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To help fund a one week Banff Centre residency to go and write my new opera - Opera Noir - with composer Andre Ristic.

OPERA NOIR is a new opera with a libretto by me, Cecil Castellucci, and music by composer Andre Ristic. It is tentatively scheduled to premiere with ECM+ (Ensemble Contemporain de Montreal) in Spring 2016. Andre and I have been offered a one week residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta from 10/27 - 11/4 to work on Act 2. The approximate cost for that will be $1500 for me alone to go.

The funds collected here will go toward a plane ticket for me from Los Angeles to Calgary, roundtrip shuttle from Calgary to Banff, room and board at Banff for 8 days, fulfillment of the premiums for Amazon/Kickstarter and a little wiggle room for unexpected expense. Like printing. Or pens.   

Andre and I work best when we are in the same place. We previously collaborated in Brussels, where we generated the ideas that shaped Act 1. I am very excited to extend that experience and finish Act 2.

Andre and I previously collaborated on a live comic book opera, LES AVENTURES DE MADAME MERVEILLE, which premiered in collaboration with ECM+ 2010 in Montreal and was remounted in Montreal in 2011. Here's the trailer:

OPERA NOIR will be a multimedia opera broken into three acts--Murder, Investigation and The Fall--that uses iconic elements and characters from the noir genre like Private Eye, Thug, Femme Fatale, and Gal Friday. Set in the 1950s, the story centers on a detective who's investigating the murder of a hockey player when he gets mixed up with a femme fatale and a mob boss.

Any funding I raise above the amount requested will go toward a planned trip to Belgium in early 2014 to work with Andre on Act 3.

Andre Ristic and I at the remount of our previous opera Les Aventures de Madame Merveille in 2011
Andre Ristic and I at the remount of our previous opera Les Aventures de Madame Merveille in 2011

Art is not done in a vacuum. I appreciate your support!  The best way to support artists is to buy their art.  So you can help me (or your other artist friends) any old time by buying our stuff.  Feel free to go to your local indie bookstore to find my books!

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All art is risk. I do what I say I'm going to do and I complete my projects. As a vote of confidence we will receive a small grant from the Canada Council this winter. ECM+ is excited and has tentatively scheduled our performance for sometime in 2016. We already have the singers lined up! But there is always the slim chance that a good project doesn't work out. I am confident that at this retreat we will be able to write the libretto and music, which is the first step towards mounting a production.

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  • The opera will run approximately 70 minutes. It will be a three act structure, like a film. But there will be no intermission.

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    Any two of my books, signed! I have twelve whole books out! Perhaps you would like one signed for yourself or a young friend! Makes a lovely gift! Books include Boy Proof, The Queen of Cool, Beige, Rose Sees Red, Grandma's Gloves,First Day on Earth, The Plain Janes/Janes in Love, Geektastic, The Year of the Beasts, Odd Duck, and the upcoming Tin Star (that is limited! it's only an ARC) You will also get a postcard from Banff.

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    This opera is about a murdered Hockey Player. Perhaps you are fans of the sport! A combo pack of Hockey Card Purse Holder and Bobby Pins crafted by me with help from sports aficionado Sarah Sprague! Fun Tidbit: Sarah also produced my indie feature! You will also get a postcard from Banff.

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    Tuckerization! I will put your name in a future novel, comic book, short story. You may be a character, an alien, a planet or a geographical location. Author's choice. And it will be sometime in the future so I will also send you a postcard from Banff for immediate thanks.

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    Perhaps you are a teacher or a librarian and would like me to come to your school (Los Angeles Area) or do a skype visit (outside of Los Angeles!) with your kids! I can tailor visits from K-12. If you choose this premium we will work out what kind of visit is best and a time and date. Only one class / session!

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    Perhaps you extremely interested in what Andre and I did before? With this reward you will get a secret code to watch the complete opera that we did at ECM+ in 2010 and remounted in 2011 LES AVENTURES DE MADAME MERVEILLE! Also, I will send you a book of mine of your choice, and a postcard from Banff.

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