Puffs, the off-Broadway play all about Hufflepuffs, is finally going to be available to watch outside of New York City!
When our initial review of Puffs two years ago went live, one of the first comments posted was “How long until we can pay to watch this online?” We finally have an answer, because Puffs just launched a Kickstarter to film the show in February. Two live performances will be filmed, and the show made available later in 2018 (the details of release are still being worked out).
Puffs will be working with Kathryn Jones of VisualArtistsTV, who’s a pioneer in the field of live-streaming. Professionally filming shows is an exceedingly pricey endeavor (hence why most of our favorite stage productions are never filmed despite outpourings of fan demand for it). To that end, the producers of Puffs created a Kickstarter to raise $50,000. In their own words:
“We will capture Puffs using a multi-cam set up which will require cameras, tripods, sound recording equipment, monitors, headsets…not to mention all of our post-production needs: editing, sound mixing, and color correction. All of this requires equipment, facilities rental, and a team of professionals we trust. We are Kickstarting $50,000 to help fund our production costs.”
The rewards they’re offering start out with $10 for a “thank you” and $25 for a digital download of the filmed show. Fans who have a bit more cash can splurge on Puffs merch, signed posters, and a chance to hang out with the Puffs in New York City.
We genuinely believe that Puffs is one of the greatest additions to the Potter fandom of the post-Deathly Hallows period. It’s a wonderful show that deserves to be seen by HP fans all over the world. As someone who’s seen the show ten times, this writer can say with confidence that there is a wealth of material in Puffs that makes it worth revisiting again and again, just like the original HP stories. (And yes, this writer put his money where his mouth is, and backed the Kickstarter right away!)
In the few hours since launching, they’ve already raised $7,000 of their goal. But they still have a ways to go in “create the Puffiest version of Puffs possible.” We hope the Potter fandom will rise to the occasion!