This is Shakespeare's immortal tale of madness, betrayal, and the lust for power. Set in modern-day Los Angeles, #LEAR tells the story of an aging reality TV star and former mobster, desperately trying to hide his worsening dementia. A young schemer, obsessed by fame and fortune, plots to take over the gangs still running Lear's lucrative illicit enterprises, while the retiring patriarch's family and entourage tear each other apart over greed and power.
 #LEAR is the opening work from DMTheatrics' new project, a global theater that will play to a worldwide audience. Using multi-cam live television as inspiration, #LEAR will be staged and performed before cameras in early December 2017, and edited for release on YouTube in January 2018. Combining the immediacy and expressionism of theater with the intimacy and scope of film, this is an exciting new chapter for one of NYC Theater's best-known and most influential companies. This venture requires new infrastructure investments for DM, including camera equipment, and upgraded editing and music composition software, both for this show and future productions. Many of the costumes and props used in past shows were permanently lost when DM's storage space was flooded during Hurricane Sandy, meaning we need to start almost entirely from scratch. In addition, the rental fees for rehearsal and performance space in New York City have skyrocketed in recent years. Your financial help, either via direct donation, or purchasing required equipment and resources, is greatly appreciated. DMTheatrics is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization via Fractured Atlas, and donations made directly via Fractured Atlas are fully tax-deductible. If you would like to help, and want to see this production become a reality, here's how.
HOW TO HELP
BECOME A PATRON DMTheatrics now has a Patreon account. Monthly expenses such as rehearsals, printed materials, transportation, and office expenses add up quickly, especially in an expensive city like New York. To help defray the costs of DM's monthly expenditures, and to ensure we can mount both #LEAR and future projects, consider pledging as little as $10 a month via Patreon. All Patreon subscribers will receive rewards, including early access to finished productions and rough cuts, demos of original scores and music, personalized cast messages, and exclusive posters, playbills, and even bespoke vinyl picture discs. Even a little bit of help goes a long way -- click the Patreon image below to access our page and pledge today.
DONATE DMTheatrics is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization via Fractured Atlas, a public charity through which small, independent arts companies such as DM can take advantage of public funding for the arts. Donations to DMTheatrics via Fractured Atlas are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. If you'd like to help by making a tax-deductible donation directly to DM, click the image below to access our donation page. Donations can be fully anonymous, and all public donations will be noted in the final credits of #LEAR. AMAZON SHOPPING LIST This venture requires an enormous investment in new equipment, as well as replacing outdated cameras and lighting kits. While we're part of the way there, we still have a long way to go, and can always use some extra help. If you're in a generous mood, or have some extra Amazon credit lying around, please consider helping by visiting our Amazon Wish List and buying DM the materials we've flagged. Click the Amazon banner below to see our shopping list.
PAST PRAISE FOR DMTHEATRICS AND FRANK CWIKLIK
#LEAR will be rehearsed during September thru November of 2017, and recorded during December 2017 at Access Theater. It will premiere on YouTube Jan 21, 2018, with early access for some patrons (see above). Casting will be held in late August/early September. If you are interested in performing, or assisting in a technical capacity, or wish to join our mailing list, please contact us via the link above. We are also in need of a production manager and crew -- contact us if you would like to help. Future productions will include revivals of DM's productions of Titus Andronicus and Taming of the Shrew, as well as other Shakespearian works, and original works from repertory as well as new, previously unseen DM originals.