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 FREE ART FOR 24 HOURS! The first ever OntheBoards.tv Telethon. 

In celebration of affordable, accessible, quality art, OntheBoards.tv is airing it’s first ever PBS-style Telethon. Join us on YouTube LIVE, for a selection of OntheBoards.tv favorites, special guests, strange interviews, and so many useless phones.

The telethon runs nonstop for 24 hours starting from 8am on March 15th to 8am March 16th. 

 But first, What is OntheBoards.tv? 

OntheBoards.tv is your personal, mobile portal to high quality contemporary performance anywhere, anytime. Rentals start at $5, and annual subscriptions are only $50 (that’s less than $4.25/month), keeping the world of affordable art available on your laptop and at your fingertips.  

OntheBoards.tv features artists who are:

  • Redefining dance (like Crystal Pite, Bebe Miller, Zoe | Juniper, or Beth Gill)
  • Revitalizing American theater (like Young Jean Lee or The Rude Mechs)
  • Blurring the lines between performance and art (like Ralph Lemon or Michelle Ellsworth)
  • Making theater feel like a grown up magic show (like Antione Defoort and Halory Goerger)
  • Winning MacArthur Genius Awards (like Kyle Abraham or Okwui Okpokwasili)
  • Leading the band on James Corden's show (pretty much just Reggie Watts)

Aside from the 1000s of art lovers like you, OntheBoards.tv is also available in university libraries (and one high school!) across the world, serving tens of thousands of students, professors, and burgeoning artists. 


LET'S GO!

This telethon runs nonstop for 24 hours starting from 8am on March 15th to 8am March 16th. You can watch the live stream directly at [YOUTUBE LIVE LINK].  

Operators are standing by to take your call now! 206-501-4930

The Telethon Schedule*:

8:00 AM Michelle Ellsworth's Phone Homer

9:30 AM Tanja Liedke's Construct

10:45 AM Teatro Linea de Sombra's Amarillo

NOON  Okwui Okpokwasili's Bronx Gothic

1:45 PM Ahamefule Oluo's Now I'm Fine

4:00 PM Kidd Pivot's Dark Matters

6:15 PM Ralph Lemon's How can you stay in the house all day?

8:00 PM Halory Goerger and Antoine Defoort Germinal

9:30 PM OntheBoards.tv LIVE! At the Clock-Out Lounge!***

11:20 PM Largatijas Tiradas al Sol's El Rumor del Incendio

1:00 AM Zoe | Juniper's BeginAgain

2:00 AM Theater Replacement's Winners & Losers

3:30 AM Big Dance Theater's Big Dance

4:30 AM Tina Satter's Seagull

5:30 AM Palissimo's Amidst

6:45 AM Faye Driscoll's Thank You for Coming

8:00 AM A sign off from Team Devo at OtB

*Telethon Schedule is subject to change

OntheBoards.tv Telethon Commercials were generously produced by Blanket Fort Films.

OntheBoards.tv LIVE! The Half-Time Show 

***In Seattle? Come on over for OntheBoards.tv LIVE! The Half-Time Show at the Clock-Out Lounge in Beacon Hill.

It’s a one-of-a-kind OntheBoards.tv game show (plus pizza, plus dance party), all hosted by the delightful Betty Wetter!

 What are we trying to do?  

Mariano Pensotti's "El Pasado es un Animal Grotesco"
Mariano Pensotti's "El Pasado es un Animal Grotesco"

OntheBoards.tv technology was custom built in 2010, and has done a lot of catching up these last few years, but has more to do. Our first priority is keeping our users’ data secure, closely followed by protecting the work of the artists featured on the site. To accomplish all of this, we’ve been working hard with our expert web developer to make crucial upgrades and updates to our website software. We’ve already logged over 300 hours with our developer in the last six months! 

We’ve achieved a lot, but our dreams are big, and we want to continue making OntheBoards.tv adaptable, equitable, and easy to use. 

 Why is this important? 

