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Terrence McNally’s pioneering 5-decades in the American theatre, the struggle for LGBT rights, and finding inspiration at every age.
Terrence McNally’s pioneering 5-decades in the American theatre, the struggle for LGBT rights, and finding inspiration at every age.
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EVERY ACT OF LIFE is fiscally sponsored by The Film Collaborative, a 501(c)3 organization. 

A few years ago, we filmed a special sequence with Terrence McNally and his husband, producer Tom Kirdahy, for our documentary The State Of Marriage (it’s on Netflix: www.netflix.com/title/80107486). We’d long admired Terrence’s work – he is one of America’s greatest and most influential playwrights – and it was really moving hearing him speak so openly about love, commitment, being true to oneself, and the importance of making life matter. We thought, “Why hasn’t anyone done a documentary about this man?” Then we said, “Well, we should.” 

EVERY ACT OF LIFE has come a long way since then, and our respect for all things Terrence has grown exponentially. With exclusive, intimate access, this is the first documentary about one of the world’s most honored and risk-taking writers, and an immersive exploration of how to make the third act of life as interesting as the first two. Through his pioneering personal journey, the film is also a unique inside history of the American theatre; the struggle for LGBT rights; battles with alcohol and cancer; passion, loss, and love; and the continual pursuit of inspiration in life and work.

We finished shooting and editing the film, and have almost completed the film. We need your support to cover the final post-production cost for color correction, sound design, music, and graphics, plus the trailer and poster. These are all essential expenses, and your help will be greatly appreciated. There are also some terrific rewards. All contributions are tax-deductible through our non-profit fiscal sponsor, The Film Collaborative (www.thefilmcollaborative.org). Be part of this once-in-a-lifetime experience with your contribution, and be with us through all that follows. - Jeff and Marcia

Terrence McNally, 1965
Terrence McNally, 1965

 

Mothers and Sons, 2014
Mothers and Sons, 2014

 

We finished filming and editing, but need to raise $42,000 for essential final post-production work like color correction, the sound design / music mix, the trailer, and the poster design. Terrence says in EVERY ACT OF LIFE, “Theatre is collaborative, and life is collaborative.” Filmmaking is also collaborative. In this case, it is tax deductible, as well, because your contribution will go through our non-profit fiscal sponsor. 

In accordance with IRS regulations, The Film Collaborative issues tax receipts for all donations of $250 and over. Kickstater will take their fee and the credit card processing fee out before TFC receives the funds. TFC issues tax receipts on the amount they receive.

Featuring interviews and performances with a remarkable group of people whose lives have been touched by Terrence: Audra McDonald, Nathan Lane, Angela Lansbury, Chita Rivera, F. Murray Abraham, Christine Baranski, Zoe CaldwellTyne Daly, Edie Falco, Billy Porter, Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, John Glover, Anthony Heald, John Benjamin Hickey, John Kander, Roberta Kaplan, Larry Kramer, Rita Moreno, Joe Mantello, Tom KirdahyJack O’Brien, John Slattery, Richard Thomas, Doris Roberts, Paul Libin, Lynne Meadow, Dominic CuskernDon Roos, Patrick Wilson, Jon Robin Baitz, Micah Stock, Peter McNallyJohn Tillinger, and Stanley Tucci, plus the voices of Bryan Cranston (as John Steinbeck), Dan Bucatinsky (as Dr. Pepper in "Bad Habits"), and Meryl Streep (as Terrence's high school English teacher).

Elaine May and Terrence McNally, 1969
Elaine May and Terrence McNally, 1969

 

Terrence says, “When people ask, “When are you going to retire?” I sort of want to hit them. Theater’s just so interesting. It’s not easy, but how can you get bored, working with all these amazing people, and trying to make something beautiful, meaningful and put it on stage.”

