The Dreary Coast is an original site-specific immersive work that takes place on the Gowanus Canal. Imagine the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at night in the middle of a crumbling industrial neighborhood.
Our story centers on the character Charon, the boatman on the River Styx. It's got elements from Greek and Roman myths, pieces of Dante's Inferno, and blasts of black metal.
It's a tragedy. And it's very funny.
Two small audiences will see our show every night, encountering actors and performers at bridges, docks, and buildings along the canal and throughout the neighborhood. Our crew will blur the edge between landmarks in the neighborhood and the mythic locations of our story. Audiences will complete that transformation themselves.
Our makeshift company makes shows in places where you don't expect shows. Because we think art and culture are too important to relegate to museums and galleries and theaters and rock clubs.
There are still wild places in New York, and we think artists should be out there imagining them. We need your support to make that happen. Because you believe in do-it-yourself culture. Because you support the radical use of public space.
Thank you so much for your help.
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Risks and challenges
There’s so much that could go wrong with a show like this. It takes place in public space. On a boat. Along one of America's most polluted waterways -- a superfund site with a much-needed clean-up in progress.
But we have the team to overcome whatever challenges we face. I’d like to use this section to introduce the team. Many of us have worked together on projects like this in the past. We have pulled off a period piece on the New York City Subway, and snuck into an abandoned building to tell stories. Some of these folks are new allies.
E. James Ford returns to our makeshift company as Charon, the center of our show. He is joined by the talented Ava Eisenson, Theresa Buchheister, Ryan Downey, Coco Conroy, Jo Firestone, and Zero Boy.
In Costumes, our lead is Sarah McMillan, supported by Tracy Gilman, Laura McMillian, Jade Brandt, Alita Edgar, Evelyn Fugate, and Duke Riley.
Our raft will be designed by Caledonia Curry (Swoon), with technical help from Stephan Von Muhlen, Mike O’Toole, and Porter Fox.
Props and Sets are being built by Chelsea Wagner and Nick Chatfield-Taylor (who also edited the Kickstarter video). Danielle Hlatky is brewing elixirs.
We have an ace technical and coaching team, with Interaction Designer Suchan Vodoor, Audio Experience Designer Justin Lange, and acting coach Ken Schatz. They’re building something we can’t wait to share with you. Our Lighting Designers are Ariella Axelrod and Dylan Uremovich.
Jason Engdahl is behind our graphics. George Graham is writing music and performing live. And we look forward to documentation by Tod Seelie, with help from Todd Chandler, Ben Mortimer, and Rob Macinnis, who shot the Kickstarter video.
Corinne Brenner is our stage manager, and our French assistant is Margot Hefez -- every production should have one.
There are so many more people advising at the edges, and we’re also working with various local groups in order to stay grounded in the neighborhood. And whether he knows it or not, the whole project can be traced back to the Urban Divers and Ludger Balan, who showed us the Canal in a way we’d never seen it before. We hope our show will pass along the experience.
Our show is self-funded and self-produced. We follow fair, open-book accounting. All of our artists and crew are paid with donations and proceeds from the show. Artists contributing awards to this crowd-funding campaign personally share income with the show.
There is always a chance that things could go wrong with work like this. But we are confident that we will be able to meet all challenges. Your support makes it possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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