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A first of it's kind, LIVE streamed video, Better Left Unsaid combines the immediacy of theater with the community & interactivity of the internet.
A first of it's kind, LIVE streamed video, Better Left Unsaid combines the immediacy of theater with the community & interactivity of the internet.
161 backers pledged $20,605 to help bring this project to life.

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Produced by Kathryn Velvel Jones and Joey Brenneman, Better Left Unsaid is a cross between a play, an online video and a live streamed event. Utilizing multiple cameras, Better Left Unsaid will be staged in front of a live audience in NYC, and then streamed live to the internet, allowing anyone anywhere in the world to watch the show, and interact with it.

Better Left Unsaid is a complex roadmap of a play that begins in Central Park on a strangely warm, foggy day in November. We follow eight characters as their paths twist and turn in unexpected ways. Better Left Unsaid is a story about how our lives are affected by the pieces of information that we choose to withhold from the people we love. Sometimes the same secret that protects one person damages another.

Why live stream a play?

  • To more deeply engage a 21st century audience.
  • To allow our audience to literally become a part of the creative community via Facebook, Twitter, chat rooms and video.
  • Because a live streamed video play combines the excitement of live theater with the community of live streamed video events.
  • Because live streaming is a new theatrical paradigm that could launch an entirely new dramatic form born of today’s technology.

Better Left Unsaid is a female driven project. It is conceived of, written by, directed by, produced by and designed by women. We are proud to invest a mature female voice into an online video community wherein the creatives are mostly male. Men are great... but we fervently believe that a woman's vision, voice and experience is equally crucial to the artistic growth of the interactive storytelling medium.

We need at least $20,000 to produce Better Left Unsaid. Most plays in New York are produced for upwards of $20,000, and our production has the budget of a play and a film combined. Not only do we need to pay actors and directors and designers and stage managers, we also need to pay cameramen, and DP's and editors, while paying for live streaming services and mixing equipment.

Will you kick start Better Left Unsaid? We are asking you to join our community by donating, $10, $25, $100 or more. Will you join us as we break the boundary between technology and theater and utilize all sorts of new media to more deeply involve our audience in our performance.

The internet remains the wild west, but the artistic opportunities are endless and the opportunity to green-light your own passions is a revelation to those of us who spent years waiting for other people to make our dreams come true. Thank you so much for your time. We are so grateful for your attention and look forwarding to meeting you in the Better Left Unsaid community.

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    1 ticket to the show! (online or a physical seat in the actual theater — hey! you choose!) and your name in the program.

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    2 tickets to the show (online or a physical seat in the actual
    theater- up to you!). Your name in the program and your picture on
    the Better Left Unsaid website- linked to whatever web page tickles
    your fancy!

    And...wondering about all this social media stuff and how it can work
    for you? A $25 donation gains you entrance to a Social Media webinar
    taught by Kathryn, a former social media trainer for a Fortune 500
    company!

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    All of the above goodies, + a download of the Better Left Unsaid movie (a final edit using all the footage from every camera at every performance), including behind the scenes info and cast and crew interviews.

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    All of the above- and an exclusive pair of Better Left Unsaid undies in the size and sex of your choosing. (In a world of secrets, what's more under wraps then, well, your skivvies?)

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    All of the above.... plus!!!! your very own twitter ID necklace , as modeled by Kathryn in the video, courtesy of the always groovy, SurvivaloftheHippest.com. (if you are a guy and you would prefer a tie clip, that's cool too).

    But wait kids! That's not all! We are so grateful for your support, you will be greeted at the theater (or in the mail) with a special Better Left Unsaid Party basket, yours to enjoy as you watch the live show or stream!

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    All of the marvelous rewards above...and ...drum roll please....a photo or picture of your choice will play a starring role in the museum scenes of Better Left Unsaid! Imagine your picture sharing wall space with a Munch...

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Well, clearly this is serious... you mean business. For a $1000 donation your name will appear in the opening credits of every performance. We will send you a copy of the script signed by everyone in the cast and crew... and of course all of the irresistible treats listed above.

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    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    You are certainly a theater/technology buff! So isn't it time for your live streamed video debut? For $2500 all of the above is yours to savor, as well as your very own walk on role during a live performance of Better Left Unsaid. And to sweeten the deal, a baker's dozen of Better Left Unsaid Cupcakes.

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    This right here is producer level engagement! Join the Better Left Unsaid team with a $5000 donation and earn an Associate Producer Credit. And of course...tickets to the show, a twitter ID necklace, BLU undies, BLU cupcakes, BLU party basket, a final cut of the BLU Movie, a signed script, a walk-on roll in a live performance and a picture of your choice featured in the BLU museum scenes.... have we forgotten anything?

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    The perfect choice for an individual or corporate sponsor who wants to show the world that they are committed to the future of the arts and technology. A $10,000 donation to Better Left Unsaid gets you or your company a live streamed theater party. The entire audience is yours for an evening, so invite whoever you want! (up to 99 people). You and your guests will be treated to a pre-show wine and cheese party, special, live recognition of you or your company at the beginning of the show and a post show talk back with the cast and crew.

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Funding period

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