Weekend 2 is in full force with 8 performances remaining!
I had the pleasure of meeting a couple of newcomers to The Shadowbox Theatre last night. They expressed how much they enjoyed our performances, the play itself, and how having no idea what to expect from a play in an intimate and unfamiliar venue made it all the more exciting. There's nothing like live theatre experienced in good company.
It's time to get yourself a drink, sit back, and brace yourself for a helluva story--a story of "all things left unsaid".
See you at The Shadowbox xo
Fact: We've raised $1,200 toward production costs & out-of-town sponsors make up about one-third of this total. You don't have to live in New Orleans to be a sponsor! For those who do live in the area, however, our 3rd performance is tonight, 7:30PM at The Shadowbox! Come on down! #FundDCNOLA #DyingCityNOLA #DCNOLA
Thank you to friends, members of the community, and press who joined us for opening last night. Words can't describe just how wonderful it felt to have the final, key element of this play - OUR AUDIENCE! There was a gentleman who stuck around after curtain call to purchase a ticket for TONIGHT'S performance, so I think it's safe to say last night was a success. 11 more performances to go! #DyingCityNOLA #DCNOLA
SEE YOUR NAME? Write Monica ASAP at email@example.com to RSVP to #DCNOLA! Reserve your two (2) free tickets to one of the following performances:
Thu 7/10, Fri 7/11, or Sat 7/12 @ 7:30 p.m. at The Shadowbox Theatre | All comps must be reserved a minimum of 24 hours prior to showtime
Phillip A. Benson
Melissa Doyle & Kat Beahm
We also had 2 anonymous sponsors with the initials "C.H." and "R.P."
*denotes our largest donors for the months of April, May, and June
Be our guest! #FundDCNOLA
Be our guest!
LOCAL SPOTLIGHT: Meet Richard Mayer, the man behind the top at The Shadowbox Theatre, getting some love from his Alma mater, Tulane University! Read all about him by copy/pasting this link: http://tulane.edu/news/newwave/070314_mayer.cfm
$1,200 raised & we open this Thursday at The Shadowbox Theatre! You can still help lower production costs by becoming a sponsor through July 31st. #FundDCNOLA #DCNOLA #DyingCityNOLA
SAY HELLO to our latest sponsor, Mr. Bruce Sanders! Thank you, Bruce! Because of you, we've now reached $1,200 raised. #FundDCNOLA #DCNOLA
UPDATE: Pay What You Can Preview has been canceled. Please be sure to check us out opening weekend all the same - Thursday 7/10, Friday 7/11, & Saturday 7/12. Attend opening night for just $15! Order your tickets via The Shadowbox Theatre here: http://www.theshadowboxtheatre.com/shows/dyingcity
Photography & Design by Larry Graham
#FundDCNOLA NEW SPONSOR ALERT! Artistic Director & Founder of Promethean Theatre Co., Mr. Stephen M. Eckert, who currently has a directing internship with Burning Coal Theatre Co. in Raleigh, NC. WOO-HOO!
Become a DC Sponsor today! 100% of all funds raised goes directly to production costs. #DCNOLA #FundDCNOLA
$1,125 raised by 33 amazing DC Sponsors! Thank you for supporting this production. Our admission prices for #DCNOLA will stay low thanks to you. #FundDCNOLA
WOOHOO! Say hello to our newest #DCNOLA Sponsor, Mr. Jon Broder! It's so wonderful to have the support of a fellow theatremaker - thank you, Jon! #FundDCNOLA
HELLO, #NOLA: If you're an out-of-towner or have travel plans during the run of #DCNOLA, consider donating towards production costs! #FundDCNOLA
PLAY A ROLE in the making of #DYINGCITY by becoming a DC Sponsor! Donation levels start at $5 a pop & every dollar raised goes toward production costs. Visit our campaign page to learn more! #FundDCNOLA
$1,115 has been raised by 32 amazing sponsors in 2 months for Christopher Shinn's DYING CITY @ The Shadowbox! Sponsorship levels start at $5, and every dollar raised goes directly into the play. More donations equals more access to everything possible to make this production the absolute in can be - cause and effect at its finest! Join us today www.gofundme.com/fundDCnola
SAY HELLO to our newest sponsor, Ms. Rebecca Chapman! We're so thrilled to have her support. Thank you, Becca! #FundDCNOLA
ARE WE THE 1ST? Despite descriptions being solely "late 20s" for all 3 characters in #DYINGCITY, we've yet to find #actorsofcolor research. If ethnicity was inconsequential to the playwright, why is it in casting? What are your thoughts?
