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SAVE HUMANITY FROM IMMINENT EXTINCTION with Tribal Theatre Group’s biggest production yet!


The Play

A personal ad for sex to change the course of the world means exactly that: the future of humanity depends on biologist Jules and journalism student Jo when a global catastrophe strikes. A stocked underground bunker, hundreds of diapers, and an aquarium are all these last two survivors have to keep the species alive in this comedy about evolutionary biology, the human will to survive, and four tropical fish.

boom premiered in 2008, and since has only become more relevant.  In a fractured, frightening time, boom dares us to hope in the face of calamity.  It is a story about human resilience, about our ability to confront the unconfrontable, to survive the unsurvivable, and how we can only overcome radical change and disruption by banding together.

Now, more than ever, we need stories about striving for a better future.  We need expressions of hope, of unity, of community.  We need our tribes to help uplift us.  And that’s where you come in.  Join our Tribe with a donation and help us spread the word, so we can bring this important play, in its fullest form, to as many people as we can.

boom will perform January 12 – 22, 2017, at Back House Theatre, 368 Ponce de Leon Ave, Atlanta, GA 30308.  Tickets are available now.

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The Production

We adhere to a minimalist aesthetic for both practical and philosophical reasons. We want as few things on the stage to distract from the story as possible, and we want to keep our costs down.  All that we need and nothing we don’t.

There are some things we have to buy, though.  The three biggest items in our budget are renting performance space, licensing production rights, and, most importantly, paying our cast and crew.

With your help and generosity, we’ll be able to expand our technical capabilities with lights and sound. (We do have to simulate the end of the world on stage, after all.)  We’ll be able to keep our set and props on the right side of the minimalist-to-shoddy continuum.  We’ll be able to pay our people what they deserve.

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We are trying to pay our cast as close to the Equity small-theatre minimum as possible.  An arts community only flourishes if the artists can afford to be artists.  Our fundraising goal already includes money to pay our cast, but not enough to meet the Equity minimum.  Any money raised past the goal will go toward paying the artists, not toward making the production needlessly elaborate.

Your dollars will not be wasted on the extraneous or the vain.  Every cent will go toward what is necessary to make the show happen and toward paying the brilliant artists who’ve signed on to do this play for pure love of the craft, with no thought of treasure.


The Principles

We create community through creating theatre.

The functional theatre is an exercise in community.  Our work together makes us not only better theatremakers and audience members, it makes us better citizens and better people. It serves as both example and proof-of-concept of harmony in action.  The world is cynical, and we find that choosing faith in each other is harder and harder. There is no unity anymore, we hear and say, there is no civility, there is no civilization.

We counter that: yes, there is—we’re building it right here, right now, together.


The People

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Daniel Carter Brown is Artistic Director of New Origins Theatre Company, and has appeared with the Atlanta Shakespeare Company, Out of Box Theatre, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, and others around town. An actor and playwright, Dan’s play Honor the System received its world premiere at Out of Box in November 2016.

Kirstin Calvert starred in Mr. Marmalade for The Seedling Project, is playing Calphurnia in Caesar:60 for the Atlanta Shakespeare Company, as well as having tread the boards at The Fern Theatre, Onion Man Productions, and more.

Elin Rose Hill is back on stage after spending some time directing and producing.  She’s a founder of Catalyst Arts Atlanta , former intern at Actor’s Express, and directed the Tribe’s last show, Red Light Winter.  She will be attending the National Theatre Institute in the spring.

Chris Schulz is making his directorial debut.  As an actor, he has appeared in the Tribe’s last two shows, Red Light Winter and The Dumb Waiter, as well as with Essential Theatre, OnStage Atlanta, and elsewhere.


Questions?

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Begins: November 1, 2016
Ends: January 31, 2017