About this project
A Tribute to Imagination. An Anthem to Human Nature. A Holiday Event Made for LA.
Contemplating Death Has Never Been So Merry.
Help us make this unique show a reality! Help us share it with Los Angeles!
- Previews: Friday 11/30, Saturday 12/1 & Thursday 12/13 at 8pm & 10:30pm
- Opens Friday 12/14 at 8pm & 10:30pm
- Regular: Fridays 12/21& 12/28; Saturdays 12/22 & 12/29 at 8pm & 10:30pm
*DONATE TO GET TICKETS: If your incentive includes tickets you'll be promptly messaged with instructions on how to book your ticket and can do so NOW. We have set it up so you can make your own reservation through our ticket service in just minutes.
Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, written by Tom Mula, takes the classic Dickens tale and retells it through Marley's eyes, igniting the story with humor and emotional poignancy. Our production has a clear style that breaks conventional theatre rules and draws the audience into the action itself. We've worked hard to line up an evening the audience is sure to never forget.
Our hope is that Kickstarter will provide us a type of "donation pre-sale." Donate as much as you can to help us make this art experience a reality, knowing it was all because of you. We're also making a big push to get young artists in the seats, help us spread the joy of live theatre! Your choice of pledges and incentives are listed on the right and most include complimentary tickets to our regular and preview performances. Now this is a holiday gift worth giving! Come celebrate with us! - Casey Kringlen (Director/Producer)
check out our website for more info on the show: xmasDTLA.com
IT WORKS! Now We Need YOUR Help to Do it Right.
The good news? We know this works. We've tested these ideas in a September workshop and the response was overwhelming.
Why Do We Need Your Money?
- Royalties: We didn't write this play, Tom Mula did, and he gets money for being awesome. With this play, Mr. Mula won The Cunningham Prize for Playwrighting!
- Renting the incredible space (see photos below and on our updates).
- Renting technical equipment: Lights (hanging, floor mounted and handhelds), Hazer, Smoke Machine, Chiller (keeps the fog from flying up to the vaulted ceiling), Amplifiers, Faders, Control Modules, Foley Pit (we have live sound effects!) and tape (lots and lots of tape).
- Renting the truck to get all the tech from the warehouse to the performance space. We must load in and load out EVERY weekend.
- Paying the Technical Director: The TD designs and builds all of the technical elements we don't rent. He's a genius, his name is Rob.
- Paying the Crew: Stage Manager (they don't work for free, not the good ones anyway).
- Insurance: A BIG ONE! We can't just invite all of you to the warehouse, we MUST have liability insurance. And we also must have property insurance for our rentals. NOT CHEAP!
- Costumes: Luckily simple and not too expensive, but still, can't do it naked...promise -- I asked the playwright, he said "no".
- Paying the Actors: they have children, wives, and lives outside this show...not to mention these are some of the best damn actors LA has. They deserve much more than they are getting. Art is worth paying for.
- Paying the musicians: There is a super chill opening band, come early, enjoy!
- Paying the dancers: There is a super sexy dance number at intermission, you're welcome!
- Publicity and Marketing.
- Website and Art Design.
- Printing flyers, business cards, posters and the like.
- Consumable Props: You read that right. There are consumable props in this show, come get one! (If you watch the video closely you know what these are)
- Concessions: You want a brownie don't you?
- Paying the Director: Stretch Goal anyone? Ya...this isn't in the budget as of yet. -Casey Kringlen (director)
How Did We Create Our Goal Amount...exactly?
The best damn producing consultants Los Angeles can offer, that's how.
They all run their own companies so you won't see their names here (branding doesn't stretch easily until you're really famous). But we have FIVE talented, successful, level-headed, supportive producers advising on this project. No question was left umasked or accidental expense left unscrutinized.
Almost There! What Have We Done Already?
