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Bring Morag Fullarton's fun-loving spoof and homage of the classic and timeless film, 'Casablanca', to the stage in New York City.
Bring Morag Fullarton's fun-loving spoof and homage of the classic and timeless film, 'Casablanca', to the stage in New York City.
119 backers pledged $16,606 to help bring this project to life.

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STRETCH GOALS

$22,000 - If we reach $22,000, EVERYONE who has backed $35 and over will receive a signed poster by the cast and crew!

$19,000 - If we reach $19,000, EVERYONE who has backed $35 and over will receive a Filmstrip Snap-In Keychain! 

$15,000 (ACHIEVED!) - Here's our first stretch goal! If we are 100% funded, everyone who has backed $35 and over, will receive this engraved shot glass as a THANK YOU from the cast and crew. So please, spread the word and let's get this project funded!

HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU KID

We’re raising funds to bring Morag Fullarton’s part homage, part affectionate spoof of the classic film, Casablanca, to New York City and beyond this fall! It all started in Glasgow, Scotland in 2011 and then the production headed off to the Edinburgh Festival for two sold-out summers. At this point, Jim Haynes discovered the play and fell madly in love with the production, later producing it in Paris with hopes of bringing it to the Big Apple.

This venture has been a true labor of love for all involved, Morag Fullarton (Writer and Director), Jim Haynes (Producer) and Steven Ullman (Producer). But now we need your help to pull off a cross-Atlantic transition with the ORIGINAL SCOTTISH CAST and crew!

Every single dollar we raise will be used towards bringing this production to the main stage in New York City and continuing to share our love of Casablanca with the world.

ABOUT THE GIN JOINT CUT 

Casablanca – The Gin Joint Cut is a three-person, fun-loving spoof and homage to the classic 1942 romantic drama film, Casablanca. As a play within a play, it begins in the backstage dressing room of a theatre company, where we see three actors rehearsing and preparing to go on stage. From there, the audience is whisked away to 1941 Morocco and the corruption starting to surface at Rick’s famous café/bar.

Casablanca - The Gin Joint Cut Rehearsal
Casablanca - The Gin Joint Cut Rehearsal


Casablanca has some of the most iconic scenes and best lines ever spoken, so why not play it again? But this time, we’re showcasing it in a tiny gin joint, with three mesmerizing performers, who wish to drown out the Nazis with a rousing chorus of the "Marseillaise." 

This theatrical tour has wowed audiences in Edinburgh, London, and Paris. Now it’s time for New York! Is it a spoof? A parody? Or homage? It’s all three! So help us fund this project before time goes by – it could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship!

THE PLAN

Gin Joint Productions, LLC has been formed to produce and present Casablanca – The Gin Joint Cut in the United States and Canada. We plan to open in New York at the Triad, a 110-seat cabaret theatre, in Fall 2017. The play will initially perform off-broadway and drive tour sales throughout the country. 

Most of the Kickstarter funds raised will be used for pre-production expenses to get the doors open in New York such as renting the theatre, rehearsal costs and on-going production costs.

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Jim Haynes has been hosting a weekly dinner party for up to 100 people at his Paris home once a week for the past 30 years. Felicity Cloake joined him and around 90 new friends for dinner.
Jim Haynes has been hosting a weekly dinner party for up to 100 people at his Paris home once a week for the past 30 years. Felicity Cloake joined him and around 90 new friends for dinner.

 

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REVIEWS

“Succeeds in evoking the thrilling plot of the original movie while allowing for some superb bursts of humour.” - HERALD 

“Ingenius!” - BBC Radio

“Brilliantly written...of all the gin joints in all the towns this one is well worth a visit!” - The London Aisle

CAST AND CREW

MORAG FULLARTON (Writer & Director) - An award winning writer and director, Morag has been producing theatre and television productions in a career spanning thirty years, beginning with the musical Glasvegas which she wrote with Oscar nominated composer Patrick Doyle. She ran a successful touring company and worked with some of the great theatre companies of Europe: Berliner Ensemble and Dario Fo's company in Milan. Her critically acclaimed productions of Fo's Trumpets and Raspberries and Mistero Buffo with Robbie Coltrane toured nationwide and were declared by Fo to be the best in Europe.

She has worked extensively in television, writing for The Comic Strip and various dramas; many of the dramas she has directed have won Baftas - This Life, Cardiac Arrest, Rebus, Von Trapped, Scott & Bailey et al.... At Home With the Braithwaites was nominated for an International Emmy.

In 2010 she wrote Casablanca, the Lunchtime Cut for Glasgow' lunchtime theatre at the Oran Mor. It became an instant hit and evolved into Casablanca - The Gin Joint Cut and was most recently performed (partly in French) in Paris's oldest theatre, Dejazet, dating from before the French Revolution.

