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Perks 1: Coin Tosses and Posters and Pictures

First, congratulations to contributor Melody!

There was a tie for the largest donation between the FB announcement of free tickets to Ego Po’s show, A Dybbuk, and the end of the campaign. Which really meant that we had to hold a coin toss.

We assign heads and tails and prepare for the coin toss.

And Melody won. We will be mailing out her voucher in the next day or so.

The result of the coin toss.

We also finished preparing the posters for those who chose the $25-dollar perk. Here is an example of a signed poster from the original production of Eurydice in Market East!

One of the signed posters for our awesome supporters.

So I may be biased here, but I think that that is one pretty poster. And I’m pleased that I finally found a use for the silver marker I’d had in my drawer for two years.

See you in NYC!

-Sarah

P.S. In case you are wondering, we will be rolling out perks as we get through them over the course of the next month, but everything will be ready for you when the show opens in June.

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Super Cool

I have good news for you and bad news. The good news is that we are officially just over half way to our funding goal. And this is how we feel about it:

Tactus thinks you are a lot of things - good things that make them smile!

The bad news is that we are down to a week.

Updates soon. Just thought you’d like to know.


Count Down

We are down to 19 days – small, countable number. We have just under 2/3’s of our goal left to raise.

Being down to small-numbers of days that means, it is time to bring out some things that we have been working on for a while: small-contribution perks!

Tactus "Thank You" example - Get your's by contributing!

For donations at the 10-dollar level, we’ll email you a personalized, one-of-a-kind thank you from us, featuring some friends of Tactus. Already donated at the 10-dollar level? We’ll make sure we get your thank you to you in the coming weeks!

 

And for those of you who donate at the 20 dollar level, we’ll make you a collage. Out of things from around us – newspaper photos, magazines, catalogs. It has been a year since we created Eurydice in Market East, and the world has not stopped talking. And we still have a lot to learn from that talking, from what falls into place when me mash all that stuff together. We’ll even incorporate a quotation from the play, just for you!

I will be sure to get a picture of one up sometime soon. And again, anyone who has already donated at the 20-dollar level will get one.

So go ahead- make me get out my glue sticks and sharpies!

 


Marketing Thoughts (or, how you saved me this week)

I am beginning to think that if you want to be successful at raising money, you have to be somewhat obsessive. These days, I feel like a broken record – a slightly awkward one. One that is constantly asking people to hit the “like” button or to donate money or to email links to friends.

It is more than that. Whenever I think of a new project – of a piece to develop or a festival or read a play I would really like to produce, I wonder first if it is financially possible. And I am often very unsure. Even though we do “really low budget theatre,” the costs add up. It makes it hard to think about the art itself, hard to find the excitement and energy that drives it forward. I had my personal “this-doesn’t-make-sense-art-is too-hard-I-should-give-up-it-doesn’t-matter” moment last week. It is a moment that tends to drop it periodically.

I think we all wish it weren’t like that.

But here is something else I am starting to realize: I really do believe in this art enough that I am willing to keep learning how to raise funds for it, keep being this broken record. And more than that, the extraordinary generosity of my friends, family, collaborators, and their communities makes me wonder if this art doesn’t mean a lot other people too.

Tactus is pretty much made up of people in their twenties, who’s friends are in their twenties or artists or often both – not the most money-having types. And yet I watch donations roll in from the most surprising places. Simply put, you guys are amazing.

Art is amazing.

People coming together over art is amazing.

If art is about reaching a someone or few, then this process is proving artistic. After a tough few days last week – a week where I spend a lot of time wondering if I should be doing art, if we really needed another show or yet “another theatre company in Philly,” I found myself stumbling into peers and friends who wanted to talk about art – this project and others. We talked about questions we are asking, about logistics we face, about communities we were proud to be part of. And then I came home and logged onto our fundraising page and discovered that we were up to over the one-third mark.

I have thought about how theatre depends on a partnership between audience and performance, but this is a new connection that I had not made before. You guys restore my faith in the work we are all doing. I had not realized how much I would need that, and how amazing and motivating it would be.

Remember that broken record? Here it is again – because I owe it to everyone who has donated to keep pushing so that their donations help us reach a fully-funded project.

Ways you can help – the count down begins:

First, please, if you have not already, consider donating to the campaign. We are down to under a month.

Second, please spread the word. If you do not have money to donate right now, this is a great way to help us that does not cost money. I was reading around this week and heard that this is the most effective way to raise money because people are much more likely to donate if they hear about a project from a friend. Here is how:

  1. “Like” us on FB.
  2. “Like” “+1” or “Tweet” on the fundraising page itself.
  3. “Like” or “+1” the posts on this blog.
  4. Email the links to the fundraising page, this blog, and the FB page to friends and family.

If you have already donated, spreading the word will help make sure your donation goes the farthest by being part of a project that is funded well enough that we can focus on creating the best art we can.

Final words – my promise to you:

So yes, I will continue to be a broken record. I will continue to become obsessive about funding. I want to make sure that those of you who donated see your donations going the farthest possible.