The World of #DYINGCITY: We've been very fortunate to collaborate with Mr. Larry Graham & Mr. Nathan A. Martin. Follow the link for a closer look at their spectacular work! #FundDCNOLA
Larry Graham, www.grahamstudioone.com
Nathan A. Martin, www.nathanamartin.com
Announcing our newest DC Sponsor, Ms. Lennie Hsiao! Thank you SO MUCH for contributing to #DYINGCITY! #FundDCNOLA
MORE GOOD NEWS: We lowered our overall fundraising goal total from $5,655 to $5K thanks to a private donor securing a rehearsal space. Victory!!!
NEW SPONSORS! Thank you to Ms. Elizabeth Brodt & Mr. Stephen Brodt for donating to "DYING CITY" today! #FundDCNOLA
BIRTHDAY WISH: How many sponsors can we gain before yours truly turns 29 in 7 days? Let's find out! #fundDCnola #birthday
CONNECTING ACROSS THE POND: @W_JProductions is putting on a production of "DYING CITY" in London this August! #FundDCNOLA #newfriends #theatre
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WE JUST BROKE $1K THANKS TO OUR NEWEST SPONSOR, MR. JEFF PEARSON! What phenomenal news! We're thrilled!!! #FundDCNOLA
WE HAVE A NEW SPONSOR! Thank you, Mr. Barry Bradford, for your generosity and support. We are thrilled to have you among our amazing community of supporters! #FundDCNOLA
In 2 months, we've gained 27 sponsors and raised a little over $900 for our production. Help us find more sponsors by sharing this post on your social network accounts today!
MORE COOL THINGS:
MAY's 'BIG SPENDA': Ms. Catherine Kohnke, who will receive two (2) free tickets to attend DYING CITY on any night of the run between July 10-August 2!
*ANNOUNCING* "DYING CITY" by Christopher Shinn, PAY WHAT YOU CAN PREVIEW: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m., The Shadowbox Theatre 2400 St. Claude Ave - Door Sales Only - Limited Seating
A ROUND OF APPLAUSE: Big thanks to our 27 DC Sponsors! We are so thankful for your support.
PHOTO SNEAK PEEK: We had a press photo shoot over the weekend with the extremely talented Mr. Larry Graham, GrahamStudioOne. Here's a shot of Matt Story as "Peter" .
Larry Graham, 2014 GrahamStudioOne
Thank you to Ms. Lauren Sheridan for becoming a DC Sponsor today! We deeply appreciate your generosity and support. #FundDCNOLA
COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: Support NETWORK OF ENSEMBLE THEATERS' "Matchmaker" Project as recommended by Will Bowling of Goat in the Road Productions (GRP). Follow this link to learn more: http://www.razoo.com/story/Matchmaker
Opening Weekend of DYING CITY by Christopher Shinn in New Orleans is just a little over a month away! Help lower production costs for this independent play production by becoming a sponsor today - every dollar counts #FundDCNOLA #Donate
Happy Memorial Day from the whole DC Team! We give our thanks and gratitude to the men and women who have given their lives, past and present, for their country.
BIG THANKS to Mr. Michael Martin, our newest DC Sponsor! #FundDCNola The support we've received from fellow theatremakers thus far has been extremely encouraging - thank you, thank you!
