About this project
About the play: Tobacco land, North Carolina: A boy with a guitar, trapped in time, lurks near the abandoned railway tracks, waiting for a glimpse of an infamous ghost train- the legend of the Maco Lights. 50 years earlier, the white son of a tobacco magnate woos Mattie, his father’s beautiful young black receptionist. A play about money and power, love and ghosts, with music.
About our production: SUPERWOLF is dedicated to creating work in which the location is always a character. The setting for our performances is always either informed by the writing, or vice-versa. We'll be staging the play at The Invisible Dog Art Center, a turn-of-the-century factory, turned interdisciplinary art space. In-keeping with The Invisible Dog’s mission to foster local artists, and create a broadening artistic community, SUPERWOLF will create a uniquely interactive, intimate theatrical event. Bespoke lighting instruments and seating created by local artists will serve as both scenic elements and original art available for purchase after the show. And just like The Invisible Dog, all proceeds from the art will go directly to the artists. Post-show, each night will transition into a small concert and celebration featuring a variety of musical guests, providing a chance for audience to explore the performance space now as a gallery and meeting-place.
It's been a long road to get here. After presenting plays by Bekah Brunstetter a couple of times, SUPERWOLF was honored when she asked us to become her Producer Advocates for her prestigious New York/New Voices Fellowship at The Lark Play Development Center in 2011. It was there that we started to workshop Take Her to See The Maco Lights, a process which culminated inan unforgettable table-read that solidified this play as one that SUPERWOLF absolutely had to produce.
An exhaustive concept-development process and location search finally led us to the 3rd floor of The Invisible Dog, and the space spoke instantly to all of us. Just like the play, the space conveys history and hardship, love and ghosts. And we are thrilled to be able to tell you this beautifully rich story in an equally beautiful and rich space.
But to do so requires some money. We need to rent lighting and sound equipment, fabricate an old, decaying railroad track and other elements, and uncharacteristically for a company of our size, we are committed to paying at least a small amount to all the artists and staff who are collaborating to make this production possible.
We are aiming for a kickstarter goal of $5000. Update: Due to Hurricane Sandy we lost our free rehearsal space in downtown Manhattan, and now have to rent space, a significant and unexpected cost. Anything at all that you can give will help us!
And please come to the show. It's really going to be something special. Nov 14, 15, 16, 17 @ 7pm & Nov 18 @ 6pm at The Invisible Dog Art Center: 51 Bergen St, Brooklyn NY. Tickets:
About SUPERWOLF: Founded in 2010 by Jamie Effros (Producing Director) and Sherri Kronfeld (Artistic Director), SUPERWOLF was created with the express purpose of bringing great new writing to non-traditional settings in order to expand and enhance the audience experience, and to attract new audiences to the singular and intimate experience of live performance.
About The Invisible Dog Art Center: "The Invisible Dog Art Center opened in October, 2009, a raw space in a vast converted factory building with a charmed history and an open-ended mission: to create, from the ground up, a new kind of interdisciplinary arts center. Over the last two years, over 50,000 people have attended (their) events: visual art exhibits; dance, theater, and music performances; film screenings; literary arts and poetry readings; lectures; community events; and more." (http://www.theinvisibledog.org/)
About Bekah Brunstetter: "Bekah Brunstetter's plays include CUTIE AND BEAR (Upcoming, The Roundabout) A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE (Upcoming, Naked Angels) BE A GOOD LITTLE WIDOW (ARS NOVA, Spring 2011; Collaboraction – Chicago) HOUSE OF HOME (Williamstown Theater Festival), OOHRAH! (Atlantic Theater, 2009; Steppenwolf Garage – 2012), and MISS LILLY GETS BONED (Finborough Theater 2010, Lark Playwrights Week 2009, Finborough Theater, June 2010). She is a a New York New Voices Fellow through the Lark Play Development Center, member of The Primary Stages Writer’s Group, the Naked Radio writing team. She is an alumni of the Women’s Project writer’s Lab, the Ars Nova Play Group, and the Playwright’s Realm. She was the Playwright in Residence at the Finborough Theater, London, 2010-2011. She is a 2 time Samuel French Short play festival winner, and 2 time winner of the New York Innovative Theater Award for Best New Play.She is currently working on an EST Sloan commission, and writing for a new MTV series created by Craig Wright, Underemployed." (http://blog.bekahbrunstetter.com/)
About Interior Bliss Design: The fantastic artists and craftspeople at Interior Bliss Design are creating seating for our entire audience out of reclaimed and recycled materials. After the show, if you like the chair in which you sat (or any other seat), you'll be able to claim it, purchase it, and either pick it up or have it delivered to your home after the run of the show. In their words: "ibd was born out of a mutual passion and shared aesthetic. founded in manhattan in 2003, the company was the culmination of years of artistic collaboration. we are able to draw upon a history of experience in the retail, home furnishing, and home restoration industries to present a comprehensive approach to design and implementation." http://www.interiorblissdesign.com/
Risks and challenges
The risks and challenges of creating a theatrical production change by the hour and are too numerous to list. But that is why we do what we do. The volatility of live performance is what makes it unlike any other artistic form or gesture. It is the risk and challenge of liveness that defines theater, and sets it apart from reproducible media like film and television. SUPERWOLF was created to feed upon and enhance that risk and challenge of liveness; to celebrate the human connection; and to hopefully show people why theater is more alive and important than ever.
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