The Un-Scripted Theater

On the eve of our 10th birthday, Un-Scripted is building a new home.
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Un-Scripted Theater Company
Theater
San Francisco, California
United States
2 Team Members

Short Summary

In 2002, a scrappy young group of San Francisco Improvisors banded together to explore new territory in the world of improvisation.  Ten seasons later, Un-Scripted Theater Company has produced over thirty-five runs of shows, in a range of genres and styles: game shows, such as You Bet Your Improvisor! and Improv Survivor; musicals such as Let It Snow!, Theater: The Musical and Shakespeare: The Musical; genre long-form plays such as Fear and Love At First Sight; and theatrical experiments such as The Impossible Film Project, Act One, Scene Two, and The Great Puppet Bollywood Extravaganza!

Now, as we approach our tenth birthday, we've got the opportunity to open our own venue -- a permanent home where we can continue to expand the boundaries of unscripted theater.

The Impact

This is it. The big chance. The step up. Un-Scripted’s Game-Changing Moment. It’s where we go from a semi-nomadic troupe that puts up a few shows each year, to a full time theater company with a permanent home. That permanent home will let us put on a lot more shows, experiment with different formats on a regular basis and even teach classes. We'll be able to offer performing and rehearsal space to OTHER theater groups in SF, and help to strengthen and support the theater and improv communities by doing so.

The art of unscripted theater is still in its infancy.  What we're trying to accomplish is something rather unique to the growing world of modern improvisation: we're building a theater dedicated to the art of theater without a script. Not an improv comedy venue.  Not a long-form improv venue.  This will be a house of unscripted theater, one in which our studied process of show creation and development will be on regular display.

We're a handful of passionate people who work crazy hours, and give up our vacation time and social lives because we love what we do. We're standing up and saying, "Anything you can create with a script, we can do without one in a way that is entertaining, dynamic and emotionally engaging. Theater doesn't get any more live than this." 

It’s amazing, thrilling, terrifying – and Un-Scripted is ready to put on our grown-up pants and take the leap. But we need your help.

Every donation made to this campaign will help us all realize our goal of opening a permanent venue.  It will help to put San Francisco on the map alongside Chicago as a place where great things were born not only in the world of improvisation, but in the world of theater as well.

What We Need

Only 40 to 60 percent of a non-profit theater's budget comes from the box office.  Because of this, we need to establish some padding so that we have coverage for the first few months as we ramp up production of not only our 2013 season, but of new weekly, monthly and one shot shows as well as corporate and public training programs.

Then there's also the issue of infrastructure.  The San Francisco Playhouse has graciously offered to sell us the seats, lights, and the lighting grid currently in the space, but we're also going to need to raise money for that.

So we're breaking it down this way:

Rent/Utilities/Insurance buffer for 3 months: $8000

Move in expenses/security deposit: $4500

Which gives us a grand total of $12500.

That gives us three months, starting November 1, 2012, to get our feet under us and go from a theater company that produced 3 to 4 shows a year, to a full time operation that keeps production (ours & others) going year round.

Un-Scripted Theater Company is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so the portion of your donation that doesn't pay for a perk is tax deductible.

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  • $5USD
    The High Five

    Every donor in the High Five club will receive a personalized, virtual High Five on the Un-Scripted Facebook page.

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  • $15USD
    The Snail Mail

    Every donor in the Snail Mail club will get a hand written postcard from one of the members of the Un-Scripted Theater Company Ensemble. Post cards may or may not have exchange value that can be redeemed in cookies at an Un-Scripted show.

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  • $25USD
    The Night (not) Out

    This is pretty much what a normal person would spend on a ticket to one of our shows, a cookie, and a beverage. If you're willing to donate that without actually getting to see a show, you'll get an invite to a special backers only event on our birthday.

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  • $50USD
    Behind the Scenes

    All donors of $50 will get their names listed as a Friend of Un-Scripted on a special commemorative plaque (SCP) that will hang in the Un-Scripted Salon. You’ll also get a ticket to see History: The Musical, and early admission so you can see what happens before the show starts. You'll also get an invite to a special backers only event on our birthday.

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  • $75USD
    All about the .75 Benjamins

    All donors of $75 will get their names listed as a Donor on a special commemorative plaque (SCP) that will hang in the Un-Scripted Salon. You will also get a VIP seating ticket to History: the Musical, a complimentary cookie and non-alcoholic beverage, and a "I Heart SF" (the one with the Comedy-Ooo logo) tee-shirt when you come to the show. You'll also get an invite to a special backers only event on our birthday.

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  • $100USD
    The Roadster

    All donors of $100 will get their names listed as a Benefactor on a special commemorative plaque (SCP) that will hang in the Un-Scripted Salon. You will also get VIP seating tickets for yourself and a guest to History: the Musical, a complimentary cookie and non-alcoholic beverage for each of you. You'll also both get an invite to a special backers only event on our birthday.

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  • $250USD
    Eternal Youth

    $250 donors of will be listed as a Patron of the Un-Scripted Arts on a SCP that will hang in the Un-Scripted Salon. You will also get two VIP seating tickets to History: the Musical, two complimentary cookies and non-alcoholic beverages, and two Un-Scripted logo shirts of your choice when you come to the show. You'll also get an invite to a special backers only event on our birthday. And finally, for as long as you come to Un-Scripted shows, you'll get to see them at the Youth/Student price.

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  • $500USD
    Eternal Youth Gone Wild

    Donors of $500 get listed as a Producer on a SCP that will hang in the Un-Scripted Salon. You also get an Un-Subscription (4 tickets, good through the end of 2013), cookies, and a non-alcoholic drink with each ticket, a T-Shirt, plus an invitation to watch the rehearsal process for one of our shows in 2013. You'll also get an invite to a special backers only event on our birthday. And for as long as you come to Un-Scripted shows, you'll get to see them at the Youth/Student price.

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  • $1,000USD
    The Un-Scripted Experience

    You get everything from "Eternal Youth Gone Wild" (Executive Producer on the SCP) plus you'll get to experience what it's like to be a part of Un-Scripted. During one of our 2013 shows you get to be a part of the REAL action: show up early, sit backstage and man the whiteboard, clean the popcorn machine, and vacuum the theater, and hang out with us at the bar after the show. PLUS, the first $1000 donor gets "Un-Scripted Experiences" for future shows at HALF PRICE!

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