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Help us produce FABLE at the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) this July!

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WE DID IT!!

Thanks so much to everyone who helped us achieve our smaller goal of $10,000 here on Kickstarter! We're much closer to our larger goal than we anticipated being at this point, and we couldn't be more grateful for the overwhelming amount of love and support coming our way!

As we continue to finish funding this entire project, we'd like to announce a STRETCH GOAL for here on Kickstarter! We're not enlarging the overall budget- we're just using the time left we have on Kickstarter as a vehicle for donations! 

The new goal we're working towards is $16,000! we can do it!

Richie (Matt Kestenbaum) and Chelsea (Eliza Palasz) from our reading at Northwestern last April
Richie (Matt Kestenbaum) and Chelsea (Eliza Palasz) from our reading at Northwestern last April


WHAT IS FABLE?

FABLE, a new musical by Christopher Anselmo and Harrison Kaufman, was among 10 musicals selected--of over 200 submissions--by a Grand Jury of industry professionals to be presented at the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF). NYMF, a not-for-profit organization, is of extremely high regard in the theatre world and provided this showcasing opportunity to over 85 new musicals, such as Next to Normal and [title of show], that have gone on to further successes on Broadway, across the country, and around the globe.

About to finish their sophomore year of college, Chris (Northwestern ’16) and Harrison (NYU ’16) are the youngest writing team to ever have a show accepted into the festival. 

Appropriately, FABLE centers around graduation. When a mysterious classmate crashes their last epic night of celebration, a group of childhood friends is forced to confront the secrets they’ve been keeping from one another. With an imaginative and passionate, contemporary score by Anselmo and a captivating book by Kaufman, FABLE is a modern American reworking of this timeless storytelling form. What happens when the stories we were told as kids are revealed for the fictions they truly are? 

While NYMF provides the Signature Theatre in the heart of Times Square, among other support, this production is exactly like any other start-up project. From affording the salaries of our production staff to the costs of costumes and sets, we are in need of any charitable financial gifts to create the best possible product. This production cannot happen without your support. This is your chance to donate to the future of American Musical Theatre writers!

We are working towards a goal of $50,000. Kickstarter is only one essential part of the journey. We want to make donating as easy and beneficial as possible for you. Here are two ways to help us reach that goal!

One: donate directly to our Kickstarter page and help us reach our smaller stretch goal of $16,000.

Or Two: if you are planning to make a rather large donation, we recommend donating to Fable at www.nymf.org/fable for a tax deduction.

HOW DO YOUR DONATIONS HELP?

  • $25 pays for an hour of rehearsal space for Fable! 
  • $100 pays for our load-in needs for Fable! 
  • $150 pays for a day of rehearsal space for Fable! 
  • $200 pays for our transportation costs for Fable! 
  • $500 pays for the props for Fable! 
  • $900 pays for the costumes for Fable! 
  • $1,000 pays for the microphones for Fable! 
  • $2,000 pays for the set for Fable! 
  • $2,500 pays for audition expenses for Fable! 
  • $5,000 pays for our press and marketing needs for Fable! 
  • $7,000 pays the cast of Fable! 

Donations will also help pay our entire team, festival fees, and many other expenses involved in producing a musical of this caliber.

WHERE IS FABLE?

FABLE will be presented in the Ford Studio at the Pershing Square Signature Center (480 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036).

WHEN IS FABLE?

  • July 22 @ 8pm
  • July 24 @ 5pm
  • July 25 @ 2pm
  • July 26 @ 9pm
  • July 27 @ 5pm

With the possibility of extension if seats sell quick! CLICK HERE for more info about ticketing.

WHO IS FABLE?

(Click on names to check out their previous work)

Creative Team

  • Book: Harrison Kaufman
  • Music and Lyrics: Christopher Anselmo
  • Orchestrations by: Asher Denburg

Rehearsal Team

  • Directed byJen Wineman
  • Music Directed by: Karen Dryer

Design Team

Business Team

  • Co-Producers: Christopher Mirto & Reed Ridgley
  • General Manager: Reed Ridgley
  • Director of Fundraising: Justin Petersen
  • Director of Social Media: Daniel Bender Stern

INTERESTED IN GETTING INVOLVED?

Follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FableTheMusical), Instagram (@fablethemusical), OR Twitter (@fablethemusical) for updates! We will be posting pictures and videos of our rehearsal process and beyond!!

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please visit our website at www.fablethemusical.com!

Poster from the first staged reading of FABLE
Poster from the first staged reading of FABLE

Risks and challenges

We hope to create a supportive environment within which this project can flourish. Anyone who donates will be considered an integral part of our FABLE family. We will keep you updated as much as possible along the way!

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