykjavic, Iceland has invited me to perform ALIEN CITIZEN: An Earth Odyssey on their stage in August! I've always wanted to take the show around the world. This is the first invitation the show has received from a professional venue outside the USA and it would be a dream come true to go!

HOW FUNDS WILL BE USED

Roundtrip flight to Reykjavik

Lodging (one week)

Buses and taxis

Meals

Stage manager's fee

Laptop (refurbished, used) for program with visual & audio cues because the keyboard on my old MacBook Pro is dying a painful death

ABOUT THE THEATRE

A respected venue for independent theatre & performance groups in Reykjavik, Iceland

Website: http://tjarnarbio.is/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tjarnarbio

Pics of lovely space: http://tjarnarbio.is/?pageid=30

ABOUT THE SHOW

Who are you when you’re from everywhere and nowhere? ALIEN CITIZEN: An Earth Odyssey is a funny and poignant one-woman show about growing up as a dual citizen of mixed heritage in Central America, North Africa, the Middle East, and New England.

I've had the honor and privilege to perform it at Princeton, M.I.T., Wesleyan, the FIGT conference, international schools and the US Embassy in Panama, Off Off Broadway, and in Hollywood (world premiere). It would be fantastic to kickstart a global theatre tour at a respected venue in Iceland!

Trailer and excerpts: http://cargocollective.com/aliencitizen/Trailer-Excerpts

Press and audience response: http://cargocollective.com/aliencitizen/Press-Audience

How Kickstarter works: People pledge any amount and choose a reward. At the end of my 28-day Kickstarter campaign, if the combined total of all pledges meets the $5,000 goal, then the pledgers' credit cards are charged and I receive the funds to take the show to Iceland (with a better laptop). If I don't meet my goal, then the money is not withdrawn from your account and no rewards are provided. If the $5,000 goal is exceeded then the extra funds will be used to take the show to theatres, conferences, & festivals that can't fund travel expenses, etc. Aside from a 5% Kickstarter fee and a 3-5% Amazon credit card processing fee, all funds raised will be used directly to take the show to Iceland (and beyond if more is raised) with a better laptop.

Risks and challenges

A potential challenge for this project will be promoting it from afar. I can't go to Iceland in advance to plug the show. The theatre does a fantastic job of promoting its events, but no one will have heard of the show or me, so we won't be able to count on friends and family filling any seats. I'm going to tackle this by plugging the heck out of it in social media (as usual), finding Meetup Groups in Reykjavik that might be interested in the show, and contacting the international school to invite parents, teachers, and staff to the show (the school is K-7 and the show isn't suited to kids of that age--but it's perfect for the adults and teenagers who care for them).

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    The "Economy Section": All of the above plus a handwritten thank-you note from the show's creator!

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    The "Economy Plus Section": All of the above plus a signed photo of Elizabeth (Lisa) teching the show in Reykjavik. Probably in some wacky pose.

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    The "Business Section": All of the above plus 1 ticket to a performance at Tjarnarbíó! OR if you aren't planning to be in Iceland: a signed copy of the program.

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    The "First Class Section": The "Economy Plus Section" PLUS 2 tickets to a performance at Tjarnarbíó! OR if you aren't planning to be in Iceland: a video of the Alien Citizen from the nose up, giving celebratory (birthday, anniversary, etc.) greetings to anyone you wish. Private link will be provided.

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    The "First Class & VIP Lounge Section": The "Economy Plus Section" PLUS 4 tickets to a performance at Tjarnarbíó! OR if you aren't planning to be in Iceland: 2 videos of the Alien Citizen from the nose up, giving celebratory (birthday, anniversary, etc.) greetings to any 2 recipients you wish. Private link will be provided.

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    The "Private Plane": The "First Class & VIP Lounge Section" plus an invitation to go out for drinks/food afterward (production’s treat). OR if you aren't planning to be in Iceland: 5 videos of the Alien Citizen from the nose up, giving celebratory (birthday, anniversary, etc.) greetings to any 5 recipients you wish. Private link will be provided.

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    The "Learjet": The "Private Plane" plus Associate Producer credit for the Tjarnarbíó production (and the international theatre/festival tour if the campaign is overfunded)!

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