A Fusion between Theatre, Hip-Hop & Slam Poetry. Help produce the mixtape, poetical soundtrack & theatrical performance! 7women 1story
PIECES: A Fusion between Theatre, Spoken Word Poetry and Rap
A heart filled theatrical and hip hop experience expressing life through the eyes of Black, Latina and bi/multi-racial women. Based upon one woman’s journey impacted by the social struggles plaguing inner city America, church life in the African-American tradition and her family’s Hispanic upbringing. Seven women share her stories using their lyrical skills to find healing, hope and voice; uniting in the joys, pains and tensions of their human experience. It is a color filled story painting the picture of what the journey looks and feels like through the eyes of these seven women.
PIECES is a theatrical production which includes a (rap) mixtape and poetical soundtrack. I am the playwright, songwriter and producer for this multi-faceted project. Spending every effort to present my work with the best professional quality, to the best of my ability, I am thankful for my mentors, big sisters, big brothers, play mamas in the industry and academy guiding me through this process and Kickstarter for helping this sista out. Your help is needed to finish the recording and champion the remaining costs of the theatrical performance.
I had my first session at Paramount Studio’s on March 19th with the talented Grammy Award winning sound engineer Randy Urbanski. I have yet to finish 2 rap songs and 12 spoken word poems. This will take at least one more full day at Paramount; each of these sessions cost $1,000. This is where you come in, every dollar counts! Once I complete my recording, it’s ideal to master the project which will cost no less than $75 per song; I have 22 pieces/songs which equals to a minimum of $1650. For the base expenses of recording and mastering we’re looking at $2,650. This figure is not including the remaining music and licensing’s fees which are approximately $700 (I’ve already paid for some).
The counter-part of my project is the actual performance (May 2012). I was able to secure the beautiful and historical El Centro Theatre in the Theatre District for a 2 day run only costing $600!! I need to finish that payment in addition to a $300 insurance policy. We also have other lurking costs such as purchasing music, supplies, props, playbills, posters, giving a small compensation for our cast and crew (Team of 10). And I would love to be able to help our team out with gas funds, L.A. gas prices! Ouch!!! Our lovely cast is committed and traveling a nice distance several days a week for rehearsals.
FYI… My mixtape and all four shows are free of charge!
I’m setting a goal of raising $4,500 to cover the projects’ bare minimum costs. If we have the extra privilege of going over that goal, SWEET! Depending upon how much $ comes in, we may be able to add dates for the show! And more songs to the mixtape!
THANK YOU, for taking your time and consideration to invest in this project!!! May we be a spark that inspires… Appreciate ‘cha!
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on May 3, 2012.
Apr 3, 2012 - May 3, 2012 (30 days)
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Thank You! Every dollar counts!Estimated delivery: May 2012
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Shout out on Twitter or Facebook. We want to publicly say thank you for championing us!Estimated delivery: May 2012
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Pre-release of PIECES (rap) Mixtape (digital download). I appreciate the support!Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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Everything above plus, Digital download of PIECES poetical soundtrack. Thank you for investing in me!Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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Every reward above plus, Video of PIECES theatrical performance via dropbox or yousend it for quickest delivery. DVD option also available- no fancy cover or case, just a phenomenal performance! Please include international shipping fees if applicable. Thank you!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Every reward above plus, Digital copy of PIECES script with personalized thank you note from playwright and original cast. I’m grateful for your gift!Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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Every reward above plus, May we insert your name or company name in our Playbill? Special Thank You credits. Plus VIP seating for you and a guest at May 25th or 26th performance AND entrance to our Champion’s reception immediately following performance (Pasadena, CA). Curtain at 8pm. Do you know how we can get this live streamed?? I appreciate you! Thx!Estimated delivery: May 2012
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Every reward above plus, VIP admission for you and a guest to my Album Release Party in Los Angeles (Summer 2012 time/date TBD). Special personalized Thank You at party. AppreciateEstimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Every reward above plus, Want to hear a LIVE performance from cast? We’ll call you during rehearsal to perform a piece just for you! You are causing me great joy! Thank you!!Estimated delivery: May 2012
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You are my champion! Every reward above plus VIP seating to our (invitation only) opening weekend in Hollywood (May 11th or 12th). Plus, photo w/cast on stage immediately preceding performance. Out of city/state folk…Maybe I can get this live stream?? Oh how I appreciate your love and generosity!Estimated delivery: May 2012
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You are too good to me!! Every reward above plus Bring you and one guest to Happy Hour @ Cheesecake Factory in the Grove (Los Angeles) chill with playwright, director and at least one other cast member (day in week of June 11th-15th). Meet you there! Other Cali cities or out of state folk- Pick your favorite local happy hour restaurant and we'll find a way to treat you and a guest (within a ~$25 budget). We’ll send you a picture of our L.A. happy hour; in fact, send us your picture and we’ll put your headshot in our picture at the table! I am so honored, I can’t say thank you enough!Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Wow! Wow! Wow! What a BLESSING you are!! Hold on, let me dance this out…. Every reward above plus a private venue performance of 5 rap songs and/or poems (ie. house party, gathering, church, school, community center, company, non-profit). Applicable within greater Los Angeles county, Bay Area, Baton Rouge or New Orleans LA. August 2012. Other cities: We’ll record and send you your own personal performance video with the option of live skype. Again, I can’t say thank you enough. You are absolutely phenomenal and have made a HUGE difference in my life.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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If I’m dreaming don’t wake me up! You are literally making my dreams come true! Every reward above plus I will fly you out (roundtrip)to Los Angeles for one of our performances (May 11th, 12th, 25th, 26th) and put you up for two nights in a L.A. 4 star hotel. I appreciate you!!!!! Will never be the same!Estimated delivery: May 2012
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For real?! I’m in awe, literally jumping up and down because of you!! I’m almost speechless (hear me shouting in background because of your generous gift). Every reward above plus I will record your own personal poem or rap; topic your choice; you can send a narrative and I’ll flip it/re-mix it lyrically. We’ll find a date for you to come to the studio to be featured on song/poem or you send a vocal recording and we’ll do it digitally. If complete before my mixtape is released, option of adding your song as a bonus track. And…I just passed out.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012