WHAT IS 'I AM'?
'I AM' is a full-length musical theatre collaboration between songwriter Lauren Stamm, director Ted Watts Jr., playwright Ben Gouldthorpe, and with arrangements & orchestrations by Jacinta Clusellas. It explores the parallel stories of a gay high school senior and a lesbian guidance counselor struggling to coordinate their sexualities with the social norms of a late-90s conservative town in Eastern Pennsylvania. A love interest has Eli Whitaker conflicted as he prepares to accept a sports scholarship to a religiously-conservative college. Addison Baker is attempting to adopt her drug-addicted niece's infant daughter, but facing adversity due to her relationship with a woman.
Our play relies on honest storytelling, raw direction, and deeply personal music to create theatre that is visceral and true. This piece has a strong soul and a deep and powerful core that will demand a unique approach to unlock its dramatic potential.
We are raising funds in order to bring 'I AM' to life. We will be producing a NYC Backers Reading in early 2018. This reading will be offered to predominately industry people, as it is our hope to secure interest in bringing the project to full scale production. We are also offering tickets to our Kickstarter supporters as a way to show our gratitude for making this all possible. We are committed to producing a powerful, independent theatre piece and promise to give back as much to our community as we receive from our Kickstarter family. Thank you a million times over for helping this project come to fruition!
Producing a Backers Reading in NYC is a costly endeavor. Your contributions will go directly into funding the following:
- Hiring 10 actors for one week
- Hiring a 4-string quartet, guitarist, and drummer
- Hiring a musical director and musical conductor
- Renting a rehearsal space in NYC
- Renting a theatre space in NYC to perform the Backers Reading
- Creating more 'I AM' artwork
- Advertising to ensure producer attendance at the Backers Reading
- Potentially creating animations that coincide with each song
IF WE EXCEED 20K?
First of all, if we exceed 20k, we will absolutely lose our minds and be forever grateful to our Kickstarter family. Any extra funding we receive will only make 'I AM' stronger and better! Expanding our budget means extra time and space to rehearse, added performances, more detailed animation, etc. Every penny will go into making 'I AM' a powerful piece of musical theatre.
THE 'I AM' FAMILY
CREATED BY: Lauren Stamm
STORYLINE BY: Lauren Stamm and Ted Watts Jr.
BOOK BY: Ben Gouldthorpe
MUSIC & LYRICS BY: Lauren Stamm
ARRANGEMENT & ORCHESTRATION BY: Jacinta Clusellas
DIRECTED BY: Ted Watts Jr.
'I AM' CAST (featured in video):
Eli | DeMarius Copes
Addison | Fredi Bernstein
Lia | Allie Dobyns
James | Chris Medlin
Tessa | Melanie Stefan
MUSICIANS (featured in video):
Violin I | Audrey Hayes
Violin II | Lydia Yu-Lin Wang
Viola | Leonor Falcon
Cello | Rachel Gawell
Guitar | Jacinta Clusellas
MUSIC REHEARSAL DIRECTED BY: Luke McGinnis
“LIGHT" MIXED & MASTERED BY:
Alessio Romano | Recorded at Studio 42 Brooklyn
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER | Genevieve Jacobsen
VIDEO EDITOR | Zane Gould
ILLUSTRATOR | Kate Nielsen
KICKSTARTER SUPPORTERS | *Insert Your Name Here*
Risks and challenges
Properly preparing for an industry reading requires rehearsal and a reasonable budget. The reading will be performed by professional actors and musicians. We will also offer the reading with full orchestral accompaniment. The material will truly shine in this special performance.
Additionally, it is of paramount importance that the appropriate industry people attend this event. This will require us to commit some of the funds raised for advertising.
This project has been a part of our lives for many years now. We have committed thousands of hours and thousands of dollars to bring this project to life. We are excited to invite you to join the 'I AM' family!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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