The son of an alcoholic beer distributor in southern Texas, Terrence left home at 17 for New York City, traveled the world as tutor to John Steinbeck's children (Steinbeck’s only advice was, "Don't write for the theater, it will break your heart”); suffered an infamous Broadway flop in 1965 at age 24; and went on to write dozens of groundbreaking plays and musicals about sexuality, homophobia, faith, the power of art, the need to connect, and finding meaning in every moment of life. 

He’s won four Tony Awards; had long relationships with Edward Albee and Wendy Wasserstein; lost two lovers and many friends to AIDS; stopped drinking through the intervention of Angela Lansbury; helped launch the careers of James CocoNathan Lane, F. Murray Abraham, Audra McDonald, Doris Roberts, Patrick Wilson, and Joe Mantello; was an early champion of marriage equality and faced violent protests for his play Corpus Christi; survived a brutal fight with lung cancer; and finally found lasting love with his now-husband, producer Tom Kirdahy. As Nathan says, “Terrence has done it all, bless his heart, and he’s always been ahead of his time.”

 

Terrence and Audra McDonald
Terrence and Audra McDonald

 

John Slattery and Terrence
John Slattery and Terrence

 

Zoe Caldwell, Terrence, and Angela Lansbury
Zoe Caldwell, Terrence, and Angela Lansbury

 

Terrence and Tom Kirdahy
Terrence and Tom Kirdahy

 

“Terrence is one of the great playwrights. He’s the only one that has maintained his stature, and who is as hot today as he was 40 years ago. He’s onward and upward forever. I love him for that.” - ANGELA LANSBURY

“I love Terrence so much. He can get to the truth in a way that makes you laugh and cry, and turn on a dime, in all different areas - musical theatre and plays. I defy you to name another playwright who can do that. You cannot tell the history of American theatre without speaking of, and celebrating the work of, Terrence McNally. It's work that will live for centuries.” - AUDRA McDONALD

“He started so early to show Americans who gay people are. How we live. That we have the same hopes, dreams and struggles and disappointments as everyone else. He did it before anyone else. He did it better than anyone else.” - ROBERTA KAPLAN

"Tennessee Williams, Neil Simon, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee, Terrence McNally. That’s my choice of great American playwrights. I feel very blessed to have Terrence as such a role in my life, both his work and just as a person." - PATRICK WILSON

“Terrence has a vision that human beings actually can connect and move forward through huge obstacles. That it is worth living, it’s worth giving your best shot, it’s worth being an authentic human being, and above all that it’s worth loving.” - CHRISTINE BARANSKI

Just some of Terrence’s plays, books for musicals, opera librettos, and screenplays include: And Things That Go Bump in the Night (1964), Next (1969), Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone? (1971), Bad Habits (1974), The Ritz (1975), The Rink (1984), Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune (1987), It's Only a Play (1986 and 2014), Andre's Mother (1988), The Lisbon Traviata (1989), Lips Together, Teeth Apart (1991), Kiss of the Spider Woman (1993), A Perfect Ganesh (1993), Love! Valour! Compassion! (1995), Master Class (1996), Ragtime (1998), Dead Man Walking (2000), The Full Monty (2000), Corpus Christi (1998), Unusual Acts of Devotion (2008), The Visit (2001 / 2015), And Away We Go (2012), Mothers and Sons (2014), and Anastasia (2017). He is now working on three new plays, and a musical. 

Swoosie Kurtz, Nathan Lane, Christine Baranski, Anthony Heald, with Terrence, "Lips Together, Teeth Apart," 1991
Swoosie Kurtz, Nathan Lane, Christine Baranski, Anthony Heald, with Terrence, "Lips Together, Teeth Apart," 1991

 

We locked the final cut of the film, and we’re now in the last phase of post-production. We’ve come a long way, but we still have to cover some significant expenses. Your tax deductible contribution will help EVERY ACT OF LIFE get across the finish line, and bring you some special rewards. “THANK YOU” from everyone involved!

