I’m taking this social and going on the road.

For the past three years, I’ve had Producer’s Perspective socials here in NYC.  And they’ve been a blast.  They’re a chance for all different kinds of people with one thing in common (a love of theater) to come together, say hello, argue about the actual size of the Spider-Man budget, and, of course, have some bar food and beer.

Since I’m going to be in Chicago and LA in January teaching seminars, I thought . . . why not have socials in each city?

So we are!

On Saturday, January 15th, we’ll be holding the first Producer’s Perspective Social in CHICAGO!

Here are the deets:

THE SOCIAL IN CHICAGO
Saturday, January 15th
Declan’s Irish Pub (I’m half Irish – I’ll bet you $50 you can’t guess the other half.)
1240 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL
8 – 10 PM

Your first drink and some munchies are on me!

Spread the word, Chicagoites.  I’m counting on all you Illinois theater folks to turn out and prove to me why Chicago is a better theater city than NYC.

Space is limited.  Click here to RSVP for The Social in Chicago.

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Hold on to your surfboards, my tanned friends, we’re having one in LA as well!

Here are the deets:

THE SOCIAL IN LA
Saturday, January 29th
Dillon’s Irish Pub & Grill
6263 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
8 – 10 PM

Same deal.  First drink and munchies are on me.  And I’m counting on all you LA theater folks to turn out and prove that LA is actually a theater town.  (See, that was low, so you have to come to the social and put me in my place!)

Click here to RSVP for The Social in LA.

So Midwesterners and West Coasterererers, come one, come all, whether you read the blog or not.  I’ll see you all at the socials!

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By the way, the reason I’m in these other fair cities is for my Get Your Show Off The Ground seminars, which are all almost sold out.  Just a couple of spots left, so sign up today.  Here’s the rundown:

NYC – THIS Saturday, January 8th, 2 – 6 PM.  Register today.

CHICAGO – NEXT Saturday, January 15th, 2 – 6 PM.  Register today.

LA – Saturday, January 29th, 2 – 6 PM.  Register today.

For more info on the seminars, click here.

 

The Reading Series begins.

Back in January, I announced the Davenport Developmental Reading Series, designed to showcase some of the many scripts we receive here at DTE.

The first play we’ll be seeing, as chosen by the Artistic Director of the series, Jane Caplow, is Alex Webb’s Amelia. 

And as promised, Producer’s Perspective readers are invited first!

Here are the details:

Monday, March 15th at 8 PM
The Producer’s Club
Grand Theater (The name is just a wee bit misleading)
358 West 44th St. (between 8th and 9th Aves).

After the reading, there will be a brief talk-back.

About the play:

Amelia is a romantic drama chronicling one woman’s desperate search for her husband through the battlefields of Civil War America, transforming her from farm girl to Union soldier.

To RSVP:

Send an email to rsvp@davenporttheatrical.com.  Only one RSVP per email.  You will get a confirmation.
Seating is extremely limited.

Which play was chosen for the next reading on June 14th?

To be announced here on Tuesday, March 16th.

For information on how to submit your script for consideration, click here.

Someone that you don’t know may want to give you money for your project.

One of the most FAQ I get is “How do I raise money for my show?”

While raising money seems like one of the greatest challenges you will face, it’s not.  Creating a great show is a lot harder than raising money for it (and if you do the creation right, the raising part will be easier than passing Obama’s Health Care plan if Scott Brown wasn’t in office).

Raising money takes creativity, like our ladies involved in the “Producer Off” (who, by the way, lost a pair of oven mitts last week . . . it’s getting steamy over there).

There are people out there that will fund anything.  Think about it.  Imagine the worst show, the worst art exhibit, the worst book, restaurant, movie, product, etc. that you have ever paid for.  Someone invested in it or donated to make it happen.  And if those crap-tastic things can find funding, certainly you can, too!

I call this The Moose Murders Factor.  And I remind myself of this mantra whenever I start searching for the right people to invest in my shows.

They’re out there . . . you just have to find them.

Here’s a website that’s trying to help folks like you find funders.

It’s called Kickstarter.com and it’s a self-proclaimed “funding platform for artists, designers, filmmakers, musicians, journalists, inventors, explorers . . . ”

Here’s how it works:

You post a project with a fundraising goal.  People see it (and you push people to it). People fund it, sometimes a dollar at a time.  You reach your goal, you get the cash.  You don’t reach your goal, you get zilch (this more or less guarantees the funders that your project will be completed).

