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Unhealthy explores dependent relationships and modern isolation. How far should you go to help someone beyond help? How far can you? Read more

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Unhealthy explores dependent relationships and modern isolation. How far should you go to help someone beyond help? How far can you?

New York, NY Theater
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NEW GOAL!

We made it through both our goals! Now we have a new one!

A nice even $12,000!

This will be the final goal, and if we reach it, it's a cause for celebration! What better way to celebrate than with shot glasses? Every Kickstarter donor (of any amount) who comes in person to a show will get a complimentary shot glass. Come see the show twice? Get a second one! It's been a fantastic run and we're so grateful. Let's relax a bit now, huh?

Successful Achievements

- An early opening date, giving us four additional performances

- A new reward level where backers can sit in on a rehearsal 

- A live streaming interview you can be a part of! (Date TBD)

- Talk backs after certain performances with the full cast and creative team.

- Anyone getting a physical Unhealthy script will also get Very Important Problems And Other Works by Darren Caulley.

- Six original ten-minutes EXCLUSIVE to backers

- A FULL LENGTH PLAY exclusive to backers

- Special Cast T-Shirts for donors who increased their pledge.

Synopsis

While preparing for an interview, Celia invites a young man, Maycomb, inside her New York townhouse after he explains he is a friend of her roommate, Michelle, a successful actress. As they talk, she slowly starts to realize Maycomb’s feelings towards Michelle border on obsessive.

Michelle, despite being in a relationship, begins romantically pursuing her acting partner which creates intense friction between her and Celia and greatly disturbs Maycomb.

Unhealthy explores the nature of dependency and how it can tear a person apart. Each of the characters forms intense parasitic relationships with one another. Unhealthy shows the consequences of being cut off from such a strong need. It also addresses how drastically morality can shift depending on whose needs you take into account. How far should you go to help someone who can’t be helped? How far can you go?

When And Where

HERE Arts Center
Dorothy B Williams Theatre
145 6th Ave
New York, NY 10013

Brand New Dates!!! We're opening early!

Nov 30th - Dec 1st - 6:00pm (Fri-Sat)
December 1st-2nd - 2:00pm (Sat-Sun)

December 4th-8th - 6:00pm (Tue-Sat)
December 8th-9th - 2:00pm (Sat-Sun)

The Team

Caitlin Kinnunen - Caitlin was seen on Broadway as Thea in Spring Awakening and on the 1st National Tour of Next to Normal standing by for the role of Natalie. Her TV/film credits include the indie feature filmSweet Little Lies (Bess), It's Kind of a Funny Story, We Need To Talk About Kevin, and Law & Order: SVU

Chris Bellant - Chris Bellant has previously been seen onstage in Annie Baker's The Aliens, David Lindsay-Abaire's Snow Angel, and Killing John Grisham. Chris can next be seen in the Warner Bros. thriller Black Sky, and as the lead in the indie feature The Backseat.

Allison Scagliotti - Before Warehouse 13, Allison Scagliotti was most recognizable for her role on Nickelodeon's Drake & Josh as Josh's smart and sassy girlfriend, Mindy. Her recent work includes starring roles in indie film titles My Name is Jerry, Losers Take All, and Chastity Bites.

Chris Riggi - Chris Riggi is best known for his roles as Scott Rosson on Gossip Girl and Jacob White in Fox's Vampires Suck. Chris is currently filming Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, and Gene Hackman.

Brandon Ivie - Brandon Ivie is a director who has worked on the Broadway productions of Next to Normal, Catch Me If You Can and the upcoming A Christmas Story. He is artistic director of the Seattle-based theatre company Contemporary Classics and is a member of the prestigious Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab.

Darren Caulley - Darren Caulley is an up-and-coming writer from Redmond, WA. He made his New York theatrical debut in September 2012 with his dark comedy, Very Important Problems. His degree is from New York University, where he studied playwriting, psychology, and comic books.

The Goal

In order to put this project together, we need a lot of money. The creative team, with the help of some amazing donors, have put in some money already though and so we're a good way through. All money raised through Kickstarter goes directly into the project, not to the creative team's fees. With the remaining money from Kickstarter, we can get the space, sets, costumes, props, and hire all the right people. We can also do a bit of publicizing and marketing, so more people can see the show.

And what if we exceed the goal?

Well... it depends by how much. Once we have enough to perform, the first thing the money will go towards is getting a professional video recording and then putting that online for Kickstarters. That means if you're from California (or anywhere that's not Manhattan) and can't make it out to see Unhealthy, we'd have a digital copy waiting for you!

We also have a couple surprise tricks up our collective sleeves for you guys if we get past our goal, but we'll let you in on those as we get closer.

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FAQ

  • This means that when you go to buy your ticket for a specific night, you can tell HERE Arts Center that your name is on a list and you will not be charged for the ticket. However, this does not reserve a ticket for you. If the show sells out before you pick up your ticket for that night, you will have to attend another night and pay for a ticket. However if you message me through Kickstarter, I will ensure that you'll still get all your other benefits.

