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The Best of Boston Burlesque bring you the Apocalyptic Lesbian Fringe Sci-Fi Horror Musical of the century!
The Best of Boston Burlesque bring you the Apocalyptic Lesbian Fringe Sci-Fi Horror Musical of the century!
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UPDATE: We hit our original goal (YAAAAAY) and now are working toward a stretch goal! Our original stretch goal (which would pay for the entire production) was $18,000, but if we could even get to $13,000 it would help offset production costs immensely! 

We think the world could use more sci-fi musicals. We also think there is generally not enough blood, gore, and vomit in traditional theater. We also love tits and ass. 

Are we alone? We think not. 

That's why we're creating Boston's first ALL ORIGINAL sci-fi horror burlesque musical!!!

Spider Cult the Musical follows Scout, an orphan stripper, as she tries to escape from the ruthless and bloodthirsty all-female Spider Cult. These super-strong, telepathic zealots want to bring her back to their lair for some strange religious ritual. Little does Scout know, these demonic divas are hiding secrets about her mysterious past!

The Spider Cult (AKA the Lesbian Spider Cult) has been the most popular segment of the Slaugherhouse Sweethearts' wildly successful horror-burlesque shock-show, Revenge of the Robot Battle Nuns, which enters its fourth season this summer. Spider Cult the Musical was birthed when writer Jade Sylvan saw RotRBN in 2013 and immediately approached creator Fem Bones with an idea for this spin-off.

This show has the potential to be ground-breaking, gut-wrenching, heart-stopping, and a whole hell of a lot of fun, but we can't do it without your help.

Boston Burlesque is a vibrant fringe theater community with a passionate and hungry fan base. Generally, these types of productions are done on a shoe-string budget, and the small amount the cast and crew is paid is made from ticket sales. We want to bring this production up a level and give the story and performers the presentation they deserve! 

We are thrilled to be working with some of the best and brightest creators in the Boston area on this production. If the show is successful, we plan to explore options to bring it to additional cities as well!

Creator/Producer/Director: Fem Bones, Boston Horror Burlesque icon and founder of the Slaughterhouse Sweethearts (http://www.bdcwire.com/gallery/fem-bones-the-life-of-a-boston-based-burlesque-artist/ http://theslaughterhousesweethearts.com/ / http://fembones.com/)

Writer/Producer/Director: Jade Sylvan, polymath writer/producer, author of Kissing Oscar Wilde, and professional queer (http://jadesylvan.com / http://the-toast.net/author/jade-sylvan/ / http://www.buzzfeed.com/jadesylvan/ / http://tinyurl.com/mduk8nq)

Associate Producer: Jane Doe, co-founder of Sparkletown Productions and co-producer of Alternatease: The New England Neo Burlesque Festival (http://alternatease.com/ / http://sparkletownproductions.com/ /http://thatjanedoe.com/)

Original Music: Catherine Capozzi, genre-bending guitarist/composer/producer selected by Brian May of Queen to win his famed “Red Special” guitar. Catherine also has sci-fi roots as the basis of a character in Marvel Comic’s Star Trek: Starfleet Academy - Dr. Capozzi, a “mad genetic scientist with a heart of gold” (http://tinyurl.com/mth6vne / http://catherinecapozzi.com/)

Film Components: Sophia Cacciola & Michael J. Epstein, award-winning indie filmmakers (http://SophiaCacciola.com/ / http://MichaelJEpstein.com)

Cast:

Tiny dancer and general creep master, Belle Gunz is a proud member of the Slaughterhouse Sweethearts, The Lipstick Criminals, and Vadalna Tribal Dance Company. She's so excited to wrap herself in the skin of Scout once more for this epic, musical adventure!


Mary Widow
is a founding member of Black Cat Burlesque, New England's first horror burlesque troupe. Since 2003, Mary has delighted and disturbed audiences with her signature blend of horror, humor, sex, drugs and rock-n-roll. (https://youtube.com/watch?v=U1ARHYymVRs)


Fem Bones
(see bio above)


Jolie La Vie
's credits include 'Battery' in The Slutcracker (2013 & 2014) 'Vernita Green' in Pulp Friction and 'Cupid' (with a gun) in Stripped in the Name of Love. She LOVES playing #sexified ass-kicking badasses and Rain is all that and more.


California native, Hayley Jane has been heavily involved in the Boston arts and music scene for the last 10 years. Her band, Hayley Jane and the Primates, keeps her very busy, but she is always elated when a show comes around that pulls her back into theater. (http://hayleyjaneandtheprimates.com/)


Butch Sassidy
was raised by a pack of bears on the shores of Provincetown. When it was time to leave the pack, this cub headed inland for Boston where they found a new, more glittery tribe to call family. Butch joined up with the Bloodstains Burlesque troupe, the Glitter Bombs, and can be found shaking their booty and serenading sirens all around Boston.