STEVEN ULLMAN (Producer) - Steven has been producing theatre for a few decades. Recently, he produced and directed a workshop of a new one-woman show, Tammy Faye Tweets, starring Charlene Tilton. In the fall of 2015, he produced and directed Jeffrey Hatcher's A Picasso in Paris, France, presented on alternate nights in French and English to rave reviews. Others include the Off-Broadway World Premiere of Falling For Eve, a musical written by Joe DiPietro, Bret Simmons and David Howard; Nora Dunn's first one woman show Small Prey which ran for a year in Los Angeles and her second one Mythical Proportions in Chicago for a 12-week run in 2013; the West Coast Premiere of David Rabe's Hurly-burly starring Sean Penn, Danny Aiello, Mare Winningham, Suzy Amis, and Michael Lerner; Loose Lips directed by Martin Charnin and starring Robert Morse, Fred Savage, Steve Landesberg, and others; the six-year run of Greater Tuna in San Francisco, The Foreigner in San Francisco, directed by Jerry Zaks and starring Rene Auberjonois, Imogene Coca, and Charlene Tilton; and the five-year National Tour of Some Like It Cole! Steven produced and directed the World Premiere of Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning playwright Doug Wright's first play, The Stonewater Rapture, at the 1984 Edinburgh Festival, garnering a Fringe First Award. During his tenure as Producing Artistic Director of the Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities in Los Angeles (1998-2005), he became the only producer to win the L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Best Musical (Large Theatre) three times in four years: West Side Story (1999), Dreamgirls (2000), and Crazy For You (2002). He also received nominations for Titanic (2001), Ragtime (2003), and Forever Plaid (2004).

JIM HAYNES (Producer) - Louisiana born, founded first Paperback Bookshop in Great Britain in 1959 in Edinburgh. Helped launch the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Founded the Edinburgh Traverse Theatre and the London Arts Lab. Was awarded the Whitbread Prize “for outstanding contribution to theatre in Britain” in 1965. Co-founded the sexual freedom newspaper, “SUCK” in Amsterdam in 1969 and the Wet Dream Film Festival in Amsterdam (and directed it in 1970/71 and 72). Started a salon tradition with open dinner parties every Sunday evening for some 36 years and over in Paris in 1978 and some 150,000 people have attended and continue to do so. Published autobiography, Thanks for Coming!, in 1984 (Faber & Faber in London) and a new edition in 2014 (Thanks for Coming! Encore!). Produced Casablanca – the Gin Joint Cut in Paris 2014 in the Dejazet Theatre, the oldest theatre in Paris. Was awarded The Scone Prize for being “a living archive” in 2005). Have been living happily in Paris since 1969 (and taught Sexual Politics and Media Sturdies at the University of Paris (from 1969 to 1999).

Often called “the godfather of the Edinburgh Fringe Theatre Festival.” “Before Facebook, (or) the Internet, Jim Haynes was helping the world connect.” – Kenan Christiansen in The New York Times. 

“The legendary driving force behind the early days of the Traverse Theatre in the 1960s, founder of the UK’s first paperback bookshop in Edinburgh, counter-cultural polymath and host of the hottest dinner parties in Paris...” – Neil Cooper, The Herald, Glasgow. 

“Jim Haynes is the godfather of social networking...” –The Guardian. “Sex in the city of Edinburgh began in the Spring of 1959, at the point a tall American moseyed into town. His name is Jim Haynes...” – Alan Taylor in the Edinburgh Evening News.

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Please help us SPREAD THE WORD. Tell your friends and families about this project on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snail Mail, Phone or Smoke Signals. Anything helps and we are beyond THANKFUL! So, THANK YOU! 

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BECOME AN INVESTOR

Interested in becoming an investor? Contact Steven Ullman at stevenullmanproductions@gmail.com.

Risks and challenges

There are plenty of risks and challenges to producing a play. An actor could get sick or other changes may occur. While we try to account for everything, sometimes things come up but we will make sure to keep everyone informed and up to date. But in the end, THE SHOW MUST GO ON!

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    Receive PERSONALIZED copy of one of Jim Haynes books, signed by Jim Haynes himself. Books: Thanks for Coming!, Encore!, Everything Is, or World Citizen at Home in Paris.

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    If you can play it for her...

    Receive an un-released, never before seen DVD of all the songs Dietrich sang in all her films! It was originally scheduled to premiere at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival but with her death in the same year, the film lost the rights to the footage. In the end, it was ‘screened’ via a video recorder and a monitor outside a cafe at midnight in the softly falling rain. One critic wrote: “I saw the best film at this year’s festival at midnight while standing outside in the softly falling rain.” If you like Dietrich, you will love this DVD.

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    Dine with Jim Haynes in Paris at one of his famous Sunday Dinners. He’s been hosting them for thirty-seven years in his home with a different chef every single week. Includes dinner for two at mutually agreed upon date and below rewards. Read more about this Paris tradition in our description. (Dates mutually agreed upon after campaign. Transportation costs not included.)

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