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In a fractured world, "The One Truthiness" engages difference in a new way. Live painting. Live performance. And you read the story.
In a fractured world, "The One Truthiness" engages difference in a new way. Live painting. Live performance. And you read the story.
107 backers pledged $10,762 to help bring this project to life.

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Audiences say ... 
"This is about starting the most important conversation of our generation."
 
The One Truthiness offers a new way to engage difference.
We need YOUR HELP to make it a reality.

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The world is breaking into factions.
We are pulling away from each other.
How can we envision a future together?

"THE ONE TRUTHINESS" PROVIDES AN EXPERIENCE OF A WORLD WHERE OUR TRUTHS ARE CONSIDERED SIDE-BY-SIDE AND LAYERED ON TOP OF EACH OTHER.
   
We each have our own truth, our own experience of how the world works, leading potentially to irreconcilable visions of the future. In a world that fractured ... whose version of reality wins?

Audiences say ...
"I was able to see where the opinions of people I don't often think about came from."
  
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"THE ONE TRUTHINESS" IS A LIVE PERFORMANCE IN WHICH YOU PARTICIPATE.

A painting in wax on glass is created as the audience reads aloud a text drawn from Facebook, Twitter, neighborhood newsgroups, personal interviews, and the Conversation blog on the project's website. 

The participants, in effect, play themselves and each other. Different experiences of similar situations are put into conversation with each other, revealing a range of voices that (like life) don’t always agree. The performance is always paired with a post-show discussion/workshop where participants discuss their experiences, speak with each other, listen, and explore how the show applies to their lives as a community. 

The immersive experience helps people let down their guard. The painting allows the audience to visualize these stories overlaid, see a world built in front of their eyes, see it change, and see how one story or person changes the meaning or freedom of another.

Audiences say ...
“It was peaceful yet thoughtful and thought-provoking. I felt a connection with the audience.”
   
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IT'S NOT JUST "OUT THERE." IT'S "IN HERE."
    
By using stories from the local community, connections are drawn between national themes and how they play out in individual choices at the local level. The One Truthiness brings the abstract down to the specific. It assumes that since we are all part of the picture, we each have power to shape the future. It does not expect agreement, but aims to provide an honest look at the experiences, intentions, and consequences within a community.
 
Audiences say ..."I feel transformed. I am taller walking out."

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EACH SHOW IS DIFFERENT
 
The One Truthiness has already been tested and found to be moving, provocative, engaging, and effective. It was always envisioned to be part of a community with a past and a future. To use the show as a mirror and a window, casting light on ourselves and revealing each other. 

We are starting with a quarterly series, open to the public, developed in the context of Oakland and the Bay Area.

Each episode updates the content and images to reflect current issues of local concern: race; how much we do & don't trust each other, the police, the government; housing; safety; success; and personal responsibility. You are invited to help shape the content and conversation. 
The first show will be Thursday, January 4 at The Flight Deck in Oakland.
The second cycle will start in May — May 4-5 at The Flight Deck and May 27, June 1-2 at The San Francisco International Arts Festival at Fort Mason in San Francisco. 

Audiences say ...“Richly disturbing and affirming. I am questioning my truth.”
    
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WE BRING OURSELVES TO THE WORK
 
Project Creator Charlie Levin has lived on the east coast, midwest, and west coast of the United States. With a background in fine art and philosophy, she has traveled much of the world and seen many configurations of people's lives. White and Jewish, her family is inspiration and anchor supporting her as she voyages wider seeking what is outside her own experience. Her artwork focuses on complexity, perception, transparency, and identity.

Co-Producer & Director Ayodele Nzinga, Ph.D. makes home in Northern California. A North American African woman, her anchors are delving the depths of her local community and her dedication to excavating the context of marginalized spaces. Her work strengthens, deepens, and enriches the infinite details of home.

We bring our different experiences and perspectives together to create a trustworthy foundation for all branches of the community to engage, to share their perspectives, and come to see themselves intertwined with each other. What is the picture we make when are all included?