Alexander Davis
is a Boston based dancer/actor/writer/comedian/teaching artist/human. Alex has performed and presented his choreographic work at conferences, concerts, festivals, in open fields, art museums, abandoned buildings, street corners, walkways, gardens and (most recently) his mother's kitchen. He has worked with a variety of artists including Betsi Graves, Judy Dworin, Jessica Muise, Cynthia McLaughlin, Rebecca Stenn, Candice Salyers and Monica Bill Barnes. Alex is very excited to be joining the Cult.


Maakorshaa
is on a mission to conquer lust myths. She embodies how racialized adolescent sexual fantasies, when conflated with childhood bullying, can blur the lines between fantasy and reality when negotiating consent in adult bodies. How the body is a temple and that temple has a hot box that is underestimated as a ruse of patriarchy's egregious violent policing of othered bodies. Maakorshaa spins and weaves alternate tapestries.


Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Wisty Andres started ballet at 7 years old and has been dancing ever since. She is now a freelance contemporary dancer and has danced all over the Boston area with Urbanity Dance, 1000virtues dance, and Penumbra:Movement, as well as part of her own independent work. She also plays the accordion and enjoys freaking people out with her hyper-extended elbows. (http://youtube.com/wistyandres)


Simone de Boudoir
is a dancer, aerialist, actress, and lover of literature. She enjoys waving her legs about, hanging upside down, pretending to be other people, and correcting grammar.


Honey Pie
has been dancing her way through the Boston Burlesque scene since 2010. A member of the Lipstick Criminals and a regular performer with Sparkletown Productions, you can catch her performing at Oberon in Cambridge this coming season.


Miss Frei
is a writer, teacher and a performance artist. She lives in Quincy, MA, teaches at UMass: Boston and helps run the Quincy Art House and the Boston Poetry & Jazz Salon. Every October she haunts and growls at the Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery in Salem, MA. She believes in the wilderness above most things.

Esmeralda started her dancing career at an early age in Mexico. She is a dancer/choreographer/actress/trainer and proud puppy owner. She has been performing in The Slutcracker since 2013 and is excited to be a part of Spider Cult!


Jane Doe
(see bio above)

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Jeff Taylor and Joe Sherry 

Club Oberon, the second stage of Harvard's American Repertory Theater (http://americanrepertorytheater.org/oberon), is being incredibly supportive, and has offered us a four-show run in the fall of 2015 (dates will be confirmed by June). We have the script, the cast, and the vision. Now we just need the money to make it happen!

Here is where the money will go:

*Base payments for cast (14 actors), band (3 musicians), and crew (3 technicians) for 4 show run: $5600

*Costumes, props, and special effects for the stage show (Prosthetics, dead bodies, life support systems, Sexy Vinyl Spiderwear, Spider Casual Activewear, Hot Cop outfits, gallons of blood and vomit, so much glitter, spider weapons, glam Old Broadway Spider Queen getup, pregnant bellies, something that looks like a car onstage, something that looks like a bed, webs in which to trap the victims, silk in which to wrap the victims, etc.): $700

*Rehearsal Space (dance studio rental for sexy dance numbers): $375

*Filmmaker fee for 4 short sci-fi horror films which are part of the show: $500

*Film production costs (props [dingy basement stuff, a bunch of mannequins and books, gross floor mattresses, stuff for the Spider Shrine, props for a news room], costumes [on-screen spider costumes, anchorperson costumes, extra costumes], and food for actors [we're not monsters, we feed our cast on long days.]): $200

*Promotional materials (posters, fliers, etc): $150

*Composer fee for all-original music: $500

*Show Production and Direction fees (to cover unforeseen costs and expenses, such as buying stock footage, renting tech equipment, additional circus training, transportation, etc.): $1200

*Kickstarter rewards (printing, postage, shipping, etc.): $575

*Kickstarter cut (10%): $1100

Total needed: $10,900

This is a bare bones minimum projection of start-up costs we will need to produce this show. Realistically, we will need an additional $6-8000 by the end of its run. We are hopeful we will make this much out of ticket sales. However, if we could raise $18,000 in this fundraiser, that would allow us to pay for the entire production. This may be a pipe-dream, but we want to be honest about the financial realities of this project.

This is a labor of love for everyone involved. We want the story of Scout and the Spider Cult to be told, and we will work our tits and asses off to tell it. 

