A Little Help from our Friends
This is a sort of pay-it-forward scenario.
I didn’t know about Kickstarter until the good folks at The Hinterlands posted that they were seeking funds to produce their ambitious ISAAC NEWTON IS OUR DJ for their inaugural Milwaukee performance that took place last January. When Andy and I began working on THE HEART OF A DOG, we decided that we’d try and raise some funds this way as well. Not having any idea of what our parameters and expectations might be, we set our sights low and asked for a quarter of our overall budget, which you’ve all more than generously beat.
One of the people who donated is Jonathan West, who used to run a company in Milwaukee called Bialystock & Bloom. He closed the theater down just before I could direct Sam Shepard’s GOD OF HELL on account of ever-declining ticket sales, which made many, many people in Milwaukee sad. Not least of which was me, because that would’ve been a great production.
Jonathan is now the managing director at the Sunset Playhouse, where he’s quite happy, and he blogs irregularly at artsyschmartsy.com. Like me with The Hinterlands, he liked the idea of a micro-financing website and decided to give it a go. In just over 48 hours, his project “The Return of Something Great (It’s Time To Have Fun Again)” has raised the $2,000 he needs to cover the rights to David Sedaris’ THE SANTALAND DIARIES. So he and actor Tom Klubertanz are producing it again in December 2010.
Jim Higgins at the Journal Sentinel writes about it here.