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Four classically-trained actors. One is drunk. We attempt a Shakespearean play. What could go wrong? Read more

Manhattan, NY Theater
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Four classically-trained actors. One is drunk. We attempt a Shakespearean play. What could go wrong?

Manhattan, NY Theater
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"To beer or not to beer..."

So... we want to put on a serious Shakespearean play in New York but start each show with one of our actors doing some serious drinking. You know you want to see this already! It's "Drunk History" meets "Abridged Shakespeare".

"Drunk Shakespeare" will premiere at Quinn's Bar (New York) on 25 March and run every night for 12 weeks. This is a show where ANYTHING could happen. Each night, a different cast member will be selected for the unequalled challenge of performing a Shakespearean role whilst gracefully supported by their drink of choice.  Literature's greatest tragedies are about to get worse! Tragic, really.

We need your help to raise $10,000. These funds will go toward a VERY worthy cause - the alcohol budget for our actors!! Over 1,300 people have already applied to our casting notice... and we selected just ten of them with the highest-qualifications in both drinking and Shakespeare.

These professional actors are going to be drinking every night for this important cause and we need your help to get them there. Help us launch the Shakespearience of a lifetime!

"That which hath made them drunk, hath made me bold!"

If the show is a success in New York, we plan to take it on the road. In the USA and overseas. So... help us get it started and it may soon come to a town near you!

Like your whiskey neat? Want to support Off-Broadway Theater? Just want to see actors get drunk all over Shakespeare? Check out the awesome rewards and kickstart us to drunk Shakespearean glory!

You can see a sneak preview of drunk out-takes from rehearsals here:

NOTE: any additional funds will go toward creating REALLY amazing merchandise like our "Drunk Shakespeare" wooden tankards and "Drunk Shakespeare" frosted shot glasses. Any leftover funds will help with show marketing!

"Why, sir, for my part I say the gentleman had drunk himself out of his five sentences." Merry Wives

Risks and challenges

A successful theater project needs a great team, a great concept and great marketing. We have... Producer Scott Griffin (Harvard MBA and Serial Entrepreneur from Australia) and Directors "Three Day Hangover" (David Hudson, Lori Wolter Hudson, Beth Gardiner). Three Day Hangover have serious experience drinking and acting with their sold out show "R+J: Star-Cross'd Death Match". Scott Griffin has been producing live performance around the world for over 15 years - recently including MOON where a classical choir simulates masturbation live on stage. This time, with alcohol!

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  • We are soo excited about this project we are working on a web series so more people can see it. More details to be announced shortly! If we get the show launched in New York then we plan to film it and get it online AS WELL AS touring around the USA and internationally. Thanks for all the pledges... the drunken momentum is building!

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  • Yes, tickets are transferrable.

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  • Tickets will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis. They will be released to pledgers and public at the same time so we recommend booking early to reserve the show of your choice.

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  • Standard tickets will be around $39. So, two tickets for $50 is a saving of $30. PLUS you get your choice of frosted shot glasses or tankard! What a bargain! Were we drinking when we came up with these rewards? Likely.

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    In response to high demand, we have now introduced a $10 reward. This will give you first access to our web series. So, if you can't make it to New York, you can still get the Drunk Shakespearience from the safety of your own bedroom. Remember, suspicion always haunts the guilty mind! Pledge now.

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    A limited edition "Drunk Shakespeare" tankard with awesome Shakespeare quote to impress your friends!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    12 backers

    Limited edition "Drunk Shakespeare" frosted shot glass with Shakespeare quote to impress your friends!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    21 backers

    Two tickets to Drunk Shakespeare in New York and two "Drunk Shakespeare" frosted shot glasses!

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    23 backers

    Two tickets to Drunk Shakespeare in New York (transferrable) plus limited edition "Drunk Shakespeare" tankard with engraved Shakespeare quote so you can do it at home!

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    3 backers

    Four tickets to the show, signed copy of the script and four shot glasses so you can do it again at home.

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    2 backers

    Four tickets and meet the Cast & Directors after the show!

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    "The King" experience valued at $1,500. An amazing luxury experience during the show where Producer Scott Griffin will personally serve peeled grapes to your throne. For more details see: http://www.drunkshakespeare.com/betheking/ Note 1: only one King is allowed at any show so pledge early to reserve your show dates! Note 2: unfortunately, we cannot include alcohol as a Kickstarter reward so this reward will include all elements on our website EXCEPT alcohol. We promise it will still be outrageously awesome!

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    Cameo appearance in the show. Tell your friends you performed "Off-Broadway". Launch your acting career now! Or gift this to someone else!

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