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"I made up the Monster in this story from a monster in my real life. He was my Dad. He saw pictures of me online in a dress, and everything changed in one phone call. Now that I look back on it, I felt that a simple dress made someone not love me. I had no choice but to pick up the weapon used against me to fight for a way to love myself. I couldn't be happier with the reactions from the piece."
- James Fluhr on writing Our Lady.
"Thank you for sharing your story, for crying with us, for giving us the gift of hope. Thank you for your bravery, your creativity, your boldness."
-audience reaction to a workshop production of OUR LADY
What is OUR LADY, and where is it going?
The orignal play OUR LADY is going to make its official premiere in NYC as a part of Fringe NYC 2012. OUR LADY is a solo performance conceived by James Fluhr. The play has been workshopped over the past year in association with Boston Center for American Performance, Boston University New Play Initiative, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and SUNY Potsdam Lougheed-Kofoed Festival for the Arts. Inspired by a singular event in the playwright's own life, he weaves a modern fairytale coupled with theatrical fantasy and physical performance. We just need your help to make it happen.
Our Lady is not only a play, It's a political and social call to action. The story honors the homosexual children and teens that have turned to suicide as an answer to unjust societal pressures. It's an experience to be shared with as many people as possible. Every night she rises to inspire and change her audience. She believes that enough children have been taken from our world and the time has come for a new savior.
What is the plot?
From the dark shadows of nightmare, one gay boy discovers his destiny. Before everyone, he pulls the gun away from his lips and becomes our savior, Our Lady. In the end, he lives for himself and for every child the world has lost to the Monster of hate.
What is the plan?
The plan is to raise as much financial backing and awareness about OUR LADY during our time here on Kickstarter. The team has the designs for the show ready to go, and we will do as much building and preparation as we can in the meantime.
On June 10th at 10pm we will close our life here on Kickstarter and begin our rehearsal process in Boston, MA. Even though its a one man show, the technical aspects of the production require a lot of time and preparation. Light, sound, scenery and costumes become the other actors of this ensemble.
Late July, the Our Lady team will transfer to NYC to bring the show to life officially in NYC as a part of FRINGE NYC 2012. From then on, it will be nothing but sweat, hard work and as much theatre magic that can fit in the theatre space we will be given. Don't worry though, we are pretty used to it.
CHECK OUT THE WORK WE HAVE ALREADY BEEN DOING!!!
Where does the money go?
-Scenery (there is a picture below of the magical space we are creating.)
-Costumes (below there is a sneak peak of the new top-secret designs coming for FRINGE)
-Sound equipment rental and music licensing
-Additional lighting equipment rental
-Special effects rental (as ridiculous as it sounds, Our Lady doesn't rise as magically without her fog machine, hazer, strobe lights and disco-ball)
-Transportation of OUR LADY technical elements (truck rental and shipping costs)
-Insurance (just incase someone can't handle all the rhinestones)
-Printing of Posters and promotional materials (if we are going to make her rise, we want people to know about it)
-Minimal stipend ($200) granted to members of the team to cover their personal transportation costs and additional expenses for the three month rehearsal/production period. We don't really like giving ourselves money, but we want to be able to make this story happen as best we can. Unfortunately living and traveling from city to city isn't free.
-All items purchased or built for OUR LADY Fringe NYC will be stored to use for future productions of OUR LADY. We are ensuring that we will have the tools to continue this show in as many venues as possible.
-Changing and inspiring audiences one night at a time (the mission and the most important part of the OUR LADY KICKSTARTER campaign)
- (34 days)