Hello! We are Rainy Day Players, a new Philadelphia theater collective with the goal of bringing unheralded shows to the Philadelphia area. However, we are not a typical theater collective. We are entirely comprised of past and present students from Temple University; from the producers, to the design team, to each cast member. We are extremely excited to announce that that our debut project, Asylum by Keith Aisner, will be featured in the 2013 Philly Fringe Festival this September.
Asylum centers on Gary, a young professional, who’s drug of choice is an odd one: lucid dreaming; the ability to control your dreams. In his dreams he can control almost everything, whether this means living out erotic fantasies or talking with God and Satan. But some unexpected guests insist on crashing this alternate reality, and Gary's waking and dreaming world intertwine as he begins to lose control of his life.
Asylum is a dark comedy, psychological thriller, and an earnest look of the life of an addict all at once. Addiction, be it to a drug or a “drug” is devastating and it’s we’re honored to bring this much needed tale of it to the Philadelphia theater scene.
If you’re reading this, you already know what we’re here for. We need help to get this show completely going. We have already assembled our team, booked our space, and jumped through all of the hoops to get permission to do this play. We're thrilled to announce that Asylum will be running at Studio 5 at the Walnut Street Theatre from September 12-15, 2013.
What we need now is to make it possible for our very talented set, lighting, costume, and sound designers to do their best work. Your donations will go entirely towards their designs and also help us finish paying our rent at the Walnut.
Aside from the good feeling you'll get from helping us out, every donation will come with a little gift for you. You can see them in their entirety to the right, but some of highlights are tickets to the show, original works from our design team, including props from the show and costume renderings, and dream journals.
Why a dream journal? Okay, this is a really cool “perk.” Each actor and the director will be keeping dream journals for the duration of our rehearsal process. These will be kept anonymously, and if you donate the amount noted on the right, you will get one of these journals after the show wraps up. This is an incredibly personal and intimate look into our process and someone's dreamworld and it’s something that we’re excited to share with you wonderful folks.
We seriously cannot wait to bring this show to life. This project has been in development for a little over a year and we’re incredibly excited about what it’s becoming. We appreciate your generosity so much and we really hope to see you in Philadelphia this September for Asylum.
Risks and challenges
We know that we're young people and that working on Asylum has been and will be a learning experience for all of us. After over a year of pre-production, you can imagine that we've faced countless setbacks and have been told "no" plenty of times. Through it all, we've still been able to come this far and we are certain we will see this thing through, no matter what it takes. And if we don't, and you're unhappy about it, we'll come do Asylum in your backyard for you if that's what it takes to make it up to you. But Asylum will be going up from September 12-15. The show must go on!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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