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¡ZARZAMORA! is going to the Finland International Improv Festival! But only the privileged white people can afford it!
Brad Hawkins
Austin, Texas
United States
4 Team Members

Help us get our Mexican to Finland!

¡ZARZAMORA!, Austin's premiere historical improv troupe, has been selected to play at the Finland International Improv Festival in Tampere, Finland. We are honored to be the first Austin troupe to play this wondrous, storied, frigid country. 

However, not all is Sahti and skittles. Like the Soviets, we're running into a few challenges in getting into Finland. The Nordic countries are not as inexpensive as one might assume from their furniture. That's where YOU come in!

We're trying to raise two thousand dollars to help our resident Mexican, Estevan "Chuy" Zarate, join us in our northerly travels.

Chuy is one of the most beloved and respected improvisers in town, in addition to being an accomplished actor and theatrical director. While the rest of us are laboring away at 9 to 5 jobs, Chuy has instead been giving of himself to the Austin arts community. And while we've been living the freewheeling single lifestyle, Chuy has been getting married and having kids. That leads to no disposable income for things like flitting off to Finland for wacky make-em-ups.

Perhaps you've been the beneficiary of Chuy's time, his talent, and his dedication. Perhaps you only hope to be. In either case, his contributions to the improv scene and the Austin arts scene in general cannot be overstated. 

If you love Chuy (and who doesn't?), please consider taking a moment to throw a few bucks his way. As the signs held by the old homeless guys on the side of the highway say, anything helps.


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  • $1USD
    ¡Z! loves you

    Donate at least $1 and the members of ¡ZARZAMORA! will have a warm feeling for you in their hearts. Warm feeling will last up to, but not exceeding, 45 minutes.

    4 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013

    Postcard from Finland

    We'll send you a postcard from Finland! A real, authentic, handwritten message from one or more Zarzamorons, from the land of whatever they have in Finland! (content of postcards is not yet known; please specify if you'd prefer no obscenity)

    20 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $15USD

    For a $15 donation, a member of ¡ZARZAMORA! will, for your amusement, sample an item of authentic Finnish cuisine: maybe lutefisk (gelatinous fish), maybe kalakukko (fish gut bread), maybe mustamakkara (blood sausage). Whatever we choose to sample at the moment, we'll film it in a personal video for you!

    1 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013

    Authentic Peruvian souvenir

    For a $20 donation, you can get a souvenir or knick-knack, locally crafted in the Republic of Peru! (selection of actual souvenir is at the discretion of our Peruvian agent, Ruby Willmann)

    5 out of 5 claimed

    Pie by Jessica

    Jessica Arjet, co-owner of the Hideout Theatre, improviser, teacher, and clown, is also a gifted baker who would just love to bake a pie for you! And for a $25 donation, she'll do just that! Choose from lemon meringue, pumpkin, pecan, strawberry, or apple!

    4 out of 4 claimed

    Pie by Karen

    Karen Jane DeWitt of Scissortail Savories and Sweets is offering a pie of either chocolate pecan or blackberry! Karen's pies are legendary in the improv community, and you can get one baked just for you!

    1 out of 1 claimed
  • $30USD
    Ghost tour from Kevin Miller

    Kevin knows a lot of spooky history about Austin, and he's happy to share it. For a mere 30 bucks, Kevin will lead a 1.5-2 hour walking tour of downtown Austin, for a group of you and up to 19 of your friends, where he shares fascinating stories about Austin, its history, and its spectral inhabitants. Normally $10 a person, this is a super-cheap way to have an unique date, or a fun group outing.

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $50USD
    Chuy coaches your troupe!

    For just $50, Chuy will provide your improv troupe with 2 hours of expert coaching. Chuy is an accomplished

    6 out of 10 claimed

    Chuy tends bar

    If there's one thing Chuy knows as well as improv, it's alcohol. For a donation of $100, Chuy will personally bartend your party or function. (Alcohol not included)

    4 out of 4 claimed
  • $100USD
    Home-cooked meal by Emily

    Want something more than the usual night out with that special someone? For $100, you can have a home-cooked dinner for two, courtesy of improviser, opera diva, and healthy living enthusiast Emily Breedlove! You and Emily will create a custom menu, featuring a side dish, main course, and dessert!

    1 out of 2 claimed
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