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Shandy Wilkes is a story about a girl born with mirrors behind her eyes that reflect people's greatest fear back at them.
Shandy Wilkes is a story about a girl born with mirrors behind her eyes that reflect people's greatest fear back at them.
95 backers pledged $20,610 to help bring this project to life.

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Proximity, a Santa Barbara based 501(c)(3) non-profit theatre company, embarks on a journey this summer, a rebirth of the original piece Shandy Wilkes, written by Karina Richardson. Under the guidance of NYU Tisch School of the Arts graduates Kyra Lehman (Artistic Director), Ken Urbina (Executive & Musical Director), and Ms. Richardson (Co-Artistic Director, Actor, and Writer), company members are challenged to perform at professional levels incorporating experimental theatre techniques into traditional storytelling.  

This time around, we are approaching Shandy’s story with a smaller group of wildly focused young actors and musicians who share a common mission; to inspire people to connect to their bodies, themselves, and each other by vigorously exploring how alive we can be in our own skins. An intensive three week reworking of the show will prepare us for three performances at Center Stage Theater in Santa Barbara on August 10th, 11th, & 12th, followed by three performances at the Robert Moss Theatre in New York City on August 18th, 19th, & 20th.

By reaching our goal of $20,000, we’ll be able to cover the costs of pre-production, production, transportation, accommodations, rehearsal space, performance space, labor, and all the other real world expenses we must negotiate in order to do what we love to do. With a successful campaign, we won’t have to do anything during the rehearsal process but dive in, and that is priceless.

We owe everything to the strength of our community, and to those of you who have been with us from the start, we owe a special thanks to you.  Your continued generosity is what turns our passion and dreams into production, year after year. To those of you who are new to our company, support our cross-country venture and be rewarded by knowing you are helping a grassroots arts community grow! That won’t be your only reward of course…

To the right, you’ll find a list of our incentives, based on the amount of the contribution.   From song downloads to t-shirts, from show tickets to behind-the-scenes disposable camera reels, we took the time to create incentives we thought you would love. Because we care that you care about us.  Whether you're dying to have Proximity's Greatest Hits Album always on deck in the car, you've always wanted to be billed as the director of a high-class theatre production, or you’re a purist who just wants to give us ten bucks, we’re sure we have an incentive that’s right for you.

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for supporting us in our quest to share our beautiful and epic stories with the world! 

P.S. Since Proximity is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, your contribution is tax deductible!

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    Strawberry Field, the whimsical song that takes Shandy into a strawberry field into a land where nothing can get between her, her dragon, and her unicorn. NYC, the pounding song that follows Shandy into the big city, where everyone is running, and no one looks back. Which song do you need to hear today? Now you can download them both!

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    Song Download & Proximity Journal-

    The blank page isn’t so scary when it’s covered by our very own Shandy heart. So go ahead. Spill your guts, design your dreams, write your own story in a Proximity journal.

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    Song Download & Shandy T-Shirt-

    People love this t-shirt. Even the wardrobe guy for Wall Street 2 gave it a vocal thumbs up when company member Ian Wexler rocked it on set. Get it while it’s as hot and available as Jake Himovitz.

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    Custom Voicemail Greeting-

    A company member will record a message of your choice for use as your greeting to callers. Because who wouldn’t pay money to have Chiara Perez Del Campo serenade their missed calls into forgetting why they even called in the first place?

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    Download of 2009's Production of "The Marvellous Story of Shandy Wilkes"-

    See what you’ve been missing, or just what you miss. A digital download, for the eco-conscious and tech-savvy, of one of Proximity’s past shows.

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    Proximity Greatest Hits Vol. 1 CD Download-

    Ken Urbina, the wild thing that has made your hearts sing throughout the years, is back. Let his original scores take you for a heartpounding ride down State Street and through the East Village, until the sun comes up over Santa Monica Boulevard.

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    Proximity Fun Pack! (Heart Sticker, T-Shirt, Journal, Song Download)-

    Picture it: You sit in a coffee shop, the warm summer breeze in your hair, it’s a Tuesday. You stretch, your stylish and breathable 100% cotton Proximity T-Shirt following your torso’s every move. You take a sip from your ceramic coffee tumbler. Once a boring beige, it now boasts a unique and symbolically significant Shandy Heart sticker. The trace of a brilliant idea threatens to escape you, unbridled, but it’s no match for your Proximity journal. This is your kind of fun pack.