#FundDCNOLA: NEARLY 30 SPONSORS STRONG! Every donation made goes directly into our production of DYING CITY - we even opened a bank account for it (Capital One 360, holla!) Every dollar counts, so become a DC Sponsor today and make theatre HAPPEN xo
BIG THANKS to Desiree Ledet for becoming a DC Sponsor today! #DCNOLA #FundDCNola #NOLATheatre #Donations
COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: This is a shout-out to THE NEW MOVEMENT - NEW ORLEANS, who have some big plans of their own! Check out their Kickstarter page to learn more: http://kck.st/1qOcuL5
The New Movement - New Orleans
THANK YOU to Shannon Flaherty & Bart Cournane! Because of your generosity and support, we have reached $875 raised with $4, 780 to go between now and July 31st. LET'S DO THIS! #FundDCNola
FRIDAY SHOUT-OUT: This one goes to every DC Sponsor thus far. We can't thank you enough for your support! You guys are leading the charge, and we're off to a good start, but we can go further - let's break $1K by MAY 31st! Help us spread the word by sharing this event with at least 1 friend today. #FundDCNola
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT! The weekend is just around the corner, but putting on a good show is a 24/7 job. New Orleans is a close-knit patchwork of artists of various disciplines and talents, and most times, it's difficult (if not impossible!) to see work of fellow artists when you are knee-deep in your own. With this in mind, check us out today and see if you spot a friend's name; someone whose talent you truly believe in, and become a DC Sponsor today! Every dollar counts. #FundDCNola
BIG THANKS to DC Sponsors Melissa Doyle & Kat Beahm! Thanks to them, we're that much closer to our goal! #FundDCNola
BEHIND THE SCENES: If Kelly from #DyingCity, has a theme song, this is it. The closer I get to being off-book and learning how deep hurt can go in my own life in addition to the world of Christopher Shinn created with this play, I know war and its price, no matter when or where it happens, reaches so much further than the shores where its battles are lost and won. It spans bloodlines and generations, continents. As a daughter of a Vietnam Veteran, I know there are parts of my own father I will never know.
"The Ghost of You", My Chemical Romance
Are you out of town but want to show your support? Become a sponsor today! Donations start at $5 & every dollar goes a long way. So far, we've had out-of-town donors in Arlington (TX), Fort Worth (TX), Houston (TX), & Brooklyn (NY)! #FundDCNola
Hello, Sponsor #20! Thank you so much, Aura Bishop, for your generosity and support - we're feelin' the NYC love in the 504 xoxo
GOOD MORNING! Feeling generous? Help us make a spectacular play in New Orleans #fundDCnola #donations #NOLA
Sponsor #19 has arrived! Thank you, Richard Pomes! #FundDCNola
Sponsor #19 has arrived! Thank you, Richard Romes! #FundDCNola
Hello, ladies and gentlemen!
Monica Harris here, dropping you a quick line about an upcoming, independent project I'm doing with Matt Story: Christopher Shinn's DYING CITY.
If you received this email update in error, please scroll to the very bottom of this email and select "unsubscribe".
Still with me? Great! Please visit our campaign page located just below this message to learn why producing DYING CITY is so important to us and how we plan to use every dollar raised.
We raised $695 in our first month, but I know with your help, we can meet our goal. Every dollar counts! Sponsorships start at $5, and if you aren't in a position to donate now, we ask that you please forward this email to at least 5 friends and mark your calendar for Wednesday, July 9th 7:30 p.m. at The Shadowbox Theatre, Preview Night. We want you there!
Thanks for reading, and see you at The Shadowbox.
