Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern is creating $0 Tickets For All
153

patrons

$1,508
per month
THE BASICS:
Now entering its 14th season, Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern is Durham’s oldest original play company. We commission or devise new plays and rearrange the old ones. We honor what theatre is: live performance: a living and unpredictable moment-to-moment experience for both the artists and the audience. We’ve created a ton of new work in our existence. We want to make more, pay our artists, and ensure that it is accessible to everyone regardless of financial circumstances. This Fall, we want to join trailblazers like Azuka Theater Company in Philadelphia by offering $0 tickets. All tickets $0 for EVERYONE: The Zero Dollar Ticket.

The PATREON model uniquely grants us financial predictability, relieves donor fatigue, AND we directly exchange original art and tickets to shows for patronage, as if patrons were buying a CSA share of art. We're one of a few theatre companies in the world to do so

THE NITTY-GRITTY WISH-LIST:
(1) achieve a level of monthly, financial predictability; 
(2) continue to pay our artists, designers, & crew for mainstage shows;
(3) a "ZERO DOLLAR TICKET"- all tickets to LGP mainstage shows would be $0. Anyone could see a show regardless of their economic circumstances AND all artists, designers, and crew still get compensated for their work!

"THE ZERO DOLLAR TICKET"
Is not a free ticket.
Someone pays for the art because the work is valued and requires a large expenditure of time and energy. All artists are paid with the future goal of a living wage per hour of time consumed in rehearsal or design creation.
Is vital.
Audiences for serious, provocative art house theater is elite, typically white, affluent and over 40. We need to expand this base to include people of color as well as those who can't afford to pay full price for tickets. We want to attract young audiences who are not used to paying for entertainment while teaching them that artists should be paid and that all art require financial investment.
Is not a new concept.
Our models are publicly funded entities like NPR and the Smithsonian Museums which are available to all but endowed by donors with a vested interest in their survival.
As far as we know it is a unique idea for a theater company to offer zero dollar tickets to everyone and pay its artists a living wage. We'd like to serve as a national model for how to produce high quality work without excluding anyone.
Is achievable.
We'll be able to sustain this model if we generate funding through:
1) Patreon, our sponsorship-based donation platform
2) Individual and at the door donations
3) Endowments and grant support
4) Fundraiser performances
We feel with full commitment to these areas we can reach our yearly goal to support our productions and our artists. We'll remain a non-profit company and no one will profit beyond the limits of their work.

We hope you'll come along with us in making our 2018-2019 season shows accessible to all in the spirit of communitas!
Thank you!!
~

FAQ:

What if I don’t live in Durham?
$1+ level is perfect if you want to invest yet just hear the skinny on what's up with Little Green Pig OR the $6+ level called HONEY POT: gift those tickets or we'll donate them to someone who can't afford to see theater! 

Can I still buy tickets to your shows even if I don’t become a patron?
Yes! All of our big shows are open to everyone. It’s just that $5+ patrons are guaranteed seats at their performance of choice. If you’re one of those people who always waits till the last minute and then finds our shows are sold out, this is PERFECT for you.
 
As for the site-specific microplays or cabarets at the $100+ level, seats will be available for each one-time performance. Patrons are guaranteed a seat, and the rest of the seats will be available for a suggested donation.

Is my monthly pledge on Patreon.com tax-deductible?
Because we are exchanging creative rewards and tickets to shows for your pledge, it's not tax-deductible. That would be awesome but we are exchanging goods and services (IRS lingo) for your pledge!

You can get that tax-deduction by making donations! You can do that by going to littlegreenpig.com yet remember you can spread your investment out through the year in exchange for awesome rewards, tickets, and special events!

What does "living wage" mean?
At present, Durham Living Wage defines that wage as $13.35 per hour for independent contractors. That's the wage we're aiming to pay our artists. Though of course, for theatre, it's very difficult to quantify all off-site hours (writing, line-memorizing) as well as on-site hours; so we define the wage by the amount of time spent in rehearsal and performance. We can't be certified by DLW just because our business model is so different from the usual—e.g., every show employs different people for different amounts of time, and no one is on year-round payroll. Nevertheless, we're inspired and guided by the DLW ethos of paying a living wage to the people who make Durham what it is.

What if I just want to support you and don’t want anything in return?
First of all: Thank you. Second: when you sign up, instead of selecting a reward, you can check the box “I Just Want to Support.” Thank you!

