Campaign successfully funded on: 25 Nov,2013
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Tickets: 15,000 LL
MAKE ME: a Beirut play about youth, language and ajnabis
MAKE ME is a dance-and-dialogue theatre performance, set to be performed in Beirut on 3rd, 4th and 5th of December 2013 at STATION.
The play explores the relationships of two Lebanese/foreigner couples living in Beirut. What's it like to date an ajnabi? Do you say ‘I love you’ in English, Arabic or French? And how does it feel if your best friend starts ignoring you in favour of their new love?
If you like intimate drama and comedic exchange – all intertwined with some electric body movement – MAKE ME will be your kind of show.
Written by British playwright Rich Thornton and directed and choreographed by Lebanese-American dancer Jadd Tank, MAKE ME is a multidisciplinary theatre show about Western-Arab social connections and how they make us laugh, scream and cry.
Director, choreographer and dancer, Jadd Tank, doing what he does: dancing
There isn't much funding for theatre in Lebanon. Sad, I know.
We want to promote professional independent art in the Arab region by producing MAKE ME the best we can. This means hiring the best actor/dancers (hard to find!), and renting all the lights, sound equipment and staging so we can prepare the venue (more on that below).
We're using Zoomaal because we want to support local entrepreneurship and because we think it’s a great platform. But we're not getting all our funds from here …
On November 14th we will host a Book Swap at Zico House here in Beirut. One for the literary lovers, you can find out more about the event here on Facebook
Of course, some funds will come from the box office, but in order to allow people of all financial situations to attend the show, we're keeping ticket prices low - just $10!
FYI: Rich Thornton wrote and produced the play 'Who the James is Jim Darke?' in London in 2012. The show was performed on 6th, 7th and 8th November 2012 at a restaurant called The Breakfast Club - each night was sold out and the feedback was highly positive. The next day he flew to Beirut.
Zoomaal is a Beirut-based crowd-funding site that exclusively promote projects in the Arab world.
Zoomaal is an all-or-nothing funding program. We've set our target at $2000. If we don't reach the target, we don't get anything - not a cent!
This is a scary prospect, because we really want the project to be a success! But the fact that it's scary makes us excited. We know we've got to get the $2000, and we have to work hard to tell as many people as we can about the project in the hope they'll fund us.
We asked STATION if they would host our performance for three nights (December 3rd, 4th, 5th), and they liked our project so much they agreed.
STATION is a multi-purpose venue in Beirut that hosts everything from progressive cultural events to business conferences. Have look for yourself ...
Multi-purpose performance and arts venue, STATION (current exhibition: Maripolarama)
Our budget for the play is $3000.
$500 will come from the Box Office.
$500 will come from the Book Swap event listed above.
$2000 will come from you!
Here’s how your money will be used:
Stage lights: $375
Sound system: $300
Zoomaal fees: $125
Actor payment: $2000
Four dancer-actors will be hired to perform MAKE ME. For the two week rehearsal period and 3 show nights they will be paid $500 each. This may not sound like much, but we think this is reasonable and fair considering us (the writer, director, producers) aren’t getting paid ANYTHING.
We’re ok with this, because it’s our baby. But we want to promote PROFESSIONAL theatre in Lebanon and that means paying actors, even if it’s not what they might get on Broadway.
Of course, it's not all about the money! If you love this project but don't have any money to give, please tell anyone and everyone about using Zoomaal's sharing tools (Facebook, Twitter etc etc etc) and hopefully someone else out there will be able to spare some change!
Thank you and if you have any questions ...
Rich at firstname.lastname@example.org / (+961) 76571210
Iante at email@example.com
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