Renegade economist Amanda McCloud has the answer to America’s widening income gap: concubinage.
This project is a satirical live presentation by a fictitious economist, Amanda McCloud.
Amanda's a renegade in her field, with a plan for fixing one of America's most pressing economic problems: income inequality. Her solution? A very modern form of… concubinage. The idea has garnered lots of controversy, with everyone from NOW to the Knights of Columbus to the 99% movement weighing in against it. But Amanda’s never had a chance to fully make her case. This presentation is her chance. Armed with data, charts, graphs, and dramatic life-changing stories, she is out to persuade the audience that the rich aren’t so different when they're forced to get close — real close — to the rest of us.
Amanda's debut will be at Dixon Place on the Lower East Side of NYC, at 7:30 PM on May 8. She doesn't have that many options. TED talks rejected The Ultimate Stimulus out of hand, despite the rigor, graphics, and cogent arguments she offers.
Following the Dixon presentation we will further refine the piece (and its multimedia projections) for future performances. We'd love to eventually go on the road with this and transform America's thinking on this issue.
Your money will go to
*Paying our projections designer - he's creating a small world with the projections, some of which will include motion graphics.
*Videographer for our first show
*Stipend salaries for playwright, director & actress
Any money beyond our budget will go to further development-related costs, and possibly travel expenses.
Writer/Creator - Felipe Ossa's play Monetizing Emma received rave reviews from a large variety of theatrical and non-theater media outlets in its 2009 Planet Connections Festivity debut and subsequent NY Fringe Festival production. It has also been produced in Indiana and Chicago. His play-in progress Fulana received a 2009 re-grant via the Brooklyn Arts Council, and in 2008, he co-directed and designed Shattering Borders, a workshop for Latin performers, funded by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. His other work has been staged at Theater for the New City, Bowery Poetry Club, Williams Club, Dixon Place and other venues.
Performer - Tanya O'Debra is Amanda McCloud. She’s a New York performance artist whose award-winning one-woman show Radio Star has been performed across the country to rave reviews and enthralled audiences. There’s more, a lot more, on her website.
Director — Sara Wolkowitz is a director of both film and theater. Among her many accomplishments is the full-length documentary Still on the Road, which premiered at Lincoln Center. She’d love it if you checked out her website.
Projections — Max Wolkowitz is an actor and animator. As an animator he has created projections for Hedwig and the Angry Inch and High School Musical: The Ice Tour. He has also worked on many product launches and in-house videos for companies such as VW, Toyota, Verizon, Dell, and HP. You can see some of his videos here.
Below is an image of the t-shirt graphic. It's simple but it packs a punch!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Apr 2, 2012 - Apr 27, 2012 (25 days)
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The satisfaction of knowing you were part of a revolutionary proposal to bridge America’s income gap.Estimated delivery: May 2012
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A graph depicting income distribution in America surface mailed (or e-mailed) to you, signed by Amanda McCloud, with a picture of her pretty face on the graph.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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Are you mad about Amanda McCloud? Whether you’re on the right, the left, in the center, or totally apathetic (but outraged all the same), send us your name or the name of a fictitious organization you’d like to head up. We’ll include it in a list of her detractors. This roll call will form part of her presentation, either as a leaflet or as a projection. We will also e-mail this list to you.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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A red t-shirt - graphic at left - with "The Ultimate Stimulus" emblazoned on it. Please add $10 if you live outside the U.S.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Would you like to belong to the harem of someone famous? In our presentation, you can. Send us a high-res picture of your face and you will be part of Amanda’s presentation. We will also send you the slide or slides where you appear. You'll also get a red t-shirt with "The Ultimate Stimulus" on it - graphic at left.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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Would you like to have a harem? We will include your name in the presentation among a coterie of bold-faced names who have harems. Send us a high res picture of your face and we will include that as well. We will also send you the slide where you appear, and a t-shirt as well, graphic at left.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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Send us pictures of the interior of your home and we will use a key item for the decor of some our boudoir scenarios. This will not be in our debut production but will be included in subsequent stagings. We will send you the slides when they are ready. It goes without saying that you'll also get a t-shirt, graphic at left.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012