Shakespeare's VILLAINS

Get involved with Villains! Bring Shakespeare's best bad guys to the largest theater festival in the world!
Brian Elerding
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Los Angeles, California
United States
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About Shakespeare's VILLAINS

Imagine if Shakespeare's best villains were taken out of their respective plays, reassembled Frankenstein-style, and finally got to be the focus of their own stories. The California Shakespeare Ensemble does just that in Shakespeare's VILLAINS as they weave three of the Bard's finest antagonists into one engaging 70-minute show, using only Shakespeare's original words. 

The show follows three of Shakespeare's villains--Shylock (Merchant of Venice), Macbeth (Macbeth), and Tybalt (Romeo and Juliet)--using Shakespeare's original words and their own separate stories, but with a new adaptation and edit by CSE Artistic Director Brian Elerding.

What the hell is going on?

The show sold out its run in Los Angeles at the end of 2013. Let's take it to the world at the Ediburgh Fringe Festival in 2014!

Shakespeare's VILLAINS hit a sweet spot for our company by providing extraordinary characters to brilliant actors. Mixing three of Shakespeare's stories into one play turned out to be a big success.

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the biggest and most extraordinary event for independent theater in the world. Over a million people attend from all over the globe, and some of the best small, funky companies bring their projects there to share. We'd like to join that gang.

After the Edinburgh Fringe, Shakespeare's VILLAINS will return to Los Angeles for a full run. 

What We Need & What You Get

The CSE has never asked for donations before; we've always funded our productions from ticket revenue and commissions...we're fundraising NOW because this is way bigger than anything we've done before, and we're growing!

The funding goes to everything from venue rental to travel arrangements to promotion. A lot of factors have to come together for our three week odyssey, which is why getting ourselves sorted financially is crucial. By donating to this campaign you'll bring Shakespeare's VILLAINS to the international stage. 

By supporting the project, you can also get perks like tickets to a performance of the show in Los Angeles, all the way up to private performances. If you're more of a merch-minded type, we've got mugs, shirts and scripts available too!

If, by some misfortune, we don't fulfill our goal on Indiegogo and literally every last thing falls through for this project financially, left-over funds will go to the California Shakespeare Ensemble for our local remount of VILLAINS, and everyone still gets their nifty perks. So it's a win-win situation!

The Impact

The impact of your donation is literally the difference between going to Edinburgh for the Fringe Fest on one hand, and not going on the other. 

The Team

The California Shakespeare Ensemble is a group of professional actors who work in TV, Film and Theater in Los Angeles. The Ensemble performs classical theater and new works, and is also part of the public programming of Descanso Gardens. More about the Ensemble: 

The cast includes: J.R. Davidson, Brian Elerding, Roddy Jessup, Aaron Leddick, Jeremy Radin, Shahaub Roudbari, Kate Siegel, and Samantha Sloyan

Other Ways You Can Help

There are many ways to help us get to Edinburgh. Check out our videos, and if you like 'em, post em! Like us and share our posts on Facebook! Get web traffic coming to this campaign webpage or our homepage at Watching our videos will help them get more exposure. And, if you like what we do, bring friends to see our local shows. What makes live theater the magical experience it can be is the live audience.  You, in a seat at the theaer, is the most important way you can support us, and we can bring you the thing we love.

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  • $10USD

    If you can donate $15, you get an emailed PDF of the script of Shakepeare's VILLAINS. It's setup is like a book; it's actually quite fancy.

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  • $20USD
    You are "the awesome".

    If you donate $20 you get a certificate of sponsorship from the CSE, plus an emailed copy of the script in PDF format included in the $10 donation level.

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  • $35USD
    The Famous Mug

    This mug has become a favorite piece of merchandise at our shows. One side has the CSE typed logo, the other features our logo, known as "Shakespeare's Ghost"--a skull in the place of Shakespeare's face in the iconic drawing. (continental US only)

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  • $38USD
    Villains Book

    This is a physical, paperback book of the show, signed by editor and director Brian Elerding! This level also includes PDF of the book and certificate of sponsorship. (continental US only)

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  • $50USD
    Ticket to showing of VILLAINS

    This gets you a ticket to a local performance of VILLAINS, plus an emailed PDF of the book of VILLAINS, and a certificate of sponsorship from the CSE that are part of the $15 and $20 donation levels.

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  • $55USD
    VILLAINS T-Shirt

    Get a t-shirt with the VILLAINS poster art designed by Will Staehle, featuring Shylock, Macbeth and Tybalt. (Continental US only)

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  • $98USD
    From Brian's Book Collection

    Director Brian Elerding likes to collect old and odd versions of Shakespeare's plays. For a donation of $98, Brian will find you an interesting vintage edition of one of Shakespeare's plays that he thinks you'll enjoy. (Continental US only)

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  • $125USD
    Collector's item and Credit

    Get a HARDCOVER version of the script of Shakespeare's VILLAINS signed by Brian and a credit in the show program, PLUS an emailed PDF of the book, PLUS a certificate of sponsorship! (Continental US only).

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    Personalized Poem

    Jeremy Radin has had his poetry published in literary journals and has a book out through Write Bloody Poetry. For a donation of $200, Jeremy will write a personalized poem for you. In pentameter AND rhyming couplets. Jeremyt's book:

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  • $500USD
    Patron of the Arts

    Get listed as one of our Patrons in all our literature for one year, PLUS a HARDCOVER version of the script of Shakespeare's VILLAINS signed by Brian, plus a ticket to a local performance of VILLAINS, PLUS an emailed PDF of the book, PLUS a shout out on the CSE Facebook page PLUS a credit in the show program!

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  • $1,500USD
    The Epic Plane Ticket Level

    This donation level covers the cost of one round-trip ticket for a cast member to Edinburgh. This level will get a private reading of the script at your house (Los Angeles County only) with the cast. Get listed as one of our Patrons in all our literature for one year, PLUS a HARDCOVER version of the script (or selection from Brian's Shakespeare Book Collection above), plus 2 tickets to a local performance of VILLAINS, PLUS a shout out on the CSE Facebook page PLUS a credit in the show program!

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  • $10,000USD
    Angel / Corporate Sponsor

    Back in Elizabethan England, a writer like Shakespeare depended on patrons to fund their entire enterprise. This donation level covers the cost of seven entire round-trip tickets for our cast to fly to Edinburgh. This level will get a private reading of the script at your house (Los Angeles County only; outside LA County receives a reading via Skype) with the cast, PLUS all versions of the book rewards from above), plus two tickets to one performance of each of the CSE's shows for one year!

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