FAIR GAME (Sit & Spin Productions)
To the Fair...and Beyond!
Thanks to the extremely generous support of our donors so far, we are elated to have met our original goal of $3,000! But we are not stopping here--the Chicago World’s Fair was full of such spectacle that we have many more ideas we hope to incorporate into this show. Any additional funding towards our new stretch goal of $4,000 will go to support our live, 10 person orchestra that will be playing an original score composed just for FAIR GAME.
What is FAIR GAME?
FAIR GAME: A Chicago Spectacle is a new, student-written play that will be created and performed this fall. The show is presented by Sit & Spin, a not-for-profit student theatre group committed to expanding the definition of theatre by giving artists opportunities to explore unconventional, risk-taking and site-specific works. FAIR GAME will take place in Cahn Auditorium this fall (Nov 30-Dec 2). Audience members will be completely surrounded by the show; they have freedom to roam the entire building and follow whichever actors or scenes catch their interest.
As the 1890s commence and the new century beckons, Chicago is a city reborn into grand opulence, danger, and, above all, spectacle. Throughout the town, people of all ages and from all walks of life have one thing on their minds: The World’s Columbian Exposition. Yet, someone is hiding something. The audience has the agency to investigate just what that might be while individually navigating their way through this magnificent and terrifying age.
We have set high goals for the production—to completely immerse the audience in the 1890s—and need your support to accomplish this. Your tax-deductible donation directly impacts our designers by allowing them to use professional quality equipment and materials. This gives all production team members applicable experience in their fields as well as a more magnificent final product.
The non-traditional form of FAIR GAME: A Chicago Spectacle presents unique opportunities for the complete immersion of the audience into a different time period. This also poses unique challenges for our artistic and business teams. Transforming every nook and cranny of a large building (rather than just building one set for a stage) is quite a financial and logistical undertaking for our design team. Doing this in an educational, student-run setting is extremely rewarding as students get the chance to hone their crafts through peer-mentorship or delve into new areas of theatre because of the fantastical nature of our show. Additionally, this ensemble-based show has a cast of seventeen who each require a period costume and props. Each of these design elements need to be as full of splendor as the Chicago World’s Fair. We are also learning how to make a nontraditional play like FAIR GAME thrive from a business perspective: our business team is creating a marketing plan and implementing outreach tactics to include audience members and collaborators from all around Chicago.