Faye Driscoll's "Thank You For Coming: Attendance"
Faye Driscoll's "Thank You For Coming: Attendance"

OntheBoards.tv is the digital home for a global art community that values the subversive, the weird, the wonderful, and all the unanswerable questions that continue to shape our human lives. OntheBoards.tv is a place for art lovers to relive moments that make their heart leap or stomach drop. For students in Kansas to see artists from Japan, France, Argentina, Seattle, and New York. For curators in Berlin to see work from Walla Walla, Detroit or Mexico City.

We believe in the power of mind-bending art and its ability to make people feel seen, their stories heard, and their imaginations well-strengthened and stretched. 

We're not only changing the world for art and artists, but we hope we’re making it a more livable place, full of curiosity.


Why we need your help.

Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol's "El Rumor del Incendio"
Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol's "El Rumor del Incendio"

Keeping up with expensive, ever-evolving technology on a nonprofit budget can feel a little bit like Mickey Mouse in the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Our work relies on relationships with a lot of good folx who believe in our art and this work, including our incredible community of OtB.tv subscribers and audience members.

For context, our basic expenses (without adding new films) usually look like:

  • $20,000 for regular maintenance and repair
  • $10,000 for basic video and web-hosting costs

This year,  a $15,000 grant from The Morgan Fund will help cover 50% of our base annual cost.

We are asking for at least $10,000 from you, our viewers and supporters, TODAY, for regular upgrades and updates so the site can handle our increasing user demand, maintain the security of user information, and guarantee accessibility on any device so you (and thousands of students, artists, and art lovers) can always access the performing arts content you crave.

To help OntheBoards.tv evolve, we need support from contemporary performance lovers LIKE YOU!

Thanks for listening, thanks for watching. We love you <3

Ezra Dickinson's "Psychic Radio Star"
Ezra Dickinson's "Psychic Radio Star"

Risks and challenges

It is not an easy time to make, present, or distribute art – but art gives us a path through difficult times and On the Boards believes it’s important to keep doing what we do. The rapid development of film production and web-hosting technology can often feel daunting for an arts nonprofit. But we’ve seen the impact OntheBoards.tv has on artists and viewers and we know it’s worth the challenge.

We’re committed to ensuring art and artists can reach audiences, and vice versa, and to continue innovating to keep contemporary performance accessible on stage and online. Help us keep art alive and thriving in this ever-evolving technological wonderland. Support OntheBoards.tv.

We’ll meet you on the internet, from 8 a.m. Friday, March 15, to 8 a.m. Saturday, March 16.

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    Beth, Erica & Betsey Shout Your Name!

    On the Boards' Team Devo thanks you LIVE! on-air from our special 24-hour Internet Telethon on March 15th. One of our favorite things to do <3

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    "Dark Matters" 4 Lyfe

    Get a code for a FREE OntheBoards.tv Film! You'll have access to whatever OntheBoards.tv film you want foreverrrrrr so you can watch it again, and again, and again, and again, and again and again...

    Because "Dark Matters" is all you need, right...?

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    Washington's Drag Queen of Wet Dreams will make a very personal "Thank You" just for you, at our Telethon Half-Time Show down at The Clock-Out Lounge. If you're not in town to see it live, we'll record it so you can keep by your bedside forever after <3

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    Get a code for a FREE one-year full access subscription to OntheBoards.tv AND get thanked in our printed program liner notes (Reward #1). Who needs pants when you can watch your favorite artists take off their pants, while you sit on your couch, without pants, because pants are overrated.

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    Get a FREE OntheBoards.tv Subscription to gift to that special person in your life who needs more wonder, abstraction, magic, confusion, love, catharsis, international storytelling, and general fun in their lives. You also get all the other rewards above (Rewards #1-5).

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    At this level, we don't know what else to do except offer you a private screening at our physical home -- On the Boards. You tell us how many friends you're bringing (max 30), and we'll set up a cozy "home theater" experience for you with popcorn, refreshments, and whatever fun trivia we know about the film(s) you choose. Only available to book in July or August 2019.

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    Holy cannoli! A donation at this amount is the minimum cost of a producing a new film for OtB.tv! Get behind-the-scenes access to a live filming of a future OtB.tv feature, be listed as *the* Executive Producer, AND get a private screening. Let's make some movie magic <3

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