Right now, us folks at Mortar Theatre have a critically acclaimed show running. We couldn’t be happier with the reaction and we’re really proud of the show. But we’ve also got a bit of a head scratcher on our hands. Why aren’t more people coming to our show?
It’s a question a lot of storefront theatre companies struggle with in Chicago. Should we have put more into marketing? Should we pass out more postcards? Is supply just exceeding demand when it comes to theatre in Chicago? Does anyone go to shows when the weather’s nice? Why did we do a show in the middle of street festival season?!
Maybe it’s the state of theatre in Chicago. Maybe we’re a young company still building our audiences. Whatever it is, we felt like we should be honest and open up the conversation to you guys. What do you think? Does our show not interest you? Did you just not know about it? Is $20 too much for a ticket? Are you just busy watching How I Met Your Mother on Netflix Instant?
Please take this chance to share your opinions. In the form of a blog comment, a Facebook share, a Tweet…or how about you buy a ticket?
In order to fill our seats and pay our bills, we’re offering tickets to our final performances for only $10. Bombs, Babes and Bingo will only run through this Sunday, June 17th.
June 12-16: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30pm. Tuesday is a special off-night performance, with live music afterwards.
June 17: Sunday at 3pm.
If you are able to support us, please use the code BLACKOUT online or at the door to get $10 tickets for any of the performances above.
P.S. And if you were one of the wonderful people that did purchase full price tickets to our show earlier in the run and you’re a little ticked about this price drop, no biggie. Just shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll give you a credit on a ticket purchase to a future performance. Because that $20 you gave us will ensure that there are future shows and we couldn’t be more grateful.
P.P.S. If you’re one of the wonderful people that doesn’t live in Chicago, but believes in what we’re trying to do, we happily accept donations of any size. We’re a non-profit. So it’s tax deductible for you and a happy day for us. If you do read this and make a donation as a result, shoot us a note at email@example.com and we’ll credit that donation toward a future ticket purchase in case you do make it to Chicago.
What the critics are saying about Bombs, Babes and Bingo:
TIME OUT CHICAGO
“4 STAR! Critics Pick”
“It’s a clever storytelling device that’s more than just a gimmick. The random structure of Merri Biechler’s new play reflects the fragmented memory of her central character, a bomb builder recovering after being caught in an explosion.”
“The added element of chance gives the production the energy of an improv show, and the initial surprise of the bingo number propels each scene.”
“Impressively infused with energy, the cast does a fantastic job of adapting to the mood of the scene required seconds after it’s announced.”
“[Director Rachel Edwards] Harvith pumps it full of spontaneity and delightful, controlled chaos.”
“Mortar Theatre’s wild, winning production at Luna Central is a fittingly explosive affair.”
CHI THEATRE ADDICT/HUFFINGTON POST:
“I’ve never seen anything quite like Bombs, Babes and Bingo, and the boundary-pushing Mortar continues to demonstrate why they are a force to be reckoned with in the Chicago theatre scene.”
“My friend thanked me for the gift of accompanying me to see Bombs, Babes and Bingo. Indeed, BBB is a gift. More please, and can we get an extended run?”