Magis is headed to the New York International Fringe Festival!!!
For over a year and a half, we have been developing our original adaptation of Plutus, god of Wealth by the great comedian Aristophanes. And now the time has come for the world to see it as Occupy Olympus, with original music from internationally acclaimed, award-winning composer Elizabeth Swados, and directed by Artistic Director George Drance.
For nearly ten years, Magis has produced a variety of actor-driven, physically-based theatre productions that explore the human condition. Deemed "long on theatrical skill" and "thought provoking," our original adaptation of C.S. Lewis' novel The Great Divorce has now been produced close to a dozen times at theaters and institutions all over the world. The New York Times has declared us "...daring to be different" and also praised our most recent production of Shakuntala and the Ring of Recognition in 2010 as "imaginatively staged...[with] visually appealing use of elemental stagecraft..."
With a mission that is built on training, teaching and acting, we focus on presenting neglected classics that inspire possibilites in the both the actor and the audience. In this light, staying true to our identity, we honed in on Plutus, a positively prophetic comedy about wealth, greed, and the disparity between rich and poor. Sound familiar? That's right, over 2400 years before Wall Street was occupied, Aristophanes was doing his best to expose the system, too.
Unfortunately, the inequality of wealth in society continues to be an overwhelming issue. Bail-outs are merely bandages; so it's up to artists like Aristophanes and Magis Theatre Company to continue to tell stories, ask questions and challenge audiences about a seemingly endless financial inequality that affects people throughout the world.
And so it is with a touch of irony that we ask for your financial support. Not only will this be a HUGE support in helping us to get this story to the Fringe and to all the people that will attend, but you will be supporting all the artists who dedicated their time, energy, and days off to building this original, world-premiere production - actors, musicians, composers, directors, dramaturgs, stage managers and interns.
Taking on the Olympian 1%
Our goal is $9000. Not that insurmountable, right? Just like the Occupy movements all over the world, all it takes is a little word of mouth. By spreading the word and sharing this campaign with your friends and family and their friends and family, what starts as a concentrated community of audience spreads and expands and becomes a unified movement. Every dollar helps and goes right back into the production. With a little diligence, we will take on Zeus with nothing standing in our way!
Make sure you have a look at our perks. The more you donate, the more you receive, including our unique Magis training, beneficial for everyone, even if you have never set foot on stage. Whether you donate as a Choregoi or as an Olympian, we are grateful for all your contributions, and every cent will help us mount our charge.
Join the MovementSome people just are not able to contribute, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help! Remember this is Occupy Olympus, and Occupy means action. We chose this story not because we want to give you solutions to a problem, but because we want to promote awareness and encourage change. And that is where you come in.
And that’s all there is to it. Oh, and to get a closer look into our process, make sure you have a look at the video above. It will give you a tangible idea of how we have gone about our process and where we are headed with our story.
Thank you for your support from all of us at the Magis Theatre Company!