Arms and the Man

Help Indecorous Theatre Productions fund their 2023 Production of Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw!
The Concept
Arms and the Man is George Bernard Shaw’s 19th century take on a good ol’ fashioned Rom-Com. But, as a theater critic and satirist, he decided to use this classic genre to take a swing at class and gender politics while making us all laugh uproariously.
Set in a very brief weeks-long war between Bulgaria and Servia, you can expect soldiers, love triangles, family drama, enemies to lovers, pining, banter, forbidden romance, and, of course, chocolate. The plot follows a cast of characters that are desperately trying to live up to their own Romantic expectations of who they think they should be.
This production is striving to take these concepts and look at them from a modern perspective while still using the original text. By adding in layers of explicit queerness and a 2023 understanding of class divisions and struggles, we want to work with our diverse team of actors and creators to find the poignant heart of this gay farce.
The Budget
All the money donated to this GOFUNDME will go directly towards paying the actors, crew members, and other artists involved, as well as buying costumes, props, set pieces, and a rehearsal space. Any additional money we raise will be added towards paying our cast and crew.
Who We Are
To be Indecorous is to behave outside of good taste and propriety, to conflict with accepted standards and conduct. It is not only existing outside of these social constructs and expectations but understanding the rules you are flouting and why it’s important to move outside them. This is what inspires us.
Indecorous Theatre Productions roots itself in “Classical Theatre”, an art form that, in the modern era, has been claimed by a social elite, reserved for those blessed with enough culture or education or class. This, in our opinion, is bullshit. Sure Elizabeth loved her some Billy Shakespeare, but the bread on his table was bought by the masses who paid to stand in the dirt, laugh at some dick jokes and cry about love and betrayal.
At Indecorous Theatre Productions our mission is to take away the gated community feel from these Classics and make them accessible and available to the people for which they were written. These stories are for everyone and for today. They still resonate and grow and change. Using the beauty of these texts that have beaten time we want to tell new stories with new bodies and open up the conversation. Because at the end of the day, this work, these words, and art is about real people and all the diversity and change and indecorous energy real people create.
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Indecorous Theatre Productions
Philadelphia, PA

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