Terrence and Tyne Daly, 2014
Terrence and Tyne Daly, 2014

 

We're excited to offer some amazing rewards (and a way to express our appreciation for your support), thanks to help from some terrific people -many who you have seen on stage and screen. Here is a visual guide, then go to the Rewards section to contribute . . .

Just Added!
Just Added!

LUNCH (OR APHONE CALL WITH MARIN MAZZIE & JASON DANIELEY

Conversation and advice about the theatre (and more) with Jason Danieley and Marin Mazzie
Conversation and advice about the theatre (and more) with Jason Danieley and Marin Mazzie

 CURTAIN TIME

 "I LOVE THE THEATRE!" BUTTONS

 TERRENCE'S "MUST" LISTS

Terrence McNally's must see plays, must hear operas, and must read books. Priceless!
Terrence McNally's must see plays, must hear operas, and must read books. Priceless!

 

 JOURNEY TO ANASTASIA

 THE “I LOVE THE THEATRE!” COFFEE (& TEA) MUG

 “THE NORMAL HEART” SIGNED BY LARRY KRAMER 

“JACK BE NIMBLE” SIGNED BY JACK O’BRIEN

“The best theatrical memoir since Moss Hart's Act One. It's just that good." - Nathan Lane
“The best theatrical memoir since Moss Hart's Act One. It's just that good." - Nathan Lane

PLAYBILLS SIGNED BY TERRENCE MCNALLY

CDs SIGNED BY COMPOSERS LYNN AHRENS & STEPHEN FLAHERTY  

CHITA RIVERA SIGNED PHOTOS & CDs

 AUDRA MCDONALD SIGNED PHOTOS & CDs

 MARIN MAZZIE SIGNED PHOTOS & CDs

“NURSE JACKIE” SCRIPT, SIGNED BY EDIE FALCO

Your connection to the classic series, signed by the 4-time Emmy Award-winning and Drama Desk Award-winning actress
Your connection to the classic series, signed by the 4-time Emmy Award-winning and Drama Desk Award-winning actress

THE BILLY PORTER COLLECTION 

Personally inscribed to you CDs, photo, and poster
Personally inscribed to you CDs, photo, and poster

 

ANGELA LANSBURY SIGNED DVDs & BOOKS

 PERSONALLY INSCRIBED PLAYS BY TERRENCE MCNALLY

Your favorite play signed TO YOU by your favorite playwright

 HANDWRITTEN & SIGNED MUSIC FROM JOHN KANDER

YOUR OWN “ACCEPTANCE SPEECH” WITH F. MURRAY ABRAHAM AND HIS ACADEMY AWARD

Your Oscar moment, and an unforgettable experience
Your Oscar moment, and an unforgettable experience

 TWO TICKETS AND BACKSTAGE VISIT AT BROADWAY’S “ANASTASIA,” PLUS DINNER AT JOE ALLEN’S

LUNCH & FILMMAKING ADVICE WITH DIRECTOR / WRITER DON ROOS

An amazing opportunity with the writer / executive producer of "This Is Us" and the director / writer of "The Opposite Of Sex"

 PRIVATE COACHING SESSION WITH TONY-WINNER BILLY PORTER

 THE "I LOVE TERRENCE" COLLECTION

Lots of special things from Terrence McNally!

Marcia Ross and Jeff Kaufman, with (on screen) Tom Kirdahy and Terrence McNally
Marcia Ross and Jeff Kaufman, with (on screen) Tom Kirdahy and Terrence McNally

 

Risks and challenges

Filming, editing, and 90% of post production has been completed, and our final task is raising funds to finish this work. All of our previous films have been completed and released (to excellent reviews) via Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, DVD, and shown in film festivals and special screenings around the world.

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    EVERY ACT OF LIFE . . . THE SCRIPT

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    TERRENCE McNALLY’S “MUST” LISTS FOR PLAYS, BOOKS, AND OPERAS

    This is a personal and fascinating connection to Terrence, and he is a great guide to your own exploration. Delivered to you digitally, you’ll get all three of Terrence McNally’s handwritten lists for “MUST READ” BOOKS, “MUST SEE” PLAYS, and “MUST HEAR” OPERAS . . . plus progress reports, and behind the scenes stories and photos.

