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A joyful, dance-filled theater piece about the subtle forms of homophobia that all of us-- queer and straight-- experienced growing up.

TALES OF A FOURTH GRADE LESBO: TAKE 2

Tales of a Fourth Grade Lesbo follows a group of preteen girls through the bedrooms and classrooms of the early 1990s. A play on the title of the beloved Judy Blume novel Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Gina Young's dance/theater piece with additional writing by Amanda-Faye Jimenez explores the more subtle forms of homophobia pervasive in American elementary schools. With repurposed pop songs, classic movie parodies and choreographed dance numbers, of course!

We already have the costumes.

We already have the awesome cast.

We already had a fantastic, sold out debut at Highways Performance Space in June 2012. Now we just need the funds to do it all again!

$3,000 is the bare minimum we need to get this show back on its feet, but we could definitely use more. $3,000 will cover just the bare-bones basics:
- hiring a professional lighting designer
- paying a sound operator
- making new postcards and posters to promote the show
- renting rehearsal space big enough for 12 dancers
- providing all of the cast and crew with a small stipend

If we exceed our goal, any additional funds received will go to improving the costumes and sets -- let's be real, at the moment, there ARE no sets :) -- increasing our promotional reach, and providing free tickets to at-risk queer youth in the Los Angeles area.

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We are facing particular challenges as a result of the postponement of this show due to the censorship/banning issue we faced with the Pasadena Playhouse.

Happily, the situation was resolved amicably and we now have the theater's full support. However, we lost our eligibility to apply for certain grants we'd been counting on, and we also lost the momentum that comes with an extended run of a show. Because this production will now be considered a re-mount instead of an extended run, we practically have to start from scratch in terms of rehearsal time, design team and marketing. However, the cast of this show has been so enthusiastic and so dedicated that I have no doubt that the re-mount of the show will be even BETTER than the first run!

It would be amazing if some of our supporters-- from all over the country and the world, who flooded the Pasadena Playhouse with letters of support on our behalf-- could now make a donation, no matter how small, to help us put on the best production we can.

If you support Tales of a Fourth Grade Lesbo, you're supporting free speech. You're supporting experimental theatre. You're supporting writing by women and performance by LGBT/queer performers. You're supporting the movement to stop anti-gay bullying in our schools. You're supporting queer youth. And above all, you're supporting an awesome evening of 90s dance routines that has audiences laughing, crying, and dancing on the stage after the show!!!

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    SOCIAL MEDIA SHOUT OUT! The Tales cast will personally thank you on Facebook or Twitter (or LiveJournal or in AOL chatrooms, if that's more your 90s style.)

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    3AM VOICE CD! What could be more 90s than expanding your CD collection?! Donors at this level will receive a copy of Gina Young's album 3am Voice, as well as both of the adorable promo postcards from the first run of Tales of a Fourth Grade Lesbo. They'll look great in your locker.

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    CUPCAKE CITY! The Tales of a Fourth Grade Lesbo cast will bake scrumptious chocolate cupcakes with vanilla cream filling for two lucky $30 donors-- and deliver them in costume! This prize is restricted to the LOS ANGELES AREA ONLY. :)

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    TALES OF A FOURTH GRADE LESBO DVD! Did you know the first DVD players hit the market in the late 1990s? For a donation at the forty dollar level, you'll get your very own full-length DVD of the June 15 & 16 performance of the show, filmed by Erica Rae Brown and with cover art by Wynne Greenwood.

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    TALES CAST FLASH MOB! Four members of the Tales cast will show up in costume at an event of your choosing, and do a 90s-style dance to Cold-Hearted Snake by Paula Abdul! Sadly this is restricted to the LOS ANGELES AREA ONLY.

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    GET OUT THE PUFFY PAINT! We'll send you one of the ACTUAL T-shirts worn as a costume in the play, autographed by the entire cast. Plus we'll throw in some of the promo postcards for ya.

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    MY CABOODLE MADE ME GAY. Ooh, the first person to donate $100 will take home the pale turquoise tie dye Caboodles makeup organizer used as a prop in the play. Plus we'll pop some postcards and other treats inside of it!

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    HOT FOR TEACHER! Win a *date* with the teacher from Tales of a Fourth Grade Lesbo! Three members of the Tales cast will take you out on the town-- in character-- and buy you a couple of drinks. Two "students" from the play will chaperone to make sure you don't get handsy-- after all, teacher sure does look hot in her 70s Polyester! A great chance to meet the cast and talk theater or 90s/70s fashion... LOS ANGELES AREA ONLY.

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    TRUE ANGEL. If you select this pledge level, we will provide 10 free tickets for at-risk queer youth in the Los Angeles area to come see the play. (We'll be providing some free tickets to queer youth organizations anyway; but a gift at this level will greatly increase what we are able to offer.) You will also receive two free tickets for yourself to attend the show.

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    DANCE ROUTINE SPECTACULAR! If you're a thousand dollar donor-- first of all, we love you. Second of all, we will perform an excerpt from Tales of a Fourth Grade Lesbo at an event of your choosing. Complete with dance numbers! We have to restrict this offer to the LOS ANGELES AREA ONLY. But after that, it's up to you! Perhaps you work with a queer youth organization or a school that could use a dose of awesome. Or perhaps you want us to do the show flash-mob style in a public place, to raise awareness. Or MAYBE you just want us to perform at your own personal BIRTHDAY PARTY! You name it, we'll be there, with at least 4 or more members of the Tales cast, and a 25-minute performance excerpt, including awesome 90s dance numbers.

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