About this project
Build the set for a world-premiere play
San Jose Rep is producing the world premiere of the new play "The Death of the Novel," by Jonathan Marc Feldman (Swing Kids). The play runs from August 30 to September 23, 2012, features Vincent Kartheiser (Pete Campbell on Mad Men), and is directed by me, Rick Lombardo.
Brilliant young novelist Sebastian Justice claims to be the most well-adjusted, depressed agoraphobic in Manhattan. While he rants about anything from global warming to tennis, his publisher-ordered psychologist (a “writer’s block-whisperer”) tries to get to the bottom of his grief. But when a stunning and mysterious Saudi woman intrudes into his self-contained world his emotional descent takes a sudden turn, for the raving beauty may not be the person she says she is. Will this stranger be the one to help him find his way back, and at what cost? Identities blur in this enthralling and evocative story that takes a look at the modern world through the eyes of a brilliant and tragically wounded artist.
What We're Asking For
We're raising $15,000 to design and build the sets for this new play.
Why We're Asking
You may be thinking, "San Jose Rep on Kickstarter?" Yes, San Jose Rep is proud to be one of the preeminent theatre companies in the Bay Area, but that does not make us immune to recent economic realities. I know you've heard this tale before: the problematic economy has affected the traditional funding sources for non-profit arts groups across the board. Government subsidies, grants, corporate sponsorships, individual donations - all have diminished in recent years. San Jose Rep is facing this challenge along with everyone else.
Also, remember that this is a world premiere produced solely by San Jose Rep. That means we can't borrow or rent material from previous productions, or share the costs with another company - we're on our own, creating everything from scratch.
So, please, join us in bringing to life this exciting new work. We've got great rewards for our backers that I think you'll really appreciate. And just think: soon you could be seated in our theater, pointing to the set and saying, "I helped create that!"
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