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    “I LOVE THE THEATRE!” COFFEE (& TEA) MUG

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    PLAYBILL SIGNED BY TERRENCE McNALLY

    A Playbill signed by Terrence McNally for the play “DEUCE” (2007, with Angela Lansbury and Marian Seldes).

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    A Playbill signed by Terrence McNally for the musical “THE FULL MONTY" (2000, music and lyrics by David Yazbek, featuring Patrick Wilson and Jason Danieley).

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    PLAYBILL SIGNED BY TERRENCE McNALLY

    A Playbill signed by Terrence McNally for the play “GOLDEN AGE" (2009, with Bebe Neuwirth and F. Murray Abraham).

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    PLAYBILL SIGNED BY TERRENCE McNALLY

    A Playbill signed by Terrence McNally for the play “IT’S ONLY A PLAY" (2014, with F. Murray Abraham, Matthew Broderick, Stockard Channing, Rupert Grint, Nathan Lane, Megan Mullally, Micah Stock).

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    PLAYBILL SIGNED BY TERRENCE McNALLY

    A Playbill signed by Terrence McNally for the play “LIPS TOGETHER, TEETH APART" (several productions).

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    PLAYBILL SIGNED BY TERRENCE McNALLY

    A Playbill signed by Terrence McNally for the play “THE LISBON TRAVIATA" (1989, with Nathan Lane, Anthony Heald, Dan Butler, and John Slattery).

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    PLAYBILL SIGNED BY TERRENCE McNALLY

    A Playbill signed by Terrence McNally for the play “LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION!" (several productions).

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    PLAYBILL SIGNED BY TERRENCE McNALLY

    A Playbill signed by Terrence McNally for the play “THE RITZ" (the 2007 revival, directed by Joe Mantello, with Rosie Perez, and Seth Rudetsky).

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    PLAYBILL SIGNED BY TERRENCE McNALLY

    A Playbill signed by Terrence McNally for the musical “THE VISIT" (2000, songs by Kander and Ebb, featuring Chita Rivera, Roger Rees, and Jason Danieley).

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    PLAYBILL SIGNED BY TERRENCE McNALLY

    A Playbill signed by Terrence McNally for the musical “MASTER CLASS" (1995 with Zoe Caldwell and Audra McDonald, 1996 with Patti LuPone, 2011 with Tyne Daly).

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    JOURNEY TO ANASTASIA

    From the hit Broadway musical Anastasia (book by Terrence McNally, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, music by Stephen Flaherty) a collectable tote bag, key chain, and magnet.

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    (special thanks for this reward to the The Araca Group!)

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    LARRY KRAMER'S “THE NORMAL HEART”

    Signed by Larry Kramer (see him with Terrence in EVERY ACT OF LIFE). The classic “The Normal Heart,” and “The Destiny of Me.”

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    “JACK BE NIMBLE” SIGNED BY JACK O’BRIEN

    The insightful and charming memoir, “Jack Be Nimble: The Accidental Education of an Unintentional Director,” signed by Jack O'Brien. Jack has won three Tony Awards and been nominated for seven more, and won five Drama Desk Awards. A great way to start (or improve) your career in the theatre.

    Nathan Lane: "Quite simply and honestly, Jack Be Nimble is the best theatrical memoir since Moss Hart's Act One. This hilarious and touching book is a must-read for any student of theater, for anyone who loves the theater, and for anyone who doesn't love the theater, because Jack will make you fall in love with it. It's just that good."

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    A SPECIALLY SIGNED RAGTIME PLAYBILL

    Relive a great experience in the theatre with a Playbill of the classic musical "RAGTIME" signed Lynn Ahrens (lyrics), Stephen Flaherty (music) and Terrence McNally (book).

