Send TITUS JR. to Hollywood Fringe!

$7,900 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 63 people in 40 months

Dear Parents and Friends,

If we haven't met yet, my name is Mr. Benjamin, and I'm the art teacher at Dawson Middle School.

This year, Ms. Pennington, our school principal, asked if I would direct the Spring Play. And although I've never directed a play before, I've heard the commentary track on the Pulp Fiction DVD like a thousand times, so I figured it shouldn't be too hard, right?

And since kids needs to be nourished by studying the classics, I chose William Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus. I mean, it was his first play, so it shouldn't be too difficult to put on.

Anyhow, we've had auditions and the cast is pretty good. They're learning their lines and helping out with the set.

So this is Ken:

Ken plays the title role of TITUS ANDRONICUS, the war hero who returns home with his prisoners, including Tamora, Queen of the Goths:

This is Noa. Noa plays Tamora. 

Coincidentally my wife's name is Tamra. probably know her. She makes herself pretty well known everywhere she goes....

But I digress.

We have a talented cast of nine young actors bringing you an intense thriller of murder and revenge, and...


Yes, our little production is an offical entry in the HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL.

We're raising $6300 to cover the costs of this TOTALLY RADICAL FIELD TRIP! I mean, Once-in-a-Lifetime Education Experience. Besides sharing their art with the populace of Greater Los Angeles area, they will be participating in a workshops experiencing a great deal of culture.

As for costs, our parents were able to secure a location through AirBNB for $6000 that will accomodate the cast and their chaperones during the June run of the show. The $300 will defray cost of gas while going there.

Any donation up to $50 will get a huge thank you from the kids.

$50-100 will get an original piece of art, supervised by me...

$100-250 will get a personalized video from the kids, and the above...

$250-500 will get 2 tickets to the Las Vegas run of our show and the above...

$500+ is eligible for a tax deduction, four tickets to the Las Vegas run, and all of the above!

So on behalf of Dawson Middle School and the talented cast of Titus Andronicus, I thank you.

A cringe-worthy dark comedy written and directed by Troy Heard, Titus Andronicus Jr. follows a recently divorced middle school teacher who's assigned the unenviable task: to direct the Spring play! When he opts to mount Shakespeare's bloodiest tragedy, he gets caught in a darkly comic spiral as the students supplant the teacher and he learns the toughest lesson of all...

Titus Andronicus Jr.
was invited to be part of the Organic and Homegrown Playwrights Festival at UNLV where it was presented as a staged reading in March 2016. The World Premiere staging will be at Onyx Theatre during May 2016 before its West Coast Premiere as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival in June 2016.


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And Hollywood Fringe Festival comes to a close. Thanks to your help, the cast and crew of Titus Andronicus Jr. took the Fringe by storm - got killer buzz - great reviews - and a nomination for Best Comedy! Out of almost 300 productions, to be nominated among the top five was quite an honor. We're trying to find time for a Vegas remount now, so stay tuned...
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We're here!!! And we can't even begin to tell you how exciting this is. We are so grateful to you for your help - and we will keep you updated as the Hollywood Fringe adventure continues.

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THANK YOU!!! We made it!

This first goal of $6300 covers our travel and lodging.

Our total Fringe costs for theatre rental and show expenses tally another $2000, so the fundraising will continue. But for now...we can get to Hollywood!
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What a TERRIFIC trip this has been so far! "Titus Andronicus Jr." is alternately cracking up and shocking the hell out of audiences. The cast of nine kids, and one helluva great actor (Tom Chrastka) bring a killer hour of twisted Shakespeare. In fact, the blog Talkin' Broadway just said, "If you are in the mood for some edgy, fringey fun, Titus Andronicus, Jr. will fill the bill!"

We're almost up to our 2/3 mark thanks to all our friends and fans who've given so far, and we're ever grateful, but we're gonna ask for one more small favor right now:

Would you please share this link with YOUR friends?

We're at the point now where every five dollar, ten dollar or twenty-five dollar gift will help. Of course we'd gladly take any amount, but they don't have to be large to count!

Keep spreading the word. If you haven't seen the show yet, come on down to the Onyx. And for our $250 donors, contact me for your free tickets!

Thank you again!


P.S. Here's the link to that Talkin' Broadway review:
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$7,900 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 63 people in 40 months
Created May 2, 2016
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Joy Demain
38 months ago
Meg Januski
38 months ago

Congrats on a great run in Vegas and break a leg in Hollywood Max Claydon! So proud of you! Love you lots Auntie M!

Jen, Jimmy, Julie, & Jamie Beckham
38 months ago

Sorry to hear about your accommodations. Hope this helps. We miss you and will see you when you get back. The puppies are in good hands.

Karen Lewis
38 months ago
Rosalie Miletich
39 months ago
Closing Night Audience
39 months ago (Offline Donation)

That's a wrap at the Onyx! Time for Hollywood!!!

39 months ago
Final Friday
39 months ago (Offline Donation)

And one more after tonight...Hollywood, here we come!

Sarah Angelo
39 months ago

see you in Hollywood!

Megan Dunbar
39 months ago
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