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EDWIN Producers Launch Kickstarter Campaign to Raise Funds

EDWIN Producers Launch Kickstarter Campaign to Raise Funds

The producers of EDWIN, The Story of Edwin Booth, have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for an advance preview of a musical drama that tells the story of Edwin Booth, elder brother of John Wilkes Booth.

EDWIN, The Story of Edwin Booth is a fascinating glimpse into the life of America’s greatest Shakespearean actor of the nineteenth century and brother of assassin John Wilkes Booth. Now, Great Circle Productions, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for an advance preview of this historic and riveting musical drama.

Per the description at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/storyofedwinbooth/edwin-the-story-of-edwin-booth, this musical drama takes the audience backstage on the night of Edwin Booth’s return to the stage after the assassination of President Lincoln.  In the midst of death threats, public outrage and his own personal demons, Edwin Booth retakes the spotlight as the greatest American Shakespearean actor of his day in this incredible story.

The preview is timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, and will be presented at The Players, the club for actors founded by Edwin Booth at his home in Gramercy Park.  The production team includes Artistic/Executive Director Jane Kosminsky, Composer Marianna Rosett, Librettist Eric Swanson, Director Ben Donenberg, Musical Director Hugh Murphy, Videographer Molly McBride and Star Performer Gary Ramsey.  The preview is scheduled for April 8 and 9, 2015.

The Kickstarter funds will be used to pay for the performance venue as well as provide a stipend for the performers who have passionately donated their time and talent to the project.

Pledge levels range from $10 to $250.  Prizes include tickets to the preview of EDWIN as well as private lessons with the experts involved in production and other perks.  For a full list of prizes associated with various pledge levels, see the Kickstarter page.

About EDWIN:  

EDWIN tells the story of Edwin Booth, famous actor and brother to John Wilkes Booth. This musical retelling of the life of this incredible man after his brother’s assassination of the president brings to life post-Civil War theater as well as a compelling story of triumph in the face of adversity.

 

Media Contact
Company Name: Great Circle Productions, Inc.
Contact Person: Eric Swanson, Associate Director – Great Circle Productions
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Phone: 917-648-5218
Address:41 West 72 Street, 16B
City: New York
State: NY
Country: United States
Website: greatcircleproductions.org