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    CHITA RIVERA SIGNED PHOTOS & CD

    A photo, and and a CD of the Kander & Ebb musical THE VISIT, signed by the legendary Chita Rivera, star of Guys and Dolls, Can-Can, West Side Story, The Rink, Chicago, Nine, and The Visit, and a Tony Award for for Kiss of the Spider Woman. A piece of theatre history!

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    MARIN MAZZIE SIGNED PHOTOS & CD

    A photo and CDs signed by the amazing Marin Mazzie, star of Ragtime, Passion, And The World Goes 'Round, Into the Woods, ENRON, The King and I, and Kiss Me, Kate. A classic collectable!

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    AUDRA MCDONALD SIGNED PHOTOS & CD

    A photo and CDs signed by the incredible Audra McDonald, star of Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun, Carousel, Porgy and Bess, and Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill. She’s won six Tony Awards (more than any other actor), and she is always mesmerizing. This will be a treasure!

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    SIGNED “NURSE JACKIE” SCRIPT

    A “Nurse Jackie” script signed by 4-time Emmy winner Edie" Falco, star of Oz, The Sopranos, Nurse Jackie, and Horace and Pete, and of the 2002 revival of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.

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    THE AHRENS AND FLAHERTY COLLECTION

    CDs of “A Man of No Importance,” “Ragtime” and “Anastasia” signed by Tony-winners lyricist Lynn Ahrens and composer Stephen Flaherty

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    CHITA RIVERA SIGNED PHOTO & CD

    A photo, and and a CD of the classic album, AND NOW I SING! signed by the legendary Chita Rivera, star of Guys and Dolls, Can-Can, West Side Story, The Rink, Chicago, Nine, and The Visit, and a Tony Award for for Kiss of the Spider Woman. A piece of theatre history!

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    “EVERY ACT OF LIFE” MUGS & SCRIPT

    TWO coffee mugs exclusively made for this film: On one side it says, “I love the theatre!” – Terrence McNally. On the other it says, “Every Act Of Life.” PLUS: the specially illustrated script for EVERY ACT OF LIFE, printed and mailed to you, signed by the director. AND: 4 “I LOVE THE THEATRE!” buttons. You’ll also get progress reports, and behind the scenes stories and photos.

    You will also be thanked in the end credits of EVERY ACT OF LIFE!

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    NEW: The Billy Porter Collection

    Personally inscribed to you by Tony-winning (“Kinky Boots”) actor / singer Billy Porter: the “Billy’s Back on Broadway” CD, a “The Soul of Richard Rodgers” CD, a signed photo of Billy, and a limited edition “The Soul of Richard Rodgers” poster!

    Plus email reports on the film, and on productions of Terrence's work, and an “I LOVE THE THEATRE!” button.

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    JOHN KANDER'S “LOVE & LOVE ALONE”

    A handwritten and signed line from the song “Love and Love Alone” from the musical THE VISIT, by Tony, Grammy, and Emmy-winning composer John Kander. Kander & Ebb's classic scores include Cabaret, Chicago, Woman of the Year, And The World Goes 'Round, The Visit, Kid Victory, and Kiss of the Spider Woman. Now, you share in that a piece of that theatre history.

    Plus email reports on the film and on productions of Terrence's work, and an “I LOVE THE THEATRE!” button mailed to you.

    You will also be thanked in the end credits of EVERY ACT OF LIFE!

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    JOHN KANDER'S "SPIDER WOMAN"

    A handwritten and signed line from the song “Kiss of The Spider Woman” from the musical of the same name, by Tony, Grammy, and Emmy-winning composer John Kander. Kander & Ebb's classic scores include Cabaret, Chicago, Woman of the Year, And The World Goes 'Round, The Visit, Kid Victory, and Kiss of the Spider Woman. Now, you share in that a piece of that theatre history.

    Plus email reports on the film and on productions of Terrence's work, and an “I LOVE THE THEATRE!” button mailed to you.

