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A song cycle of ‘snapshot stories’ woven together with original music written by Ryan Scott Oliver & photographs by Matthew Murphy.
A song cycle of ‘snapshot stories’ woven together with original music written by Ryan Scott Oliver & photographs by Matthew Murphy.
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The Unknown Artists are thrilled and excited to bring 35mm: A Musical Exhibition to the stage for the first time professionally in Los Angeles!

What is 35mm?

With music and lyrics by SoCal native Ryan Scott Oliver based on photographs by Matthew Murphy, 35mm "represents a collision of artistic disciplines as disparate as musical theatre, photography, and pop/rock music,” and “pushes the limits of self-expression to create an art form utterly its own." A collection of ‘snapshot stories’ are woven together as each of the evening’s original songs is performed – with gusto and musical virtuosity — while the audience is immersed in stunning projections of the photography that inspired it. 35mm brings the connection between pleasures visual and aural into razor-sharp focus, creating a singular, multi-sensory emotional journey.

And ... we need your help! 

Sure, but who are we, exactly?

We are The Unknown Artists, and our mission is this: To provide opportunities for talented, unknown individuals to thrive on a stage, enabling them to show off their gifts of music, acting, dance, comedy, film, and all categories of art. The Unknown Artists search far and wide for an explosive amount of talent that is of a specific, unheard of, untraveled artistry. Our goal: to make Unknown Artists KNOWN.

What will we be using your donation for?

As a non-profit company, we often rely on tax-deductible donations to fund our productions, and this is our most ambitious project yet! Your donations will help us with the following elements of production: a killer five-piece band, theater rental fees, production rights, sound and lighting equipment, set pieces and build, costumes, publicity, programs, and importantly: concessions (we always provide a hearty amount of beer, wine, and candy for your lobby time!). 

No donation is too small and no donation will go unappreciated. Not able to donate at this time? You can also help by spreading the word about this project on social media and letting anyone who may be interested in this sort of thing know about us. You can check out information about our company and past productions on our website.

CAST

JEFF SCOT CAREY* - Rent 10th Anniversary World Tour, The Max Factor Factor (NoHo Arts Center) 

CODY CLARK* - HAiR (Chance Theater), White Christmas (Taylor Performing Arts Center, Monrovia) 

EMILY CLARK* - Slightly Dramatic (Laurie Beechman Theatre, NYC), Rated RSO: The Music & Lyrics of Ryan Scott Oliver (Boston Court Theatre) 

VINCENT PEREZ*Festival of Unknown Artists (Sherry Theater, NoHo)

DANA SHAW - Les Miserables (Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center) 

KATHERINE WASHINGTON - The Buddy Holly Story (Candlelight Pavilion), Recorded in Hollywood (Lillian Theatre) 

 *Company Member, The Unknown Artists

DIRECTORS

LUCAS ALIFANO, MEGHAN ALLISON, AMY BARTLETT, JEFF SCOT CAREY, EMILY CLARK, JOHN ROSS CLARK, AND ALLIE COSTA. All of our directors are company members of The Unknown Artists. Each director will work with one or more pieces of 35mm, as each piece stands alone in the song cycle and varies structurally, tonally, and emotionally. 

MUSIC DIRECTOR - Brigham Freeth

When and where?

Our production is scheduled to run in February & March of 2016 at The Complex in Hollywood. We hope to see you there!

Risks and challenges

One of our main goals with this project is to bring together the best band possible. The music is extremely detailed and would not be doing 35mm justice without one. Overall, we are a young, up and coming company on the verge of being well established, and this may be the high-profile production to help us climb higher up the ladder. We would love to foster an outreach with students and younger talent in addition to reaching out to fellow unknown artists who wish to take part in future productions and our weekly reading series, Play Club West. Donations will help us with the publicity and outreach necessary to reaching as many people as possible, something we haven't been able to explore before. This is our most ambitious projection, and I'm sure there will be many challenges along the way. Luckily, we have a great production team and cast ready to go!

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    A 35MM pin + you will be thanked by name in our Playbill and on social media.

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    Signed sheet music by creators Ryan Scott Oliver and Matthew Murphy (delivered in PDF format) + all rewards listed above.

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    You will be able to select a reading for The Unknown Artists' weekly reading series, Play Club West! Pick any script or screenplay for us to read one Tuesday night between February-May. You pick the date and you can cast if you wish! + all rewards listed above.

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    Signed Original Cast Album of 35MM featuring Alex Brightman (School of Rock), Ben Crawford (Shrek), Jay Armstrong Johnson (Hair, On the Town), Lindsay Mendez (Godspell, Dogfight) and Betsy Wolfe (Everyday Rapture). Signed by creators Ryan Scott Oliver and Matthew Murphy + all rewards listed above.

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