In a deafeningly snowy part of Alaska, Ellen DeGeneres, who has for our purposes devolved into a demonic demigod, watches on as a womb gives birth to a thought. They name the thought (who is actually a girl), Sedna. And she is not quite what they expected… When her secret is OUT, her father Mitch drags her out to sea on a boat, then pushes her overboard. Sedna clings onto the edges for dear life, but Mitch raises an axe high and chops all her fingers off. Two bloody stumps and some serious daddy issues later (with a bunch of fingers who’ve turned into seals) Sedna takes on the oceanic underworld, hungry and waging a war to find herself.
In 2012, Kristine Haruna Lee (playwright) and Katie Hathaway (composer) met at the esteemed musical theater residency The Composer-Librettist Studio held at New Dramatists every year, where they instantly became collaborators and friends. War Lesbian is a culmination of this beautiful artistic relationship and their creative forces coming together to write a brand new musical. Over the past 3 years, they have had many incarnations and readings along the way, including a presentation at Prelude 2012 and the archival of War Lesbian at the Brooklyn College Library as part of Lee's graduate thesis. Now, we have received an Artist Residency and Commission at the amazing Lower East Side venue for experimental theatre, Dixon Place. In collaboration with harunalee theater company, the show will have it's official premiere December 5 - 20, 2014.
Your donation will go towards bringing this entire production to life. From the beautiful costumes that have become a staple of harunalee productions, to each and every actor who will be performing their heart out for the show. Please make a pledge today to help us bring this show to the stage!
harunalee is an ensemble of performers and designers who collaborate across artistic disciplines to create experimental plays and performances written by Kristine Haruna Lee. Through a cultural collaging of wild and unexpected imagery, they construct debaucherous performances that illuminate the complexity of human nature in all it's fluid, irreverent and abstract forms. New York Theatre Review calls it, "A feast for the eyes as well as the mind and heart." Since 2010, they have been developing and producing work throughout New York (Plum de Force at Bushwick Starr; Drunkfish Oceanrant at Jack; She's Sleep at Ars Nova) and have received a 2013 LMCC grant for their upcoming collaboration with Built for Collapse. harunalee is Stevo Arnoczy, Sasha Arutyunova, Andrew R. Butler, Sarah Lurie, Lauren Swan-Potras, and Kristine Haruna Lee.
Jordan Fein (Director) is a Brooklyn based opera and theatre director. His recent directing credits include Poulenc's LES DIALOGUES DES CARMELITES, a co-production with Opera Philadelphia; DRACULA, OR THE UNDEAD, a new adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula as a part of the Williamstown Theatre Festival's 2013 season; and Donizetti's L'ELISIR D'AMORE at the Curtis Opera Theater. As the recipient of the 2014 Boris Sagal Fellowship he developed the new musical THE DIXON FAMILY ALBUM with playwright Anna Kerrigan & composer Andrew R. Butler. Other favorite projects include RAGS PARKLAND (Ars Nova, Jack), DIDO+ a triple bill of Weill's Berlin Requiem, Purcell's Dido & Aeneas, and Luciano Berio's Sequenza III (Curtis Opera Theater), QUEEN OF THE MAY... (Galapagos Art Space), Jenet's THE MAIDS (Fourth Street Theater) and EDIBLES INC. (Incubator Arts Project). Jordan is currently the Associate Director on the Broadway revival of Bernard Pomerance's THE ELEPHANT MAN. He is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Playwrights Horizons Theater School. www.jordanfein.net
Kathryn Hathaway (Composer) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn. Her plays and musicals have been performed and developed at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Flea Theater, New Dramatists, The Yale Institute of Music Theatre, The Bushwick Starr, Dixon Place, The Prelude Festival, New York Musical Theatre Festival, Joe’s Pub, and the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. She is a MacDowell Colony fellow, an alumna of Barnard College, and received her MFA in playwriting from Brooklyn College.
Kristine Haruna Lee (Playwright) is a playwright, director, and performer. She was born in Hong Kong, raised between Tokyo and Seattle, and now lives in Brooklyn, NY. She is one of the founding members of harunalee theater company. She has performed nationally and internationally with artists such as Taylor Mac, NAATCO, Anthony and the Johnsons, and many more wonderful folks. Her work as part of harunalee has been presented at Bushwick Starr, Dixon Place, Ars Nova, Prelude 2012 + 2013, Jack, Joe’s Pub, and has been developed with Target Margin’s Lab Series, Asian American Writer’s Workshop, 2nd Generation, The Movement Theatre Company and New Dramatists. Awards include a New Dramatists Van Lier fellowship. She is currently an Adjunct Asst. Professor of Theatre at York College. She holds a BFA from NYU Tisch and an M.F.A from Brooklyn College with Mac Wellman and Erin Courtney.
Through Dixon Place and their generous donors, we are receiving $5000 as production seed money, but we still need $10,800 in order to make this production come to life. This is how it breaks down:
- Artist Fees: $9,800
- Set by Amy Rubin: $2,000
- Costumes by Karen Boyer: $1,500
- Lights by Sarah Lurie: $175
- Media/Photos by Sasha Arutyunova: $175
- Transportation: $170
- Press & Publicity $400
- Contingency: $1,580
With the initial $5000, we'll be able to buy materials up front so our designers can start building the sets, costumes, multi-media and publicity materials, but we must make a minimum of $10,800 so we can pay our team of professional performers and collaborators. We need your help to make this show a reality.
By making a donation to our Kickstarter campaign, you'll be supporting the tremendous work of all our artists involved. This includes collaborators who are harunalee alumni as well as some brand new faces that we're super excited to work with!
The creative team is: Jordan Fein, Kathryn Hathaway, Kristine Haruna Lee, Solomon Hoffman, Joel Glassman, Stevo Arnoczy, Amy Rubin, Sarah Lurie, Sasha Arutyunova and Karen Boyer.
The cast is comprised of: Erin Markey, Jessica Almasy, Steph Hsu, Cyndi Perzcek, Preston Martin, Andrew R. Butler, Derek Smith, Chris Tyler, Amir Wachterman, Teri Madonna, and Kristine Haruna Lee.
Risks and challenges
There are always risks and challenges when putting up a theater piece. For us, this could manifest in trying to configure our musicians in our performance space, or unexpected delays due the enormous construction of the set that we are dreaming up. Whatever the obstacle may be, we are fully prepared to rise up to the challenge and work through these potential problems as a cohesive team. The experience and knowledge gained by putting up six shows in the past four years will guide and help us in managing these unexpected situations.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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