Pretty simple, right? (You can read more about it here.)

The biggest catch is that Kickstarter isn’t open to everyone yet.  Projects are accepted by invitation only.  But, it was founded by a guy in Brooklyn, so I figure if we can’t find some invites, we can all just go bang on his door until he spreads some love to Producer’s Perspective readers.

My only other annoyance?  Theater isn’t a category/tag.  While you can post a project about anything (and there are a few theater projects on the site), you can’t filter by it.  Once again . . . dude, you live in Brooklyn, there are a zillion theater peeps living seven to a room just a few blocks from you.  Help ’em out!

And if we can’t get some assistance from KS, maybe one of you entrepreneurial web geniuses out there will start your own version just for the non-profit performing arts.

Because Moose Murders got money.  So can you.

Need more tips on how to raise money for your project?  Click here to read all my best practices.

Introducing the new and improved Producer’s Perspective!

Whatta ya think?  Like the new look?

My blog got a face-lift last night, and some skin-bleaching as well, so if you’re reading this in an email or in an RSS feed, click here to view the new site and check it out!

We’ve gotten a lot more organized to help you find the things that you’re looking for, from jobs to resources, to the most popular blogs from the last 2.5 years.

As always, feedback is encouraged.  Comment by clicking on the comment button below this entry (email subscribers, you have to visit the site first).

If you’re not a subscriber, sign up today.  Just fill out the box in the upper left hand corner and you’ll get me in your inbox every night about 8 PM.

For those of you who like reading on the web, my blogs go live every weekday at 11 AM EST.  As regular as a morning show.

Special thanks to my design team of one, Ms. JLB, for the new ‘do.

Let me know what you think!

Oh, and if your site needs a facelift, get to it.  The great thing about websites is that you can add new features in seconds.  The bad thing is that after a year or so of new features, they start to look like Mr. Potato Head.

After a while, you gotta take off the nose, the ears and start all over again.

We get a lot of scripts, so we’re gonna do something with them!

Introducing . . . The Davenport Theatrical Developmental Reading Series!

It amazes me how many passionate writers are out there in the world.

Every day, scripts are submitted to us from people just like you; people that committed their idea to paper, and now want to share it with as many people as possible.

I have been brainstorming all year on how to thank all of you for your submissions and give you some sort of props for your passion to the process.

I thought about scriptwriting contests with cash prizes, group dramaturgical sessions, and so on.  At the end of the day, I decided that what writers really want, even more than money, is to have their stuff performed.

So, I am starting the Davenport Theatrical Developmental Reading Series to do just that.

This year, DTE will produce four readings of new works (plays and/or musicals) that have been submitted to us through our regular submissions process.

In other words, we’ll help you get your show off the ground!

We will pay all expenses for the reading.   We will help you find a director if you need one.  We will help you cast your reading.  We will help you with dramaturgy.  We’ll handle RSVPs.  We’ll send out a press release.  We will prepare a post show quantitative and qualitative survey for your audience.

We will help you with whatever you need help with.

And then, we’ll all hear your piece the way it was meant to be heard . . . out loud!  Because dramatic writing doesn’t exist on paper.  It needs people to speak it, and people to see it.

The readings will take place at 8 PM on the following dates:

Monday, March 15th
Monday, June 14th
Monday, September 13th
Monday, December 13th

Location, TBD.

Whether you’re a writer or not, you should save the date, because guess who’s going to be invited first?  Yep – Producer Perspective subscribers!  (If you haven’t subscribed to the blog yet, you can subscribe by putting your email in the box underneath my pic.)

How do you apply for one of the four slots?  Submit your script to us by following these instructions.  Your script will automatically be considered.  (FYI, if you’ve submitted to us in the past, no need to submit the same material to us again.  We keep records of submissions and will comb through previously received scripts for consideration.)

If we select your piece, you will be contacted by the Artistic Director of the series, Jane Caplow, who will give you further instructions.

On the day of each reading, I will announce the next project for the series (i.e. I will announce the show to be read on June 14th on March 15th).

So what is the inaugural project?

On March 15th we will christen the DTDRS with Alex Webb’s Amelia, a Civil War-set romance in which two performers embody separated loves – and a diverse wider society.

See you on the 15th!

Questions:  Email Jane.
To Submit:  Click here.

 

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