Let's hit 150%
We've met our initial goal, but still have vital aspects to fund! Let's stretch!
$22k- We haunt the lobby. Let's bust out of the black box! We'll expand the show into the lobby including puppet greeters and a haunted pre-show while you wait to enter The Walls of Harrow House.
$25k- We unlock the forbidden gate. Rough House is already committed to providing discounted tickets to who are students, artists, and anyone who earns less than $25k/year. If we get to this goal, we'll be able to DOUBLE the number of discount tickets available to folks who are otherwise unable to shell out for a night of haunting, immersive, puppet theater.
$28k- We give you the soundtrack to your nightmares. If we make it to $28k, every donor at every level will receive a download of the Walls of Harrow House soundtrack created by sound designer Corey Smith. You'll be able re-live Harrow House year-round, or use it to make your own haunted soundscape!
Obsession. Terror. Puppets.
The Walls of Harrow House is a haunted house-style immersive puppet performance. This Fall, descend into Rough House’s gorgeous, dark, and surreal world where a mad architect’s relentless pursuit of utopia has gone horribly awry.
You are invited to a once-in-a-lifetime tour of Harrow House, the secluded home and studio of Milton Harrow, the world’s most influential and reclusive architect. With no guide but your own instincts, you’ll be set loose in the infamous home to discover its secrets, free to pull on whatever threads you encounter and become entangled in the terrifying tale that unspools around you.
Within its mouldering walls, you’ll meet the house’s monstrous inhabitants – the architect’s family, assistants, and his most fervent followers. Each one has made an unthinkable sacrifice to the mad architect’s rapacious hunger for a world that conforms only to his design.
Through puppetry, environmental and sonic design, Harrow House will bring you face to face with cosmic horrors, nightmarish to behold and yet...uncannily familiar. Harrow House asks: can we not only face our fears, but meet them? Can we find empathy for those who frighten us?
A home for strange storytelling
Our main goals are twofold: Create transformative art. Create an inclusive and supportive environment for artists. Every participating artist will be paid a competitive stipend AND a percentage of ticket sales. If the show does well, the artists do too.
If this inaugural year of Harrow House is a success, your support won't just go towards making a haunted house – it will encourage more scary, gorgeous, and provocative genre-blurring immersive puppet storytelling for years to come.
Harrow House will take place between Oct 10 and Nov 4 2018 at the Chopin Theatre in Chicago.
About Rough House
Rough House Theater Company is on a mission to connect individuals and communities through art that celebrates the weird things that make us unique and the weirder things that bring us together.
We create theater that captures the heart through the eye. Our shows use puppetry, music, and human performance to tell intimate stories, as strange as they are sincere.
Through performances, presentations of work by fellow artists, and artist training, Rough House aspires to make Chicago a national hub of contemporary puppet theater, comprising a diverse and ever-growing community of audiences and artists.
Our work has appeared in the National Puppetry Festival, The Chicago International Puppet Theatre Festival, Punk Houses, Funeral Parlors, a Lotion Factory, and the Woods of Appalachia. The collaborators we have met, the stories we have told together and the tools we have collected have all lead us to finally pull off this epic yet intimate feat of genre-blurring art.
Rough House and this project are part of the Institutional Incubator Program of High Concept Labs.
Harrow House is PEOPLE!
Our primary expenses are for artists' time and expertise. Revenue will be covered by grants crowdsourced fundraising and ticket sales.
Risks and challenges
You mean besides the potential embarrassment of baring our souls by animating dolls?
Practically speaking, we have one major risk: No one shows up.
How many plays did you see this year? Now ask yourself how many episodes of [insert any show] did you stream? Don’t worry, our number is pretty similar. The fact is, it’s a big effort to get out and see a work of theater. It costs a lot to produce, so tickets can be pricey, and you don’t even know if it’ll be good! We’re making sure that we cover our costs in fundraising, so we can take the risk on putting everything we’ve got into Harrow House.
Folks don’t go to theater, but you know what they do love? Haunted Houses. Us too. We’re taking what we love about puppet theater and haunted houses and we’re smooshing them together to make something brand spanking new that you’ll be juiced to tell all of your friends about.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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