What are we doing to keep kids out of cages?
Time and again, studies have shown that humans are the most cruel to those we see as “other.” When we don’t see ourselves in someone else, we believe they don’t feel the same things we do, and that their children don’t suffer as our own do. We dehumanize others, and that makes it easier to treat them badly. It’s happened before, it’s happened elsewhere, and today it is happening here. And it's happening now.
Storytelling is one of our best solutions to fight the underlying cause: dehumanization and othering. Storytelling shows us that no matter their circumstances, ALL humans live, want, love, fight, and win in much the same ways.
And that’s what AlterTheater does. We tell universal stories, but we tell them through lenses you may not often see.
We're asking your help to tell a deeply American story, a story of immigration. It's also a universal story, a story about family secrets. And it’s a comedy. Because we've cried enough. Now, it's time for action, for building community, for laughing together.
Diana Burbano's new play will join the latest wave of American stories that show humanity in its many facets. Ghosts of Bogotá is an award-winning dark comedy centering on a Colombian-American family by Californian playwright Diana Burbano. We plan to leverage your support for a greater reach in advertising, higher production values, and better pay for our dedicated crew.
Ghosts of Bogotá directly addresses this societal rot of dehumanization by depicting real, dynamic, funny and tragic human beings that audiences can connect with across cultural and international divides. Diana’s deft storytelling has a surrealist edge that subverts generational trauma into healing. This is a worthwhile and timely story to tell and you can help tell it!
Where Will My Funds Go?
The goal is to specifically raise funds for Ghosts of Bogotá, increasing the reach of the play by scaling up our advertising, and providing better stipends and budgets for the design team.
$25 pays for the script printing costs for the workshop
$50 pays for our Zombie Jesus prop
$100 pays for one day of rent in a storefront in Downtown San Rafael
$300 pays for our costumes
$500 covers the cost of one union actor for one week
$1000 covers the cost of our Golden Gate Transit advertising campaign
$3000 covers designer fees and materials, and fight direction
$10,000 (stretch goal!) fully matches our National Endowment for the Arts grant, paying for all of the actors in the production, and helps us spread the word to ensure the continued life of the play beyond the Bay Area
$16,200 (super stretch goal!) fully matches our California Arts Council grant, paying for all the artists, our full marketing campaign, and sends our playwright to the national theater conference
It takes all of us, doing our part, in every way we can, to fight dehumanization, its causes and its effects. We hope you'll join us at all stages of this fight. Thank you!