"Ringing Out the Dead" is an absurd piece of existential hilarity set in a remote graveyard in England at the end of the 19th century. This was a time when, medical science not being quite what it is today, an alarmingly high number of people (about 1 in 25) were mistakenly pronounced dead, only to, days later, wake up to the fast and horrifying realization that they had been buried alive. (Many exhumed coffins from this era were found to have frenzied scratch marks on the undersides of the lids, as well as other signs of what surely must have been a most agonizing struggle...) To remedy this unfortunate occasional occurrence, someone had the bright idea to attach ten-foot lengths of string to the wrists of the alleged "cadavers" which would then be run up through the ground and attached to a small bell mounted on the headstone. Some lowly soul would stand guard throughout the lonesome night hours, listening specifically for the ringing of said bells and, upon hearing them, immediately get to digging (this is where the term Graveyard Shift is derived from).
The play involves two characters from almost diametrically opposed social classes stuck in that basic scenario: one buried alive, and the other employed to dig him back up. A kind of ideological boxing match ensues...
We're putting this up as part of the New Orleans Fringe Festival in November under the Bring Your Own Venue option, which means we produce it 100% ourselves. We need to raise $1,300 in 3 weeks - that will cover the construction of the set, sound/lighting, theatre rental, costumes, and promotional materials.
The play is really beautifully structured and funny and the actors are nothing short of terrific. We need your help to see this production through to the end. Thank you very much for taking the time to review our page. Any kind of contribution is massively appreciated...I know we can do this!!
Risks and challenges
Risks: Possible financial and reputational ruin.
Challenges: Convincing folks to put asses in seats.
Qualifications?: Sheer ferocity of talent.
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