WHO WE ARE:
We are an interdisciplinary group of artists developing an expressionist multimedia, theatre production investigating the global interest in the Golden Gate Bridge as a suicide destination. Jump: A Love Story, inspired and devised by the works of William Shakespeare, resurrects Ophelia, Juliet and Cleopatra as a triad of seagulls highlighting the poetic stream of consciousness of an unnamed man determined to take the jump.
To learn more about who we are, visit us at http://jumplovestory.wordpress.com/
To watch our production videos, visit us at http://vimeo.com/user5518495/videos
WHERE YOUR DONATIONS WILL GO:
In a perfect world theatre would be free to produce, but unfortunately this is not the case. Please know that your money contributions will provide our design team with a budget for costumes, props, lights etc. If not for the designers, please consider the poor starving actors of the world. It would be quite an accomplishment if we could at least feed them from time to time.
Funding is all-or-nothing, so we must raise our full $3,500 in 90 days to move forward with this project! If we don't make our goal, any and all donations will not be charged.
Excerpts from: The Decision to End it All
Though suicide is historically a universal phenomenon, hundreds of the self-destructive seem to flock to specific locations. One such location is the Aokigahara forest located behind Mt. Fuji in Japan. Also known as the “sea of trees.” Since it opened to the public in the 1950’s, the Aokigahara forest has been the site of approximately 500 suicides, ranking it as the second most popular suicide landmark in the world. The Golden Gate Bridge, since its completion in 1937, has been the site of an estimated 1,300 suicides. Statistically, the ratio of male jumpers to female jumpers is 3:1. In the last fifteen years alone, the Golden Gate Bridge has seen the death of four accountants, two custodians, a welder, a child psychologist, and a funeral director. -Nelene DeGuzman
What responsibility do we bear as artists and as a community to expose the act beyond a statistic reference? Are the Golden Gate Bridge suicides occurring because of impulsive haste (i.e. accessibility), or are the suicides perhaps only the symptom of a greater and unanswerable phenomenon?
Mario El Caponi Mendoza: Director, Writer
Alandra Hileman: Assistant Director, Stage Manager
Julien Elstob: Set Design, Lighting Design
Jessie Chaffin: Set Design, Prop Design
Nelene DeGuzman: Director's First Dramaturg
Nick Poulos: Sound Design, Multimedia Design
Liz Weston: Costume Design
Alex Peri: Marketing, Assistant Playwright
Elizabeth Ware-Martin: Assistant Stage Manger
Michael Miller: Photography, Videographer
Evan Winchester: Creative Consultant
Casey Robbins - The Young Man
Dennice Cisneros - The Animatronic Voice
Pasi Eltit - Juliet
Molly Rose Kathleen Clancy - Ophelia
Sam Jackson - Cleopatra
- (90 days)