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Set in 1920's Harlem, Can't You Tell is a rollicking romp of a play about heartbreak, art, and giant tortoises.
Set in 1920's Harlem, Can't You Tell is a rollicking romp of a play about heartbreak, art, and giant tortoises.
77 backers pledged $4,151 to help bring this project to life.

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 Performance times and dates

Sat 17-Feb 8:20 

Thu 22-Feb 8:50 

Sun 25-Feb 3:30 

Tue 27-Feb 5:30 

Sat 3-Mar 3:20

As I say in the video, all my plays center on LGBTQ characters in historical settings. I'm very fond of pointing out that we have always existed, even if our stories have not always been told.

I don't think I'm alone in my belief that these stories not only deserve to be told, but are fascinating and interesting in their own right.

(Every character in this play wishes they knew Josephine Baker. None of them do.)
(Every character in this play wishes they knew Josephine Baker. None of them do.)

Can't You Tell! is a fun romp. I have great love for every character's growth, pain, and redemption. However, this Kickstarter is about so much more than just this one production. My hope is that this play will be the first of many like it, created by me and others! I hope that this shortened Can't You Tell will pique interest in the full version of this play, as well as in all the other stories I have to tell. This festival could be an excellent opportunity, and I plan to show up prepared and polished.

To opening night!
To opening night!

Your rewards are coming along! 

Every backer (starting at $5.00) will receive a button like this!

The tote bags for the VIP tiers will have this stamp image on them!

Tortoises!
Tortoises!

For personalized VIP tier, keep an eye on my updates to meet the characters! One of those characters will write you a personalized, handwritten thank you note!

Cassie, Mathilde, William, Caitiff, Eliza, Silas, Dodi
Cassie, Mathilde, William, Caitiff, Eliza, Silas, Dodi

 

Risks and challenges

Theatre is notoriously unpredictable.
That said, I am uniquely qualified to bring this project to fruition. Not only do I have a degree in theatre performance from a top conservatory, I have put my degree to use by self producing a play, and a reading before this larger project.

Here’s a breakdown of where your money will go:

Performance space rental (with insurance) = 1100

Rehearsal space: $30~35 per rehearsal x 4days a week x 3 weeks ~ 400

Actor pay:
7 actors x $50 x 5 performances = 1750
7 actors x $10 x 8~12 rehearsals (not everyone will be called to every rehearsal) = $560~$840

Props budget = $50

Puppet designer and budget = $200

~~~~~ stretch goal territory ~~~~~

Director = $200

Costume designer + costume budget = $300

If you can't see the play, then your support makes it all the more likely that I will have future productions for you to see at another time. So I thank you all the more for your support.

As Can't You Tell is to be part of a festival, the performance space is already booked. I have only to pay for it. The play is written, some of the casting is done, now all I need to do is buckle down and bring it to life.

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    For this reward tier, you will receive a novelty button and a thank you card signed by me.

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    - A one of a kind tote bag
    - A novelty button with a thank you card

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    - A print
    - A unique costume jewelry piece

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    The Namesake

    Everything in Personalized VIP, plus
    I WILL NAME A CHARACTER after you!

    Seriously. The character has no lines, and is in only one scene, but they are arguably the most important character in the play, and for the rest of time they shall have a name based on YOUR NAME.

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