Triple Espresso Goes to The Big Apple

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Long-Running Comedy Hit Seeks $300,000 in Crowd Funding to Take the Show Off-Broadway in the Fall of 2013.

Triple Espresso--a highly caffeinated comedy, called "a triple jolt of inspired craziness!" by the LA Times, launches Kickstarter campaign to fund Off-Broadway production.

Triple Espresso—a highly caffeinated comedy, the long running comedy stage play that originated in Minneapolis and has become a favorite from San Diego to Des Moines to Dublin and beyond, has just announced the launch of a Kickstarter campaign, seeking to join the ranks of current crowd funding successes, with the goal of taking the show to New York in the Fall of 2013.

Written by local playwrights Bill Arnold, Michael Pearce Donley and Bob Stromberg and directed by William Partlan, Triple Espresso tells the story of a comedy trio trying for their big break, only to have their hopes continuously crushed in one fantastically funny failure after another. Singer/pianist Hugh Butternut, magician Buzz Maxwell and comic Bobby Bean candidly and energetically reveal the details of their mishaps that lead to the most embarrassing event ever broadcast on live television. Since 1995, Triple Espresso has performed in over 50 cities in six countries, has been translated into three foreign languages and has played to nearly two million people.

“Although we’ve been blessed to have performed in all those places,” says Dennis Babcock, Executive Producer, “we’ve never been able to take the show to New York. The cost and risk to take our little show Off-Broadway has just been too great. However, a new production opportunity has become available that will reduce the risk and provide a venue that does not require a long-term commitment of full-week rentals, making this exactly the right time to go to New York. We just need the funding and that’s where Kickstarter comes in.”

Kickstarter is the world's largest funding platform for creative projects and has been the source of funding for more than 35,000 such ventures. Kickstarter funding is all or nothing. If the funding goal is not reached, those who have pledged, called “backers,” are not charged and no money changes hands.

Triple Espresso’s Big Apple campaign will be live on Kickstarter through Friday March 15. Link to it at Backing levels start at just $10. Backers at each level receive “rewards” including items not available to the general public, and at the highest level, tickets to a performance and dinner for 8 at Sardi’s (or another fashionable restaurant, if the backer chooses to attend a performance outside of NYC).

Plans are underway to tweak the script a bit for the New York opening and design and build sets that are easily portable and work well in the Off-Broadway venue. The playwrights, who also comprise the original cast, are slated to perform in the New York production.

Triple Espresso has been termed “a grand entertainment for all ages” (San Diego Union Tribune) that “crackles with infectious fun.” (Los Angeles Times). A successful New York production will help ensure that Triple Espresso stays around to bring that fun to the world for many years to come.

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