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Posts tagged “Kickstarter

Favor for a Friend

About five years ago, I started the physical work on a theatrical production that would eventually be a show called Who I Was Yesterday, that was a good show with great ambitions. Note the gap between the adjectives.

2nd night Bedbugs (more…)


Kickstarter thanks to Chase Stoeger and Molly Rohde

Who somehow found out about the Dancing Building. Of course, Frank Gehry had something to do with it.

Chase and Molly asked for dancing in front of the dancing building, and the pirouettes just weren’t taking.

We like to this of Kelly’s picture as “Fred and Ginger in front of Fred and Ginger.”

Plus right to our left is the craziest statue! She’s like a superhero traffic sign. I’ll post that later, once I get it uploaded.

Thanks, Chase and Molly!!!


Thanks to James Fleischer

Who as his Kickstarter reward requested a photo in front of the Charles Bridge or on Petřín Hill. The latter proved unlikely, the former, accomplish-able.

Contentiously.

In this picture, Andy and Kurt imagine what the other must have been like at UWM.


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.

Stoked.

Jim Higgins at the Journal Sentinel writes about it here.