After seven years of amusing audiences in the Dallas area, comedian Laura Bartlett is ready to take her four-woman stand-up troupe, the "Four Funny Females," to the next level.
She plans to use her expected $2,500 tax refund to help her stage her biggest show ever: A night at the 1,800-seat Wagner Noel theater in Midland, Texas, 350 miles away.
As the show's producer, she's putting up all of the roughly $10,000 budget, which includes advertising, travel and other costs.
She hopes they can fill the theater, which is about 3 times the size of their usual performance spot. "I could (make a profit), but it's a risk," she said. "We're known in Dallas, but to take it on the road for the first time, it's a gamble."
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