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BANNED in 3 countries, DESTROYED by authorities,& SHOCKING to great literary minds of its day...the1925 memoir of a Texas schoolteacher
BANNED in 3 countries, DESTROYED by authorities,& SHOCKING to great literary minds of its day...the1925 memoir of a Texas schoolteacher
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Ahhh... the freewheeling, liberated 1920's... women finally get the vote, but apparently publishing anecdotes about childhood abuse, your brothers' sexual exploits with the family livestock, and sincere wishes that death and destruction might be visited upon all the members of your backwater Texas family would still get a girl institutionalized and kicked out of Great Britain.

Edna Gertrude Beasley is the most incendiary feminist author you've never heard of. Her autobiography, "My First Thirty Years," was banned upon its publication in 1925 for "gross obscenity," and most copies were destroyed in U.S. and British customs offices. Some eventually made it into circulation, though the governor of Texas later sent the Texas Rangers to seek out and seize any copies that had managed to infiltrate his great state.

Upon discovering this powerfully independent iconoclast and her amazing story, I set about adapting portions of her all-but-vanished book into a one-woman theatrical production which I have performed to great success in New York and New Orleans. I now have the opportunity to, in my own small way, help re-introduce Gertrude and her story to a larger audience. Throughout the summer of 2011 I will be taking the show on a tour of 6 Canadian Fringe theatre festivals, including a stop in Edmonton, the largest such festival in the Americas.

Planned tour dates and cities:
June 1-19..........Montreal, Quebec
July 6-15........... Toronto, Ontario
July 16-24......... Hamilton, Ontario
July 28-Aug 9...Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Aug 12-22......... Edmonton, Alberta
Sept 1-11.......... Halifax, Nova Scotia

(See Texpatriate Productions listed at: http://canadianfringefestivals.wordpress.com/touring-lottery/
Chosen as one of 5 international touring productions for the 2011 Fringe Festival season!)

*Special note for all backers who fund at the $50 level and above- I am currently negotiating bookings in the New Orleans area after the first of the year, and any performance dates there (or elsewhere...) will be posted in the updates as soon as they are confirmed!
---LOUISIANA SHOW DATES!
LAFAYETTE: March 11, 12, & 13 at the Cite des Arts theater on Vine St.!!
NEW ORLEANS: March 17, 19, & 20, March 24. 26 & 27 at the Shadowbox Theater on St Claude!! (That's Thurs, Sat & Sun- no Friday perf''s at Shadowbox-)

*Special note for all backers funding at the $70 level and above: You will also be receiving the prizewinning chili recipes from the First Quadrennial Super-Awesome Chili Cookoff! How great is that?

And, to further sweeten the deal, the entire tour will be traveled by rail! In addition to its being the most cost-effective and low-stress method of travel, it also has the added nostalgia of being a mode of travel Gertrude Beasley herself employed on her world travels. And short of travelling on a solar-powered gyrocopter, (which I'm sure another fabulously enterprising Kickstarter is presently working on...) it is really the greenest way to go. The Canadian transcontinental rail system cuts through unspoiled wilderness from the Maritimes in the east through the Great Lakes region and across the great plains of central Canada, taking this tour on an as-the-crow-flies distance of over 2300 miles. (whew!)

So that's where you come in... Kickstarter funds will be used to cover entry fees for the festivals and rail travel for two (myself and one stage manager/ technician) from New Orleans, across Canada, and back home again.

In addition to the fabulous rewards listed to the right, backers-only project updates will include coverage of the tour and travel plans, (feel free to contribute sightseeing suggestions!) news from the road, links to reviews, and exclusive video performances, including additional never-before-seen readings from Beasley's autobiography, available to all backers of this project, starting at a mere $10!

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    Receive our undying gratitude and the bragging rights of being listed on the "special thanks" page of our Facebook site. In addition, you qualify for the backers-only updates with exclusive video and tour access!

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    We'll also print your name in our theatre programs, and even send you one for your scrapbook!

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    In addition to the above, you can have two free tickets to any regularly scheduled performance of "A Different Woman: a True Story of a Texas Childhood," along with a personal talk-back session about the show afterwards!

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    A DVD copy of "A Different Woman: a True Story of a Texas Childhood" filmed from a 2011 performance, plus all previous perks!

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    All above-mentioned rewards, plus I will send you one personal handwritten postcard from any tour city: Montreal, Toronto, Hamilton, Niagara Falls, Saskatoon, Edmonton, or Halifax. Your Choice!

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    Thanks, program, tickets, chat, DVD, 1 postcard, and a signed copy of the script for "A Different Woman: a True Story of a Texas Childhood," as adapted from Gertrude Beasley's memoir, "My First Thirty Years."

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    All of the above, plus an autographed copy of prof. Bert Almon's book: "This Stubborn Self: Texas Autobiographies," containing an extensive chapter on Gertrude Beasley. (Thanks, Bert!) In addition, the lovely Vaiden, crowd-chosen winner of "Best Vegetarian Chili" at the chili cookoff on the 27th will cook you up a pot of her prizewinning chili and deliver it anywhere in New Orleans. (So you gotta be local, or start planning a visit to our fair city!) -Thanks, Vaiden!

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    Undying gratitude, personal thanks in program and on site, free tickets and chat after, DVD, signed script, autographed copy of "This Stubborn Self," Vaiden's prize chili in New Orleans, and personal postcards from EVERY city on the tour! Who doesn't like to see something besides bills in the mailbox?

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    All of the above and you could have a free performance of "A Different Woman" anywhere in the continental U.S! All you have to do is arrange the location, get us to and from the airport or train station, and invite your friends! (Canadian donors may be eligible for this reward if performance can be scheduled during the summer tour.)

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    You're the best! The following seven rewards include everything previously listed, PLUS you'll have a full leg of the tour named after you! Reports from the road will mention you by name, and we'll send you a commemorative plaque, photo, and souvenir all hand-picked for you! You can choose from

    Leg 1: New Orleans to Montreal (On the Road)

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    Leg 3: Toronto to Hamilton (Including Niagara Falls!)

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    Leg 5: Saskatoon to Edmonton (Drumroll... the Big Fest!)

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    Leg 6: Edmonton to Halifax (The Long Haul)

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