Our Successful Kickstarter Campaign And News On The MMO Club

Party_ImageWell, we did it.  Our Kickstarter fundraising initiative is all done and dusted!

Time to rest now momentarily – as it has been a long 30 days working on this campaign.  But before we knock off to celebrate Easter, Victor and I raise a glass to everyone who worked so tirelessly on this fundraising effort, and give special thanks to all the incredibly generous people, from all around the world, who so kindly supported our efforts to raise over $38,000!

As promised, THE MMO CLUB access will go live as soon as we receive contact information from Kickstarter about each of our donors, so that we can set-up access for them to the private area on this website.  If you didn’t pledge on our Kickstarter campaign, you will still be able to gain access to the premium content in the MMO Club at the Bronze, Silver and Gold membership-level areas respectively from next month for a fee equivalent to the amounts that we specified in our Kickstarter campaign.  For those of you who pledged on Kickstarter, you will receive access this month.

But it doesn’t end there.  Straight after the holidays, I’ll be back to let our supporters in the USA know how they can donate to The Mapmaker’s Opera at the New York Musical Theatre Festival through the Festival’s own non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable fund – and receive a tax benefit too!  Why do I hear you ask?  Because, unfortunately, we still have more money to raise.

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But for now, from everyone on the MMO Team, have a safe and Happy Easter – and enjoy those eggs!

Take care,

Kevin

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The New York Musical Theatre Festival Production Poster

Our beautiful NYMF production poster was created by Carmelo Marquises, a graphic Artist from the Phillipines. We hope you like it.  If you do, please donate to our Kickstarter campaign by clicking on the ‘K’ icon on the right of this window.

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Xiol: Recently Discovered Mayan City in Kanasín

Xiol: Recently discovered Mayan city in KanasínKanasín is just a few kilometres eat of Merida where archaeologists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) have found a undiscovered Mayan site, estimated to inhabit at least four thousand people.

The discovery includes ruins of temples, shrines and facades with prehispanic decorations were found. The discovery was made when excavations for the construction of the new Merida to Chetumal highway, which will expand from two to four lanes.

The researcher and INAH archaeologist Carlos Peraza Lope said that this is a site that dates back to the Late Classic – Terminal Classic, around the years 800 and 900 AD ; but ceramics dating from earlier periods have been found as well, these artifacts range from the Preclassic to the Postclassic Period. Peraza Lope said that the recent discovery indicates that the area had a long occupation period, from 500 BC until the arrival of the Spanish conquerors. Continue Reading →

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World Theatre Day Today

Brett_Bailey_PlaywrightI was very fortunate to be on the Prague Quadrennial International Jury in 2011 that Brett chaired.  A finer ambassador to be the author-voice for 2014 World Theatre Day could not have been chosen.  Is this pertinent to The Mapmaker’s Opera?  Read on, and draw your own conclusion!

The Message from 2014 World Theatre Day Author Brett Bailey

‘Wherever there is human society, the irrepressible Spirit of Performance manifests.

Under trees in tiny villages, and on high tech stages in global metropolis; in school halls and in fields and in temples; in slums, in urban plazas, community centres and inner-city basements, people are drawn together to commune in the ephemeral theatrical worlds that we create to express our human complexity, our diversity, our vulnerability, in living flesh, and breath, and voice. Continue Reading →

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Mexican-American Civil Rights Activist César Chávez: New Film

This has nothing – and absolutely ‘everything’ – to do with our Musical, The Mapmaker’s Opera.  The points of similarity between the two projects; although they are set 50 years apart, is just so close to our own hearts not to share.

The film,  César Chávez: An American Hero, is co-produced by Academy award-nominated actor, John Malkovich and Mexican actor Gael García Bernal, among others. Michael Peña stars in the title role, Rosario Dawson stars as Dolores Huerta, who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association with Chávez, as well as America Ferrera, who stars as Chávez’s wife, Helen.

According to the United Farm Workers of America, César led the historic non-violent movement for farm worker rights and dedicated himself to building a movement of poor working people that extended beyond the fields and into cities and towns across the nation. He inspired farm workers and millions of people who never worked on a farm to commit themselves to social, economic and civil rights activism. César’s legacy, like the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., continues to educate, inspire and empower people from all walks of life. He is a role model for all Americans and for generations to come. Continue Reading →
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