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A hands-on playspace and theatrical installation that lets kids explore the world of an untold story inside our mobile art space.
A hands-on playspace and theatrical installation that lets kids explore the world of an untold story inside our mobile art space.
36 backers pledged $1,633 to help bring this project to life.

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Trade City, an L.A.-based arts collective is busy transforming the Popwagon (L.A.'s first and only mobile art space) into a whimsical setting that immerses audiences in the untold chapters of a forgotten bedtime story. But, uh-oh! We need a bigger budget to make it as wonderful as possible.

So we're turning to our generous friends on the internet to help pay for the cost of materials for the set, costumes, and props. The more money we raise, the more visual detail, story artifacts, and interactivity we'll be able to add to the piece.

About the Project

The scene in the Soft Camp represents an abandoned trailer where two curious characters have taken shelter after a storm has disrupted their respective vacations. On stage, we find their living space, their belongings, and their half-finished projects in the form of interactive props and scenic elements.

From time to time, two costumed characters will take the stage and perform short, silent chapters from a comedic tale about finding a balance between creative and destructive tendencies.

The piece will appear outside museums, festivals, parks, and if you're a top backer - outside your house!

The Backstory

Ida and Rudy, before the storm.
Ida and Rudy, before the storm.

Ida is spending her vacation in a treehouse watching the birds and bugs and creatures of the sky. Rudy hides out in a nearby cave digging for monster fossils.

A storm hits, knocking down Ida's treehouse and flooding Rudy's cave.
The two discover an abandoned camper where they meet up and try to make a home for themselves by confronting their differences.

The Artists

Josh Worth - Executive Director / Creative Director

Maureen Weiss - Artistic Director / Scenic Designer

Naomi Kasahara - Scenic Designer

Kris Swick - Production Manager / Scenic Designer

Hollace Starr - Theatrical Director

Jenn Kirk - Actor

Adam Dlugolecki - Actor

Miggie Cake Wong - Artist

Harry Katz - Artist

Anna Mazzariello - Artist

Michael Bauer - Music and Soundscape

Talula May Worth - First Assistant

Work in Progress

Soft things
Soft things
A few of Ida's things.
A few of Ida's things.
Creature collection
Creature collection
Bug toy. Assembly required.
Bug toy. Assembly required.

The Soundscape 

Musician Michael Bauer (of Thank You Rosekind) is working on a soundscape that sets the tone for the piece. Here are a few samples to give you an idea.

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge is completing the project before the end of summer! While we've got some appearances planned for the fall, we really want to take advantage of the time when kids are out of school to get as many visitors to the Soft Camp as possible. There are so many ideas and possibilities for this show, but we need to be sure to focus on the ones that are most achievable in the limited time frame.

All of the artists involved have other jobs and obligations that keep them occupied, so the more excitement and enthusiasm we can spread in the time we have, the more likely we are to succeed.

We know you'll do your best to help us out.

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    In addition to the warm feeling that comes from knowing you've helped bring interesting art to the next generation, you'll also be the first to know where the Popwagon will be appearing.

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    Your name gets listed on the "wall of gratitude" page of our website. www.trade-city.org

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    The above PLUS a limited edition postcard designed by Trade City director Josh Worth.

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    The above PLUS a limited edition sticker set with designs by the Soft Camp artists

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    The above PLUS a limited edition Soft Camp t-shirt adorned with a character design by Trade City founder Josh Worth

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    The above PLUS we'll send you a bound copy of the prologue to the story of the Soft Camp - the short narrative written and illustrated by Josh Worth that served as a blueprint for the project.

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    We'll stick a small bumper sticker with your name on the back of the Popwagon.

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    We'll stick a LARGE bumper sticker with your logo, name and/or website on the back of the Popwagon.

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    The Soft Camp will appear at the LOCATION OF YOUR CHOICE! (Los Angeles area only)

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Funding period

- (20 days)