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WE NEED YOU
 
The strength of The One Truthiness is in the investment of people. Charlie self-produced the first two versions out of passion, commitment, and to refine the work. To turn this into an ongoing series requires many elements:

• Scholarship tickets to make sure we always have stakeholders with a breadth of experiences present in person.
• Interviewing and research — time to sit down with people and listen, find the patterns in the stories, and craft an artistic experience.
• Equity experts to structure post-show conversations so they can go deep and help people be candid and vulnerable despite the public forum.
• Workshops so schools, organizations, and companies can have a custom opportunity to investigate the multitude of experiences within their own community and translate their insights into tactical change.
• We are being asked to tour to universities, neighborhoods, and companies.
• Each quarter, we hope to offer more shows for the public performance, each requiring more funds for space rental, staff, artist fees, and art materials (custom-made framed plexiglas panels, encaustic paints, and brushes)
• Eventually we would like to bring this to communities outside the Bay Area, sitting down to listen to their challenges and concerns and developing custom content for their specific stories.

Right now we are raising money just for the first of the series ... January 2018. The more community investment we can show funders and organizations, the more we build interest and prove our worth. Having a glimpse of our long-term aspirations, we hope you want to support making these visions a reality. 

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THIS CAMPAIGN IS TO FUND THE JANUARY PREMIERE.
 

SOME OF YOUR PLEDGE MAY BE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE
(subject to the inner workings of the tax code)

Funds raised beyond our initial goal will go towards (a) scholarship tickets for people who otherwise would not attend; (b) future quarterly performances in May, September, and December; and (c) development of companion workshops.

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Project History

The One Truthiness was first produced as a workshop production for Kinetech Art's featured artist series. The response was so profound that in the spring of 2016, The One Truthiness was produced for a month-long run at the San Francisco International Arts Festival. Audiences asked for it to continue, and since the 2016 Presidential Election, that interest has only grown.

Audiences say ...
"In the midst of a complex and challenging societal discourse, it is so rare to find a space to look at the dialogue from a new and illuminating perspective."
"The most interesting, thought-provoking, creative performance I've ever been to. I've never seen anything like it."
"I am changed by your work."
"When are you doing it again?"

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Who is in the frame?
Who is in the frame?

 

Painting with wax on glass
Painting with wax on glass

 

The audience reads stories of the community.
The audience reads stories of the community.

  

"I came in not knowing what to expect and left open and stimulated."
"I came in not knowing what to expect and left open and stimulated."

 

 

Risks and challenges

This campaign is to fund the January premiere of what we hope will be a quarterly series throughout 2018, with each cycle featuring more and more shows. As the project evolves we expect to develop related workshops, and increase the engagement with the community.

The project aims to include and bring together a breadth of experiences and voices to increase insight and awareness of all voices in the community. Earlier productions (at Kinetech Arts and the San Francisco International Arts Festival) have resulted in overwhelming encouragement to keep the project going, and expand and deepen its content and its reach. If at any point, we discover through our community conversations that we are not resonating, we may redesign or re-evaluate the scope or direction of the project.

The challenge for each new version of the show is to secure the time and access to meet and listen to new voices through interviews and research.

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    Receive a single ticket to either January or May, 2018 performances in Oakland, California. Increase your pledge by $40/seat for additional seats to this or any other pledge.

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    The Book : The One Truthiness (PDF)

    Receive a digital (PDF) download of the book that is read during the show. This version includes only the text.

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    The Book : The One Truthiness (Print)

    Receive a full-color print copy of the text read during the show — including photos and sketches of the painting created as part of the show.

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    2 VIP Tickets to One Truthiness

    Be our special guest at one of our upcoming shows in Oakland, California. Bring a friend, sit in the front, and enjoy a complimentary beverage before the show.

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    Be our special guest at one of our upcoming shows in Oakland, CA. Bring three friends, sit in the front, and enjoy a complimentary beverage before the show starts.

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    4 VIP Tickets to Lower Bottom Playaz

    Be our guest at any show in the 2018 season. Come an hour before showtime, hang out with the cast as they prepare for the show, and join us for a drink.

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    Small Study of the Painting

    Donors at this level will receive an original painting based on the painting created during the show.

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    The Giant Painting

    Bring home the original painting created during one of the shows. This 6' x 6' encaustic (wax) painting can be hung on a wall, or used as a room divider. Shipping/Delivery to be arranged (and paid) separately.

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    Bring the show to you! Donors at this level can arrange a private show for your group, organization, or company. (San Francisco Bay Area only)

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