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At the crossroads of Borges and Buddy Holly, this new play is a character-driven story about love, destiny, and the universe.
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What is this project exactly?

Our goal is to produce the world premiere of an amazing new play, "Jason <3 Medea", at the 2013 Hollywood Fringe Festival!

So, tell me more about this new play...

At the crossroads of tragedy and comedy, Jorge Luis Borges and Buddy Holly, “Jason <3 Medea” is a character-driven story about love, destiny and the universe. Using the original Greek myths of Jason and the Argonauts and Medea as a stepping stone, this production depicts love and hate at their most primal. By mixing in contemporary references (pop culture and modern science are equal players, here) and elements of black comedy, “Jason <3 Medea” looks at this classic love story through a radical new lens. Stranded on an island where time and space are fickle bedfellows, Jason and Medea must confront their past actions and choose between a life of epic adventure or humble civility. Are their destinies bringing them together, or tearing the world apart?

Sounds great! But just who is putting this thing on?

This project is being produced by a group of Los Angeles based art and theatre-makers under the umbrella of Vespertine Productions. Vespertine is responsible for critically-acclaimed productions of Harold Pinter's "The Dumb Waiter" and Sam Shepard's "Fool for Love".

Vespertine has a revolving door of incredible talent that come to play under its banner. For this particular production, we have actors and designers whose ranks include such credits as the National Theatre of Croatia, The Getty Villa, Warner Brothers, Fox, NBC Universal, and more! These are award-winning creators and I personally am thrilled to be involved with them. There is no doubt that we are creating something great!

For more information regarding the artists involved in this project, please visit our Fringe website here.

Creative Team (so far):

Director/Designer: Matthew G. Hill
Writer: A. Michael C.
Stage Manager: Alexis Robles
Costume Designer: David Dean Cruz
Sound Designer: Landon Johnson
Video Designer: Nick Kunin
Production Artist: Jana Lynne Umipig, Mike Collins, Will Caligan, Jesse Mesa Toves

Cast (so far):

Medea: Sierra Taylor
Jason: Cody Goss
Ancaeus: Alvaro Renteria

Okay. So what do you need?

This project is going to be premiere at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in June 2013. This festival is a great opportunity for aspiring artists such as ourselves to share their work with the Los Angeles theatre community. Being a part of the festival allows artists to be a part of a guaranteed network of other supportive artists, venues, reviewers, and producers--but it still costs money.

Your generous pledges will go towards securing The Actor's Company Theatre as our performance space, publicity, set & costumes, and other necessary production costs.

Please donate now to receive regular updates about the production and some exclusive donor content/offers. We recommend the $25 deal as it just like buying a pre-sale ticket (and ticket's will be more at the door!).

Thank you so much for your time and attention! And thank you for your generosity. We look forward to seeing you at the Fringe!

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Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges associated with this production are the same as any venture in the theatre. It requires a group of people to come together, dedicating time and effort, to create. Luckily we have been doing this for a while and have a process that allows us to creatively jive. This will be Vespertine's fifth show together. Though, it is exciting to note that if you were to add up the number of shows that each member has worked on, the collective number would be several hundred. As I said, we've been at this for a while now.

Also, being a part of the Fringe takes a lot of the pressure as the infrastructure allows for cheaper venue rental and excellent publicity.

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    All previous rewards, your name in the program as a "Executive Producer", and an ORIGINAL piece of art from one of 3 amazing artists. When you enter a room, babies stop crying. When you leave your house, the clouds part and choruses of angels sing. Sickness and disease are banished in your wake, and you mere presence inspires and enlightens those fortunate enough to near you. Congratulations, you are officially The Awesome. Not just an awesome person, THE Awesome.

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