I am extremely excited to tell you about Transient Theater, a brand new traveling theater cooperative. We’ll be producing our first show this year and taking it on tour across the country. We’ve been a bit quiet for the last few months as we hammered out the details, but now that we have a beautiful new website, we’re ready to tell the world!
We’ve got big plans at Transient Theater and we want you to be a part of making them a reality. With this and future productions we hope to increase understanding and empathy in our culture. We’ll encourage our audiences to let go of judgment and practice seeing the various sides of stories (on and off the stage.) At our most successful, we’ll plant the seeds for a revolution of empathy to replace our culture of separateness. At the very least, we’ll have fun trying. (That’s the short version, go here for the long version.)
How are we going to accomplish this, and how can you be involved?
Transient Theater is going to be a very underground, off-the-grid sort of organization. We’ll do fundraisers like every other theater, but we won’t just raise money. We’ll also request in-kind donations. We’ll rely on our communities to give us the raw materials we need to create an incredible theatrical experience. And if we can’t rally broad community support, we’ll reevaluate the relevance of our current project. We believe that if we can produce theater that really connects and moves people, then we’ll be able to achieve success through many small donations (as opposed to a few enormous ones.)
In order to reach a larger audience and make the company more viable, we’ll take our productions on the road. We’ll raise money across the country, and we’ll know which cities to visit by looking at which ones have given us the most financial and in-kind support. And the greatest part is that the show will continue to grow and transform as we travel. It will be different in each city, each venue, with each audience, because it will always be a fresh experience for the production team.
Our inaugural production will be one of my plays, The Egg Play. But I don’t want to give you the impression that Transient Theater is code for “Candice Benge Theater.” The mission of Transient Theater is much larger than my fledgling career. We’re trying to make theater more accessible and viable, for everyone.
And speaking of being larger than just me, I’d like to introduce you to all the great people who have signed on as Ambassadors. An Ambassador is a co-producer of Transient Theater that works to bring the production to their city. You can go here to see if your city already has an Ambassador. (If you’re city doesn’t have an Ambassador, maybe you should become one.)
Finally, here’s what we’re asking of you. We need help getting the word out. There are a number of different ways you could do this. You could:
- like us on facebook
- subscribe to this blog
- tell your friends about us
- join our email list
Please stay tuned for weekly postings from the various people involved.