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About

We are the Matchstick Theatre Initiative and we are in the midst of our inaugural production of a brand new comedy, Hot Mess eXpress! 

Hot Mess eXpress (HMX) was written by Playwright and Matchstick Co-Founder Matthew Payton-Downey, and follows the misadventures of Al and his roommate. Al has just landed his dream job and is after a girl, but his drag queen roommate Xandria keeps getting in the way. Add in a very religious mother, an ambivalent step-father, and the girls hot older brother, and we learn that both Xandria and Al are not who they seem to be. You Cant Take It With You meets RuPauls Drag Race in this new comedy about faults, flaws, and being unashamedly you.

Matchstick Theatre is debuting HMX at the first ever Virginia Fringe Festival on Friday, October 27th, 2017. Matchstick Theatre plans to establish itself as an alternative/found space theatre based in Norfolk, VA.  By operating out of non-traditional spaces, we will fuel new works and rekindle existing ones and provide our community with affordable and accessible theatre experience. This production is just the beginning!

To pull this play off though we need your help. While fringe/bare-bones theatre costs less than traditional theatre in some ways, we need to get the word out (marketing and publicity), we need to make it excellent (costumes, makeup, settings), and we need to take care of our cast (actually paying them, and not just with 'exposure'). Any amount given helps us get this show launched, and we have some thank you gifts lined up, including an exclusive staging of the show over Veterans day weekend in November (date, time, and location coming soon). 

Please help us take the stage! Our performance is fast approaching and we're ready to rock, but we cannot do it without you. So, as Xandria would say, "All aboard b**ches!" 

Risks and challenges

We have a short time-frame to get Hot Mess Express on its feet for the festival and we are so passionate about doing so. We have a team of experienced local professionals who are utilizing a network of logistics to stay on schedule and make this production a reality.

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    In addition to the Digital Script and Poster you'll also receive access to live streamed rehearsal/dress rehearsal of the play in Late October. This is perfect for donors who might live out of the festival area.

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    In addition to all items from the $5 and $10 dollar supporter levels, you'll also receive a ticket to an exclusive encore performance of Hot Mess Express that will be held in Virginia Beach for a limited audience.

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