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    Song Download & Two Tickets to a performance of "Shandy Wilkes"-

    2 tickets. 2 cities. Your choice.

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    Download of infamous Kyra Lehman College Application Video made by Eric Lehman-

    Before Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, and Pamela Anderson took the phrase “download” to a whole new level, Kyra Lehman was taking the college application process to a whole new level. You'll get exclusive access to the video that tells you everything you ever wanted to know about the heart, spunk, and straight up pazazz that was Kyra Lehman, aged 18.

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    Framed 8” by 10” Print by Siena Perez del Campo & 2 Tickets to a performance of "Shandy Wilkes"-

    Once upon a time there lived a moment so pure that it split the Earth into a million pieces. And Siena Perez del Campo captured it on film. Pick one of four framed and matted Shandy inspired prints to wave at you from your favorite nook.

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    A disposable camera's worth of photographs taken during the rehearsal process + 2 Tickets to a performance of "Shandy Wilkes"-

    "Remember the days when you couldn’t delete those horribly unflattering yet true to life moments you unwittingly captured on film? When each roll was a mystery waiting to be developed? When all you had was 24 clicks so you made sure each one counted?

    Each company member will be handed an antiquated moment capturing device on the first day of rehearsal. Pick your pony and at the end of the summer you get to see the entire rehearsal process through one person’s eyes.and a single roll of film."

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    Underwater Photoshoot with Siena Perez del Campo styled by Jake Himovitz-

    Have you ever wondered what life would be like under the sea? Siena Perez del Campo is ready, willing, and able to help you channel your inner mermaid, Poseidon, or seahorse. Capture all the adventure of being submerged in nature’s wildest beast in the safety and comfort of a man made pool.

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    Zach Wallace (of the Windmill Vandals) will DJ your Santa Barbara Party-

    Zach Wallace knows how to get your party started, take it up a notch, then bring it back down before finishing it off with a bang. He’s also a teenage rock star. This is your chance to say you knew him when he was an underground DJ, before the Grammys and Toyota commercials.

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    Private Concert by your choice of Proximity Musicians (Ken Urbina, Windmill Vandals, or Sleepwalkers) & 2 Tickets to a performance of "Shandy Wilkes"-

    Let any one of these musical beasts into your son’s Bar Mitzvah, your daughter’s Quinceañera, or Grandma’s Surprise Party, and they will tear it up. Choose the play list or let them surprise you. Either way, this is your chance to book the ultimate soundtrack for the night of your life.

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    Name a character in the play! & 2 Tickets to a performance of "Shandy Wilkes"-

    Looking for a unique anniversary present for someone who has everything? Want to be responsible for the moment when someone is addressed as “Felulah Bobabulous” on stage with a straight face? Seize the chance to immortalize yourself or someone you love in a work of ART. Do it. Be a part of theatre history.

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    Song written for you by Ken Urbina and performed/recorded by the whole Proximity Crew & 2 Tickets to "Shandy" & a video documenting the process-

    Have you ever longed for a song that expresses exactly how you feel about someone special in your life? A song that says, with complete and utter specificity, that you, Mom and Dad, are the best parents that I, your child and co-hort in massive amounts of family bonding, could have? Now you can. Just let Ken do what he does best. Tell it like it is. To a beat. With an obscene amount of harmony.

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    Private Party (in Santa Barbara) hosted by Proximity & 2 Tickets to "Shandy"-

    We work hard. We also play hard. We know you do too. Whether you are looking for a sophisticated soirée, a classically good time, or a complete freakshow of an evening, let our company give it to you. Proximity style.

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    Custom built electric guitar to your specifications autographed by the Windmill Vandals! & 2 Tickets to "Shandy"-

    Do you have any idea how hard it is to BUILD an electric guitar? To shape all that wire and metal and electricity into an INSTRUMENT that plays music? Wild riffs, sustained strums, and that feeling of proud ownership that comes with holding a hand-crafted guitar someone BUILT just for you are only a pledge away.

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    You will be credited as Director of the show-

    Does this warrant further explanation? If you give it, we will bow to you.

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