Help develop our fourth annual festival of great new plays with an award-winning New York theater ensemble!
We are EBE Ensemble (the "Eleven Benevolent Elephants"), a young award-winning group of theater artists, producing our fourth annual festival of new one-act plays. By helping us, you'll be a part of the development of some really exciting writers, actors, and directors -- and look to the right to see how, if you give above the $35 level, you'll get the red-carpet treatment for your help!
Every year, we accept submissions (at no fee) from around the world -- this year we read around 500 plays to choose the 6 to include in the festival. All of the plays are new to New York and five of them are world premieres.
In 2009, two of our one-acts from Elephants on Parade were nominated for Outstanding Short Script at the New York Innovative Theater Awards (http://www.nyitawards.org), and one of them (Nico Vreeland's "The Interview") went on to win the award.
In addition to providing a playground for young and talented playwrights from around the world to develop their work, we're also dedicated to providing low-cost theater. In New York, where ticket prices often top $100 dollars (or double that for Spider-man), we offer $10 previews, $11 student rush tickets, and general admission tickets at $18. We believe theater should be accessible to everyone: both in its writing, its performance, and its cost. Your donation supports the next generation of theater artists and goes to a theater company with a proven track record of developing and presenting important new work!
Specifically, the $1111 (We elephants love the number 11) will cover our rehearsal rental costs. This is less than 1/10 of our full budget, but it's a very important part -- as an ensemble based company, most of our magic happens in the rehearsal room, exploring, pushing, and challenging each other and working with great directors and playwrights to develop and deepen their text. If we're able to raise more than this amount, it will help us to more fully realize the scenic, light, and costumes designs of the show and help to provide our artists with stipends.
Here's a little bit about this year's plays:
Daniel Welser Carrol’s The Day the Devil Passed Through Harper County (directed by Barbara Harrison) recounts a pivotal moment in the life of a rural couple that calls into question issues of personal strength, family duties, and Christian charity.
Matthew Hanf’s The Sandbox (directed by Bobbi Masters) explores the tragi-comic nature of suburban life, cat poop, and a child’s sandbox.
Alexander Motyl’s Waiting by Godot (directed by Rebecca Lewis-Whitson) explores the flipside of Beckett’s famous play, where we finally discover what the title character was up to.
Michael Niederman’s The Fairy Tale of America (directed by Elyzabeth Gorman) depicts Little Red Riding Hood, a nubile lass, on her way to Grandma's house when she is beset upon by the Big Bad Wolf, a savage beast intent on ravishing her in the worst possible way. Only with the help of the wise old Hunter can Little Red escape a most perilous fate.
Chris Purnell’s 0800-HELP-U-WRITE (directed by Tracy Cameron Francis) follows a man who hires a young writer to compose his suicide note as both his conscience and his sister get in the way.
Finally, Tom Sime’s The Right Reasons (directed by Adrian Wattenmaker) comedically flips the stereotype of the faked orgasm on its head as a young woman fights to discover the truth behind her boyfriend’s empty condom.
For more information on our company or this show, visit our website (http://www.ebeensemble.org). You can also view exclusive interviews with this years playwrights on our Tumblr blog (http://ebeensemble.tumblr.com).
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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