The year is 1955.
Daddy has a cross-dressing issue.
Mommy is half a lying whore.
Little Suzie seems to be slipping in school.
And little Bobby just wants to paint all over everything and everybody.
And the BOMB? Who knows when and where.
One thing we do know? Something isn't right at home.
Welcome to American Dollhouse, presented by Manic and Muse Productions, Inc.
This is no ordinary house.
And the family that inhabits it? Well, they're FAR from ordinary.
They wear doll masks.
They have secret love affairs with mannequins.
They dream in projected video installations.
And they are very afraid...
At the height of Cold War tensions in the 1950s, civil-defense drills such as DUCK and COVER were developed. OPERATION ALERT, a more sophisticated reaction, was implemented by the Eisenhower administration to help cities organize themselves in the event of nuclear attack. Operation Alert targeted 90 major cities in the continental United States. Of these cities, 13 had no advance notice that they would be included. Our story takes place in one of those excluded cities...
American Dollhouse is a theatrical exhibit that will transform an art gallery into a life-sized dollhouse. Within this mysterious house, we see a family plagued by routine, struggling to maintain a façade of perfection in the face of their darkest secrets. As the performance ensues, their deepest desires begin to take hold, and we see a family, once trapped within the confines of the American Dream, about to break free.
This exhibit will fuse together theatre, fine-art, video installation and live original music and best of all: an amazing dollhouse set that the audience will be able to walk through and explore! It's truly going to be an experience not to be missed!
Even if you don't live in LA, our friends abroad are not going to miss out! Portions of this project will be shot in a series of photo and video installations (such as the one above) and broadcasted directly into your homes via THE WORLD WIDE WEB. This is going to be a completely unique multilayered artistic BONANZA the likes of which have never before been seen! We just need one thing to make it happen....
YOUR SUPPORT...with your help, we will see this project come to life!
We are looking to raise $7,500. We could really use $10,000 to make this show look great, but we figured we'd set our goal at the bare minimum we need to make this project...because if we don’t reach our pledge goal in 30 days then we don’t get ANY of the funding. Most of your funds would help us build and create the actual HOUSE. We're talking everything from simple kitchen appliances to toys for Attention Deficit Disorder-Stricken Bobby to sexy garments for Daddy to discover his true self within. Your money will help us rent 1950s props, pay our set, production and lighting designers, find sound equipment and rent out the entire 4,000 square foot gallery space.
NOT ONLY will you be helping us put on an amazing show, but you'll also be allowing a NUMBER of emerging fine-artists in the Los Angeles community show their work and get publicity, not to mention an incredible cast and a full chamber-pop ensemble performing original live music!! This is truly going to be a great cause.
Donations through this Kickstarter Campaign will be the lifeblood of The American Dollhouse. And fear not. Those who help us fund this project will be handsomely rewarded. Look to your right to see what awesome rewards are in store for you!!
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