Money, More Money, and asking for it

So, I haven't blogged in a LONG TIME. I've tried... I have several half-written entries, and even more in my head. I want to, and somehow, it's hard to find the time, make it happen, get it right. But today, today it's easy! Why? Because I already wrote this e-mail last night to our entire e-mail list, and now I'm gonna be lazy and just post it again for the world.  Voila!

Okay, yeah, so probably everyone who even looks at this blog is already on the e-mail list. But if you're not, and you want to be, that's easy too! (Man, once you start soliciting, it's hard to stop.)

Without further ado, and e-mail to the friends, family, and curious onlookers of Mad King Thomas:

 

So, it's November 16, and you decide to check your e-mail. Like any other day, you open your inbox, expecting to find a notification from the bank, a couple of groupon deals, three of your newest matches on okcupid, and maybe even an e-mail from a friend or your mom berating you for never calling. BUT SUDDENLY YOU ARE STRUCK BY AN ONSLAUGHT. GIVE GIVE GIVE. MILLIONS OF E-MAILS SAYING GIVE TO THE MAX!

 
You are hit by a force so powerful, you nearly get knocked off your chair. 
 
If you're like me, you are filled with a rage, the rage of someone whose entire inbox is GIVE TO THE MAX. The rage of someone who just wants an e-mail saying "I love you." The rage of someone who has just been knocked off their chair. The rage of someone who is about the spend their next two months of groceries on giving to the MAX. 
 
And if you're like me, you take that rage, and you go to www.givemn.org, and you give your rageful dollars to all your favorite arts organizations, theaters, performance-makers etc. And at the end, you don't feel rageful anymore. But you don't check your e-mail again for the rest of the day. 
 
So, first of all, I want to say, "I love you." 
 
Then I want to say: YES! It's true, Mad King Thomas has finally hopped on the bandwagon! We've gotten FISCAL FUCKING AGENCY through Springboard for the Arts, and we're joining the masses who are participating in Nov. 16 GIVE TO THE MAX day! (What is Give to the Max Day, you ask? Oh, how the people at www.givemn.org would love to tell you!) Mostly, it means you can make tax deductible donations to Mad King Thomas now!
 
All you people out there who have been clutching hundred dollar bills, just waiting to throw them at us, your day is finally here! 
We would be so fabulously, graciously honored to accept your money, though part of us wonders why you didn't throw it at us before, while we were on stage, in the form of one hundred $1 bills.
 
Honestly, we would be delighted and honored with any amount you'd choose to give us. We have a whole range on our giving page, and it tells you exactly how your donation could support us. We're fundraising to become more financially stable as an art-making trio, but with the specific goal in mind of touring out West next Spring. (Which you hear about in subsequent e-mails! But friends in Seattle, San Francisco, Albuquerque, and Portland, now might be a particularly wise and self-serving time to give. I mean, if you want to see our faces on your stages. We have no exact plans, but we have hopes and dreams and stews in the making!)      
 
Not to ignore or deny the Minneapolitans! You can give too! After all, it's giveMN, and Minnesota is our chosen home and base of operations. We're gonna keep making our crazy dances here throughout the crazy winters and the crazier summers and our craziest heads. In fact, our next dance is in the Walker Choreographer's Evening! (Which you will hear about in subsequent e-mails! Friends in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the scary suburbs, it is ALWAYS a wise time to give.)
 
The moral of the story is pretty much this: we love you, and we love making art. We love it when you love it too!
Please consider making things more awesome (in many ways) but specifically today supporting us with that weird green paper, on the MAXIMUM day! We truly truly truly appreciate it. 
 
Love and is this annoying yet?
Theresa, 
on behalf of Mad King Can-you-believe-we-got-fiscal-sponsorship-just-by-the-seat-of-our-pants-in-time-for-Give-to-the-Max-Day!?!? Thomas