    You will also be thanked in the end credits of EVERY ACT OF LIFE!

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    THE ANGELA LANSBURY COLLECTION, #2

    Signed by Angela Lansbury, one of the great stars of stage, screen, television, and life: Angela’s book “Positive Moves,” the Diamond Edition of Disney’s “Beauty and The Beast” (includes a DVD and Blu-Ray), a DVD of “Nanny McPhee,” and a boxed set of the complete 8th season of “Murder, She Wrote.” Hours with Angela Lansbury . . . what could be better?

    Plus email reports on the film, and on productions of Terrence's work, and an “I LOVE THE THEATRE!” button mailed to you.

    You will also be thanked in the end credits of EVERY ACT OF LIFE!

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    THE ANGELA LANSBURY COLLECTION, #1

    Signed by Angela Lansbury, one of the great stars of stage, screen, television, and life: Angela’s book “Positive Moves,” the Diamond Edition of Disney’s “Beauty and The Beast” (includes a DVD and Blu-Ray), a DVD of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” and a boxed set of the complete 8th season of “Murder, She Wrote.” Hours with Angela Lansbury . . . what could be better?

    Plus email reports on the film, and on productions of Terrence's work, and an “I LOVE THE THEATRE!” button mailed to you.

    You will also be thanked in the end credits of EVERY ACT OF LIFE!

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    NEW: MARIN MAZZIE & JASON DANIELEY CALL

    A phone call you’ll never forget about the musical theatre (and more) with theatre legends Marin Mazzie & Jason Danieley.

    Recently inducted into The Theater Hall of Fame, Marin has been nominated for a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and Olivier Award, and has starred in “Ragtime,” “Passion,” “And The World Goes 'Round,” “Into the Woods,” “ENRON,” “The King and I,” and “Kiss Me, Kate.”

    Called "The most exquisite tenor on Broadway" by Ben Brantley of The New York Times, Jason has starred in the David Yazbek / Terrence McNally musical “The Full Monty,” John Kander and Fred Ebb’s “Curtains,” “Next to Normal,” “The Visit,” and he’ll appear in the upcoming musical adaption of the film “Pretty Woman.”

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    THE "I LOVE TERRENCE" COLLECTION

    Be a lasting part of this film, and have lots of ways to celebrate Terrence’s life and work!
    1) your name thanked in the credits of EVERY ACT OF LIFE
    And mailed to you:
    2) four “I LOVE THE THEATRE” buttons
    3) an "Anastasia" tote bag, magnet, and pin
    4) copies of Terrence McNally’s “Must See” lists for plays, books, and operas
    5) the illustrated script of EVERY ACT OF LIFE, signed by the director
    5) a personally inscribed script of your favorite Terrence McNally play
    6) an “I LOVE THE THEATRE!” / “EVERY ACT OF LIFE” coffee mug

    Plus email reports on the film and on productions of Terrence's work.

    You will also be thanked in the end credits of EVERY ACT OF LIFE!

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    OSCAR THANKS WITH F. MURRAY ABRAHAM

    The unique opportunity to meet Academy Award Best Actor-winner F. Murray Abraham at a New York City theatre, hold his actual Oscar for “Amadeus,” and give an “acceptance speech” while friends and family film the event. (Limited to six people who can participate on a date to be set by Murray.) Murray is a frequent collaborator of Terrence McNally, a regular on the award-winning television series Homeland, and a star of dozens of films and plays . . . and this will be an experience you’ll never forget.

    Plus email reports on the film, and on productions of Terrence's work, and an “I LOVE THE THEATRE!” button mailed to you.

    You will also be thanked in the end credits of EVERY ACT OF LIFE!

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    FILMMAKING LUNCH WITH DON ROOS

    Lunch on a movie studio lot and conversation about filmmaking with director / writer / producer Don Roos (“The Opposite of Sex,” “Bounce,” “Marley & Me,” “Web Therapy,” and “This is Us”). A rare chance to find out how Hollywood really works, with one it’s funniest and more interesting talents.