Monica & Matt
#FundDCNola Sponsors are on the RISE! Thank you, Mr. Charles Hollinger and Ms. Catherine Kohnke, for your generosity! 18 sponsors who will receive (2) free tickets to our Preview Night July 9th! We still have 2 spots open for free tickets to preview :)
From Matt: #fundDCnola #DyingCity: "Just wanna give a BIG SHOUT OUT to my boy, Charlie, over at Salvation Studio Health and Fitness Center - who graciously donated towards the GoFundMe Campaign for DYING CITY; the play I am co-producing slash co-starring with alongside Monica R. Harris. Wanna join the ranks in bringing life to a DYING CITY? Then click on the link below, and become a badass. Thank you to all who have contributed thus far, and I look forward to seeing you at the show!!!"
In honor of #GiveNOLA Day, #fundDCnola advocates the non-profits who boost the #NOLA community! Here's hoping the gift of giving finds you today.
Greater New Orleans Foundation #GiveNOLA
We're producing a terrific play from scratch & YOU are the key to making it happen! Donate to DYING CITY today. #fundDCnola
Happy last day of Jazz Fest, everyone, AND! For all you true-blue Star Wars fans out there (my partner in crime being one himself), May the Fourth be with you ;) #fundDCnola
Star Wars Day
WE HAVE A TIE! Amanda Hembree & 'Mahnaminous' (an alias for one of my best friends in TX) have won 2 FREE tickets to attend DYING CITY! Thank you for your generosity. We still have 4 spots on Preview Night for donations of $20 or more. #fundDCnola
Feeling generous? Today we award 2 free tickets to DYING CITY's biggest donor for the month of April! Will it be you? #fundDCnola
With a little help from our friends: become a sponsor for "DYING CITY" by Christopher Shinn! Support independent work in the New Orleans theatre community & its artists #fundDCnola
SAY YES! Read about our upcoming play premiere, why we chose it, & sponsor "DYING CITY" today. #fundDCnola
BIG THANKS to DC Sponsor #17, who has chosen to remain anonymous. We appreciate your generosity and support! #fundDCnola
PLAY A KEY ROLE! FUND "DYING CITY": Become a sponsor with a donation of $5 or more - 264 $20 donations equals the remainder of our goal - Help us reach more viewers by liking, sharing, & retweeting these updates and email our URL to a fellow theatre lover: www.gofundme.com/fundDCnola
Happy Weekend & Happy Jazz Fest, one and all! Keep us on your radar amidst all the spring time fun, and become a DC Sponsor today! Support homegrown theatre in the 504 #fundDCnola
Feeling generous on this fine spring morning? Become a sponsor for DYING CITY, opening in July at The Shadowbox in New Orleans! #fundDCnola
Sponsor "DYING CITY" at The Shadowbox today! #fundDCnola #NOLATheatre
We have 2 front-runners for the largest donation in April thus far: a tie at $50! Thank you, DC Sponsors, for your continued generosity and support. If you're new to this campaign, what are you waiting for? Visit our page and watch our Vimeo clip to learn more about this project and how you can be a part of making it happen. If you're unable to donate at this time, share the campaign instead! #sharingiscaring #fundDCnola
Sweet 16! Shimmy Mompremier is our 16th DC Sponsor. Your big sister loves you! #fundDCnola
We hope everyone had a relaxing, wonderful weekend! Now, back to business: we are 15 Sponsors strong with $365 so far this month. Spread the word! Contributions start at $5 & every dollar counts. Make DYING CITY the very best it can be with your donation today. #fundDCnola
$115 raised today! A Good Friday, indeed. Monica is working Earth Day tomorrow at Louis Armstrong Park if you'd like to say hello, and don't forget to check out all the great live shows around town! Happy Easter weekend. #fundDCnola #NOLATheatre
