The Gambler: A little show with big dreams…needs funding.
The video above is me describing my next project. Please watch or scroll down to see how you can help this intellectual curiosity become a creative reality. If you’d rather just skip to the bottom line you can contribute to my project by clicking here.
Adapted from Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel of the same name, The Gambler brings to life the story of Alexei Ivonovich.
Alexei is a tutor for children of a General who is severely in debt. But Alexei is not only a tutor.
Alexei is a gambler.
Not only with money, but with every facet of his life.
Set in 1863 Roulettenburg, Germany, the tale of The Gambler follows Alexei as he tests the limits of rationality at the roulette wheel, with the established order, and with his love for the General’s daughter, Polina. A story of idealism, greed, and unrequited love. The Gambler poses the question: Is the pathology of gambling really any different than the typical ideals we follow in every day life.
Why Would I Want to Watch The Gambler?
Beyond a compelling story, some features of the show include:
- Audience Participation – Immersion into the theatrical experience
- Original Music Composed by PJ Rasmussen
- A Mural of Roulettenburg
- Art Gallery featuring local artists’ work based on the play
- Spectacle in the form of lights, sound, and some Off Off Off Broadway magic
In addition, all Studio 501 productions are workshops, run and starring university students who are looking to gain more experience and expertise in their field.
This production is no exception and we’re hoping to be able to provide these students with a production which they can be proud to have been a part of.
That’s where you come in.
So What Do You Want Me To Do About It?
I’m glad you asked.
See all the elements and featured content listed above? That’s all going to take a lot more than well wishes and the student budget we’re provided with (both of which I’m still extremely grateful for).
I’m humbly asking you for your financial assistance to make this production as meaningful and fulfilling as it can be, both for the actors involved and for you the potential audience.
In the course of about 30 DAYS we need to raise $450.00 (if we don’t reach $450.00, we don’t receive any of our budget)
$450.00 in 30 Days
May sound like a lot (especially to a college student). But just as Newark Mayor Cory Booker has stated about his own life, I would never have come this far or had any of these opportunities without
A Grand Conspiracy of Love
I’m eternally grateful for this love that has made everything up to this point possible and so I’m asking for your love, support, and yes…for your money…to help create something which you not only will enjoy watching but that you can say…
“I made that happen!”
and claim ownership to a new, invigorating, creative work.
…and That’s Not All
For the mercenary in each of us, there are rewards that will be given for each and everyone that pledges to this project, even those that only pledge $1. So please contribute what you can to our project and remember the words of our protagonist Alexei Ivonovich…
“Tomorrow, tomorrow it will all be over”