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Figment TheatreBy Figment Theatre
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Figment TheatreBy Figment Theatre
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$7,728
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65
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, June 6 2016 3:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

What's this Campaign about?

We are trying to raise money to stage a musical play in NYC. 

What's the play about?  

When Christian crusaders arrive on his shores, a Viking chieftain must make a life-or-death decision that will affect his community for a thousand years. And then sing about it, with the songs of Týr.

Týr is a heavy metal band (in the sub-genre of Viking metal), beloved worldwide. They are from the Faroe Islands,  where they follow a musical tradition going back a thousand years.

And thanks to our show’s creator (and friend of Joensen), Erika Warecki, and the outpouring of love and support from the metal community, Joensen has given the thumbs up to use his music in this show.

Who are you people?

Figment Theater has staged over 20 original plays, musicals, and cabarets in Manhattan since 2008.  Our productions include 2015's Night of the Touching Zombies (a comedic horror) 2012's Preston Stagger (a lyrical pulp novel), 2010's Barbarian! (one of New York's first rap musicals). and 2008's sci-fi festival Robot Uprising.  We make fun theater for the thoughtful.

To explore how Týr's songs would work in a staged play, we brought in the talented and versatile Ted Stafford as musical director. Ted has been transcribing and arranging a series of Týr's songs, creating supporting choral sections, and conceiving the instrumentation for a theatrical run. 

While the songs won't sound like the heavy metal that fans are used to, the lyrics and melodies will stand strong.

Why is this happening?

Some time ago we received this postcard from Erika: 

this is a metaphorical postcard
this is a metaphorical postcard

Ok, we didn't REALLY receive a postcard-  Erika worked for years to drum up enthusiasm and support for her dream project.  She even got Terji to design the  t-shirt!  She eventually came to us with her script and asked if we could look into staging it.  We didn't know much about Týr or about the sagas.

We looked into it.  

When we found out that the songs are rooted in the preservation of history, particularly that of their native Faroe Islands, we liked that a lot!

When we learned that the play is based on historical events illustrated by a famous Icelandic Saga, we were again intrigued.

It seemed obvious that Erika had a great idea!

What's a Saga?

Northern Gate will tell the story of The Færeyinga Saga, a vital entry in an important group of ancient texts, often referenced in Týr's work.

The Færeyinga saga is around 1000 years old, yet the theme (a society on the verge of losing its ancient beliefs) is surprisingly relevant to the present day. It has action, drama, and a dark sense of humor.

It takes place on the jagged shores and green plains of Foroyar, a dangerous island chain where no trees grow. Its 2 main characters are Thrond, chieftain of the village of Gate and defender of the old ways, and Sigmund, a vengeful expatriate.

What is the deal with your video?

We know the standard kickstarter format is to film yourselves to say "Hi, i'm x, etc."  But we thought it might be more fun for everybody if we made a standalone piece to convey the tone and style of the final production.  The music in the video is a condensed arrangement of 5 songs that will appear throughout the play.

Ted Stafford tries to warm up some Vikings
Ted Stafford tries to warm up some Vikings

What will you do exactly?

With our minimum goal, we will be able to finish pre-production and produce a small version of Northern Gate at an off-off Broadway theater for a couple weekends next spring. 

Below is a breakdown of how the Kickstarter funds will be spent

But wait! In the event that there is enough interest in the project, we will unveil stretch goals that offer grander production ideas- from more musicians and singers, up to and including a full-sized dragon appearing onstage in the finale.

Risks and challenges

Once our minimum goal is achieved, we will assemble our design teams and cast, workshop recordings of Ted's proposed song arrangements, continue to hone the script, and select dates and venues for the performance run.

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    "Viking-curious"
    - a downloadable mp3 of our kickstarter track and you are eligible for special, backer-only ticket offers and benefits at the final production.

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    "Heathen-friendly"
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    - special access to an ongoing series of behind the scenes videos with the cast and creators.

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    "Gate-Beardy"
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    - access to ongoing videos
    - downloadable full cast album and other bonus music from the cast.

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    "Shirt-bearer or Ancestor"
    - kickstarter mp3 and backer benefits
    - access to ongoing videos
    - cast album
    Plus, a choice:
    - Either a special limited edition "Northern Gate" T-shirt designed by Týr member Terji Skibenæs!
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    a ticket to sit in the "Revered Ancestors" section of the actual performance (estimated to debut in NYC march 2017)

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    "Skilled in all Feats"
    - kickstarter mp3 and backer benefits
    - access to ongoing videos
    - cast album
    -"Northern Gate" T-Shirt AND
    - Ticket to the "Revered Ancestors" section

    Plus an invitation to mingle with members of the production at a private party following a performance.

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    "Norse God"
    - kickstarter mp3 and backer benefits
    - access to ongoing videos
    - cast album
    -"Northern Gate" T-Shirt
    - Ticket to the show
    - after-party invite

    Plus a backstage tour, and an invitation to get into costume and come onstage with us, as part of the Viking Chorus for a show. (or, you may choose to gift the role to a friend).

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    "Slayer of the Midgard Serpent"

    - kickstarter mp3 and backer benefits
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    - cast album
    -"Northern Gate" T-Shirt
    - Ticket to the show
    - after-party invite
    - backstage tour
    - Viking chorus role for a night

    Plus a limited edition "Hoodie" Sweatshirt featuring Terji's Northern Gate logo.

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    "Sayeth my Name"

    In addition to all previous tier rewards, for this tier we will incorporate a version of your name into dialogue spoken in the play. Wouldn't that be fun?

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    Savior of all Heathens!
    On this tier, in addition to all other rewards you get:
    - The new title of the play for this staging becomes "Northern Gate, presented by "YOUR NAME", and it will appear as such on all promotional materials and press releases.

    - full access to all shows and rehearsals
    - all vikings salute to your visage nightly at the end of the show
    - a plaque that reads "Savior of Heathens"
    - Eternal gratitude and a place at the table in Valhalla

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Funding period

- (30 days)