My name is David Shinefield and I am a person who stutters. In college I had the audacity to act in two plays. The result for all 12 performances was that I did not stutter while on stage. I was suddenly struck with the notion that I could be successful in all of the areas of my life that I had previously thought were too overwhelming. While this was the most thrilling and inspiring event of my life, it took several years for me to realize that there was still more to be done. So I created Together We Act in order to share this possibility with stutterers everywhere.
Who We Are
Together We Act is a non-profit outreach theater company that is committed to educating, motivating, and building confidence in people who stutter, so that they may have the opportunity to realize and reach their full potential through the process of acting. Together We Act was founded February 2012. The aim of Together We Act is to give stutterers the opportunity to go beyond their self-imposed limitations. Our hope is that after being in a Together We Act performance, our actors will go on to do things they never would have done, whether or not that means being a professional actor. We hope that they will be instilled with the idea that they are capable of anything.
What We Are Doing
Our actors will be performing a one act play on Sunday, February 17th and Monday, February 18th. The play will be in the evening at 7pm. This play will be "Tough Cookies".
Tough Cookies is a one act play about three women in close proximity. Two of the women are friends and the third woman is one of the friend’s mother. The play consists of witty remarks and absurd situations.
This is a unique opportunity for our actors to be in a performance, a feat that they may have otherwise never thought possible. This marks Together We Act's one year anniversary and our second and third plays.
In order for these plays to become a reality and these people to have a life altering experience, we need your donations. We need funding for the theater space, the props, the set, the director, the playbills, the tickets, and the play-rights.
Our Past Work
Our previous play featured three young men, all who stuttered. They performed "Bachelor Holiday", a one act play by playwright Alan Ball. After months of rehearsing and memorizing their lines they got on stage and none of them stuttered. It was an experience like no other, which we hope to share with everyone who has a dream.
Below, for your viewing enjoyment, are links to videos of TWA's previous successes:
What is new in TWA?
For the first time ever, TWA is performing 2 one act plays, one after the other, 2 nights in a row. This promises to be an absolutely inspiring and exhilarating experience. We are certain that you will walk away from these performances just waiting to get out in the world and start doing those things that you never thought you could.
We also have our very first T-shirts. They will be offered as donation rewards and will be available for purchase at the box office. These T-shirts will be GRAY.
Risks and challenges
A potential challenge regarding our project is the amount of people who may receive tickets to the play. It is possible that our audience will exceed the number of seats available for both nights.
If this does happen, we will plan future performance dates so that everyone has an opportunity to experience these inspiring productions.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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