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Help Theatre of NOTE take two plays to the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe
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Los Angeles theatre on an international stage! Theatre of NOTE--a 501(c)(3) nonprofit theatre company based in Hollywood, California--is presenting TWO PLAYS to an international audience! 

This summer, our production of Kirsten Vangsness' Cleo, Theo & Wu will be performed in rep alongside Vangsness' perennial favorite solo show, Mess, at the prestigious Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Los Angeles has some of the best artists in the world, and NOTE has some of the best artists in Los Angeles. We are thrilled to share the NOTE spirit with a wider audience and take our weird, wonderful place on the world stage!

The shows are going! Now we need your help to get US there.

We are raising funds for flights, lodging, production costs, and a modest stipend for our creative team. Except for Kirsten, who's paying her own way because... well, come on. 


“If I’m shiny everybody gonna shine” --Lizzo

Why FEMPIRE? When one woman lights up in the universe, it creates more opportunity for other women to light up the universe. Both of these plays explore and storytell through the female gaze. Both of these plays have had profound effects on audiences, inspiring spontaneous laughter, tears, and deep after-show talks. The intent of putting both Mess and Cleo, Theo & Wu on the world stage in the ED fringe, the intent of this FEMIRE, is to cultivate power within the feminine self on a stage and empower others to find that potency inside of them as they watch that stage. There isn’t a right way to be a woman. You aren’t a Cleo or Wu, a Carrie or Samantha, a Michelle Obama or Hermione Granger, a Brienne of Tarth or Frida Kahlo, or a Gem or a Hologram. Chaka Khan is totally right: You are every woman in the FEMPIRE. 

photo by Karianne Flaathen
photo by Karianne Flaathen

Cleo, Theo & Wu at Assembly Rooms 

"Full of energy and uniqueness from start to finish" --Broadway World (US)

Lucy (Kirsten Vangsness) is just trying to work out how to be the best cool girl, lady boss, and all-around woman she can be when suddenly, the fate of universe is in her hands. Never fear! Space creatures and the forgotten women of history are teaming up to get Lucy on track. Careening through time and place on a heroine's journey with the women who are more than what the HIStorians have you believe.


photo by Fiona Lakeland
photo by Fiona Lakeland

Mess at Assembly Rooms 

"My favourite one person show. If she performs it near you, go. You will thank me." --Neil Gaiman

We all are a mess, I guess. In Mess, Kirsten Vangsness explores the non-linearity of time, visible quantum objects, monsters, kittens and Christian rock.


photo by Karianne Flaathen
photo by Karianne Flaathen
photo by Karianne Flaathen
photo by Karianne Flaathen
a Theatre of NOTE production
a Theatre of NOTE production

Theatre of NOTE is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Your donation is tax-deductible minus the monetary value of your reward level.

Theatre of NOTE is a democratic ensemble of L.A. theatre artists dedicated to creating high-caliber, original work that challenges both its members and audiences.

Risks and challenges

Getting any theatre production up and running is a small miracle. Getting two productions up and running, while traveling internationally for the first time, is not without its risks. Actors have to take time off work and say goodbye to their families for an entire month. We have to trim both our productions down to less than an hour, learn how to set up and break down our shows quickly and efficiently and publicize our show in the largest performance festival in the world. This is why we’ve been working towards this goal since December 2018. We’ve booked our plane tickets, Kirsten has been hard at work retooling the scripts, and we have a dedicated team of creatives and producers working on all fronts--marketing, travel, correspondence with the Assembly, fundraising, meeting with theatre companies that have been to Fringe before, set and costume design etc.

We've created a lot of incentives for this project since we know so many of you won’t be able to VIEW the productions you are helping. We want you to share in our experience as much as possible. Work on the Cleo, Theo & Wu comic book has already begun, our estimated delivery is in the fall but we promise it will be worth the wait.
We are so excited about participating with you in this campaign and delivering these rewards is going to be a real joy for Kirsten and the whole creative team.

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    Inside Sparkle

    Digital Shout Out! We will use these dollars for laundry detergent, edible props and toilet paper.
    We'll thank you publicly through our “Memos from the FEMPIRE” update videos or social media. Hear or see your name shouted from the virtual rooftop in appreciation of your generosity. Even this level insures you as part of our art tribe getting updates from Kirsten and the Fempire team.

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    One of our cast members will send you a handwritten postcard from Edinburgh! Something physical sent to just you with love straight from the art trenches!

