A romantic comedy-drama filled with sex, drugs and rock 'n roll, "Occupied" will be produced later this year -- but we need your help.
Thanks so much to everyone who successfully funded this project! There's still more money needed, though, to help us enhance the physical production (sets, lights, costumes, sound), for publicity and other production assistance.
Please send checks directly to The Katselas Theatre Company, 254 South Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211, and specify on the check that the money is to be used for "Occupied". And remember that The Katselas Theatre Company is a 501C3 non-profit theater and all contributions are tax-deductible.
Come with us now and revisit those thrilling days of yesteryear – a magical time when black was beautiful, sisterhood was powerful, and hippie was happy. Sure, the ’10s are okay but for the best sex, drugs and rock & roll, the funkiest flicks, hippest hair and coolest clothes, you gotta tune in, turn on, and drop in to the Katselas Theatre Company’s production of “Occupied”.
It’s the spring of 1970 and campuses across America erupt in protest. “Occupied” follows the shifting fortunes of Ted, Edith and their friends as they occupy the college president’s office; over six days, they encounter tense negotiations with the administration, a pot party, an outrageous political agitator, flying pizza, exploding nuns, armed state police, a “Dance-In”, a shocking betrayal and more than any romantic comedy-drama’s quota of sex, drugs, rock and revolution.
(Note: This play was written and titled a couple years ago, before the Occupy movement. In readings, we’ve found a wide range of audience interest, from aging Boomers – at least the ones who weren’t too stoned to remember – to kids fascinated by the parallels with today’s activism. Oh, and people who like to laugh.)
“Occupied” is scheduled to be produced in Los Angeles by the Katselas Theatre Company later this year, directed by Tony Abatemarco. Founded in 1983, Katselas’s productions have featured George Clooney, Richard Dreyfuss, Jenna Elfman, Helen Hunt, Doris Roberts, Patrick Swayze, and Jeffrey Tambor, among many others.
As a non-profit, Katselas is able to provide most but not all of the funding for this show. That's where you come in – although you are undoubtably an extremely interesting person with many fine qualities that we'd like to know better (not to mention that you look incredibly hot), all we want is your money.
I’m David Misch, this is my first Kickstarter, and I approve this message.
I used to know, but then my daughter grew up and I didn't have to know anymore so I don't.
No. Absolutely not. Of course not. No way. No.
If I wanted to... wait, no... if I had to get... what I mean is... when is the first, or actually, the last day by which, if I had to, I could, um... wait, where was I...
Yes. But we've taught him to administer his own injections.
Yes. We are using only California natives, and most of the jokes are recycled.
That depends – do you have access to a lawyer?
Tennis. 1st place! Well, a 1st place tie, at the Chicago White Sox Baseball Camp in 1967. And, actually, the other guy was much better than me but the final was rained out. So, y'know, I would have lost. Badly. Really, just remembering the whole thing makes me sad. Very sad. ... Yes, I'm crying, are you happy now?!!!
Am I to understand that you are going to butcher a unicorn simply to raise extra money for your play?
"Butcher" is such a harsh term. More like disembowel.
Put it this way – it's got more laughs.
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Feb 9, 2012 - Mar 10, 2012 (30 days)
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