- Actors have completely memorized their lines
- Play is blocked (staged)
- Rehearsals are scheduled and booked through Opening Night
- The space is locked and under contract
- Created an awesome business card marketing tool
- The rights are secured through Dramatists Inc.
- Tech and Crew are hired
- Rental quotes are in
- Dancers and Musicians are on board
- Front of house volunteers have been contacted
- Still more to do but we're really close and right on track!
UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE:
We Have our DREAM SPACE! (11/1/12)
If you believe in your project, so will the world. At least that's sure how it feels right now, as we just secured the most incredible space I could have imagined. In fact, it is exactly what I had seen in my mind's eye. My dear friend Chad Kukahiko recommended I talk to the folks at Six01 Studio in Downtown LA. When I saw the photos I thought, "This place is PERFECT! And way out of my price range and I'm sure they are booked and only do amazing film parties." Half true. The place is perfect. It is out of my price range. BUT, it wasn't booked and the amazing team that runs it loves this project. I believe in it and so do they; specifically the incredible Anthony Ruivivar. He is the key that brought us this incredible opportunity to perform at Six01. Six01 is a PIMPED-OUT 7000 ft² warehouse that's been renovated into a performer's fantasyland. Please visit their website to check out just how cool this place is. We are grateful for those supporting our project. Thank you Anthony and the Six01 team!
-a very happy Casey Kringlen (Director/Producer)
Risks and challenges
We are already on the move. It's the nature of a Holiday show, the clock is ticking and 2013 is coming down the track.
The main risk we face is not raising the funds. We have worked diligently to create a budget that gets us where we need to go. That budget brought us to the number you see above*. We have contracts with the space, crew, performers and if we raise the money, everyone gets paid, and the show goes on. If we don't, we'll be forced to pull the plug opening night. We are able to get through previews with the contracts we've set up regardless of where fundraising is. Why? Because everyone on this project believes in it so much that they are convinced fundraising will prove successful. Thus they have agreed to risk their time, money and credit scores to get previews rolling. This gives our pledgers an opportunity to see the show and offer feedback before our collaboration is complete.
In a sense, we're sticking our necks out, confident the KS community, our families, friends, peers and LA Theatre Goers will make our Christmas Merry. And you will.
We've been in the "the business" for a long long time, we know there are some other risk factors. Here they are, there are three:
ONE- We don't have understudies for this four person play.
But we do. We have one, and he's the director. The director knows all the lines already because of the nature of rehearsals, and as a skilled performer he is prepared to take over if the unthinkable happens to any of our beloved cast members. Now let this be the last we speak of this.
TWO- Downtown is a trek and LA parking sucks. First part, you bet it's a little bit of a drive but we know that most theatre-goers are tired of cramped spaces that make you feel like you're watching TV at home...wouldn't you spend five extra minutes in the car to experience an ESCAPE from the norm? Also, with shows starting at 8:00PM and 10:30PM you can have a night on the town AND SKIP Hollywood traffic as the freeways are always breezier than side-streets Fri/Sat at that time. And PARKING IS A TREAT at Six01 Studio. 300+ FREE parking spots at the space's doorstep!
THREE- Producing theatre is really flipping hard. Yes, true, 100% truth. But the team assembled consists of some intensely smart and dedicated individuals. Not one person on the team would let this project start to slip in any direction; we all believe it's "the finish line or die." We've been doing theatre since we were wee babes and are familiar with the whirlwind that builds as opening approaches. We are theatre people, we are a tough breed.
*The number is actually less than what we "need" as it reflects a budget that pays our actors less than they deserve and includes scrounged money that we don't really have but are willing to facilitate if it means the production can occur. If we raise $14,951 we'll cover the workshop and be able to pay the actors more. But we don't HAVE to get that for the show to be a success. If you've gotten this far in reading about our project, you probably care a lot and we love you for that. Consider helping us go beyond our goal listed and take us closer to $14,951 so no one feels the pinch of compounding interest.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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