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Odd's Bodkins Shakespeare Ensemble's 2018-2019 season
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Where Truth is Hid - Odd's Bodkins 2018-2019

Odd's Bodkins Shakespeare Ensemble is an emerging Shakespeare company based in Chicago, IL. We are about to embark on our third season, containing productions of Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Love's Labors Lost, Twelfth Night, and a Renaissance-Style production of The Comedy of Errors.

Our theme for the 2018-2019 season, "Where Truth is Hid," highlights how quickly and profoundly truth and reality can get skewed, buried, or confused. It also reminds us of the fact that, even if the truth does become hidden, it can always be found again if you're willing to look for it.

Through these performances, Odd's Bodkins aims to take familiar plays and present them in ways that are unexpected and impactful. Imagine a Macbeth set in our modern political climate, or a Julius Caesar that confronts the problems and power struggles that accompany nationalism. Or imagine a romantic comedy where the women call all the shots (that's Love's Labors Lost for you). Every show in this upcoming season has a statement to make, ranging from unabashed social commentary, to reminders that the antidote to darkness is often as simple as love and joy in the face of adversity.

Odd's Bodkins is also committed to unconventional casting, and often features women playing roles originally intended for men, and vice-versa. Attention is also paid to marginalized groups, with a focus on inclusion for actors of color and members of the LGBT+ community. We also encourage the development and careers of female directors, (still a surprising rarity in the world of classical theatre,) with four out of our five upcoming productions placing a woman at the helm. 

Your support of this project will help these productions reach their full potential. The funds raised here will purchase quality performance spaces, intricate props, period costumes, and realistic stage weaponry, among other needs. Your help will ensure top-notch performances of classic stories presented in new ways.

Odd's Bodkins Shakespeare Ensemble is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Odd's Bodkins' 2018-2019 Season

Autumn 2018 - Odd's Bodkins' Second Annual Macbeth

  • Director: Miranda Bishop
  • Assistant Director: Eric Gronkiewicz

Winter 2018 - The Comedy of Errors (A Renaissance-Style Production)

  • Production Manager: Rebecca Lewis

Winter 2019 - Julius Caesar

  • Director: Austin Halter
  • Assistant Director: Neil Geistlinger

Spring 2019 - Love's Labors Lost

  • Director: Nora Manca Wickman
  • Assistant Director: Rebecca Lewis

Summer 2019 - Twelfth Night

  • Director: Rebecca Janvrin
  • Assistant Director: TBD

The Bodkin Ensemble

  • Nora Manca Wickman - Artistic Director
  • Miranda Bishop - Business Manager
  • Katherine Quin - Literary Manager
  • Hannah Mary Simpson - Communications Manager
  • Rebecca Lewis - Education Director
  • Austin Halter - Movement Director
  • Rebecca Janvrin - Music Director
  • Odie Escondo
  • Neil Geistlinger
  • Chris George
  • Eric Gronkiewicz
  • Angela Rak

Risks and challenges

The risks of this project are twofold: the first is simply budgeting. As a young, not-for-profit company, making ends meet while still producing quality work is a delicate balancing act. Outside funding or no outside funding, this season will go forward, but in order to truly present these plays in the way they deserve to be presented, we need your help.

The second risk is the boldness of the statements we intend to make with the productions in the coming season. Our directors are taking bold stances that comment on our lives, our society, and humanity as a whole. Art that has something to say invariably draws criticism, but art that refuses to say anything at all has forgotten its purpose. At Odd's Bodkins, we believe in the power of art to affect real change by affecting people, and we will not back away from truths that deserve to be expressed.

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    Your Name in our Programs

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    The Full Cast Autographs your Program

    You will receive a copy of the program from the show of your choice, signed by the full cast.

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    Full Cast Autographs Your New Wall Art

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    VIP Admission to Production of Choice

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    Deluxe Admission to Production of Choice

    You will receive free admission to a performance of your choice, and we will reserve you the best seat in the house. (All our seating is first-come-first-served - except for you!!)

    You will also receive a poster from the show you attend, signed by the full cast.

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    Admission for 2 and Poetry in your Honor

    You will receive free admission for two to a performance of your choice, and we will reserve you the best seats in the house. (All our seating is first-come-first-served - except for you!!)

    The Bodkins will also create a sonnet extolling your personal generosity and greatness, which will be presented to you at the performance you attend.

    Your name will also be printed in a list of donors in the program for every production in our upcoming season.

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    VIP Season Pass

    You will receive one free ticket to every show in Odd's Bodkins' 2018-2019 season.

    For each production, we will reserve you the best seat in the house. (All our seating is first-come-first-served - except for you!!)

    The Bodkins will also create a sonnet extolling your personal generosity and greatness, which will be presented to you at one of the performances you attend.

    Your name will also be printed in a list of donors in the program for every production in our upcoming season.

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    Behind-the-Scenes Season Pass

    You will receive one free ticket to every show in Odd's Bodkins' 2018-2019 season.

    For each production, we will reserve you the best seat in the house. (All our seating is first-come-first-served - except for you!!)

    The Bodkins will also create a sonnet extolling your personal generosity and greatness, which will be presented to you at one of the performances you attend.

    Also, at the production of your choice, you will have the opportunity to interact one-on-one with the production's director and key actors, getting a behind-the-scenes look at the production and the work that went into creating it.

    Your name will also be printed in a list of donors in the program for every production in our upcoming season.

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    Renowned Sponsor

    You will receive two free tickets to every show in Odd's Bodkins' 2018-2019 season.

    For each production, we will reserve you the best seats in the house. (All our seating is first-come-first-served - except for you!!)

    We will thank you (or your business) by name before every performance in our season as part of our pre-show speech. We will also feature your name (or your business's name and logo) prominently in our programs for each production. We will also thank you for your generous sponsorship on our webpage and on social media.

    The Bodkins will also create a sonnet extolling your personal generosity and greatness, which will be presented to you at one of the performances you attend.

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