Last June, an independent theater company in New York City called Haberdasher Theatre put on a production of The Wizard of Oz. The result was a charming, sweet show that kept to the original spirit of the classic tale while sneaking in a few moments of adult humor and inspired silliness. I wrote a review of the show here and praised the company for capturing the magic of Oz.
A year later, Haberdasher Theatre wants to revive The Wizard of Oz with a larger set, bigger costumes, and a 4D tornado experience involving the audience – and they need your help.
Haberdasher Theatre is now running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for their latest production. The link is located here: “The Wonderful Remix of Oz!” They need $1499 to remount Oz, and so far they have raised $660. There are 20 fundraising days left and they are close to halfway towards their goal.
That’s $839 they still need to raise. If 100 people donated $9 each, the show would be completely funded with some spare change left over.
In the interest of full disclosure, I will share that I have friends who work with Haberdasher Theatre, but I am promoting their fundraiser of my own volition. I believe in this company and I believe that supporting small, public theater companies is important.
I also believe that revision is not only a key part of the writing and performance process, but an art form in of itself. I respect the ability to look at a production and think, “That was great, but how can we make it even better?” Striving for improvement is something everyone should do in both art and life.
I will review the show once it goes up and compare this version to their first production. Please donate to this fundraiser – or, if you are not able to do so, please share their fundraiser with everyone you know who cares about supporting public and independent theater. By supporting this production, you are contributing to the thriving world of independent theater in New York City.