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TheatreMidwest's Season 2.1: three new projects

Launching *Fresh Produce* concert play-reading series, plus a full production of *Brilliant Traces.*

TheatreMidwest's Season 2.1: three new projects

Launching *Fresh Produce* concert play-reading series, plus a full production of *Brilliant Traces.*

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About

Still A New Company.

Still Telling New Stories.

More Exciting Plays.

We are TheatreMidwest.

THIS PROJECT

We're KICKSTARTING Season 2.1--the first 3 projects of our FANTASTIC 2nd season!  Last Spring, over 50 backers supported the launch of  our first season and our successful inaugural production: The Friendly Hour.

ABOUT US 

Season 2 is now under way. We've scaled up our dreams and plans, but our principles remain the same:  

  • Produce theatrical events of the highest quality by skilled professionals.
  • Lift up the voices, thoughts, artistry, and dreams of women and other under-represented groups that speak to the MidWestern experience.
  • Reduce barriers that prevent or discourage people from attending live performances through RADICAL HOSPITALITY.
The Actors of Brilliant Traces

HERE'S OUR PLAN FOR SEASON "2.1"THE FIRST HALF OR OUR SECOND SEASON.

With your support, we will:   

The exhilarating plays:

  •  HOLY DAYS, by Sally Nemeth.  On a farm in western Kansas, from Good Friday to Easter Sunday, 1936, two brothers and their wives struggle to make it through. No money, few prospects, and dust everywhere—can baking pies, making love, and taking desperate risks keep them together?  (FRESH PRODUCE concert reading.)
  •  BRILLIANT TRACES, by Cindy Lou Johnson.  A lonely figure lies sleeping under a heap of blankets. Suddenly, he is awakened by the insistent knocking of an unexpected visitor. The harrowing story of two lonely strangers stranded in a Northwoods cabin by a blizzard.  (Full Production.)
  •  HITLER'S TASTERS, by Michelle Kholos Brooks. Three times a day, every day, a group of young women have the opportunity to die for their country. They are Adolph Hitler's food tasters. What they really want is to love, laugh, and above all, to survive.  (FRESH PRODUCE concert reading.) 
The Playwrights

 RADICAL HOSPITALITY ? WHAT IS THAT

  •  Every ticket has the same seating value. Paid or free, they are all general seating.
  •  1/4+ of tickets for every full production performance are free. Given out on a first come, first served basis, beginning 90 minutes before curtain. Any person can claim up to 2 tickets.
  •  Guaranteed, pre-purchased seating with escalating pricing. Some are priced at $10, then some at $20, the rest at $30.
  •  Pay-it-forward option! Ticket pre-buyers get a chance to buy X number more tickets for use by other RH patrons for free. Doin' well by doin' good, see?
  •  FRESH PRODUCE concert-readings are all free all the time! Donations happily accepted.

MORE RADICAL INFORMATION here

THE TEAM

We have assembled a company of professionals who share the passion of telling stories pertinent to Midwesterners, and who bring a wide range of experiences, Midwest and beyond, to the table. See more details on our website

The Production Team for Season 2.1

THE "MIDWEST"?

In the middle.  West of the East Coast (but East of the West Coast.)  These productions will happen in Des Moines, but in the 2nd half of the season, we will reach out as far as Omaha(!)  The journey continues from there.

WHY?

The number and kinds of stories that are pertinent to the Midwestern community are as broad as the Wide Open Spaces in which we create and live.  Some are farm/ranch/small-town plays. Many are not. Stereotypes often hold some nugget of truth.  Often the exact opposite can be (also?/more?) true.  The reservoir of Midwestern-oriented stories remains under-told and under-rated.

Just as with last season's award-winning The Friendly Hour, these plays are in our wheel house (see everything above.)  We know these people.  They have lessons for us.

THE MONEY

HERE'S THE MAIN THING:  The Kickstarter protocol is an all-or-nothing undertaking. We love flying without a net, but if we don't meet our funding goal, we won't be able to do these great projects. 

The ("thrifty") total budget for minimum fixed costs for all three projects in "Season 2.1" is:  $9600.  This covers Royalties, Rent, Sets, Lights, Props, Costumes, Sound, Insurance, Marketing, Ticketing.  Pretty much all the *stuff.*  Kickstarter funds will be applied here.

The PEOPLE of the company will divide shares of any ticket sales and other gifts we receive.  In light of our commitment to RADICAL HOSPITALITY, we are budgeting about $4500 in sales.

Surpassing income targets could increase the per-share amount or hard-cost budget lines. Sadly, it also works the other way.  A very Midwestern perplex, right?

501(c)3 status (Non-Profit, per IRS)

In August of 2019, we received official confirmation of our status as a tax-exempt non-profit organization.  The good news for you is that your backing gift is definitely tax deductible!

The Actors of Holy Days and Hitler's Tasters
The new concert-style play reading series.

Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges
--Attendance for a new company.
TACTICS: Big marketing push, especially in social media; fully budgeted and staffed Communications Department currently at work. Incentivized company staff (shares' sliding value) for active recruitment. Foregrounding the excellent press, audience response, and critics' awards from Season 1, The Friendly Hour.

--Lesser known plays/playwrights.
TACTICS: Marketing and focus on the NATURE of these stories, their ACCESSIBILITY, and GEOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL NEARNESS.

--Grants and Corporate Gifts.
TACTICS: Grants applications submitted for regional funders; research and submissions continue; sliding scale/sharing system for stipends to incentivize company members; current grants in process would support operational expenses more than artistic ones.

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