What if I just want to make a one-time donation?
You absolutely can! You can make a one-time, tax-deductible donation anytime through our web site. Thank you!
Tiers
THE VOYEUR
$1 or more per month 19 patrons
Get in on the backstage dealings or special events! See the inner workings, get updates from the field, and invitations to unique happenings. Sign up at this level to get our patron-only posts and event invitations!
THE PEANUT GALLERY
$5 or more per month 58 patrons
You get the patron-only posts, invites to special events, plus ONE GUARANTEED TICKET to:

*the last show of our 2017-18 season: THE CHANGELING: Middleton and Rowley's tragic comedy in two parts. We've put our best people on this one.  Jaybird OBerski directs! Coming in May!

AND

*all three mainstage shows in our 2018-2019 season. Season announcement coming May 1!

THE CAT WALK
$10 or more per month 43 patrons
You get: all of the above PLUS a hot T-shirt AND a postcard direct from the rehearsal room designed by one of the company members!
THE BANGBANG
$12 or more per month 15 patrons
Forego the swag and opt for TWO guaranteed tickets to each Main Stage show!! Safety in numbers: make sure you and your buddy/spouse/partner/comrade get tickets to the shows and sit together! Awwwww.
THE COGNOSCENTI
$25 or more per month 14 patrons
You get all of the above, PLUS guaranteed seats at two cabarets during the season. They might be in our houses. They might be at secret back rooms. They might be outside. They may include: cold readings of high school diaries, ukulele covers of obscure songs, readings of Sappho in the original Greek…
THE ILLUMINATI
$50 or more per month 4 patrons
You get all of the above, two times a year, you get exclusive limited edition art created by one of LGP's multitalented artists. It might be a new print from archivist Alex Maness.  It might be a new song from Louis Landry. It might be ANYTHING AT ALL. All we ask is that you trust us to surprise, delight, and confound you.
REBEL ALLIANCE
$100 or more per month 1 patron
You get of the above, PLUS a special one-on-one performance at any on the special events! While patrons at this level are guaranteed seats, all other tickets are FREE on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Goals
$1,508 of $3,000 per month
This amount helps us add:
1) a lighting rig: lighting board, dimmer packs, lighting trees and instruments! This would guarantee us independence & good lighting design no matter where we perform!
AND
2) entire budget for TWO mainstage shows inclusive of all artists' fees!
2 of 4
THE BASICS:
Now entering its 14th season, Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern is Durham’s oldest original play company. We commission or devise new plays and rearrange the old ones. We honor what theatre is: live performance: a living and unpredictable moment-to-moment experience for both the artists and the audience. We’ve created a ton of new work in our existence. We want to make more, pay our artists, and ensure that it is accessible to everyone regardless of financial circumstances. This Fall, we want to join trailblazers like Azuka Theater Company in Philadelphia by offering $0 tickets. All tickets $0 for EVERYONE: The Zero Dollar Ticket.

The PATREON model uniquely grants us financial predictability, relieves donor fatigue, AND we directly exchange original art and tickets to shows for patronage, as if patrons were buying a CSA share of art. We're one of a few theatre companies in the world to do so

THE NITTY-GRITTY WISH-LIST:
(1) achieve a level of monthly, financial predictability; 
(2) continue to pay our artists, designers, & crew for mainstage shows;
(3) a "ZERO DOLLAR TICKET"- all tickets to LGP mainstage shows would be $0. Anyone could see a show regardless of their economic circumstances AND all artists, designers, and crew still get compensated for their work!

"THE ZERO DOLLAR TICKET"
Is not a free ticket.
Someone pays for the art because the work is valued and requires a large expenditure of time and energy. All artists are paid with the future goal of a living wage per hour of time consumed in rehearsal or design creation.
Is vital.
Audiences for serious, provocative art house theater is elite, typically white, affluent and over 40. We need to expand this base to include people of color as well as those who can't afford to pay full price for tickets. We want to attract young audiences who are not used to paying for entertainment while teaching them that artists should be paid and that all art require financial investment.
Is not a new concept.
Our models are publicly funded entities like NPR and the Smithsonian Museums which are available to all but endowed by donors with a vested interest in their survival.
As far as we know it is a unique idea for a theater company to offer zero dollar tickets to everyone and pay its artists a living wage. We'd like to serve as a national model for how to produce high quality work without excluding anyone.
Is achievable.
We'll be able to sustain this model if we generate funding through:
1) Patreon, our sponsorship-based donation platform
2) Individual and at the door donations
3) Endowments and grant support
4) Fundraiser performances
We feel with full commitment to these areas we can reach our yearly goal to support our productions and our artists. We'll remain a non-profit company and no one will profit beyond the limits of their work.

