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    Vital: A Festival of Storytellers and Playwrights

    Presented by at Charlestown Working Theater

    June 14 - June 30, 2013


    Vital: A Festival of Storytellers and Playwrights


    What makes a story worth telling? Why do some stories stay with us through the ages, and some stay inside us waiting for an interested ear? This June, Whistler in the Dark embarks on a journey to free the storyteller in us all.


    “We started this season believing that we were interested in creating a single evening of theatre based on the writings of Joseph Cambell,” says Artistic Director Meg Taintor. “As we moved through the creation process, however, we became more excited about celebrating and exploring the story-tellers in our midst, and less excited about the trajectory of this one evening of theatre.”

    As a result, the company has shelved the original project that launched the exploration and given its name to a nine-day festival of new plays and storytelling co-hosted by Whistler and the Charlestown Working Theater.


    Charlestown Working Theater

    442 Bunker Hill Street
    Charlestown, MA 02129

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    Introducing Pay What you Want

    At Whistler, we strive to create an ensemble of artists and audience members who are interested in tackling challenging works together. And we never want our audience to be locked out of that process because of price.

    Pay What You Want is exactly what it sounds like. You choose how much you pay for your tickets.

    In the past two years as we've begun to develop our Membership levels, we've discovered that our subscriber base wants to be just that – sub-scribers, under-writers to the work we do. And because we have these remarkable audience members who are able to give a little more to support our work, we are able to take the gamble that comes with inviting our audience to name the price of their tickets.

    We all need art and access to it. And it is our hopes that those who can under-write our work will, and that those who can't will still find a home in our audience because of the generosity of others.

    Pay What You Want is available for every ticket, for every show, for everyone – and does not affect the quality or priority of your seating.

    Please note that due to high ticket fees associated with producing at the Calderwood Pavillion at the Boston Center for the Arts, we have had to set a minimum price of $15 - we will be launching our full Pay What You Want program for Our Country's Good and The Recruiting Officer.

    For online ticketing, we've had to make some decisions for you – and because there is a fee associated with online sales, we need to have a minimum price. But we've set up a variety of pricing levels – just chose the one that best suits you.

    If you are a regular theatre-goer in Boston, you are used to paying between $15-25 for all fringe shows, and between $45-90 for performances at our larger theatres. Our production costs hover somewhere in the middle – we pay all artists for their work with our productions, and while we make a virtue of simplicity, our productions frequently have intricate physical production values.

    So, how much should you pay?

    We designed our season so that if every audience member paid $35, they'd be covering the cost of their seat and throwing in a little extra to help support the Pay What You Want program for everyone. At $25, they'd cover the costs of presenting the work we do. $15 has traditionally been our Artist/Student price.

    But again, the point of this is to strip away the barriers to the work we do. So if you find yourself with a buck seventy-five in your pocket, then that's your price tonight.

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