$95 more dollars raised so far today! Ms. Denise Moore & an individual with a fantastically long alias, making a total of 14 DC Sponsors gained - thank you! #fundDCnola #NOLATheatre
AND BOOM! DC Sponsor #12 has arrived! Thank you, Mr. Derek Dupuy. We appreciate you! #fundDCnola #NOLATheatre
DC Sponsor #11 is Mr. Christopher Kaminstein! Hooray, and thank you, sir! #fundDCnola
ALSO: must-see live shows this weekend in New Orleans: THE NORMAL HEART @ Allways Theatre, WOYZECK @ Old Iron Works, SHOEBOX LOUNGE @ The Shadowbox, BEYOND ACCEPTANCE @ Dryades Theatre, & LITERALLY SPEAKING:DO YOU HEAR ME? @ CAC ("Literally Speaking" is tonight & free to attend!). Get out there & see it, #NOLA! #NOLATheatre
Happy Thursday! As our #TBT, a fact: the World Premiere of DYING CITY took place across the pond at the Royal Court Theatre in London May 2006, produced by The English Stage Company. It was directed by James Macdonald, design & lighting by Peter Mumford, & starred Sian Brooke as Kelly & Andrew Scott as Craig/Peter. #fundDCnola
Thank you to Ms. Amanda Hembree for her donation! She is DC Sponsor #10 and has given largest donation this month thus far. To quote her: "You had me at 'therapist'!" #fundDCnola #DCnola
DYING CITY needs your help! Become a sponsor today to fund this play production premiering at The Shadowbox Theatre on Saint Claude Ave in July. #fundDCnola #DCnola
We have 9 sponsors with $200 raised so far. Thank you, DC Sponsors! 11 spots remain for those who donate $20 or More to receive (2) free tickets to Preview Night, July 9th @ 7:30 p.m. Spread the word & play a key role in the making of DYING CITY. #fundDCnola #DCnola
Mr. Phillip A. Benson is DC Sponsor #9! To quote him, because it's a darn good quote, "Here's to making beautiful art in a beautiful city." Thank you, Philip. #fundDCnola
Ms. Samantha Beaulieu is DC Sponsor #8! Thank you for your contribution, Samantha. #fundDCnola #DCnola
Thank you to Ms. Elizabeth Luongo, DC Sponsor #7! #fundDCnola #DCnola
Thank you, RUTH RESURRECTION, DC Sponsor #6!
REMINDER: Whenever you see an update like this, hit like, and share the campaign with #fundDCnola Retweet us or share the campaign on your Facebook timeline to help us reach our goal. Have a French Quarter Fest weekend!
#fundDCnola has officially been approved by the #GoFundMe team and is now listed in their directory.
Our campaign video is now the default image! This option was a little on the glitchy side when we first uploaded it, so we had to embed it in our description instead, but not anymore. Check it out, and spread the word! #fundDCnola
Nick Slie is DC Sponsor #5! Thank you, Nick! #fundDCnola #DCnola
Become a DC Sponsor today with reward levels starting at $5 #fundDCnola #DCnola #donate
Ms. Taylor Cambas is our 4th DC Sponsor - terrific! We are so thankful for her support. #fundDCnola
Thank you to Mr. Braden Piper, our 3rd DC Sponsor! #fundDCnola
We have our second DC Sponsor! They choose to remain anonymous but have our deepest thanks. 18 spots remain for receiving (2) free tickets to Preview Night with a donation of $20 or more. We did the math, and it would take an average of 283 individual sponsors of $20 to reach our fundraising goal - 281 Sponsors to go! #fundDCnola #DCnola
Support the independent play premiere of Christopher Shinn's DYING CITY, coming to the St. Claude Arts District July 2014 in New Orleans, LA! Co-producers Monica R. Harris & Matt Story will also co-star in this gripping American drama, first produced in NOLA by Southern Rep in 2009. The first 20 Sponsors to donate $20 or more will receive (2) FREE tickets to Preview Night, Wednesday, July 9th at 7:30 p.m. Visit their campaign page and choose the reward level that works best for you - become a DC Sponsor today!
