FACING EAST: New LGBT Musical Eyes London Concert
FACING EAST, a dramatic new musical, follows an upstanding mormon couple facing the suicide of the gay son. Help us bring it to London!
ABOUT FACING EAST: THE MUSICAL
Several years ago I happened to catch a play in San Francisco called "Facing East." The piece concerned a Mormon couple trying to cope with the suicide of their gay son. At the funeral they unexpectedly meet his lover, and they're faced with a reality they've long ignored, and are forced to reconcile their feelings with their beliefs. It was a deeply stirring experience for me, and for reasons I can't quite explain (and at the risk of sounding cheesy), the piece seemed to sing at me.
I set up a meeting with the playwright, Carol Lynn Pearson, and told her I wanted to turn the piece into a musical. She laughed, envisioning a kick line of dancing Mormon missionaries (this was a year before THE BOOK OF MORMON was in anyone's consciousness). I assured her that my intention was to create an intimate, dramatic piece that would serve to raise awareness for the growing and upsetting trend of youth suicides in the LGBT community. I wanted to create a show that could make a difference. Happily, she agreed to let me proceed.
With Mark-Eugene Garcia, our book writer and lyricist, and composer David Rigano, FACING EAST: THE MUSICAL has taken a long trip down the development road, and has come out ready to hit the stage. We have workshopped the show twice, in Chicago and in Dallas. We've brought new team members in along the way, including our orchestrator Dan Klintworth, and musical supervisor Adam Wright.
Our show will receive it's first fully staged production in 2016, but as a precursor London shall be the first to hear the show in its new form. We're planning a concert-staging for one-night-only on the West End with some of the best talents London can offer!
But we need your help to make this happen. We truly believe our show has an important story and message to tell. We hope you'll join us on the journey to take this message to British audiences.
By supporting this campaign, you're not simply helping another show, you're joining a family, a community. You'll be the first to get inside information as the show is developed for London and beyond.
Together, through theatre, we can make a difference. "One step at a time."
Nathan, and the producing team (Danny Brooke, Stephen McGill, Sean Bryan, Deborah Barrigan, Joel Marvin)
Risks and challenges
Putting up any new musical is not without its hardships. In this case, we have a creative team based in the US and Canada, with talent and producers in the US and UK.
Travel is the biggest hurdle we face. In a perfect world, we'd love our creatives to all be in London with us to mount the perfect performance. Each of your donations will go a long way towards making that happen.
We are targeting an early summer performance, around Gay Pride, in a prominent theatre (which we plan to announce soon). We hope you'll join us on this incredible journey and opportunity to spread the message of this beautiful show.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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