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Three actors, three musicians, three composers. A dark comedy inspired by Spalding Gray.
Three actors, three musicians, three composers. A dark comedy inspired by Spalding Gray.
144 backers pledged $22,500 to help bring this project to life.

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Three actors, three composers, three musicians come together in this comic investigation of identity.  Why are we as we are? Who is the 'persona' that builds up in and around us? A dark comedy inspirited by Spalding Gray.

THROES THEATER PRESENTS:

Halfway through the Story of Our Life

AT THE ACCESS THEATER, MAY 15- June 8th

Access is one of New York's Premier Producers of New Works in the Off Off Broadway Scene.  Its nineteen-year history is rich with the early works of then-unknown theater artists, artists now recognized for the contributions they have made to modern theater. 

Written by Alexandra Zelman-Doring in collaboration with Benedita Pereira and Emma Meltzer.  With music by Mahir Cetiz, Ana Milosavljevic, and Jiri Kaderabek.  Musical director: Mahir Cetiz.  Starring Benedita Pereira, Emma Meltzer, Alexandra Zelman-Doring, Mahir Cetiz, Naum Goldenstein and Marc Uys. Production team: Chris Mirto and Reed Ridgley

Marc Uys, Benedita Pereira, Ana Milosavljevic, Emma Meltzer, Mahir Cetiz, Naum Goldenstein, Alexandra Zelman-Doring. Photo George Bogart
Marc Uys, Benedita Pereira, Ana Milosavljevic, Emma Meltzer, Mahir Cetiz, Naum Goldenstein, Alexandra Zelman-Doring. Photo George Bogart

ABOUT THE SHOW:

Three actors, three composers, and three musicians come together to wade through the inferno.“Halfway through the Story of Our Life” brings together an award-winning team of composers, actors and musicians to divulge a truthful, raw, explosive tale. Written by 2013 Financial Times/Bodley Head Prize Winner Alexandra Zelman-Doring with Benedita Pereira and Emma Meltzer, this comedy inspired by Spalding Gray brings together an international team from the US, Czech Republic, Portugal, Turkey, Serbia, Israel, and South Africa.

Featuring live performance of original music by renowned group of Drama Desk Awards-nominated composers Ana Milosavljevic (praised by The New York Times for her “inventive” and “graceful” works) Jiri Kaderabek (whose work the New York Times praised as “commenting acoustically on mass-media banality and whitewashed anguish”) and Mahir Cetiz (Cetiz’s works have been commissioned and played by orchestras such as BBC Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic), music and musician meet text and actor in this truly unique collaboration. 

At the heart of it all lies a brave investigation of selfhood, identity, and the search that ensues when we wake to find we have been living in a dream we chose to call “reality.” Through ridicule and total abandon, mundane truths and deep torments surface as three lives open up to the anecdotal, outrageous, and performative act of seeking to understand our place as artists and grandchildren. Why are we as we are? Can we be otherwise? How do we engage or escape our society, our freedom, and our calling?Who is the “persona” that builds up in and around us? Can we crack its shell? The cast features award-winning actor Benedita Pereira (Pereira’s portrayal of a man trapped in a woman’s body in “Ele e Ela” earned her Best Actress at the 2010 Portugal TV7 Dias awards) Emma Meltzer (who has appeared in numerous productions all over New York, most recently Lost Tribe at Abrons Arts, Ghost Stories at HERE, and Best Ensemble Winner What Every Girl Should Know at The New York Fringe Festival) and Alexandra Zelman-Doring, whose recent performances at the Edingburgh Fringe, The Flea Theater, and 59E59 have all been widely praised. Also Featuring an all-star cast of musicians Naum Goldenstein (Clarinet) Marc Uys (Violin) and Mahir Cetiz (Piano.) 

ABOUT THROES THEATER:

As our name suggests we aim to bring about, through risk, great beauty. To bring into being works of art that, given as a gift, touch to the quick; works that catch the breath in the chest as they confront our collective dread. 

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP:

We would like to perform a one month long run of the show! We're incredibly excited to be welcomed at Access Theater.  But we need your help. Our largest expense is theater rental. The money we're hoping to raise through your kind donations will pay for FOUR weeks of performance space at the theater. We will take advantage of these four weeks by performing 6 days a week, sometimes twice a day.  It is important for us to make this show accessible and share it with as many people as possible. After that main expense, we still need to cover basic costs such as crew (stage manager, house manager), set and lighting design and transportation, costume design, composer and musician fees, Kickstarter fees, and everything else that makes a show so complicated and expensive to put up.  Please help us however you can!

ABOUT THE SCORE & THE SET:

Original music for violin, clarinet, and piano has been composed by three renowned contemporary composers, Jiri Kaderabek, Mahir Cetiz, and Ana Milosavljevic. Their music interprets and plays with the texts and the actors in dynamic, surprising ways. 

Musicians and Composers: Marc Uys, Ana Milosavljevic, Mahir Cetiz, Naum Goldenstein (Jiri Kaderabek, not photographed) Photo by George Bogart
Musicians and Composers: Marc Uys, Ana Milosavljevic, Mahir Cetiz, Naum Goldenstein (Jiri Kaderabek, not photographed) Photo by George Bogart

The articulate set is being designed by sculptor Jeffrey Landman and  Dan Spielman. Some elements are constructed to participate actively throughout the rehearsal process. This "man made forrest" also features sculptures from Landman's 2014 solo show, "Working on a Building" http://www.tracywilliamsltd.com/jeff-landman/jeff-landman_2013.html

ABOUT OUR REWARDS:

As you can see, tickets and footage are our featured reward. We want you to see the show! 

The Aquarelle by renowned contemporary painter Lucero Gonzalez Jameson is a unique and valuable reward offered here.  Visit her website and you will see samples of her incredible works, spanning a lifetime: 

http://lucerogonzalez.com

Aquarelle, Lucero Gonzalez Jameson, 2013
Aquarelle, Lucero Gonzalez Jameson, 2013
Aquarelle, Lucero Gonzalez Jameson, 2014
Aquarelle, Lucero Gonzalez Jameson, 2014
Aquarelle, Lucero Gonzalez Jameson, 2013
Aquarelle, Lucero Gonzalez Jameson, 2013

Risks and challenges

The greatest risks and challenges we face in this project are technical: how will we light our matinee show? What if our piano goes out of tune? What if one of our collaborators experiences difficulties? Well, we are fully prepared to cope. We have a trustworthy, intimate team prepared to deal with unexpected circumstances. We are dedicated to being flexible and making this show happen no matter what comes in our way. We hope for smooth sailing!

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