Risks and challenges

With any theater production, a million things are up in the air until it comes together. It's possible that the venue might change dates on us, actors may change, surprise expenses or obstacles may come up. We expect this.

All of the producers have extensive experience producing similar shows, and know how to rebound from unforeseen complications.

When you back Spider Cult, we will make every effort to communicate and coordinate with you to get you your rewards. If for some reason it is impossible for your reward to be fulfilled as written (say you back at THEOLOGIAN level and can't actually attend the show), we will work with you to make sure that you receive something of equal awesomeness.

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    OFFERING: You have pleased the Spider Queen.

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    BLESSED: We'll thank you by name in the official program and the credits that run onscreen!

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    SAVED: A Spider Cult sticker! You'll get an official SPIDER CULT sticker to show off to the world!

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    BELIEVER: A Spider-made patch to show your arachnic religious affiliation.

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    PROSELYTE: Autographed official 11X17 Spider Cult: the Musical poster with original artwork by Fem Bones!

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    APOSTLE: A signed Collector's Edition of Jade Sylvan's book, Kissing Oscar Wilde with a note or a custom dirty drawing from the author inside.

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    INITIATE: Spidery voicemail! One or more of the Spider Cult will record your voicemail greeting!

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    TALISMAN: Handmade custom spider earrings with aluminum scales created with love by Mama Bones! (Pics in notes!)

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    POSTULANT: A personalized autographed pin-up print of your favorite Spider Cult member. You can choose your performer or we can choose for you!

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    CONTEMPLATIVE: Jade Sylvan is an award-winning poet. Jade will write a personalized Spider Sonnet about you to your specifications.

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    ECSTATIC: An autographed, numbered print of one of Fem Bones' Revenge of the Robot Battle Nuns graphic novel panels.

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    ACOLYTE: A Spidergram! Video Spider telegram in full Spider regalia sent to a friend or family member, personalized for any occasion!

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    NOVICE: One of the much-loved working copies of the script, complete with a cast member's notes and fold-marks. Autographed by the cast!

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    PROPHET: Entry into the exclusive Spider Cult the Musical PREVIEW show Saturday, July 18th, at a SUPER SECRET location in Boston. You'll see parts of the show before anyone else, and get to share your opinions and feedback with the creators and cast! This soiree full of some of the most groundbreaking artists in Boston will be a full night of entertainment not to be missed!

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    WITNESS: The cast of Spider Cult will make a lip synch video to a song of your choice! We'll upload the video onto YouTube and dedicate it to you!

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    PILGRIM: Be a named victim in Battle Nuns Graphic Novel! Fem Bones will write you and your name into the Revenge of the Robot Battle Nuns Graphic Novel!

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    VIRGIN: Be a character in Jade's new erotic novel about a curious young Sister in a religious community! You will also receive advance drafts and copies of the book well before its publication!

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    IDOL: (NEW!!!) You get one of the official Spider Cult: the Musical, action figure prototypes!! These are hand-made, OOAK repainted, upcycled dolls made by Jade Sylvan. (See updates for photos.) There are currently only TWO of these, so grab one now! This level also includes an invite to the SUPER SECRET PREVIEW SHOW in Boston on July 18th.

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    FETISH: Custom designed spiderswag by Mamma Bones. Gauntlets made of black scales with a GLOW IN THE DARK spider pattern custom made to donors measurements. See pics in the notes!!

    Plastic scales on acrylic yarn (either black, black shot with silver metallic thread or black shot with gold metallic thread).

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    PRIEST: Be an extra in one of the film components! Several scenes in the show will be short films, and at this level, you can be an extra in one of these! Must be able to be in Cambridge area for video shoots. Will be filmed in the spring or summer.

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    FANATIC: A collection of FIVE personalized autographed pin-up prints of your favorite Spider Cult members. You can choose your five favorite performers or we can choose for you!

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    SACRIFICE: Be a victim! You get to get brutally murdered by the Spider Cult DURING one of the shows! (May require you to attend a rehearsal or tech day-of-show.)

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    THEOLOGIAN: Be written into the script! This character will be seen on stage and/or referenced by name in the show. Your name will be in the official book of Spider Cult: the Musical!!

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    MYSTIC: Ritual Dinner with the Spider Cult. Break bread with the cast at a traditional religious feast that will involve a private ceremony, initiation, and performance. You may or may not be on the menu.

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    ELDER aka EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: We'll credit you as EXECUTIVE PRODUCER on the official program, website, and in the credits. We will also thank you publicly at the start of each show, and you will get a seat of honor at the EXECUTIVE table on opening night, and any other nights you wish to attend. Maximum interaction from performers during the show at this reward level.

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