    Plus email reports on the film, and on productions of Terrence's work, and an “I LOVE THE THEATRE!” button mailed to you.

    You will also be thanked in the end credits of EVERY ACT OF LIFE!

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    THE ANASTASIA EXPERIENCE

    Two tickets and a special “backstage experience” at the Broadway hit musical “Anastasia,” plus dinner at the classic theatre district restaurant Joe Allen. A once-in-lifetime opportunity (and we’re excited to bring it to you)!

    Plus an Anastasia tote bag, key chain, and magnet, email reports on the film and on productions of Terrence's work, and an “I LOVE THE THEATRE!” button.

    You will also be thanked in the end credits of EVERY ACT OF LIFE!

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    BILLY PORTER & YOU

    A private one-hour singing / acting / writing coaching session with Tony-winner Billy Porter. Billy has recorded four bestselling CDs, wrote the plays “While I Yet Live” and “Ghetto Superstar,” and starred in “Shuffle Along,” “Angels in America,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” and “Kinky Boots,” for which he won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical and the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. An incredible chance to bring out the most of your inner talent!

    Plus email reports on the film, and on productions of Terrence's work, and an “I LOVE THE THEATRE!” button mailed to you.

    You will also be thanked in the end credits of EVERY ACT OF LIFE!

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    ADVANCE PRIVATE SCREENING!

    1) An invitation for you and a guest to an adance private screening of EVERY ACT OF LIFE, with the fimmakers and special guests (names and dates to be named later). Available in NYC and Los Angeles.
    2) Your name thanked in the credits of EVERY ACT OF LIFE
    Mailed to you:
    3) Four “I LOVE THE THEATRE!” buttons
    4) Copies of Terrence McNally’s “Must See” lists for plays, books, and operas
    5) The illustrated script of EVERY ACT OF LIFE, signed by the filmmakers
    6) A limited edition EVERY ACT OF LIFE poster signed by Terrence and the fimmakers

    Plus email reports on the film and on productions of Terrence's work.

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    NEW: MARIN MAZZIE & JASON DANIELEY LUNCH

    A lunch and a conversation about the musical theatre (and more) that you’ll never forget, with theatre legends Marin Mazzie & Jason Danieley.

    Recently inducted into The Theater Hall of Fame, Marin has been nominated for a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and Olivier Award, and has starred in “Ragtime,” “Passion,” “And The World Goes 'Round,” “Into the Woods,” “ENRON,” “The King and I,” and “Kiss Me, Kate.”

    Called "The most exquisite tenor on Broadway" by Ben Brantley of The New York Times, Jason has starred in the David Yazbek / Terrence McNally musical “The Full Monty,” John Kander and Fred Ebb’s “Curtains,” “Next to Normal,” “The Visit,” and he’ll appear in the upcoming musical adaption of the film “Pretty Woman.”

    Includes personally inscribed CDs and photos. Does not include the cost of lunch. Available in NYC at time convenient to Marin & Jason.

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    NEW YORK CITY PREMIERE

    1) An invitation for you and a guest to the NYC premiere of EVERY ACT OF LIFE, with the fimmakers and with special guests (names and dates to be named later).
    1) An invitation for you and your guest to a party to celebrate the NYC or Los Angeles premiere of EVERY ACT OF LIFE, with the fimmakers and with special guests (names and dates to be named later).
    Mailed to you:
    3) Four “I LOVE THE THEATRE!” buttons
    4) Two “I LOVE THE THEATRE!” coffee mugs
    4) Copies of Terrence McNally’s “Must See” lists for plays, books, and operas
    5) The illustrated script of EVERY ACT OF LIFE, signed by the filmmakers
    6) A limited edition EVERY ACT OF LIFE poster signed by Terrence and the fimmakers

    Plus: email reports on the film and on productions of Terrence's work.

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