Kickstarter Aims to Fund Hip Pocket Archive
The same quality that makes live theater so unique and exciting also makes it very fragile and ephemeral: Once the performance is over, the art created by the performers is also gone, lost to the past. But we can save all the fascinating nuts and bolts of a stage production (scripts, scores, recordings) and store them online until the sun burns itself out. Creating a web archive for three decades’ worth of artistic collaborations between composer-musician Doug Balentine and Hip Pocket Theatre co-founder Johnny Simons (pictured together, left) is the aim of a worthy new Kickstarter campaign. Simons and the family of Balentine, who died in 2008, hope to raise some $27,500 to transfer analog recordings of individual songs and whole scores from Balentine-Simons shows at Hip Pocket to digital files and make them available to the public. Deadline to contribute is December 6.