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A portrait of America drawn from 13 weeks of railroad track and city sidewalks, to be performed in 13 cities around the world!

LAST CHANCE! If you'd like a vote on the global tour (and the final story) throw your chips down now!

Also: City Love Song has been booked for two weeks of previews in NYC on the eve of the global tour (May 2011). ALL KICKSTARTER BACKERS, AT ANY LEVEL, WILL RECEIVE DISCOUNTED TICKETS TO THESE SHOWS! I hope to see you there!
With all the strength of my racing heart,


Hello, Kickstarters!

First things first: you may have noted that this project is "fully funded." In fact, I sought half of my necessary budget here on Kickstarter and was shocked--shocked!--to raise more than $7000 in 18 days. But I still need your support. Please read on to learn more, and thanks for joining me!

For the full kit and kaboodle, visit For the basics:

Who? My name is Jack Finnegan. I am a published writer, I have studied philosophy and worked for years in professional theatre. I am an unabashed, unrelenting, unashamed dreamer. This project is my most ambitious to date.

What? City Love Song is a performed story, in three cycles.

1. In its first cycle, City Love Song was a story about New York City. I sold almost everything I owned, cashed in unused vacation pay, collected the security deposit on my apartment and self-produced a national tour. I traveled to 24 cities around the United States, mostly by train, giving free performances all over the country.

2. In its second cycle, City Love Song is a story about those 24 American cities. In July I performed this story in New York, to terrific reviews (here and here) and in August performed for ten days at the Edinburgh Fringe, also for free. (The 3 New York shows were ticketed, to cover theater costs.)

Now I aim to take this portrait of America to 13 cities on 6 continents. That's what we're Kickstarting!

3. In its third cycle, City Love Song will be a story about those 13 international cities. That story will be performed for American audiences in 2012.

Where? For the American tour, City Love Song traveled through New York, Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, Madison, Appleton, St. Paul, Minneapolis, Fargo, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Antonio, Austin, New Orleans, Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, Atlanta, Raleigh, Durham, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia.

For the global tour, Kickstarter backers will vote on the candidate cities listed here.

When? Cycle One was performed between 18 September and 16 December 2009. Cycle Two was performed in New York and Edinburgh, Scotland in July & August of 2010. The global tour launches in May 2011, with a two week-preview in New York in early May.

Why? Philippe Petit describes this as a uniquely American question. I’ll tell you this: I love telling stories. I am fascinated by cities. I love my country. And I love being alive in this glorious, imperfect world. Help me see your city, and join me in this song.


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And here's a brief look at the budget:

$7000 -- Round-the-world airfare to six continents
$5000-$7500 -- Theater rentals
$3000 -- Modest accommodations (avg. $33/night for 13 weeks)
$1500 -- Food (averaging $15/day)
$1500 -- Promotional materials and expenses
$1000 -- Visas, postage, intracity travel expenses, emergency cash, insurance if I can afford it


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    My sincere gratitude and my solemn commitment to complete my duties with dignity, honesty and integrity.

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    Above reward, PLUS an exclusive weekly tour newsletter with photos and videos and contests and prizes PLUS your name (and a link!) on the City Love Song website.

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    All previous rewards, PLUS a VOTE in the city selection for all six continents, PLUS I will place your name in a (creative, legal) spot in a global city of your choosing! (I'll also email you a photograph of the placement.) This vote will not just determine the itinerary for the global tour--it will also shape City Love Song's third and final cycle!

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    All previous rewards, PLUS a DVD of global hijinks, performance material included. This DVD is exclusive for Kickstarter backers.

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    All previous rewards, PLUS a set of six decorative glass vials, each separately containing soil from the six continents visited.

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    All previous rewards, PLUS listing on materials as Executive Producer, PLUS 4 comps to New York City previews in May 2011 (must get yourself to NYC).

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    All previous rewards, PLUS a Cycle Three performance in your hometown (must be in USA).

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