We are overbudget.
This is very hard for me friends. I pride myself on being a fiscally responsible individual. Even when I was a struggling actor, I never bounced a check or missed a credit card or student loan payment. Not only am I fiscally responsible, I pride myself on being able to do a lot with a little.
I've traced our current problem back to my cluelessness about how much it actually costs to fully produce an Off-Off-Broadway show in NYC. When I started the Kickstarter fundraising campaign, there was no budget. That came after. We hadn't even rented a theatre yet.
And when I think back to the Kickstarter fundraising days where I wrote with certainty (or perhaps delusions of grandeur?), "Actors' Equity caps a Showcase budget at $35,000, but we think we can do it for much less!"-- I sigh. Despite my efforts, my haggling skills and my extensive array of persuasive strategies, I'm feeling the pinch. And among the many lessons I've learned throughout this process one of the biggies is: Things always cost more than you think they are going to.
(Now don't you worry actors, creative team and production team--your checks won't bounce. It isn't that dire.)
That being said, we are left with a handful of items that we are looking to borrow or that might be donated.
If you have any of these items and you want to get rid of them, or are willing to let us borrow them, we will pick them up and return them to you just the way we found them.
And feel free to circulate this list. You can even download a pdf version of it here!
HELEN ON 86TH ST. WISHLIST
- 4 SPEAKERS (Preferably Passive, but we can make powered work if we need to.)
- 2 POWER CONDITIONERS
- 2 SHURE MICS
- 2 MIC STANDS
- 1 MINI AMP
- Sparkly, sequined and/or glittery hats and/or accessories
- Head sets/ Walkie Talkies (Preferably 3)
- 1 Bean bag Chair
- 2 Lamps
- 1 Folding Chair (Metal is fine)
- White paint
- Drop cloths
- Paint brushes
- Paint trays
- A donation of copy services to photocopy the program (we will assemble).
Now back to number crunching....