On the surface - Chula's reality show: "Yakety-Yak & a Bottle of Jack" Underneath - "All we have is each other."
First off, thank you in advance for reading this! After years of doing dramatic, emotional roles, I began creating comedic characters for my own amusement. One of them took on a life of its own; a character based on my mother, Chula (a mix of domineering intensity and doe-like vulnerability). In "The Love Junkies of Hell's Kitchen" I play Chula and explore issues that match my current views of what really matters. In recent years, I've realized that certain things I thought were important ... aren't. Not really. They were merely things I was hiding behind so I wouldn't have to feel my own vulnerability as a human being. THAT'S what's at the heart of my story. I've created two vulnerable characters and put them in lives where all they have is each other. I've also given them painful pasts and secrets that hold them back. Not that I've ever had any secrets hold me back, no siree, not me ... shhhh ....
FUNDING HELPS COVER:
"The Love Junkies of Hell's Kitchen" will be part of Theater for the New City's 2012 "Dream Up" Festival in NYC and will get 5 performances (dates & site below). I'm keeping costs low by doing everything myself ... almost (I have been blessed with A LOT of help). I wrote the piece, am directing it, producing it, acting in it, I cast it (with help from my AWESOME co-producers). I'm also doing the lighting (with my stage manager), set design, props, costumes, promotion, etc. Yes, men in little white coats may come take me away soon, but in the meantime I need to pay Theater for the New City for use of their space, my actor (the wonderful Gary Hilborn: www.garyhilborn.com), my stage manager (the fantastic Cristina Ramos), T. Schreiber Studios for their great rehearsal space (60 hours of rehearsal adds up, even at the best of rates). Additional budget items: audition space rental, music use, props, costumes, advertising, programs, set-pieces, delivery of set pieces, & misc. Thank you!!!
PERFORMANCE DATES & WEBSITE:
TICKETS NOW ON SALE:
Aug. 23, 26, 28, 31 & Sept. 2 : www.dreamupfestival.org
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
George Pogatsia, Tom Gottlieb, Fabio Arroyave, Katharine Burns, Hayley Simmons, Gary Hilborn, John Avildsen, Melissa Avildsen, Guillermo Diaz, Rod Savant, Christopher Temple, Joel Aragona, Karen Evanoski, Bill Timms, Florencia Lozano, Cristina Ramos, Lou Gonell, Summer Crockette-Moore, Michael Scott-Price, Lori Mannette, Angie Knudson, Sally Dunn, Joyce Gold & Jean Goldberg!
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Every bit helps! Your name will appear on "The Love Junkies of Hell's Kitchen" Facebook page!Estimated delivery:
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Mp3 download of 2 awesome, original Love Junkies songs + thank you on the show’s Facebook page!Estimated delivery:
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Thank you on show's Facebook page + download of 2 awesome Love Junkies songs + 4X6 hard copy of a behind-the-scenes photo!Estimated delivery:
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All the above + your name in the program (if pledged by Aug. 13th) + copy of signed program + free (non-alcoholic) drink at The House of Brews (46th St.) in NYC! The House of Brews is featured in the play and one of Mickey & Chula's favorite hang-outs! Come sit in their seats! Pledges after Aug. 13th will receive a signed Love Junkies postcard in lieu of name in program.Estimated delivery:
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All the above + personalized thank you video for your Facebook page (or whatever you want to use it for!) + free, yummy appetizer of your choice at The House of Brews (46th St.) if in NYC - if you live out of town we will send you a signed 8X10 behind-the-scenes photo instead!Estimated delivery:
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All the above + "The Love Junkies of Hell's Kitchen" T-shirt!Estimated delivery:
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All the above + signed copy of the script + 1 free (non-alcoholic) drink & yummy appetizer platter (serves 3) at The House of Brews (46th St.) in NYC!Estimated delivery:
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All the above + 2 tickets to the show + 2 free (non-alcoholic) drinks, free appetizer platter (serves 3), & a dessert for the table at The House of Brews (46th St.) in NYC! If you live out of town a signed copy of the poster & an extra Love Junkies T-shirt replaces the tickets & The House of Brews rewards.Estimated delivery:
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All the above + a night out at The House of Brews with the cast and production team! Includes 2 free dinner entrees and non-alcoholic drinks for you and a guest. OR, if nightlife's not your cup of tea, you will get all the above + Karina will join you for a NYC Tour of Hell's Kitchen's Irish mystique (other tour choices available - Halloween Greenwich Village, Ground Zero, Governor's Island & more). If from out of town you will get all the above + a Q & A Skype session with Karina instead.Estimated delivery:
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All the above + Associate Producer credit, weekly production update calls from Karina, your name (or name of your choice) mentioned in the play as a sponsor for Chula’s reality show + 4 tickets to the show + an invitation to the Festival's Opening Night Celebration on Aug. 19th at Theater for the New City!Estimated delivery:
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All the above + Karina & Gary will perform the play in the private space of your liking (your living room, patio, etc) + Executive Producer credit (Your Name Presents “The Love Junkies of Hell’s Kitchen”) + 8 tickets to the show.Estimated delivery:
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