As part of the Arts and Education Council’s mission to support and accelerate the arts, we have created startup-StL, a crowdfunding platform that connects donors with projects in their community. One such project currently being funded by this platform is Phaedra Phestival. The Phestival exists as an experimental and collaborative theatrical investigation and fundraiser for the 2016-17 production seasons of Equally Represented Arts (ERA), Poor Monsters, Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble (SATE) and YoungLiars.

The inspiration for this experiment came from Phaedra, the wife of Theseus and Queen of Athens. As the story goes, Phaedra fell in love with her stepson, falsely accused him of rape and then hanged herself. The four companies decided to celebrate this lovesick icon of Greek mythology and present their interpretation of her theatrical legacy.

The three-day festival begins with Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble’s production of Phaedra’s Big, Phat Greek Wedding. Attend the holy matrimony of Phaedra and Theseus firsthand and see the beginning of the legend of Phaedra. Attire is phormal.

Up next is YoungLiars’ 50 Shades of Phaedra. Join the Greek Con keynote panel, comprised of authoress Euripides L. James (“50 Shades of Phaedra”), YouTube sensation Dick Pearl and a surprise celebrity guest, for an evening of readings, autographs and Q&A about the infamous Phaedra. Dress is casual, but guests are also encouraged to dress as their favorite Greek character for the costume contest.

Closing out the Phestival, Equally Responsible Art and Poor Monsters come together to inform the audience of Phaedra’s tragic death. In celebration of Phaedra’s life, guests are encouraged to immerse themselves in the ceremony and bring their thoughts, prayers and best wishes.

This Phestival is truly an immersive experience that history and theatre buffs alike will not want to miss. The Phestival runs Friday August 12-Sunday August 14 with one performance per day.

Want to show your support for the Phestival? Simply visit http://bit.ly/2anfzzt to make your donation. The following is a list of offerings based on donation amount:

$10 – PHAEDRA PHAN: Admission to your choice of ONE of the three Phestival Events

$18 – PHAEDRA PHAMILY: Admission to your choice of TWO of the three Phestival Events

$25 – PHULL PHRONTAL PHAEDRA: Admission to ALL THREE of the Phestival Events

$50 – PHAEDRA’S PHAERIE GODMOTHER: A Phaedra Phestival poster signed by Phestival artists, PLUS all the perks of lower giving levels

$100 – PHAEDRA PHOLLOWER: An MP3 version of the Phaedra soundtrack. PLUS all the perks of lower giving levels

$250 – PHADRA-PHILES: A PDF digital copy of the Phaedra Pholio, the book used in all three of the phestival events, PLUS all the perks of lower giving levels

$500 – PHAEDRA PHACSIMILE: A physical copy of the Phaedra Pholio, the book used in all three phestival events, PLUS all the perks of lower giving levels

$1,000 – PHAEDRA’S PHOLIO: The Phaedra Pholio: The prop used in all three phestival events – used by SATE’s Officiant, read from by Phaedra at her YoungLiars release party, and eulogies from Phaedra’s Phuneral, PLUS all the perks of lower giving levels