Triple Espresso—a highly caffeinated comedyis an
irresistibly funny stage play with elements of vaudeville—music, magic and
physical comedy—and a touch of audience participation. It’s the story of 3 guys
whose comedy trio broke up after a series of hilariously ill-conceived
performances marched them right past the door marked “Fame & Fortune” and
threw them down the ladder of success. Did we mention it’s funny? And it’s
suitable for ages 6 to 106.
so special about Triple Espresso?
You mean aside from the fact that it’s really, really funny?
high quality entertainment that lifts the spirits. In our cynical,
stressful world, Triple Espresso
is more than a diversion. It’s a balm for the heavy heart and refreshment
for the mind. It gives people a chance to escape their troubles for a
couple of hours, have a good laugh, and walk away feeling a little more
fills a gap in the live entertainment spectrum. Many people have
stopped going to comedy clubs and theatrical shows, because they find so
much of the material to be distasteful or offensive. Triple Espresso fills
a need for entertainment that is just good clean fun. The humor is clever,
but never demeaning, and it has cross-generational appeal. We love
watching kids and parents and grandparents laughing together!
like to see it over and over again.Triple Espresso has an
amazing repeat audience. Once people discover it, they want to show it to
their friends. Then they brag about how many times they’ve seen it! They
just can’t seem to get enough.
a gateway to theater for people who think they don’t like theater. We’ve
heard many tales of husbands (and occasionally wives!) or reluctant
friends who have been dragged kicking and screaming to the show (okay, not
literally), who end up loving it. They find out that theater is pretty
cool. Next thing you know, they’re going to other shows, and having all
kinds of new experiences…which we think is also pretty cool.
Take a look at some of ourreviews
and quotes from some famous fans, such
as Leonard Nimoy, Michael Medved, Michael Frayn, George Takei,
William Kennedy, and Jeff Galloway as well as others.
Triple Espresso began in 1995 when three Minneapolis-based performers, Bill Arnold, Michael Pearce Donley and Bob Stromberg, got together over coffee and decided to write something that would make people laugh so hard they’d snort and embarrass themselves. Six weeks later, they were onstage with their new show, and the audience was in hysterics.
Artistic Director of Minneapolis’ Cricket Theatre, a non-profit focused
on presenting new American works, saw the show and immediately booked it for
the upcoming season. Its first professional performances were the hit of the
Teaming up with Executive Producer Dennis Babcock, Triple Espresso played
for 12 years in Minneapolis (where it still returns for the holidays), and 11
years in San Diego. It’s returned multiple times to cities such as Des Moines
and Dublin (yes, Ireland). The show has also played dozens of other cities from
Los Angeles to Chicago to London and Berlin. See
Why a Kickstarter Campaign?
Triple Espresso has sold a lot of tickets over the
years. But in the theater business, it seems to take about $999 of work and
expense for every $1,000 in sales. Fans around the country and around the world
ask, “when will you be in my city?” Unfortunately, the answer is, “we
don’t know.” The economic downturn has hit the arts hard, and opportunities for
productions are fewer. Theaters that want to partner with us have limited funds
with which to bring in shows. Taking it to New York is not something we can
afford to do on our own.
Is It Important To Take Triple Espresso To New York City?
We want to introduce this joyful show to Off-Broadway audiences
and spread the laughter throughout the Big Apple! Additionally, a successful
run in NYC will increase the show’s attractiveness and viability for theaters
in other cities, which will allow Triple Espresso to continue bringing good clean fun and
laughter to the world for years to come.
We’ll open at an Off-Broadway theater this fall (2013). We
have a specific theater lined up, where we plan to schedule performances over a
12-week period. We’ve met with theater management and discussed plans and
scheduling, but we can’t sign the contract until we have the funds for the
Our marketing contacts in New York know the show and are
prepared to handle marketing, advertising and publicity. The actors are fully
caffeinated and ready to go. Our designers and production staff are eager to
take on the challenge. All that’s missing is the rest of the money to get
will you use the money for?
The production has been carefully budgeted. Here are the
Director, Actors & Production Manager
(salaries, travel, housing when they are in New York)
Playwrights – some script tweaking is needed
Set, Sound and Lighting Designers – they need to
do some updates and adapt the designs to the NYC theater space
Materials and Equipment – to fulfill those
Crew – load in/out and running crew in New York
Marketing, Advertising & Publicity
Tell Your Friends
We won’t be able to take Triple Espresso to the Big
Apple without your help. Please back the project if you can (check out the cool
rewards!) AND be sure to tell several hundred of your closest friends…or even
total strangers at a coffee shop (they may become friends!). Word of mouth (and
caffeine) is what has kept Triple Espresso playing for 18 years, and
word of mouth is what will take it to New York and beyond, keeping it playing
and lifting spirits for many more years to come! Thank you so much,
Kickstarters, for being part of this project! You are the best!!!
Risks and challenges
Though we’re in communication with the theater, and we believe we will be able to schedule performances there this fall, it’s always possible that something unexpected will occur and the theater will not be available. If this should happen, we will simply reschedule for the next best available time option. We would also reschedule if key personnel become unavailable and cannot wisely be replaced.
FOUR (4) tickets to TRIPLE ESPRESSO in NYC or any city where it is being performed + Framed, signed and numbered Collector's Commemorative Certificate with souvenir ticket stubs + You or your unsuspecting guest selected for audience participation portion of the show (normally selected by actors on-the-spot).
*PLUS, JUST ADDED:
Commemorative "I am 1 of 300" plaque. (See photo to left.)
FOUR (4) tickets to TRIPLE ESPRESSO in NYC or any city where it is being performed + Shadow the Stage Manager for a behind the scenes experience at the performance of your choice + Framed, signed and numbered Collector's Commemorative Certificate with souvenir ticket stubs + You or your unsuspecting guest selected for audience participation portion of the show (normally selected by actors on-the-spot)
SIX (6) tickets to TRIPLE ESPRESSO in NYC or any city where it is being performed + Dinner with the Director and/or Producer at a mutually convenient time & place + Your name in the program. + Framed, signed and numbered Collector's Commemorative Certificate with souvenir ticket stubs + You or your unsuspecting guest selected for ONSTAGE audience participation portion of the show (normally selected by actors on-the-spot)
EIGHT (8) tickets to TRIPLE ESPRESSO in NYC or any city where it is being performed + Dinner for you and your group (limit of 8) with members of the cast at SARDI'S in New York (or comparable restaurant in another city where the show is performing) at mutually convenient time + Your name in the program. A Collector's Commemorative framed, signed and numbered Certificate including souvenir ticket stubs + You or your unsuspecting guest selected for ONSTAGE audience participation portion of the show (normally selected by actors on-the-spot)