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?
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!
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.