MAKE ME: a Beirut play about youth, language and ajnabis

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A dance-and-dialogue theatre performance about youth, language and relationships in Beirut.
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Campaign successfully funded on: 25 Nov,2013

This project has been successfully funded with $2,500 (125%)

Feeling lost and don't know what all of this is about?

WE DID IT! The show is happening! For tickets email: 

makemereservations@gmail.com with your name / / date you want to attend // number of tickets

Tickets: 15,000 LL

A Play For Beirut, About Beirut:

MAKE ME: a Beirut play about youth, language and ajnabis

MAKE ME is a dance-and-dialogue theatre performance, set to be performed in Beirut on 3rd, 4th and 5th of December 2013 at STATION.

The play explores the relationships of two Lebanese/foreigner couples living in Beirut. What's it like to date an ajnabi? Do you say ‘I love you’ in English, Arabic or French? And how does it feel if your best friend starts ignoring you in favour of their new love?

If you like intimate drama and comedic exchange – all intertwined with some electric body movement – MAKE ME will be your kind of show.

Written by British playwright Rich Thornton and directed and choreographed by Lebanese-American dancer Jadd Tank, MAKE ME is a multidisciplinary theatre show about Western-Arab social connections and how they make us laugh, scream and cry.

Director, choreographer and dancer, Jadd Tank, doing what he does: dancing

Making a Theatre Show Happen:

There isn't much funding for theatre in Lebanon. Sad, I know.

We want to promote professional independent art in the Arab region by producing MAKE ME the best we can. This means hiring the best actor/dancers (hard to find!), and renting all the lights, sound equipment and staging so we can prepare the venue (more on that below).

We're using Zoomaal because we want to support local entrepreneurship and because we think it’s a great platform. But we're not getting all our funds from here …

On November 14th we will host a Book Swap at Zico House here in Beirut. One for the literary lovers, you can find out more about the event here on Facebook 

Of course, some funds will come from the box office, but in order to allow people of all financial situations to attend the show, we're keeping ticket prices low - just $10!

FYI: Rich Thornton wrote and produced the play 'Who the James is Jim Darke?' in London in 2012. The show was performed on 6th, 7th and 8th November 2012 at a restaurant called The Breakfast Club - each night was sold out and the feedback was highly positive. The next day he flew to Beirut.

Why We Like Zoomaal:

Zoomaal is a Beirut-based crowd-funding site that exclusively promote projects in the Arab world.

Zoomaal is an all-or-nothing funding program. We've set our target at $2000. If we don't reach the target, we don't get anything - not a cent!

This is a scary prospect, because we really want the project to be a success! But the fact that it's scary makes us excited. We know we've got to get the $2000, and we have to work hard to tell as many people as we can about the project in the hope they'll fund us.

The Perfect Home for MAKE ME:

We asked STATION if they would host our performance for three nights (December 3rd, 4th, 5th), and they liked our project so much they agreed.

STATION is a multi-purpose venue in Beirut that hosts everything from progressive cultural events to business conferences. Have look for yourself ...

Multi-purpose performance and arts venue, STATION (current exhibition: Maripolarama)

How Your Money Will Help Us:

Our budget for the play is $3000.

$500 will come from the Box Office.

$500 will come from the Book Swap event listed above.

$2000 will come from you!

Here’s how your money will be used:

Stage lights:   $375

Sound system:  $300

Seating:  $100

Posters/Flyers:  $100

Zoomaal fees:  $125

Actor payment:  $2000

Four dancer-actors will be hired to perform MAKE ME. For the two week rehearsal period and 3 show nights they will be paid $500 each. This may not sound like much, but we think this is reasonable and fair considering us (the writer, director, producers) aren’t getting paid ANYTHING.

We’re ok with this, because it’s our baby. But we want to promote PROFESSIONAL theatre in Lebanon and that means paying actors, even if it’s not what they might get on Broadway.

No Money? Use your voice!:

Of course, it's not all about the money! If you love this project but don't have any money to give, please tell anyone and everyone about using Zoomaal's sharing tools (Facebook, Twitter etc etc etc) and hopefully someone else out there will be able to spare some change!

Thank you and if you have any questions ...