We hope you'll come along with us in making our 2018-2019 season shows accessible to all in the spirit of communitas!
Thank you!!
~

FAQ:

What if I don’t live in Durham?
$1+ level is perfect if you want to invest yet just hear the skinny on what's up with Little Green Pig OR the $6+ level called HONEY POT: gift those tickets or we'll donate them to someone who can't afford to see theater! 

Can I still buy tickets to your shows even if I don’t become a patron?
Yes! All of our big shows are open to everyone. It’s just that $5+ patrons are guaranteed seats at their performance of choice. If you’re one of those people who always waits till the last minute and then finds our shows are sold out, this is PERFECT for you.
 
As for the site-specific microplays or cabarets at the $100+ level, seats will be available for each one-time performance. Patrons are guaranteed a seat, and the rest of the seats will be available for a suggested donation.

Is my monthly pledge on Patreon.com tax-deductible?
Because we are exchanging creative rewards and tickets to shows for your pledge, it's not tax-deductible. That would be awesome but we are exchanging goods and services (IRS lingo) for your pledge!

You can get that tax-deduction by making donations! You can do that by going to littlegreenpig.com yet remember you can spread your investment out through the year in exchange for awesome rewards, tickets, and special events!

What does "living wage" mean?
At present, Durham Living Wage defines that wage as $13.35 per hour for independent contractors. That's the wage we're aiming to pay our artists. Though of course, for theatre, it's very difficult to quantify all off-site hours (writing, line-memorizing) as well as on-site hours; so we define the wage by the amount of time spent in rehearsal and performance. We can't be certified by DLW just because our business model is so different from the usual—e.g., every show employs different people for different amounts of time, and no one is on year-round payroll. Nevertheless, we're inspired and guided by the DLW ethos of paying a living wage to the people who make Durham what it is.

What if I just want to support you and don’t want anything in return?
First of all: Thank you. Second: when you sign up, instead of selecting a reward, you can check the box “I Just Want to Support.” Thank you!

What if I just want to make a one-time donation?
You absolutely can! You can make a one-time, tax-deductible donation anytime through our web site. Thank you!

Recent posts by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern

Tiers
THE VOYEUR
$1 or more per month 19 patrons
Get in on the backstage dealings or special events! See the inner workings, get updates from the field, and invitations to unique happenings. Sign up at this level to get our patron-only posts and event invitations!
THE PEANUT GALLERY
$5 or more per month 58 patrons
You get the patron-only posts, invites to special events, plus ONE GUARANTEED TICKET to:

*the last show of our 2017-18 season: THE CHANGELING: Middleton and Rowley's tragic comedy in two parts. We've put our best people on this one.  Jaybird OBerski directs! Coming in May!

AND

*all three mainstage shows in our 2018-2019 season. Season announcement coming May 1!

THE CAT WALK
$10 or more per month 43 patrons
You get: all of the above PLUS a hot T-shirt AND a postcard direct from the rehearsal room designed by one of the company members!
THE BANGBANG
$12 or more per month 15 patrons
Forego the swag and opt for TWO guaranteed tickets to each Main Stage show!! Safety in numbers: make sure you and your buddy/spouse/partner/comrade get tickets to the shows and sit together! Awwwww.
THE COGNOSCENTI
$25 or more per month 14 patrons
You get all of the above, PLUS guaranteed seats at two cabarets during the season. They might be in our houses. They might be at secret back rooms. They might be outside. They may include: cold readings of high school diaries, ukulele covers of obscure songs, readings of Sappho in the original Greek…
THE ILLUMINATI
$50 or more per month 4 patrons
You get all of the above, two times a year, you get exclusive limited edition art created by one of LGP's multitalented artists. It might be a new print from archivist Alex Maness.  It might be a new song from Louis Landry. It might be ANYTHING AT ALL. All we ask is that you trust us to surprise, delight, and confound you.
REBEL ALLIANCE
$100 or more per month 1 patron
You get of the above, PLUS a special one-on-one performance at any on the special events! While patrons at this level are guaranteed seats, all other tickets are FREE on a first-come, first-serve basis.