Think scams are a modern disease? Think again.
Volpone, or Out-Foxed, is a satirical masterpiece by Shakespeare's friend and rival, Ben Jonson. This boisterous outdoor production will feature larger than life masks, a gigantic puppet-judge, and some of the most glorious verse ever written in English. With a local Yorkshire cast, Re:Verse Theatre will produce the only non-Shakespeare play in the York International Shakespeare Festival. We'll be performing in a community park amphitheatre, and will bring a street scene performance to the York city centre.
But we can't do it alone!
Relying on in-kind and community support, we've whittled the budget for this full production down to £1500, which is what we need your help to raise. If we are successful, we can present this production to the public on a donation-only basis, making it accessible for everyone! Our artists in the cast and creative team are working like mad, and in the end every member of the project will get an equal profit share from the audience donations. But that will only happen if you help us raise the initial cost of the production!
You can support great art and socially conscious theatre, while compensating artists for their time. Check out the perks you get with each donation (besides our eternal thanks, of course!).
Who are we, you might ask? Re:Verse Theatre was founded by American director Ben Prusiner in 2011, to put on classical plays which explored current social issues. The founding production was another outdoor Ben Jonson play, The Alchemist, which explored the greed of investors and bankers alike in the aftermath of the financial crisis on Wall Street. In the middle of our run, the Occupy Wall Street movement began, and occupiers came to our performances while we participated in a 24-hour Occupy Broadway event. Since then, Re:Verse has explored themes of immigration and intolerance in Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors, perpetual warfare in Henry VI, and religious strife in Christopher Marlowe's Massacre at Paris. In our first UK venture, we return to our roots with another Ben Jonson satire, this time in the era of scamming politicians and capitalism run amok. For more info, visit www.re-versetheatre.com