The Williams Project

    Creating engaging, provocative theatre for a diverse audience while paying artists a living wage

    Fractured Atlas cannot currently accept donations for The Williams Project because their fiscal sponsorship is inactive or expired. Please contact The Williams Project with any questions.

    James Baldwin's "Blues for Mister Charlie"

    Help The Williams Project bring "Blues for Mister Charlie" to Seattle!

     Seattle, WA, United States
    This is a Fiscally-Sponsored Project

    Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas

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    The Williams Project is $4,500 away from fully funding our September 2017 production of James Baldwin's rarely produced American classic, Blues for Mister Charlie!

    Written in 1964, Baldwin's masterpiece tells the story of a segregated southern town rocked by grief and fear in the aftermath of the murder of a young, unarmed African-American man at the hands of a white store owner. The play examines race and violence in the United States with honesty, music, dark humor, and compassion. The Williams Project is partnering with a church and a school here in Seattle, Emerald City Bible Fellowship and Franklin High School, to bring this professional production into direct conversation with our community.

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    (Left to right: Jude Sandy and Max Rosenak in rehearsal for Blues for Mister Charlie during the 2016 workshop)

    We've already raised more than $70,000 toward this production, and we have just $4,500 still to go. Your gift will support vital expenses like posters to get the word out, design materials like costume pieces and props, script printing, and groceries and housing for our cast during our two-week rehearsal residency. We're committed to keeping this production Pay-What-You-Can while also paying our artists a living wage, which means we need your help to cross the finish line!

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    (Left to right: Lateefah Holder, Charlie Thurston, Ryan Williams French, and Rebecca Gibel in rehearsal, 2016)

    The Williams Project is a Seattle-based collective that strives to make theatrical excellence accessible to diverse and engaged audiences, while paying artists a living wage. Founded in 2014, The Williams Project has created and co-produced Tennessee Williams’s Orpheus Descending (Intiman Theatre, 2015) and The Glass Menagerie (Café Nordo, 2016) and developed workshop productions of Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Suzan-Lori Parks’s In the Blood, and James Baldwin’s Blues for Mister Charlie. Orpheus Descending was included on The Seattle Times’s list of the top ten theatre productions of 2015 and named the best play of the year by BroadwayWorld Seattle.

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    (Left to right: Nancy Moricette, Jude Sandy, Lorenzo Roberts, and Lateefah Holder in rehearsal, 2016)

    Thank you for your generous support!

    The Williams Project is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization! Contributions for the charitable purposes of The Williams Project must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
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    This project is generously supported by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.


    Lil' Buddy

    Donate $15.00 or more

    Amount is fully tax-deductible.

    Huge thanks! Every little bit helps, and we're grateful for your support. 


    Donate $25.00 or more

    Amount is fully tax-deductible.

    Social media shoutout! We'll give you bragging rights on the ol' FB. 


    Donate $35.00 or more

    Amount over $5.00 is tax-deductible.

    Grab bag! We'll surprise you with a fun prop or costume piece from the company's history in the mail.


    Donate $50.00 or more

    Amount is fully tax-deductible.

    Major gratitude! We'll recognize your gift in the performance program.


    Donate $75.00 or more

    Amount is fully tax-deductible.

    Sneak peek! We'll send you a behind-the-scenes video with a short clip of rehearsal and a rousing thank you from our artists.


    Donate $150.00 or more

    Amount over $5.00 is tax-deductible.

    Wall art! We'll send you an 11”x17” season poster, signed by the cast and creative team. 


    Donate $300.00 or more

    Amount over $15.00 is tax-deductible.

    VIP for a day! We'll give you two tickets to Opening Night of Blues for Mister Charlie and invite you to a pre-show toast and the cast and creative team’s post-show celebration.


    Donate $600.00 or more

    Amount is fully tax-deductible.

    There's no such thing as too much James Baldwin! A Williams Project cast member will send you a personalized thank you video, in which he or she will perform a passage from Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time.

    The Tennessee Circle

    Donate $1,500.00 or more

    Amount over $10.00 is tax-deductible.

    Take the music home with you! We'll send you a digital cast recording of the songs featured in Blues for Mister Charlie, performed by our talented actors and musicians.