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A play, a book, & a movement about the bullied and bruised gay youth of America.
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Mark Blane

154 backers pledged $7,943 to help bring this project to life.

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OFFICIAL SELECTION @ One Theatre World (The Rock & The Ripe)

Along with companies and theatre gurus from Great Britain, Australia, Ireland, and across the United States, Mark Blane & The Rock & The Ripe have been hand-selected to speak and perform at One Theatre World (Theatre for Young Audience) May 2013 conference and festival!

There are less than 20 presentations, and it is truly an honor because we are the sole project that is representing LGBT youth and stories in the theatre.

To help us pay for our trip to the Cleveland event (accomodations, event registration, printing costs for the scripts, etc.) we have a NEW kickstarter fundraiser. (Much LESS money than last year's goal.)

We're hoping to raise $1,988 (the year of my birth!) by March 29.

The main reason of attending this prestigious event is to share the story/the concept and the script! with companies and theatre professionals from everywhere. It improves the visibility of the play so that it may be produced by other theatre companies (on their own!) across the country.

#spreadtheword #community #awareness
Click here to watch the NEW video!
Always, many thanks for your continued support.

Sincerely,

THE ROCK & THE RIPE

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An Overwhelming Success, & LAST Kickstarter Rewards Sent Today!

We got to share our theatre piece and book with so many individuals from around Chicago, Northwest Indiana, and people who drove or flew in from New York, Florida, and several other states!

It was an emotional performance that seemed to reach every single audience member. I couldn't be happier.

And now I move forward to try to create future productions...
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In other news, the last wave of Kickstarter rewards have been sent out today (sorry for the lateness). Although the play ended June 17, we have been working on all that financial and cleaning up 'stuff' since then, and I've been putting together addresses and packages for the 120+ people from across the USA and overseas who donated so generously.

When you receive your package, take a photograph and post to our Facebook group or email it to rockripeplay@gmail.com ! We want to see your smiling faces with your tshirts, posters, and books. 

Many of you made incredible donations and then decided to take no reward, however, I would love to share the book with each and every one of you that really wants one. Send me your address over Kickstarter and we can get you one ASAP. Otherwise, there are two places you can buy books online or in person.

Gary Camera and Video in Merrillville, Indiana
Quimby's Bookstore on North Avenue, in Chicago, Illinois

Thanks all!

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The Show Opened! 2 More Weekends left!

Hi Backers & Friends!

We had a wonderful Opening Weekend at Links Hall, with two sold out shows, and two other performances that were about half-filled. Our audiences were so responsive and it was a very special experience.

We've now moved into a new space at Teatro Luna on N Clark and Irving Park Rd. Tickets can be bought here. Click!

Use this code for $5 off your ticket! Code: 5DLRoff

Time Out Chicago did a Feature on me (click) and the play! And we're getting some great press. Check out photographs below from our opening weekend.

Also check out photos below from our Opening weekend & on our ever evolving website: www.therockandtheripe.com

Kickstarter rewards, books, t-shirts, buttons are still being wrapped and put into packages. Friends from across the country and world, thanks for being patient! Promise to get you your stuff soon!

xoMark

P.S. So happy to see some of you backers at the show last weekend! Some of you, whom I've never met, I saw your names on a list, and I wished we could have talked but thank you so much for coming out! I hope you had a great evening. 

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T-Shirts have been ordered, Books are being printed...the play opens on June 1st!

Thank you for all being patient! We are now in a race against time to get 500 books printed, and t-shirts, postcards, and buttons ready for all of you! Please respond to the Surveys if you haven't already with your t-shirt sizes and mailing addresses etc. 

The 160-page book was finished last week over many all-nighters with myself (Mark), designers Jillian Barthold and Kady Dennell, and a very helpful editor Adam Serwa. The book is gorgeous and we cannot wait to hold it in our hands. 

For a 12-page preview of the book, please click here!

Yours until cows give shaving cream,
Mark

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