This Old West sci-fi adventure play returns to the thrilling, steampunk-inspired universe of our 2013 production, The Clockwork Professor. Two brothers, Atticus and Kai, climb aboard the Tumbleweed Zephyr, a transcontinental train headed out of New Providence for the wilds of the Western Territories. But what starts as a simple journey by rail soon veers off track, with airship bandit raids, twists of fate, wayward sparks of romance, and the lonely call of a train whistle echoing across the clear desert sky. So grab your satchel and dust off your best traveling hat for this epic new summer adventure!
The Tumbleweed Zephyr
Written by Maggie Lee
Directed by Amy Poisson
12th Avenue Arts Mainstage (1620 12th Ave.)
August 14 to August 29, 2015
Thursday/Friday/Saturday @ 8pm
Sunday Matinees @ 2pm
Monday PWYC Industry Nights @ 8pm
What's this all about, then?
The crew at Pork Filled Productions had so much fun with our 2013 production of The Clockwork Professor that we just couldn't pass up the chance to return to the world of New Providence. When the opportunity presented itself to produce The Tumbleweed Zephyr for the inaugural season at 12th Avenue Arts in Seattle, we knew we had to take this creative leap of faith to present it in this amazing new performing arts space. It's the biggest and most technically complex show that PFP has ever tackled, but we are confident that the result will be an incredible theatrical experience.
Our budget already covers modest stipends for our actors and designers and all minimal production costs, but we are pushing to do more and create the best show we possibly can. All funds raised through this Kickstarter campaign will be used directly for production costs: approximately 60% will go toward offsetting the performance space rental fee, and 40% to sweeten our design budgets. Train travel ain't cheap, and we want to give our designers more financial freedom to create the most fantastical props, sets, projections, and costumes to help send our audiences on the railway adventure of a lifetime!
Thank you so much for supporting our Kickstarter for The Tumbleweed Zephyr, and see you at the station this summer!
The Tumbleweed Zephyr is supported by 4Culture and the Office of Arts & Culture Seattle. Pork Filled Productions is an Associated Program of Shunpike, and a proud member of TeenTix.
We'd be completely tickled just to make our goal of $5000, but if the folks out there are feeling generous, we want to keep this locomotive running on down the track for as long as possible! Here are a few stretch goals that we hope to achieve:
$5000: Great Galloping Thunder Turtles! We reached our initial goal, hooray! [ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED! THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!]
$5500: Well, I'll be the Queen of Daisy Cakes! All of us here at Pork Filled Productions discovered our love of theater at an early age. We want to give more young people the opportunity to experience the joy of live performance, and perhaps even inspire the next generation of theatre artists! With your generous support to fulfill this stretch goal, we will be able to offer a limited quantity of tickets to minority youth arts organizations in Seattle to come see our show for free. [ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED! CELEBRATORY MUPPET ARMS!!]
$6000: Gadzooks! While we often record the show for archive purposes, live theatre is notoriously difficult to capture well on screen. With this stretch goal fulfilled, we will be able to hire a professional videographer to do it right! All Backer Rewards from $50 upwards will receive a free digital download of the finished video of the show. [LOCKED]
$7000: Mother of Doom! Like many other fringe theatre companies, we rent or borrow nearly all of the high tech gadgets used to make our stage magic, including lights, sound equipment, and projectors. With this stretch goal fulfilled, we will be able to purchase a snazzy projector of our very own to add even more visual pizazz to The Tumbleweed Zephyr, and to create more spectacular plays in the years to come. [LOCKED]
About the Playwright:
Maggie Lee is a Seattle playwright whose work reflects her love of comedy, science fiction, and horror; her produced plays include The Journey of the Bell (The 14/48 Projects), The Clockwork Professor (Pork Filled Productions), Paper and Ink and The Sunshower Bride (Live Girls! Theater), Last Light (Playing in Progress), the Revealed! walking tours (SIS Productions), collaborating on Greetings from Styx and King Arthur and the Knights of the Playground (Balagan Theatre), Kindred Spirits (ReAct Theatre), H.P. Lovecraft adaptations (Open Circle Theater), the Double Shot Theatre Festival, and 14/48. Maggie is also the lead sketch writer and a performer with the Pork Filled Players, Seattle’s Asian American sketch comedy group, as well as designing lights, props, and puppets for many local fringe theaters. She was a panelist for Asian American Women in Comedy at the 2011 National Asian American Theater Conference in Los Angeles, and was twice featured at ACT’s Local Writers Showcase at the REPRESENT! Multicultural Playwrights’ Festival. She is a member of the SIS Writers Group, Rain City Projects, the Sandbox Artists Collective, and an Artist in Residence at Theatre Off Jackson.
About the Director:
Amy Poisson is thrilled to be joining PFP for her third show as director – previous shows include Fast Company by Carla Ching (2014 Seattle Times Footlight Award) and The Clockwork Professor by Maggie Lee, both at Theatre Off Jackson. Most recently, Amy directed Blood/Water/Paint by Joy McCullough-Carranza at TOJ for Live Girls! Theater. She also directed These Streets by Gretta Harley & Sarah Rudinoff at Central Heating Lab at ACT and The Strange Misadventures of Patty by Allison Moore at Annex Theatre. She was the Associate Director for Robin Hood with Allison Narver at Seattle Children's Theatre and Assistant Director with Sheila Daniels on Elektra at Seattle Shakespeare Company. Amy has directed small various projects for 14/48, Live Girls!, and Book-It, and is a former Equity stage manager and worked at the Seattle Rep for five seasons. She has also managed shows at the Intiman, Empty Space, ACT, and many other small theaters that have come and gone over the years. Amy holds a Certificate in Directing for Stage and Screen from the UW, a BA in Theatre from Eckerd College and is currently adjunct faculty at Cornish College of the Arts and Seattle University.
Special Kickstarter Video Thanks to Brad Walker (Professor Pemberton & Video Editor), Randall Brammer (Lawrence Howell & Video Editor), and the Ing family.
Risks and challenges
Any journey into the unknown is always a risk. For a new play venturing out into fringe theatre, the journey can be downright perilous. But this is a challenge that the PFP producers have faced before, and we relish tackling it head on. We have spent months planning specific marketing and outreach opportunities to get the word out to many different audience groups. We have added new performance times to accommodate different schedules, including two Sunday matinees at 2pm, as well as two Pay-What-You-Can Industry Nights on Mondays for those folks on a tight budget. We love our audiences and want to respect their time and their money; with that in mind, we want to make sure that getting to our show is as easy and affordable as humanly possible.
Another risk we are gladly undertaking is to champion diverse casting in non-traditional roles and genres. We are taking a chance on the Zephyr team to help prove to mainstream audiences that multicultural casting is not only the right choice but also a highly successful one, and we believe without a doubt that the crazy-talented actors in our cast will prove it.
And finally, staging new work is always a big risk for the audience. While this play has had its fair share of readings and edits, there is always the possibility of the dreaded Sophomore Slump. We had such a wonderful audience response for "The Clockwork Professor," including sellout shows for our closing weekend. To try to follow through on that level of excitement and expectation from our last trip to New Providence in 2013 is more than a little daunting. But our creative team will not be content to just coast on the Clockwork coattails! We are pushing the boundaries on a bold new adventure that will stand on its own to bring our previous fan base back to the theatre, and also hope to create new theatre fans as well.
We believe that the risk is what makes live theatre so unique and exciting. So come take a chance with us on The Tumbleweed Zephyr, and let’s embark on a journey together into wild and unknown territory!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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