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A wickedly funny and heartbreaking story about a couple raising their severely disabled child. This holiday season at Red Eye Theater!

Joe Egg is 100% funded!  A big thanks to everyone who made this possible.  We have the minimum amount that we'll need to produce this show, but we could still use your help.  This show will cost considerably more than $6000 when all is said and done.  Please consider backing what promises to be a fun, offbeat addition to the to the holiday plays taking place in Minneapolis this season!

WHO ARE WE?

Public Dreams Theatre (PDT) is a new Minneapolis company that aspires to provide Twin Cities residents with a sense of community through the medium of live performance.  We recently finished a successful run of our inaugural show, a free outdoor production of William Shakespeare's The Tempest.  PDT is administered by husband and wife duo, Benjamin and Mandy Kutschied.  For more information, please visit our website.  www.PublicDreamsTheatre.com

WHAT ARE WE DOING?

We are bringing A Day in the Death of Joe Egg by Peter Nichols to Red Eye Theater in Minneapolis this winter. Not your usual holiday play, this side-splitting comedy tells the story of Bri and Sheila, a British couple in the late 1960's struggling to raise their developmentally disabled child. They have survived on laughter for the last 11 years. When their friends, Freddie and Pam, and Bri's mom arrive, the darkness behind the jokes begins to emerge.

Joe Egg opens on Friday, November 30th at Red Eye Theater in Minneapolis, MN.  We've been fortunate enough to attract an outstanding cast and crew to bring this show to life!

Cast:  Randy Schmeling* (Bri), Lindsay Marcy (Sheila), Tom Karki (Freddie), Dawn Brodey (Pam), Miram Monasch (Grace)

Production:  Benjamin Kutschied (Director), Jen Burns (Stage Manager), Matt Rein (Scenic Design), Matthew McNabb (Lighting Design), Lisa Conley (Costume Design), Jason Bucklin (Sound Design)

* Appearing Courtesy of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under a Special Appearance Contract.

WHY DID WE CHOOSE THIS SHOW?

Joe Egg has been a favorite of ours for many years, but we've never seen it produced in Minneapolis outside of an academic institution.  It is a courageous, wickedly funny, and heart-breaking story, and we've found the perfect cast to tell it! 

We are also hoping to use this opportunity to raise awareness of organizations that care for people with developmental disabilities.  We will have informational tables for various organizations in the lobby before and after the show.  Audience members will be able to learn more about how they can contribute their time, talents, and money to these organizations.

WHAT DO WE NEED TO MAKE THIS PROJECT HAPPEN?

Producing theatre is an expensive venture. While we believe in fiscal responsibility, certain expenses are unavoidable. Space rental, costumes, props, scenic art, artist stipends, and other expenses add up quickly. We will need at least $6000 up front in order to produce Joe Egg. The show will cost a great deal more when all is said and done, but with a successful Kickstarter campaign to get us started, we will be able to pull it off. This is where you come in!  We need all the help we can get to bring this seldom-produced show to Minneapolis.

WHERE DOES YOUR MONEY GO?

$10 - Will purchase a script for one of our company members!

$25 - Will help us buy supplies for one of Bri's colorful cowboy paintings!

$50 - Will rent, purchase, or build a costume for one of the six characters!

$100 - Will print our programs for all eleven performances!

$250 - Will purchase all of our promotional postcards!

$500 - Will cover licensing rights for over half of our eleven performances!

$1000 - Will build our entire set (a 1960's Bristol living room)!

$5000 - Will rent all of our rehearsal and performance space for six weeks!

WHY SHOULD YOU BACK THIS PROJECT?

We can't do it without you!  Joe Egg is an exceptional piece of theatre that was well ahead of it's time when it was written in the late 1960's.  Despite being something of a period piece, the show retains all of its freshness and relevance today.  We're really excited to share this story with you, and we hope you'll help us do just that!

HOW DOES KICKSTARTER WORK?

Kickstarter is awesome.  It is an excellent way to raise money for artistic projects.  The producers of this show have backed a few projects themselves.  The catch is that we have to reach our fundraising goal ($6000) or we get nothing.  If we raise $5999, then we get nothing.  This is by design, so folks like you aren't throwing your money at projects that never become realized.

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