My teacher once posed a question to the class-
"There are plays on almost every subject: Poverty, identity, and loss... but nothing on climate change... why? It's almost an existential crisis. But Why no drama?"
What I said that day was facts aren't story, that charts and data don't have a soul.
But that wasn't the first thought in my mind.
My first thought was "because it's too late. We're already dead."
The Essentials - 12,000
- Essential Set and Properties
- Essential Costume and Makeup
- Off-Off-Broadway House
- Rehearsal Space
- Graphic Design
The Optimal - 17,000
- Professional Film Crew
- Additional Marketing
- Enhanced Set and Properties
- Enhanced Costume and Makeup
The Ideal - 22,000
- An Off-Broadway House (or a smaller house in central Manhattan) will allow us-
- Further recognition
- Greater accommodation
- Increased visibility
- And establish credibility
The Promised Land is fundamentally a cautionary tale. Taking place after Climate Change has torn society apart, a family tries to make the best of the situation. Abraham, the patriarch works with his beloved wife and partner Ester, to run the fields and secretly find the path to a better tomorrow. Their daughter Rebecca, who knows no other world, uses her brilliant mind to form an illegal organization and have a little fun. This brutal but stable environment is plunged into danger when Elliot, a handsome young man posing as a traveling salesman, arrives with tempting promises. A battle between four different world views collide as the question arises, what's the point? Have we (like their parents) gone too far.
The reason why Dunvegan-Productions is launching The Promised Land is because the subject matter cannot wait. Like the nuclear age Climate Change is, to quote my professor, an existential crisis. We may within our generation undo millennia of civilization. The fact that we are accomplishing this destruction slowly and deliberately is shocking. This must be fought on every level: educational, political, and yes in the arts.
The arts can reach people in ways documentary cannot. Lecture may get the blood boiling or cause people to tense. But if we tell (to quote a tea-pot wiser than I) a "tale as old as time" we might be able to get past the barriers. To convey the humanity of the issue.
The Promised Land despite the heavy subject matter is a fast paced, suspenseful, and occasionally funny play in the tradition of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid or Justified. Abraham is as comfortable sitting back with his guitar cracking jokes as he is on quick draw. Ester may give out a dress or torture someone within a moment. And Rebecca and Elliot are young, in love, and unpredictable.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
What we need from you, the theatre and planet loving public is the financial backing in order to make this production a reality. On our end we have put together a stellar team of theatre professionals, marketing consultants, and performers to make a fantastic night on the stage. The funding you provide will be used to book a location, arrange rehearsal space, provide our designers the resources they need, and funds to make sure our actors are fairly compensated. We have broken down our finances into several reach goals. 12,000 dollars will be able to launch this play in one of several lovely off off Broadway houses. 17,000 will hire a professional film crew to record our work, and allow for some additional marketing funding. And if you help us reach 22,000 dollars Dunvegan-Productions will be able to afford an Off-Broadway house.
Creative Director: Lane McLeod Jackson
Lane McLeod Jackson is a writer-director from the Midwest, South Jersey, and occasionally Ireland. After receiving his Masters in Galway he returned to South Jersey where he became a director, writer, teacher, and pirate. He is now bringing his years of experience to the New York area.
Business Director: Nicholas Spinosa
A former pirate, chef, and captain he is now currently a software engineer and life long entrepreneur. Nicholas Spinosa is part of the engineering team at Wade and Wendy who teach A.I. to talk. He is also a passionate supporter of environmental issues and hopes The Promised Land can make a difference.
Executive Director: L.J. Longo (caution explicit content)
The author of eight published works. In addition to being an award winning writer she has raised her voice in choirs, sailed the seas as a pirate, and haunted alleys as a Philadelphia ghost tour guide. She is in her final year at Seton Hill receiving her MFA in popular fiction.
Costume Designer: Jessica Lauren
Jessica Lauren is a New York trained and based costume and make up designer. She's done films, commercials, plays and was the art director for a haunted house.
Set and Properties Designer: Craig Tropp
Craig is a freelance technician, carpenter, and designer. He has returned to theatrical design in order to make sure The Promised Land has an opportunity to be seen.
Lighting Designer: David Stratoti
David Stratoti enjoys designing dragons in his spare time. The technical director to ACIT he is looking forward to The Promised Land.
Marketing Strategy: Pete Adams
Pete Adams is a marketing and media production strategist. While a newcomer to New York, Pete hit the ground running taking as many freelance jobs as possible. He has a vice documentary slated to come out in early 2018
Graphic Designer: Ashley Robyn
An actor, artist, and musician. Ashley Robyn is a force to be reckoned with. A recent graduate of Marymount Manhattan College who trained at Oxford in the BADA Shakespeare intensive. She brings her talent to The Promised Land.
Ester: Gayle Carney
Gayle Carney is an experienced, powerful and talented actor all the way from Maryland. She is looking forward to bringing Ester to life!
Rebecca: Simone Les
Rebecca will be played by Simone Les a frighteningly talented young New York actress.
Elliot: Tyler Riley
Tyler Riley is a proud testament to his profession. Talented, hardworking, and intelligent he brings new levels to every character he takes.
Abraham: Christopher C. Gibbs
Christopher C. Gibbs: A teacher, mystery novelist, and long time performer. Christopher C. Gibbs brings an intensity to the stage and the part of Abraham.
And of course we have you. We are a theatre company. Nothing we do matters if we are not part of a community. We are charged by your energy, we work for your applause, and we want to make a difference in your lives. So even if all you did was read this... thank you.
And always remember...
Risks and challenges
Fortunately every member of the Dunvegan-Production team has worked extensively in theatre. We have a realistic sense of what can be accomplished for how much in what time frame. We want this to be an experience everyone (particularly our backers) can be a part of so several of our rewards are tied to the show directly. Not just tickets but also the DVD recording, the items from the show, the programs, pictures of cast and crew and the "scrap-book."
When the show is mounted will be directly tied to how much money we raise. Our minimum of 12,000 will allow us to present by late spring in an off-off broadway house. If we receive the full 22,000 more opportunities will be made available.
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