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The sound of American music ignites this adaptation of Stein's 'saints' librettos, making for an opera experience unlike anything else.

"Can tickle. Can tickle. He can tickle her. Can tickle. Can tickle. He can make her purr." -Saints and Singing

One of Gertrude Stein’s lifelong projects was to capture the rhythms and sounds of American language. In our quest to further elucidate her project, we have recast her saints librettos in quintessentially American music. The original score developed by fifteen incredibly talented performers has become a joyful landscape of rap, rock n' roll, gospel, a New Orleans parade, a sermon, spoken word, bluegrass, folk, Shaker, jazz--and now we are asking for your help to bring this opera to The New York International Fringe Festival!

Playing at La MaMa: Friday, August 9 @ 10:15, Saturday, August 10 @ 4:45; Monday, August 12 @ 7:30; Tuesday, August 13 @ 7:30; Wednesday, August 14 @ 4:45

"Around is a sound and around is a sound and around is a sound and around." -Four Saints in Three Acts

Our initial investigation into Stein's work began with an all-male production of Four Saints in Three Acts at Carnegie Mellon University in February of 2013. Stein's libretto offers no plot, no characters, and no conflict; it is a non-narrative text that can best be described as linguistic gymnastics.  In all this absence, anything becomes possible and what we have discovered is a Theatre of Joy. The response to the original production was overwhelmingly positive and became an invitation for more. We have since added an all-female Saints and Singing, also featuring an original musical score inspired by American music created by insanely talented performers. The two works are combined to create Gertrude Stein SAINTS!, a powerhouse that explores gender, a theatre that replaces conflict with joy, and America.

Audience comments:

"What?! That was SOOO fierce!"

"Very brave, very unique, and full of life."

"I cannot describe WHAT I saw, but I can tell you what I FELT- and that was sheer joy."

"The production was truly American in sound. It captured a range and diversity that resembles America and amplifies our heritage."

"Creative genius."

Rewards:

SPECIAL ONE-TIME-ONLY ORIGINAL ARTWORK REWARD: At the $750 level we have an awesome reward donated by illustrator, indie art star, and generally awesome person Lisa Congdon. It is an original artwork from the illustrations she did for the recently published Tender Buttons: Objects book by none other than Gertrude Stein.

"It is hard to imagine ever growing tired of this book. The more time you spend with both Stein's text and Congdon's illustrations the deeper you want to dig." - Imprint

"A Box" by Lisa Congdon. Original from illustrations for "Tender Buttons: Objects" by Gertrude Stein, published by Chronicle Books, 2013. 11x14 inches, unframed.  Gouache and graphite on paper.
"A Box" by Lisa Congdon. Original from illustrations for "Tender Buttons: Objects" by Gertrude Stein, published by Chronicle Books, 2013. 11x14 inches, unframed. Gouache and graphite on paper.

The reward also includes a copy of the book signed by Lisa Congdon as well as all of the rewards in preceding levels.

"Tender Buttons: Objects" by Gertrude Stein, Illustrations by Lisa Congdon, published by Chronicle Books, 2013.
"Tender Buttons: Objects" by Gertrude Stein, Illustrations by Lisa Congdon, published by Chronicle Books, 2013.

This is an exceptional reward for a collector of Stein memorabilia, art fans, and people who looooooooove alpacas!

Huge thank you to Lisa for this very awesome contribution. 

NEW REWARDS: Three posters have been exclusively designed for this Kickstarter project, all based on quotes by Gertrude Stein. The fantastic designers are Kyle Durrie (powerandlightpress.com), Michael Buchino (buchino.net), and our own producer/media designer Jordan Harrison (jordanharrisonprojects.com).

At the $35 reward level you will be able to select one of the three prints, while at the $90 level you get all three (in addition to the other bundled rewards). If you have already pledged at a level above $90, don't worry, you automatically get all three prints! When the Kickstarter is over, we will send out a survey to confirm which poster you want. NOTE: The images you see here are digital drafts of the prints, which in the final design may look slightly different.

Designed by Kyle Durrie of Power & Light Press, based on a quote from Stein's "Saints and Singing", 12 x 18" Letterpress
Designed by Kyle Durrie of Power & Light Press, based on a quote from Stein's "Saints and Singing", 12 x 18" Letterpress
Design by Michael Buchino (buchino.net) based on a quote from Stein's "Saints and Singing", 12 x 18" print
Design by Michael Buchino (buchino.net) based on a quote from Stein's "Saints and Singing", 12 x 18" print
Design by Jordan Harrison (jordanharrisonprojects.com) based on pet names used by Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, 12 x 12" print
Design by Jordan Harrison (jordanharrisonprojects.com) based on pet names used by Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, 12 x 12" print

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Funding will cover:

  • A small stipend for each cast member - Everyone on our team is volunteering his and her time to this production, including paying for his and her own transportation and housing. It really is a labor of love, but the performers work HARD every night and we honor their dedication with this small gesture.
  • Marketing - We're not shy but we need help getting the word out!
  • Costumes - Our performers are honestly some crazy beautiful people on their own, but wait until you see what Erik (costume design) has in store for them.  
  • Rehearsal space in NYC ain't cheap!
  • Set - In the last show Joey (scenic design) worked on he made a mud hut look like a place you’d be willing to spend some time. What will he do with a 15 min between-show changeover? Bear rug?
  • Application fees - Necessary evil, but if that money is paying the salaries of people at FringeNYC we are happy to hand it over because they have been incredibly helpful and generous.

