Wednesday, November 20th 2013, Marketplace 76 by Jan Lauwers & Needcompany at the Théâtre Molière de Sète.
During my first year of theater studies in Montpellier, I was told by a teacher to go see the show Marketplace 76. A few of my fellow students and I went there together, very excited to discover something new. My seat was in the back on the left, I sat and waited for the show to begin. The show was about a gas explosion happening in a village. They talked about how the survivors deal with each other despite grief, incest, pedophilia, suicide, and kidnapping.
While watching this show I couldn’t think of anything else, no time to check my watch, no time to remember when the last tram runs. I was fully absorbed by the singing, the dancing, the acting, and the scene coming to life in front of me. They were talking French and English, there was snow falling from the ceilling, dance metaphors that said things that would have been too hard to watch. I laughed, I cried, I squeezed my fists, I cried again, and at the end I was left empty.
I knew that theatre was what I needed in my life, but at the time, I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted. This show made me understand which “kind” of theatre I wanted to do. So a few years later, I decided to pack my things and move to Germany. My goal was to get to act in different languages and to go on stage to make the audience feel the same way that I was feeling on that night of the 20th of November 2013.
As a non-profit organization, English Theatre Leipzig is only focused on creating a product that our audiences can enjoy seeing, and that we can enjoy making. For the members of ETL and everyone that assists in the productions it truly is a labor of love. The company has no salaried employees. However, that does not mean there are no expenses in putting on our shows. Material costs for sets and costumes, printing costs for programs and promotional materials are just a few of the things that ETL must pay for.
Up to now, ETL has always sought, with success, to cover its operating costs through membership dues and the ticket sales from our productions. A number of issues are working against our continued financial stability, but two stick out above the rest. First, as we become more ambitious in the shows that we are putting on, the associated production costs also rise. Bigger set, more technical equipment, larger cast, etc. mean more costs. And second, practically all of the production costs are paid out before one single member of the public can buy a ticket and sit before the stage to see our work. Naturally we plow any profits from one production into the next one (with the possible exception of a small ETL contribution to the members’ parties, which are legendary). But we are always trying to catch up with expenses after the fact.
Therefore, in an attempt to address this problem, we have created a crowdfunding call that is destined to cover the costs of the props and scenery for Proof. To go along with the incredibly good feeling you get from contributing to our production, we have kicked in a few selected gifts based on your level of generosity. So, please go check it out at:
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