But more than that: I promise to make every kind word, every dollar, every supportive email, “like” on FB, or text shout-out count by pushing forward, even through the though weeks. I will work to make the art better and better. I will keep searching for community and participating in it. I will keep finding ways to keep costs low so that we can bring work to as many people as we can as often as is possible. I will keep finding new ways that theatre and audience connect. I owe you that much and more.

Thank you.


One Third

Dear all,

First, thank you thank you thank you! We made it past the 25% mark! And we have you to thank!

Which makes me think that it is time for a new challenge.

Yes, we can reach for the stars – the one-third mark. 33%. 767 dollars. And you know what? We are only 84 dollars away. So, if we can get another 84 dollars by the end of, oh, let’s say, Wednesday, everyone who has donated up to that point will get an awesome one-third of the way thank you card – wallet sized for showing off. One of three types! I just spend the last few hours making them – we really are going for the hand-made goodies this year aren’t we?

"One-third" Cards

"One-third" landmark thank you cards by Sarah

Please excuse the poor-quality picture and instead, get excited about the awesome quality cards you will receive when we reach this goal. And help us get the word out so you can get your card!

Here is the breakdown. To get 84+ dollars we need:

  • 5 20 dollar donations or 4 21 dollar donations OR
  •  3 25 dollar donations with one ten dollar donation OR
  •  8 ten dollar donations with 1 5 dollar donation OR
  • Some other combination

So hurry and donate here, or get your friends to do so. And remember, we will keep rolling out landmark goodies, so the earlier you donate, the more little things you’ll get as well as your main perk.

I have some other news though too:

We are in the process of finalizing the contract to perform this spring. Once it is signed, we will be able to release the days, times, and locations of the performances. Keep watching this space – I hope we’ll be able to share this soon. I just wanted to let you know that we are working on it and that we should know soon.

Also, we have a new way to keep in touch with us: we have a new email list! You can sign up by clicking this link or by selecting the “Sign Up for our Email List” tab at the top of our blog. It has been my goal for a while to sign up with a service that would manage any emails lists we wanted to create so that there would be an easy way to subscribe or unsubscribe from the list at any time. So yes, that is the promise: we will not re-distribute your email addresses and you will always have the option to change your mind about being on the list. So why sign up and see if you like what we have to say?

Rehearsals will be starting soon for our Spring trip to NYC. Can’t wait to tell you all about it!

Thank you again for all your support. Please keep it up – we depend on it.

-Sarah


The First 500

Well crazy supporters, would you take a look a that?

We have reached our goal of hitting the 500 dollar mark, and over a day before the deadline!

We will be getting your stickers to you soon (since we know most of you personally, we are going to see if we can pass them along if we plan to see you in the next little while, to save on the nearly half-a-dollar on postage – it ads up!).

Want to get a sneak peak while you wait? Here is photo of some of the stickers. Yes, I know the image is backwards. I am a theatre director not an all knowing user of the built-in camera on my computer, though I’m happy to work on becoming generally all-knowing – I will get back to you on that.

Support Stickers

I Supported Eurydice in Grand Central stickers created by Madeline Ballard

We have a few extra stickers, so if you were hoping for one, but just didn’t get in quite on time, we’ll give the next few people who donate a sticker too. Because stickers just want to be loved and appreciated.

So you know what time it is now? It is time to look ahead to the next landmark, and this one isn’t far away at all: If we hit $575 dollars, we will have reached a full quarter of our funding goal.

So keep up the amazing work – sharing this with your friends, donating so generously, commenting on our posts. I am off to round up another goodie for those who help us reach that goal, because you guys should get goodies for being so amazing.

Stay posted – I will update this space with the challenge when I have found something.


Ten More Dollars!

Guess what everyone! I just checked the fundraising site and we only have ten dollars to go to make our Thursday night goal! I am sure Madeline will be relieved to hear that the hours she spent making all of those stickers will not have been in vein. So get in those last ten dollars to make sure the hours she spent sketching away do not go to waste!

All we need is a final donation of $10 dollars to ensure that everyone who donated up to that point gets a hand-made “I supported Eurydice in Grand Central” sticker. That’s about as much if not less than the amount you’d pay for an album on iTunes, that’s right, less than you’d pay now that no one is willing to shell out for an actual CD anymore.

Or, you be a little crazy (the good kind) and donate 20 dollars or even 25 dollars anyway to make us smile and to start everyone on down the path of achieving our next goal.

Thank you thank you thank you to everyone who has already donated. You make us want to create really good art, the kind that makes people stop and think and smile and cry.

And you make us believe in unicorns, and who doesn’t want to believe in unicorns?

To those who have yet to donate, why not donate now while you are thinking about it? Every time someone donates, each member of Tactus is struck by an image of a swimming piggy. Seriously, those guys are cute!

Spread the piggy-love! Donate now!

-Sarah

P.S. For those of you who would like a more intellectual post, I have a draft of a post about the history of giving Eurydice a voice complete with links to poems that we looked at while developing our own play. It is becoming a long post, and so may take some time to write and edit, but look for it in the next few days.

P.P.S For those of you who would like more posts about the process of theatre, look for posts about creating the script as well as learning how to fund raise and run a collective, also to be posted in the next week or so.


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