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  • Absolutely.

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  • Not unless we work something specific out, but I'm sure we can.

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  • They have beautiful art by the talented Tiahnan Trent. They come in black, white, and navy blue, men's, women's, S, M, L, XL, XXL.

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  • For each person who donates over $500, the writer of Unhealthy will write one play (10 minute, one-act, or full length) and Associate donors and higher will get access to these exclusive plays. Two people have already donated at the $500+ levels before Kickstarter started, so there will be at least two exclusive plays.

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  • Message me. We'll talk.

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  • I will write you a play and I will dedicate it to you or whomever you'd like (if you think this would make a nice gift, for instance). The play and the words are still mine and if you'd like to put it on, you would need my permission (though I'd almost surely give it. Why wouldn't I?). The characters are also mine unless they were someone else's to begin with (say you'd like a play about Batman). You give me no more than a page of instruction and I do my best to give you a fantastic play. All donors of Associate level or higher will get a PDF of said play, and all donors of your own level or higher will get a signed copy of this play.

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  • The cast and crew will pick somewhere to eat nearby. Message me if you'd like to pick this one and we'll see which night works best to get as many people from the cast as we can. You may be sharing the dinner with other donors.

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Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge $10 or more

    4 backers

    You are a donor and will be thanked as such in the program. You will also receive a PDF of the script by email.

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    Pledge $20 or more

    8 backers

    You get a downloadable video recording of Unhealthy.

    PLUS ALL OF THE ABOVE!

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  • You selected
    Pledge $25 or more

    15 backers Limited (27 left of 42)

    Your name will be added to a list of comped tickets on the night you choose.

    PLUS ALL OF THE ABOVE!

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    Pledge $50 or more

    11 backers Limited (19 left of 30)

    At the show, you will receive a program signed by the cast.

    PLUS ALL OF THE ABOVE!

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    Pledge $75 or more

    2 backers Limited (23 left of 25)

    At the show, you will receive a signed cast photo.

    PLUS ALL OF THE ABOVE!

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  • You selected
    Pledge $100 or more

    10 backers Limited (10 left of 20)

    You will be thanked as an ASSOCIATE DONOR in the program. At the show, you will receive a T-shirt in your chosen color and size. You will also receive a PDF of any and all ADDITIONAL SCRIPTS written as a result of this Kickstarter (see $500+ levels and FAQ).

    PLUS ALL OF THE ABOVE!

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  • You selected
    Pledge $150 or more

    5 backers Limited (15 left of 20)

    You will receive a printed script of Unhealthy by mail, signed by the cast.

    PLUS ALL OF THE ABOVE!

    If you cannot make it to any performances, the signed program, cast photo, and T-shirt may be shipped along with the script.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $250 or more

    1 backer Limited (11 left of 12)

    You will be thanked as a STAR donor in the program. You will also be invited to sit in on a rehearsal of Unhealthy. Additionally, you may receive a hoodie instead of a T-shirt, if you'd like.

    PLUS ALL OF THE ABOVE!

    If you cannot make it to any performances, the signed program, cast photo, and T-shirt/hoodie may be shipped along with the scripts.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $500 or more

    0 backers Limited (11 left of 11)

    I will write a 10 minute play in your name about anything you would like. You will receive, by mail, a signed copy of this play and any other 10-minutes I write for this Kickstarter (See FAQ)

    PLUS ALL OF THE ABOVE!

    If you cannot make it to any performances, the signed program, cast photo, and T-shirt/hoodie may be shipped along with the scripts.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $1,000 or more

    3 backers Limited (1 left of 4)

    You will also be thanked as a PRODUCER in the program. You may attend a dinner with the cast, writer, and director after one show, and you may bring a guest.

    PLUS ALL OF THE ABOVE!

    If you cannot make it to any performances, the signed program, cast photo, and T-shirt/hoodie may be shipped along with the scripts.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $2,500 or more

    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    ALL OF THE ABOVE! But instead of a ten-minute play, I will write you a one-act play. You will receive, by mail, a signed copy of this play and any other one-acts or 10-minutes I write for this Kickstarter.

    If you cannot make it to any performances, the signed program, cast photo, and T-shirt/hoodie may be shipped along with the scripts.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $5,000 or more

    1 backer All gone!

    You will be listed in the program as an UNHEALTHY DONOR. You have just singled-handedly given me a play, and so I will return the favor. You get ALL OF THE ABOVE, only instead of a one-act or ten-minute, I will write a FULL LENGTH PLAY in your name about anything you would like. You will receive, by mail, a signed copy of this play and any other one-acts or 10-minutes I write for this Kickstarter.

    If you cannot make it to any performances, the signed program, cast photo, and T-shirt/hoodie may be shipped along with the scripts.

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Funding period

- (30 days)