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Help Kate Break The Stigma!

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One Woman Hamlet is a glimpse into the mind of Kate, the show's creator, which has been written over three and a half years, supervised by mental health professionals, and from the heart of a creative who has dealt with mental health struggles her whole life. 
Watch Hamlet come to life anew and break the stigma surrounding mental health, with the use of loop stations, puppets, projections, music, and audience interaction (with the option to wear a safety token should you wish not to participate), and of course, fun. Together, we can realize that It's O.K Not To Be O.K.     

Admission is free (but donations are appreciated), since One Woman Hamlet is independently funded and any additional support makes a huge difference. Your contributions will make it possible for Kate to bring One Woman Hamlet throughout Chicago (6 free performances in various locations), and eventually, into Chicago Public Schools under the supervision of the show's partner, Hope For The Day, an organization that achieves suicide prevention through mental health education and outreach.  

Goal of this Gofundme: To pay my artists fees ($5,000). The sooner I gain funds the sooner I can begin to workshop the project and the sooner I can have access to the puppets (It’s very important to the development of the piece to have the puppets as soon as possible). Your money would go directly into the budget described below. I will post weekly as to where the money is being allocated.

Mental Health Professionals: Hope For The Day and two professional therapists have agreed to donate their time to the project. I have also undergone several mental health workshops with Hope For The Day myself, as well as several trauma informed physical theater and yoga workshops.

A bit about me: I have a B.A. in theater and a minor in music. Since arriving in Chicago seven years ago, I have continued my training extensively. I've had an intense journey with my personal mental health, and I've lost many friends to suicide and depression. My main goal is to create art that educates people and inspires conversation, so they can better understand their own mental health and find the same peace and freedom I have found through art and education.

I have worked mainly as a classical performer in the city, you may have seen me most recently in Chicago Shakespeare’s The Taming Of The Shrew. I also work as a Community Outreach Coordinator with my company One Year Chekhov, and have been fostering a relationship with Hope For The Day through them for the past year now. I am excited to share my training and love of puppets, Shakespeare, music, and mental health with you in One Woman Hamlet.

Check out our website for more information: 

Projected Timeline:

- May 2019: Workshops begin.
- April 2019-March 2019: Meetings with mental health advisers.
- June 2019-Nov. 2019: Weekly coaching for the music and puppetry aspects of the show. Finalizing of the script (I have been working on this for 3 and a half years now)and finishing the puppets and art. 
- January 2020: Three weeks of intense rehearsals to put all the work together.
- January 28th 2020: The First of 6 performances (For Free) at 6 different venues throughout the Chicago land area 

Budget Breakdown:

- Director: $1,000
- Puppet Coaching: $1,000
- Puppet Design: $2,000
- Script/ screen editor: $500
- Projection Art $1,000
- Marketing: $200
- Programs and Mental Health Handouts for the show: $100
- Venue Rentals $250
- Props: $300

- Total Budget: $6,350


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Kate Marie
Chicago, IL

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