Brad McEntire's solo show CHOP, a dark comedy about finding one's place - in an amputation fetish group, is heading to FringeNYC!
About the Project
Since early 2010 I’ve been performing and continually developing an original one-man show called CHOP.
CHOP concerns a man at a loss of what to do with himself, profoundly isolated from the busy, happy, productive people in the city around him. Through a chance encounter with a mysterious tattooed woman, he is introduced to what might be his true calling - a unique subculture of amputation fetishists.
It’s a dark comedy.
After staged readings in Seattle (Outsider’s Inn Collective) in 2008 and New York City (Cry Havoc Theatre) in 2009, I felt confident about the piece. It was time to mount a production.
I worked with a great director and friend based in Brooklyn, Andy Merkel, to initially put the show together. It premiered at Addison Water Tower Theatre’s 2010 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival. Since then I’ve taken the piece to a bunch of different places. I’ve made a lot of new friends, had a chance to continually tweak the show, and I've played it in front of a wide variety of audiences.
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What's the Goal here?
I recently received word that CHOP was accepted into the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival (or FringeNYC, for short). I’m incredibly excited about this! FringeNYC is the largest multi-arts festival in North America. Over 1000 shows apply each year and only around 200 are selected.
I’ve presented at FringeNYC before (3 times in the last decade) so I know the ins and outs. I also know, very clearly, that FringeNYC is expensive! Not expensive in the buying-a-new-car or paying-for-a-college-education sense, but it is way more costly than any three theatre projects I do in a given year.
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This is where you come in.
I need your help getting the cast (me) and crew (two other folks) to New York as well as the props, set pieces, and costumes. Then there’s marketing and production costs, airfare, festival fees and on and on.
With my little theatre, Audacity, I’m accustomed to stretching every dollar until it is microscopically thin, so your contribution will go a long, long way. Seriously. We are used to spinning straw into gold around here.
In case you are new to Kickstarter, here's how it works... "Every Kickstarter project must be fully funded before its time expires or no money changes hands." This fundraising project will not happen unless we reach the $1,600 goal. Remember, in the olden days, folks used to sponsor artists. They were called Patrons. Like the Medici family who supported Leonardo da Vinci. Now in the contemporary world, with Kickstarter, you can be a Medici. You can be a Patron for me. And I’ll be filled with joy and gratitude for your help.
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Okay. Awesome! What’s in it for us?
Glad you asked! I have come up with a slew of gifts and incentives as my way of saying thank you for your generosity and support. These include being listed in the program, autographed copies of my first collection of plays or comics, a t-shirt I designed with an owl on it, maybe a signed print of my illustration series Circus POTUS and potentially even me coming over to your house and cooking grilled cheese sandwiches while I regal you with mighty tales! There's something wonderful to be had for contributing at every level.
So… pledge a few bucks, get something neat AND live with the satisfaction that you're helping an up-and-coming artist from a scrappy little theatre company leave his mark on one of the biggest and most prestigious theatre festivals in the world! Not bad for approximately fifteen seconds of effort!
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But, I have some questions…
Where do I sign up?
Just push that little green button on the right that says “Back This Project” then pick out what level you wanna contribute and what reward you wanna claim.
Are you going to do this now every time you’ve got a project?
No. This particular project is an exception to my usual low-budget/fast-moving tactics of art creation. I’m a big supporter of Kickstarter and in this instance I need the help.
Where can I find out more information about CHOP?
I've created an "official" website for CHOP. Check it out HERE.
What about this so-called Audacity Theatre Lab?
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $1,600 goal
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May 29, 2012 - Jun 24, 2012 (26 days)
Pledge $5 or more
Personal gratitude and have your name listed as a backer on the official CHOP website!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $10 or more
Have your name listed in an ACTUAL off-off-Broadway show program, on the CHOP website and receive a PDF calendar featuring Donnie Rocket Toaster-Face comics (September 2012-December 2013).Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $25 or more
The tokens of gratitude listed above at the $10 level as well as a mix CD of tunes inspired by the show. In fact, it is the CD that I take with me when I drive to venues/festivals out of town with CHOP.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $50 or more
Listing of your name in an ACTUAL off-off-Broadway program and on the CHOP website as a backer of the show, the Donnie Rocket Toaster-Face PDF Calendar as well as a personally signed copy of my book I HATE HAWK SEASON: DONNIE ROCKET TOASTER-FACE COMICS (Vol. 1).Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $100 or more
Listings of your name in both the ACTUAL show program and on the CHOP website as an awesome "backer." Also, both my book I HATE HAWK SEASON: DONNIE ROCKET TOASTER-FACE COMICS (Vol. 1) and my first collection of plays, TWO PLAYS (AND SOME SKETCHES) BY BRAD McENTIRE. Both personally signed by yours truly.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $200 or more
The tokens of gratitude listed at the $100 level, but also a signed and numbered print of “W.H. Taft: Political Harmonizer,” part of my illustration series, Circus POTUS, featuring sideshow-themed presidential portraits.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $300 or more
The tokens of gratitude listed at the $200 level, but I’ll throw in my original “An Owl Was My Babysitter” t-shirt in your size.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $500 or more
The listings, the books, the mix CD, the t-shirt, the illustration and I’ll also come to your house and make grilled cheese sandwiches while I regal you with tales both hilarious and weird.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012