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How exciting is THIS?

I’m Co-Producing and Co-Starring in a play in New York City for one weekend starting the 1st of November…and I’m making mistakes.

We are first time play Producers and even with our city savvy and stage bidness know-how, we don’t know everything, and it’s really hard to admit that.

I’ve realized I’m on a journey. Not in that I-just-dig-spiritual-terminology kind of way, but in that “We’re literally on a path and sometimes we take a wrong turn or hit a bump in the road and pray for a yield sign” kind of way. It doesn’t do us any good to say to we’ve made every correct decision in this process. We haven’t.

Truth: We need more funds. We need your help. Don’t stop reading.

It was challenging to predict the full spectrum of expenses we would come across during this process. Believe me when I say, we are not making a single red cent off of this production. There just wasn’t a handbook that could tell us our original budget and fundraising amount was just too low. Beyond that, fundraising was kinda hard for us, in general. We’re hardworking folk who couldn’t quite wrap our heads around asking people for money in support of our dreams, so we lowballed it. Oopsy.

The upside to there being no handbook for making your dreams come true? We’re creating our own.

How exciting is that?

So, the good news? There’s plenty:

First off, we got the rights! Thanks, Samuel French.

The play is amazing. Relevant. Hilarious. Heartbreaking. Timely. Witty. Powerful. All of those things, all at once. I know.

We have a stellar cast. Oh, you just wait until you meet them.

Our Director has both energy and focus.

One of our nearest and dearest talented friends is Stage Managing.

We’ve booked a fantastic marketer to design the graphics/posters/postcards/flyers – also from our pool of  talented friends.

…and much much more! (we’ve been busy, did I mention we’re also memorizing our lines and rehearsals have started? Oh yes, that too.)

The biggest thing of all is that we’re learning how to ask for help. We’ve always “done everything ourselves” and while that fosters a lot of pride and helps us grow as humans, we’re realizing that another sign of strength is knowing when to ask for help.

How can you help? We’re short on cash because, well, theatre space in NYC is expensive…to say the least. Donations can be made via that cute lil’ paypal button below. $5 adds up fast. $20 is at least an hour of rehearsing. $50 rents rehearsal space for the night. $100 goes to our light and sound technician. $500 keeps allows for publicity helps get industry in the seats…I could go on and on and on.

Every little bit helps. Every dollar, any amount. Please leave a comment and please share.

I’m no Guru, but I am growing up. This is still the path I’m proud to be paving.


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8 responses »

  1. Thank you for posting this. We don’t know everything and we do need help. Yes $$ is the most tangible goal to make our budget balance out and get us out of the red, but we also need help administratively and we need some creative ideas to get industry into the theatre. Any and all suggestions welcome. Please help if you can. Let us not forget the power of social media. ♥, JBS

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  2. The good news is this: no producer gets it perfect the first time – and many make mistakes years in. You’re going to be fine, the show WILL go on! (call me, ok gorgeous?)

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    • Thanks hotstuff. You are an inspiration to me. We are remembering to enjoy the process, and I still love this play every time I pick it up, so Producing and fundraising has NOT killed my spirit!

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  3. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Honestly some of the most thrilling stuff and best work comes from flying unflinchingly into the abyss! As Simon de Pury says, “Be Bold! Be Amazing!”

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    • Thank you Shay, and you’re right. We’re DIVING IN! The saddest thing though, truthfully, is I had NO IDEA that we needed 8 performances for NYITA. That hit me really, really hard, but we certainly didn’t have a budget to add a week. 😦

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  4. Plus I love Connie Congdon and Dog Opera! Wonderful play!

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