NOW IS THE TIME TO HELP!
For the last three years Indra’s Net Theater has been bringing smart, real-science infused world class drama to Berkeley. For us to continue we need your support. We have had generous funding from individuals, the City of Berkeley, and even some businesses and foundations. At this point all of these sources of support have decreased or ended. To keep going, producing the plays that you want to see, we need your support. For all Theater companies less than half of our expenses are covered by ticket sales, and we are no exception. Without a large organization or fundraising team, we need the support of individual community members to keep us going. We only have 2 weeks on this campaign. Please consider what having these productions here in Berkeley means to you, and how you (or people you know) might help keeping us producing world caliber groundbreaking plays that address the big question.
What a difference a year makes!
In Early 2014 we chose to put on, as our first World Premiere, a play by a little-known playwright from the Midwest, about a legendary physicist, little known outside of the world of physics. I had no doubts about the play (it covered such interesting ground; art and science; fission; passion; women in science; the internal vs external acknowledgements, etc.) but the play had never been produced (despite being around since 2008) and there was little to crow about.
Now, after our successful premiere in late 2014, Delicate Particle Logic has now had four productions, and Jennifer Blackmer was awarded the prestigious PEN/Laura Pels Award for an Emerging American Playwright (quite an honor for her!).
Taking on this kind of a production (of a world premiere, with many theatrical elements; dancing, singing, live original music, fight choreography, live painting on stage, etc) was a lot to take on for a small company not yet three years old. But we did it. And got good reviews and enthusiastic audience reception to boot! But it took a lot out of our small company and volunteers. To do our next show, we need to re-build.
Our next production is the world premiere of ‘The Secret of Life’, which some of you saw as a work-in-progress reading last year. We need to raise costs of producing the show, along with our costs of running the company until other funding comes along, for us to put on this entertaining and provocative show about the discovery of DNA and the two teams of scientists that struggled to make it happen.
We want to make more of this kind of theater, but we can’t do it without your support. We need to raise $25,000 to be able to go forward with producing the play this year. As all of you know, non-profit fundraising is challenging, but with the help of you, our enthusiastic and supportive audience, we can do it. We welcome all donations, large and small alike. Please help us keep bringing smart, provocative and high-quality theater to you here in Berkeley. Click here to to donate to our Indiegogo campaign:
In the future, Indra’s Net will be producing similar plays that engage, enlighten, stimulate, and entertain. We will be producing plays, many dealing with science and scientific inquiry, as well as dealing with the human and philosophical implications. We invite you to be a part of this exciting endeavor, as we pursue our goal of using theater to his highest potential, and exploring in depth some of the most potent and fascinating issues at the beginning of the 21st century.
Indra’s Net Theater is a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non‐profit arts service organization.