Stretch Goals & Rewards!

We made it! $9000! Phew! Thank you!

But we're not done yet!

Watch this new video with our director Michelle to see how we'll keep this up!

We want to maintain this momentum until the end of our campaign so that we can really make waves when we get to FringeNYC next month. So we've introduced some stretch goals and more rewards!

If we can reach 200 backers total, we will give every backer their own special moment with Gertrude Stein. What!? Well, as you all must know, GS was born in the Pittsburgh area, right where we're located. If you help us find 200 backers, Michelle and some of our cast will go to the house she was born in and take a picture with your name in front of the plaque commemorating her. We will do this for EVERY SINGLE BACKER. 

It'll look sort of like this but better and with your name.
It'll look sort of like this but better and with your name.

If we can reach our stretch goal of $13,000, we will give every backer a beautiful set of postcards of the 3 original poster prints created for this campaign.

Can we kick it? Yes we can!

A massive celebration of theatre, of joy, and of America needs a massive amount of people to make it happen. Our team is huge:

Director: Michelle Sutherland

Producers: Michelle Sutherland/Theatre Plastique, Taylor Speegle, Jordan Harrison

Featuring: Chante Adams, Daniel Bellomy, Deneé Benton, Veladya Chapman, Molly Griggs, Amanda Leigh Jerry, Johari Mackey, Mitch Marois, Jimmy Nicholas, Jordan Phillips, Carter Redwood, Cara Ronzetti, Kelsey Tarantino, Joe Ventricelli, Jacob Vine

Assistant Directors: Lauren Adleman, Jordan Harrison Dramaturgy: Emma McFarland Costumes: Erik Larson Scenic: Grace Min Lighting: Justin Keenan Miller Media: Jordan Harrison Stage Management: Rachel Piero

For more information contact The New York International Fringe Festival , a production of The Present Company @ (866) 468-7619 or visit www.FringeNYC.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/GertrudeSteinSaints 

Michelle Sutherland: http://michellesutherland.org/ 

http://www.gertrudesteinsaints.com

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Bringing any show to an international theatre festival is rife with potential pitfalls; bringing a theatre EVENT (always in development, fluid, organic) of 23 artists magnifies the danger exponentially.

But the potential of this work is enormous and so, the risk is worth it. While it is challenging to be with work that continues to grow and grow (and will grow and will change even through our performances at NYC Fringe), we have been running with this project for almost two years now. We understand this work and each other very intimately and are incredibly excited to share what we have come to love about Gertrude Stein's theatre with the New York audience and we are also very excited to see what this encounter will bring.

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    A song from the cast recording digitally delivered for instant dancing in your living room! We will also feature your name on the donor page on our website.

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    Live cast recording of the entire opera from one of our shows at FringeNYC digitally delivered for an instant PARTY in your living room! Yes, this will actually happen.

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    Saint medallions have been worn for centuries to bring good luck, love, and even lost keys. You get an original Gertrude Stein SAINTS! medallion, a SIGNED cast photo, and all of the above rewards.

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    All three exclusive posters based on quotes by Gertrude Stein. Also includes a T-shirt featuring the Gertrude Stein SAINTS! logo, a show poster, a SAINTS! medallion, a signed cast photo, digital cast photo, and live opera recording.

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    Invitation to a cast party the weekend of Saturday, August 10 in NYC. Good times in signature SAINTS! style with our insanely talented cast. Also includes T-shirt featuring the Gertrude Stein SAINTS! logo, a signed show poster, a SAINTS! medallion, a signed cast photo, digital cast photo, and live opera recording.

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    Invitation to a rehearsal in NYC! We will be writing the end of the show in New York during the week before our opening. Observe a rehearsal and see how this unique project was created and continues to evolve. Afterwards, join us for a conversation with the director and design team. Also includes party invite, T-shirt featuring the Gertrude Stein SAINTS! logo, a signed show poster, a SAINTS! medallion, a signed cast photo, digital cast photo, and live opera recording.

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    Exclusive making-of DVD and digital download. Learn more about the process of creating the show through behind the scenes footage and interviews with cast and crew. Also includes rehearsal & party invites, T-shirt featuring the Gertrude Stein SAINTS! logo, a signed show poster, a SAINTS! medallion, a signed cast photo, digital cast photo, and live opera recording.

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    Beautiful original costume rendering drawn and signed by costume designer Erik Larson. This one-of-a-kind collectible also includes all of the above rewards.

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    Original artwork by Lisa Congdon from illustrations for Gertrude Stein's "Tender Buttons: Objects". Also includes a copy of the book signed by Lisa Congdon and ALL OF THE ABOVE REWARDS.

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    The performer/creators who wrote the music for the show will select a piece of Gertrude Stein's writing and compose a new song from it based on the American music genre of your choosing. You ALSO get an actual costume worn in the world premier of Gertrude Stein SAINTS! at FringeNYC. Also includes 1 costume rendering, making-of DVD, party & rehearsal invites, T-shirt featuring the Gertrude Stein SAINTS! logo, a signed show poster, a SAINTS! medallion, a signed cast photo, digital cast photo, and live opera recording.

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