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    Cleopatra I

    We'll email you a copy of Cleo, Theo & Wu. This is a big deal as we can barely get Kirsten to send a script to cast members. She's that possessive of them, but she is also so warmed by your generous offering she's coughing it up to your inbox.

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    Cleopatra XVII

    We are making Cleo, Theo & Wu: the comic book! Volume One is being Illustrated as you read this by Kaitlin Bruder and YOU will get an emailed digital copy and it will be a theatrical wonder to behold.

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    Theodora

    A tangible, printed out on paper script and a set of limited edition FEMPIRE enamel pins that we are making to bring with us to Scotland.
    We'll mail you a printed copy of Cleo, Theo & Wu and the pins. You can put too many of them on a jacket and hold the script and it will basically feel like you are at Fringe with us. This is really cool of you doing this Kickstarter thing with us, by the way.

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    Big Funjo

    Criminal Minds script page! Enamel pin! Digital comic book!
    We will mail you one of our FEMPIRE enamel pins and one page of a Criminal Minds script signed by Kirsten. Plus we'll email you a digital copy of the Cleo, Theo & Wu comic book.

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    Wu Zetian

    Printed Comic and a personalized Kirsten Vangsness headshot.
    We'll send you a physical copy of the Cleo, Theo & Wu comic book, the set of limited edition FEMPIRE pins, and a headshot of Kirsten's face signed directly to your face. Also the glow in your body for making art happen.

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    Glock

    Signed comic book and signed Criminal Minds Script!
    We'll send you a physical copy of the Cleo, Theo & Wu comic book, autographed by the author(Kirsten)and artist(Kaitlin). It's going to be real cool and juicy like your giant heart is. We'll also send you a Criminal Minds script signed by Kirsten. Plus the set of limited edition FEMPIRE enamel pins.

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    Marie

    Criminal Minds T-shirt and signed script.
    When Kirsten wrote the series finale of Criminal Minds she had special T-shirts made for the crew. She has a few left. On the front it says "Wheels up. Next adventure." On the back it has a number of how many hours they approximately worked on the show. If you want, Kirsten will not only sign the script, she'll sign the T-shirt too.

    *The signed script you receive will be Kirsten's choice. Somewhere between seasons 1 and 14.

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    Lucy

    Get inside our fold! An invitation for you and a guest to a private Los Angeles rehearsal with the cast prior to setting off across the pond, OR two tickets to a performance at Ed Fringe! This would include a meet and greet because we would all love to meet and celebrate your generosity.

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    Bag of Joy

    Kirsten loves dresses, and books and space and journals and candles and the female sexual response cycle and rock bands and lip gloss and stickers and peace and vegetarian foods and Penelope Garcia and Derek Morgan Slash Fiction and animals and chocolate and…she finds joy in lots of things. This perk means Kirsten will send you a package of actual stuff that she loves and hopes you will. She will put a Garcia prop in here. She may go overboard on this perk which is why we only have a few listed. Anddddd you will also get two tickets for a Los Angeles or Ed Fringe performance of the plays with joyful meet and greet from Kirsten and the cast.

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    Goddess

    Hang time with the theatre club! Same as the Glock/$1000 pledge (you and a guest watch our show in L.A. or Scotland) but stick around after for a delicious dinner (on us) with some of the cast and production team. This will include Kirsten Vangsness, who before dinner will ask consent to hug you, and then she's gonna super hug you. We are a kind, inquisitive group so prepare thyself for an evening to remember.

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    Wo-hume

    Skype Meeting and CM Swag!
    Have an hour long Skype meeting with Kirsten from her house (with possible cat sightings) to discuss creativity, acting, writing, Criminal Minds questions, soup or whatever else you want to co-create conversation style with her. In addition she will send you a Criminal Minds t-shirt she made only for the cast and crew of the show, a prop from Garcia's desk, and a signed Criminal Minds script. A bounty of CM goodness showered upon you in deep thanks for your money giving.

    Plus you get all the lower level rewards listed as unlimited quantity.

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    The One

    You wanna be a producer? We want you to be one, too! We gratefully will include you as an Associate Producer on our materials: website, program and promotional material (exceptions apply due to deadlines). As a producer you would be invited to exclusive cast and crew rehearsals, events and parties and tickets to any of our shows in L.A. or Scotland.

    Plus you get all the lower level rewards listed as unlimited quantity.

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    Funjo

    Criminal Minds script page!
    We will mail you one page of a Criminal Minds script signed by Kirsten.

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