Sponsor "Dying City" at The Shadowbox!

$1,270 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 37 people in 32 months
Monica R. Harris  NEW ORLEANS, LA
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!

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.

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!


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

(Source: Amazon.com)

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)


Projected: $5,655

$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 (PAID & SPONSORED)
$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 (PAID)

Publicity & Press
$1175 - Publicity photos by Larry Graham (Graham Studio One), & Marketing: Advertising, Printing: posters + postcards + playbills (PAID & SPONSORED)

Performance Run
$1,020 projected = $85 or 20% of ticket sales x 12 performances (PAID)

Please Note: costumes & props have been inventoried collectively and are not included
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Update 102
Posted by Monica R. Harris
27 months ago
TODAY MARKS 1 MONTH of the closing night of Christopher Shinn's DYING CITY at The Shadowbox Theatre. Sponsors of $20+ receive 1 (one) autographed playbill or poster (with 2 poster designs to choose from!) & Sponsors of $50+ receive both! Contact Monica at moni.rharris@gmail.com to redeem your reward. Thank you for supporting #DCNOLA!
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Update 101
Posted by Monica R. Harris
28 months ago
TONIGHT! Will you be there? $20, 7:30 P.M., The Shadowbox - make it happen! ‪#‎DCNOLA‬ ‪#‎DyingCityNOLA‬
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Update 100
Posted by Monica R. Harris
28 months ago
INCREDIBLE! Mr. John Neisler just became a DC Sponsor! Thank you so much, John, and blessings to you, Wendy, and little John Lincoln! #DCNOLA #DyingCityNOLA
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Update 99
Posted by Monica R. Harris
28 months ago
CLOSING WEEKEND of "Dying City" by Christopher Shinn begins TOMORROW. Buy online via EventBrite here: www.theshadowboxtheatre.com/shows/dyingcity or if you're old school, just give The Shadowbox Theatre a ring-a-ding at (504) 298-8676 - MAKE IT HAPPEN! THIS IS IT! ‪#‎DCNOLA‬ ‪#‎DyingCityNOLA‬
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$1,270 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 37 people in 32 months
Created April 04, 2014
John Neisler
28 months ago
Liz McCarthy
28 months ago
Bruce Sanders
29 months ago

Good Luck to Matt Story and the rest of the crew

Stephen Eckert
29 months ago

I won't be able to catch it, but I certainly wish i could. You're two of my favorite NOLA performers (and people) making something incredible. All the best!

Jon Broder
29 months ago

Unfortunately, I will be out of town for the production, but break all the legs, babies!

Rebecca Chapman
30 months ago

I will be out of town for the performance but I still support and love you all!! :)

Lennie Hsiao
30 months ago (Offline Donation)
Elizabeth and Stephen Brodt
30 months ago
Jeff Pearson
30 months ago

There you go Matt, knock em dead!

Barry Bradford
30 months ago
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