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
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 Caldwell, Tyne 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 Kirdahy, Jack O’Brien, John Slattery, Richard Thomas, Doris Roberts, Paul Libin, Lynne Meadow, Dominic Cuskern, Don Roos, Patrick Wilson, Jon Robin Baitz, Micah Stock, Peter McNally, John 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).
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 Coco, Nathan 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 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.
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!
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 . . .
LUNCH (OR APHONE CALL WITH MARIN MAZZIE & JASON DANIELEY
"I LOVE THE THEATRE!" BUTTONS
TERRENCE'S "MUST" LISTS
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
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
THE BILLY PORTER COLLECTION
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
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!
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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