Contact:

Rich at thisisrichthornton@gmail.com / (+961) 76571210

OR 

Iante at iantegaia@gmail.com

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25 Nov,2013
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24 Nov,2013
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18 Nov,2013
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16 Nov,2013
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Julie Whitehead
15 Nov,2013
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Caitlin Smith
14 Nov,2013
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13 Nov,2013
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12 Nov,2013
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12 Nov,2013
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12 Nov,2013
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11 Nov,2013
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11 Nov,2013
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11 Nov,2013
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11 Nov,2013
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11 Nov,2013
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Chantal Estephane
11 Nov,2013
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Josh Puddle
10 Nov,2013
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Peter, Jo and sophie
10 Nov,2013
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Tahar
08 Nov,2013
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Ben Payne
06 Nov,2013
$25

Ruth
06 Nov,2013
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Tom Mcmahon
06 Nov,2013
$25

Mie Brinkmann
06 Nov,2013
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Jill Boggiss
05 Nov,2013
$25

Yasmeen Arden
04 Nov,2013
$10

Luke
03 Nov,2013
$45

Stephanie
03 Nov,2013
$10

John Owens
03 Nov,2013
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02 Nov,2013
$100

Sheelagh Johnson
31 Oct,2013
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Makram Debbas
31 Oct,2013
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Amanda Hampton
30 Oct,2013
$50

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30 Oct,2013
$25

John Ovans
30 Oct,2013
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Katie Humpage
30 Oct,2013
$10

Sébastian Dahl
30 Oct,2013
$45

Alberto Mucci
30 Oct,2013
$45

Lynn Salter
30 Oct,2013
$50

Rami Serhal
30 Oct,2013
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Tiffany Karatziola
30 Oct,2013
$25

Mick
30 Oct,2013
$75

Mick
29 Oct,2013
$75

Mike
29 Oct,2013
$25

Riad Abou jaoude
29 Oct,2013
$10

Alan And polly
29 Oct,2013
$10

Robert Challens
29 Oct,2013
$15

Edward Thornton
29 Oct,2013
$75

Joe Dyke
29 Oct,2013
$45

Harriet
29 Oct,2013
$25

Rowina
29 Oct,2013
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$25

James Souza
29 Oct,2013
$25

Hassan Nasser
29 Oct,2013
$45

Anna Brenner
28 Oct,2013
$45

Anonymous
27 Oct,2013
$200

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My name's Rich Thornton, I'm 27 years old, and I'm a British writer living in Lebanon. Before moving to Beirut I was writing theatre in London, teaching creative writing to kids, playing in a band, and running charity events. In…

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  Rewards

$10 or more
→    YOUR NAME ON THE PROGRAM

86 Available

We'll print your name on the program of MAKE ME so everyone can see that you're an official supporter of the show!
$25 or more
→    FRONT ROW TICKET TO THE SHOW

6 Available

One front row ticket to MAKE ME on any night of your choosing, and your name on the program
$45 or more
→    TWO FRONT ROW TICKETS TO THE SHOW

2 Available

Two front row tickets to MAKE ME on any night of your choosing, and your name on the program
$75 or more
→    PRIVATE DANCE LESSON OR WRITING CLASS

6 Available

One hour private dance lesson with director and dancer Jadd Tank OR one hour private playwriting workshop with playwright Rich Thornton
$125 or more
→    VISIT MAKE ME BEHIND THE SCENES

9 Available

You'll be invited to attend an exclusive dress rehearsal of the show, meet the actors, director and writer in the rehearsal room - and find out how we put the show together!
$200 or more
→    PROFESSIONALLY BOUND COPY OF MAKE ME

3 Available

Professionally bound copy of the script of MAKE ME, signed by the playwright, director and all the cast, plus all of the above rewards
$500 or more
→    BECOME EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

1 Available

We'll make you the exclusive Executive Producer of the show. Your name will be on all the media related to MAKE ME and on the front page of the program and script. You'll also get all of the above rewards too!
$3000 or more
→    FLIGHT TO BEIRUT TO SEE THE SHOW

2 Available

If you really love us, we'll fly you to Beirut from anywhere in the world, and naturally make you guest of honour on our opening night (oh, and any or all of the above!)
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