This project's funding goal was not reached on October 3, 2013.
About this project
In 2006, David Gabriel and Peter Quince staged Divine Lunacy to standing room only crowds at the Black Swan Theatre of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. They always felt it could be more powerful if the themes, comedy and music were made into a true musical. It's taken them seven years and several versions to arrive at this polished and captivating musical about the thin line between madness and genius.
Davy goes off his meds and has 3 weeks to write, rehearse and stage Divine Lunacy. The show he creates is exciting but dangerous as the exaggerated creative process plays out through a wildly comic Act 1 and the sobering hard work and collaboration of Act 2. Since his brother, wife and friend refuse to work with him, Davy (who adopts the name, Joey) works with imaginary versions of each of them. The only problem is that the imaginary versions are no more cooperative than the real ones.
Divine Lunacy relies on great songs, vivid characters, humor and simple but powerful ideas to show the universal challenges of creativity and the special challenges of mental illness. In truth, all of us see the world in a more or less twisted way, sometimes spiraling out of control. Rather than answer whether meds are needed to regain control, it shows through comedy and sincere emotions how hard the question is for each of us and that, no matter how we face illness, those who suffer and those who love them are part of our larger family and need our care and understanding.
Whether you're a divine lunatic yourself or love (or care for) someone who is, please help us with the production costs of a first full staging of the revised version of Divine Lunacy at Ashland, Oregon's innovative Theatre Convivio in November 2013 in hopes that it can be developed for other national and international productions either on stage or on film. In decades to come, our fondest wish is for Divine Lunacy to become the Show Boat of the 21st century, known both for its virtues as a musical and for dealing in a sensitive, ground-breaking manner with an issue vital to its time.
Risks and challenges
Kickstarter funding will cover one third of production costs, The risk is that ticket sales, concessions, program ads and local donations would fail to cover the remaining costs. We are working with an accomplished public relations expert to make sure locals are aware of the show. In addition, David and Peter each have numerous business contacts and a long history of local performances yielding a large audience who look forward to their appearances (for example 150 turned out for a staged reading in February 2013 advertised only by word of mouth). They both have excellent relations with local newspapers, radio and television stations who have all offered extensive coverage of their other projects. Divine Lunacy has great relevance and a large natural audience as yet unfamiliar with Gabriel and Quince. With its history of sold-out performances seven years ago at the Black Swan Theatre as well as the turnout for the Divine Lunacy staged reading in February, we are confident we'll exceed our audience projections and that this will be only the first of numerous stagings of the show here in Oregon and elsewhere.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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