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Eccentric Lady Lawford and her young companion Buddy ("Harold and Maude" prototypes) get caught in a real-life mystery--my first full-length play! Read more

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Eccentric Lady Lawford and her young companion Buddy ("Harold and Maude" prototypes) get caught in a real-life mystery--my first full-length play!

New York, NY Documentary
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Yes, the title is provocative! So is the book by the same name, the autobiography of Lady May Lawford, Rat Packer Peter Lawford's VERY colorful--scandalous--mother. I fell in love with Lady Lawford and her book four years ago, wrote my first full-length play based on it, and now, miracle of miracles--it has been accepted to the New York International Fringe Festival, which takes place the last two weeks of August, 2009!

FringeNYC provides the venue and some PR (not a lot)--but the rest is up to the show's creators, or, in this case, me. I am not connected to a theatre company, have no producing partners, and am currently unemployed. You get the picture.

I am blessed to know generous people who have already pitched in. Graphic design is being donated by my talented brother-in-law; free PR consultation from a kind fellow-actor; the registration fee ($550!),a gift from a dear friend--the attached video was a donation--and that's just the start. The show will be counting on students and interns and friends to donate their time and hard work in exchange for experience as the show's crew.

But "Bitch" still needs at least $5,000 for: lighting and sound design, set and props, insurance (required by Union), director, stage manager and actor fees (required by Union), costumes, scripts and programmes, posters, photos, and 50 hours of rehearsal space--all of which doesn't come cheap in NY.

This is a wonderful opportunity, a chance to realize a dream. I really believe in this project but I can't do it alone. Please help me by becoming a patron of the arts! And thanks!

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    The above plus a copy of BITCH (the Autobiography of Lady Lawford), published by Branden Books

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    One "Bitch, the play" Tshirt, a copy of BITCH (the Autobiogaphy of Lady Lawford), and the back page of the programme to BITCH about anything you want! (or just say something you want to say)...

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