SPREAD THE WORD: Please note the slight change in our $20 or More reward level: The first 20 people who donate $20 or more will receive (2) FREE tickets to attend Preview Night of Christopher Shinn's DYING CITY @ The Shadowbox! on July 9th at 7:30 p.m. Thank you! "ª#"ŽfundDCnola"¬ "ª#"ŽDCnola"¬
SPREAD THE WORD: our first 25 sponsors in the $20 or More level receive (1) 2 for $20 discount to Preview Night of #DCnola #fundDCnola (image: sponsorship.com)
REMINDER: Don't forget to use #fundDCnola any time you share this campaign via social media. Have a great weekend, everyone!
Thank you to DAVID LASTRAPES, our very first DC Sponsor!
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WHO WE ARE
We are not a company or a collective but theatre artists who want to tell a great story. Our goals are to produce a profitable show, compensate our production team, satisfy all expenses, and provide an affordable theatrical experience for our community. Your sponsorship is essential to achieving these goals! A LITTLE HISTORY
This play had its regional premiere in New Orleans with Southern Rep in 2009, but it is our wish to expound on it further. As far as we have seen through production research, the role of Kelly has never been played by an actress of color, despite all three character descriptions are noted simply as "late twenties". The world is not wholly black or white and neither are its stories. This is what we are bringing to the forefront of this production.WHY YOUR SUPPORT MATTERS
New Orleanians and those who love New Orleans across the globe possess a passion for community that sets them apart. When artists choose to create here, armed with the right resources and rooted in purpose, the energy brought forth in bringing people together in ways only live theatre can provide is never less than palpable. An idea is only as strong as those who band together to see it realized, and we want you on our team. Let's create a sensational piece of theatre together!
_ THE PLAY
Producers & Starring: MONICA R. HARRIS & MATT STORY Director: GARRETT PREJEAN
Stage Manager: DAN SCHAP
Assistant Stage Manager: MARK BRYAN
Costume Designer: AUBREY SCHWARTZ
Lighting Designer: VIC WOODWARD
Sound Designer: GLENN AUCOIN
Set Designer: MATT STORY
Set Builder: TBA
Marketing Director: MONICA R. HARRIS
For performance details, RSVP HERE!
A young therapist, Kelly, whose husband Craig was killed while on military duty in Iraq, is confronted a year later by his identical twin Peter, who suspects that Craig's death was not accidental. Set in a spare downtown-Manhattan apartment after dark, scenes shift from the confrontation between Peter and Kelly, to Kelly's complicated farewell with her husband Craig. Shinn's creepy, sophisticated drama"”infused with references to 9/11 and the war in Iraq"”explores how contemporary politics and recent history have transformed the lives of these three characters.
"The finest new American play I've seen in a long while...Dying City
is a political play and also a psychodrama about what Arthur Miller called the politics of the soul. It's about public conscience and private grief, and real and symbolic catastrophes.""”The New York Observer
"Anyone who doubts that Mr. Shinn is among the most provocative and probing of American playwrights today need only experience the...sophisticated welding of form and content that is Dying City
.""”The New York Times
Christopher Shinn was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and lives in New York. His plays include Where Do We Live, Other People, What Didn't Happen, and On the Mountain, which have been widely produced in New York, across the United States, and in London. He is the recipient of an OBIE Award in Playwriting, as well as the Robert S. Chesney Award. He teaches playwriting at The New School for Drama. (Source: Amazon.com)
_ EXPENSES Projected:
$510 - Venue Deposit fee = invested by Producers (PAID)
$900 - Performance rights via Dramatists Play Services, Inc. = $75 per performance x 12 performances (PAID & SPONSORED)
$500 - Building Materials
$450 - Rehearsal Space = $10 per hour at The Shadowbox, 3 hr x 5 days = $150, $150 x 3 wks (SPONSORED)Production Team
$1,100 - Director, Designers, Stage Manager, & Set Builder fees Publicity & Press
$1175 - Publicity photos by Larry Graham (Graham Studio One), & Marketing: Advertising, Printing: posters + postcards + playbills Performance Run
$1,020 projected = $85 or 20% of ticket sales x 12 performances Please Note:
costumes & props have been inventoried collectively and are not included