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We want to put great books into the hands of all the young people attending our shows!
Chani Ninneman
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Duluth, Minnesota
United States
1 Team Member

Be a kid, attend our show, get a book. It's as simple as that!

Wise Fool Shakespeare is a theater company in Duluth, MN dedicated to producing professional quality classics for adults and kids.  Stage and Page is a program where Wise Fool can put great books directly into the hands of great kids. 

We'll be giving away a copy of the book that the play is based on at each of our shows for young audiences, starting with Judy Blume's classic, "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing". Every child in attendance gets a book, it's as simple as that!

By sharing a live performance with a child, and then right away giving them the book with that same story, we hope to inspire a love of reading that will last for years to come.

From our 2014 production of Anne of Green Gables.

Is this just for wealthy theater goers?

Absolutely not!

Wise Fool is dedicated to making all of our productions very accessible.  Not only are our tickets prices reasonable, but we also offer several Pay What You Can performances for each show.  That means a family could attend the show, pay little to no money, and still receive the books for their kids - free!  We are 100% serious and passionate about finding a way to increase easy access to books for kids.

What we need and what you'll get!

We need to raise $1,500 to purchase the books and promote the program.  Any money beyond that will help to ensure the success of Stage and Page for years to come!

Beyond extraordinary karma and a warm fuzzy feeling from helping children, Wise Fool has some pretty great rewards to offer.   Look!  Over there, to the right! 

Dribble the Turtle - original poster art, and one of the perks!

Anything from custom birthday cards and signed posters, all the way to private dining experiences with the cast and entertainment for your next party - Wise Fool is ready to show our appreciation for your support!

What are the risks?

Any campaign has it's risks, but Wise Fool has worked hard to lay the ground work for Stage and Page, so that the risks are minimal.  The publisher, Penguin Books, loves the Stage and Page idea and they've offered us the books at a great discount.  If we reach our goal of $1500, we can guarantee that over 400 books will be made available to kids coming to our show.  What if less than 400 kids come to see our shows?  Then we'll donate the books to local schools and service organizations - no book will go to waste!  What if MORE than 400 kids come to see our shows?  What a great problem to have!  If more than 400 kids come to our show, we'll happily purchase more books!

Other Ways You Can Help

Don't have any money to give?  That's ok!  We could still use your help getting the word out.  Please help spread the word about our campaign - both to the people who might contribute, and those who could benefit from it!

Thank you, everyone!  We at Wise Fool Shakespeare know that we can do GREAT things, with your help!

From our 2012 production of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.


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This campaign ended on September 12, 2014
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  • $5USD
    Eternal Thanks on Video

    Our actors will read the names of every donor at $5.00 and above, and we'll put the video up on our website and social media for all the world to see!

    0 claimed
  • $10USD
    Signed Postcard in the Mail

    For $10, we'll send you one of our promotional postcards with a handwritten thank you from the cast. Plus the previous reward.

    1 claimed
  • $15USD
    Your name in lights

    Ok, not in lights, but definitely in print! For $15 or more, we'll display your name on special signs in the theater lobby. Plus the previous rewards.

    1 claimed
  • $20USD
    Friend of the Fool coffee mug

    We'll send you a special mug, marking you as a Friend of the Fool! Plus all the previous rewards.

    14 claimed
  • $25USD
    Poster Signed by the cast

    We'll send you one of our show posters signed by the cast! Plus all previous rewards.

    4 claimed
  • $30USD
    Handmade Birthday Card

    Our cast will create a handmade, personalized birthday (or special occasion) card for you or anyone you know! If you provide your special someone's mailing address, we'll even send it right to them! Plus all the previous rewards.

    0 claimed
  • $50USD
    Original Poster Art

    We'll send you a reproduction of our poster artist's original black and white "Dribble the turtle" sketch, suitable for matting and framing! Dribble might look nervous, but that's just because he's about to be swallowed by Peter's little brother, Fudge. He'll still make a delightful addition to any room! Plus all the previous rewards.

    3 out of 40 claimed
  • $100USD
    Wise Fool Goodie Bag

    We're putting together a special gift bag of Wise Fool goodies, just for our contributors. Tote bag, coffee mug, bumper sticker, and a Wise Fool t-shirt. Plus all the previous rewards.

    4 claimed
  • $150USD
    Custom Turtle Art

    Our artist will draw you your own Dribble the turtle! He can be happy, sad, excited, bored, you name it! We'll send you the original electronic file as well as a paper copy signed by the artist. Plus all the previous rewards.

    0 out of 10 claimed
  • $250USD
    Behind the Scenes Tour

    Our cast and crew will welcome up to 8 people on a behind the scenes tour of "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing"! We'll take you backstage and show you the props and costumes up close and talk about how we find them. We'll answer any questions you've got about the show and if you let us, we'll probably hug you! Must be scheduled on one of the Saturdays or Sundays of the performance run. Admission included with this perk. Plus all the rewards at $100 and below.

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  • $500USD
    VIP Treatment for Four

    Enjoy a day of VIP treatment at the Zeitgeist Arts building in Duluth. First, you'll be treated to brunch (or dinner) at Zeitgeist Arts Cafe. Then, head across the atrium to the theater where all four of you will watch the show from the best seats in the house - specially reserved for you! (Food and tickets are on us, but we can't pay for any alcoholic beverages.) Plus all the previous rewards at the $100 level and below.

    0 out of 8 claimed
  • $1,200USD
    VIP Treatment for Eight

    Enjoy VIP service for 8! Private dinner before the show for you and your friends with the cast in the Zeitgeist Cafe's special dining room. Subject to scheduling availability with Zeitgeist. We promise to provide at least 6 members of the cast. Only 6 of us are really all that fun, anyway. (The food and soft drinks are on us, but we can't purchase any alcohol - it's somewhere in the fine print.) Plus all the previous rewards at the $100 level and below.

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  • $1,500USD
    Best Party Entertainment EVER!

    If you're generous enough to fund 100% of our project, the least we can do to say thank you is throw you a party! Ok, you throw the party, we'll make it awesome. Wise Fool will work up some special fun for your child's next birthday (or whatever) party. We'll work with you to coordinate the entertainment with whatever theme you want. There will be storytelling. There will be games. And there will most definitely be silly costumes. Plus the previous rewards at the $100 level and below.

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