New Suit Theatre Co. is proud to present its third show "Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy" - an adaptation of the documentary film of the same name. It follows Dr. Randy Olson, a scientist turned filmmaker, who is convinced that he can make a movie that will end the global warming debate just by interviewing scientists and placing their ideas side by side. When things don’t go as planned, it’s up to his sensible production assistant, his crazy producer, and his skeptical cameraman to help him maintain his faith in humanity.
“Sizzle” is a story that has its roots in the credibility crisis currently enveloping science in America. It is about the hilarious (and not-so-hilarious) ways we behave when unable to bring others to our point of view. It is about communication and miscommunication. Ultimately, it is about moving forward together.
Through Kickstarter support, as well as other fundraising efforts, we hope to raise awareness, not only for global warming, but also on how important, factual data is relayed to the community at large. In this show, we poke fun at bar graphs and charts, because, as much as they may be useful tools in meeting rooms and to the board, for the general public, they just don't pack a punch. Communication is key in all aspects of the world, and when raising awareness for important issues, there is no difference.
New Suit is an all volunteer organization. None of our staff is paid during regular business duties, or during production runs. We put our entire budget towards an engaging and entertaining experience for our audience. 2 years ago, after the run of our first production, JedIraq, we were able to use raised funds and ticket sales to pay off all start up debt and show-related expenses. We consider this a great success for the company and for that production. Through donated funds and ticket sales, we are able to bring these stories to life. About 65% of our budget goes towards renting a performance space. The rest is used for set materials, props, costumes, and renting sound and lighting equipment. Donations in the past have allowed us to pay for our show programs and other print material. We have also been able to purchase scenic elements that we will be able to use in future shows. Our goal is to be able to increase our budget so that we can eventually pay first, our actors, directors, and show crew, who put forth the energy to entertain and educate our audiences every night our shows are up. Second, we will pay ourselves. Without donors, theatre in Chicago would simply not exist. We would not be known for our "store front" theatre companies, or our vibrante, and brave new works, which many other cities do not get to experience. Donors are a valued and loved part of this theatre community. Our staff and volunteers simply can't do for our theatre what donors are able, and we are thankful!
To make this show a succes, we will need help. We would like to focus as much of our time on our art as possible, and with every dollar gained, we are able to do so. For every $15 given, we are able to buy a page in our programs to inform the audience and brag about our awesome actors, crew, and staff. With $30, we can buy screws and glue to put and hold our set together(erosion isn't cool, not even on stage). With $50 we will be able to buy paints to color our sets. With a $150 dollar donation, we can buy lighting materials, to create the perfect mood setting for each scene. With a $300 donation, we can ensure that our costume designer is able to outfit our cast with all that they had envisioned. With a $500 donation we are able to pay for props or all print materials to publicize our show. If you decide to donate $1000, you will have helped us purchase the world we wish to create. With that money we will be able to buy all build materials for walls and location elements, so that we may bring the audience into the pages of the script and on location with the actors. You are welcome to donate more or less than these amounts, and after doing so, we will graciously post here to explain what we were able to purchase.
He's not, he's just big boned...and constricted to a 4:3 image ratio. Our real poster has him looking lean and MEAN...but nice...he's really nice, just looks mean.
Our current budget is greater than $2500. We are seeking funding from an array of donors, as well as hoping for a good audience turn out. As is the case with any theatrical show, there is no set cost. As a new and growing theatre company we have created a modest budget based on the basic needs of a production. The more money we raise, the higher quality product we can put out. We attempt to borrow much of our materials, but this practice limits us, creatively. The items that we have purchased in the past, we do try to utilize, but again, if our vision is constrained to our currently limited inventory, then we can't fully express it. However, there is a point of diminishing returns when it comes to artistic vision, which at some point we hope to hit, perhaps not this show, but one down the line. Once we hit that cherished mark, we will no doubtably express our gratitude towards our volunteer cast, crew and production team, with some amount of monetary compensation. Any remaining funds will go into our bank account to help fund our next production.
None of the money raised for this project will go anywhere near the pockets of our company members. And yes, they all know that. When we sat down 2-3 years ago and began to plan for this theatre company, we discussed a business plan. In that plan, we agreed that we would not expect to be paid for this work for at least the first 5 years. In the first 5 years of a theatre company, we have to expect that our audiences will mostly consist of friends and family. Over those years, it will slowly grow into friends of friends and family friends, and eventually once we are out there for enough time, we will develop a continually growing audience base. We understand that if we want to meet our mission for years to come, we have to be responsible in our business practice. We do not want to outgrow or live above our means. It is our hope, that if we serve our mission and art, then it will be accepted by our audience, and New Suit Theatre will develop in to a company that can support a full time, caring staff.
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