The Orphan Train (and future shows)
Organized by: Genny Yosco
EVENT DATE Jun 08, 2014
My mother and I started a production company a few years back, but it was only recently possible for us to put on a show. We took all of our savings and shoved it into a play called The Orphan Train, which will be performing at the end of May and early June. It is an Off-Off Broadway show under the Actors' Equity Association, and we're having the time of our lives with it.
While we are exceedingly happy with our cast, costumes, location, etc., we have several problems. First of all, we only budgeted for $3000, and we have already gone way over that due to unforeseen circumstances. Secondly, that $3000 was LITERALLY all of our savings. We are 100% broke now. Third, not only do we desperately want to take this show on a mini-tour throughout a southern state in which I grew up, but we also have plans for a Halloween show - neither option is possible right now, due to lack of funds.
Here's a small sample of what we've had to pay for so far:
$1300 - Performance space
$500 - Rights to the production
$130 - Audition space
$300 - Insurance, which we legally had to purchase due to Actors' Equity Association rules
$600 - Not only do we legally have to pay for the union actors' travel, but we have to give them food breaks
$160 - Stage manager/lighting designer pay
$200 - Current amount spent on costumes (unfinished)
$100 - Current amount spent on props (unfinished)
$100 - Programs for the performances
$220 - Advertisements (unfinished)
If you don't want to whip out a calculator, that amount had added up to $3610, and we still haven't finished purchasing the costumes, props, and any more advertising that we plan on doing.
We are definitely selling tickets to this production, but because this is a showcase for the actors, we are also giving out LOTS of complimentary tickets to industry professionals (i.e. casting directors, agents, managers), so I'd honestly be surprised if we made up even half of our investment with ticket sales.
ANY donation amount would seriously help lift the burden of crippling debt off of my shoulders.
Every time you donate, a starving artist gets her wings.