I’ve been gearing up to start a crowd-funding campaign for a while for YTG, but my plan was to fund some rehearsal set pieces that we desperately need, or even one of our upcoming shows! Instead, I’m raising money to save a shed! What happened?!
Well, a couple of weeks ago, some idiot rammed a vehicle into the Yokohama Theatre Group’s storage shed and damaged one of the outer walls (see photo). The YCAC, on whose property our shed is located, removed that outer wall for safety reasons before contacting me.
Sadly, with the wall removed, it’s impossible to verify how the damage occurred or to evaluate whether the whole side needed to come off. In any case, what’s done is done. The YCAC is not interested in investigating further, and since we are essentially guests on their properly, I must defer to their judgement on the matter. That’s left YTG (read: me) holding the bag, financially. If you’ve been following me, you might have an inkling that I’ve been covering a lot of YTG expenses out of pocket for a while now, and even if I wanted to, I just don’t have deep enough pockets for this.
So, I’m reaching out to readers of this blog, particularly those who know me personally or through my Theatre work (those here because of the Wall of Shame may be slightly less interested) to go to the Indiegogo site, watch the amusing video I recorded yesterday (by myself, in the 37 degree heat with the cicadas chirping like mad in the background), see if you can pinpoint the moment when two pigeons start going at it, and, most importantly, give some money to help fund the shed repair.
Any amount over $10 will get you a perk, which is great, but the real point is to get this shed repaired so YTG doesn’t lose all the stuff we store inside it.
If you’re poor as a church mouse, that’s okay, just pass along this blog entry, or just this link: http://igg.me/p/198024?a=488241 <—that’s the link to the campaign. Please go there now and watch the video, which represents the “sweat” part of this campaign. The “blood” and “tears” are coming soon, no doubt…