WE ARE FUNDED!!!!!! Huge thanks to all our amazing supporters!! And with days still left in the campaign, we are announcing a Stretch Goal of $15,000!! These additional funds will help bring our wonderful director Rachel Avery out to Adelaide to plug the show into the new space. Help us get there before Turkey Day!! xx Ava, Rachel & Michelle
"Funny, engaging, informative and empowering, The Pleasure Project is a performance you will leave feeling inspired, fulfilled and ready to change the world." - Ms. Magazine
Written & Performed by Ava Bogle
Directed by Rachel Avery
Produced by Michelle Hanzelova
The Pleasure Project had its World Premiere in June 2017 at Rogue Machine Theatre as part of Hollywood Fringe Festival. There it received The Encore Producer’s Award. In 2018, the show makes its Australian debut in February at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, followed by the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland in August.
Described as “The love child of The Vagina Monologues and Mars Attacks!”, The Pleasure Project follows five aliens preparing to leave earth in light of an impending nuclear war who pose the question, can the clitoris save humanity? The comedic multi-media production combines film, dance, music, lip-syncing, and donut holes.
The Pleasure Project seeks to raise awareness for and work to combat a culture that shames women for their sexual and reproductive choices. The aliens in the show celebrate female sexual empowerment as something not only positive for women, but that could literally save the world.
This show was born of my desire to open the conversation about female sexual empowerment through the lens of comedy and the eyes of these five alien characters. The mission of The Pleasure Project is to inspire and empower women and men, to open up a so-called "taboo" conversation about sexuality and in particular female sexual pleasure, and perhaps even convince the audience that the clitoris really can save humanity. My hope is that this show brings us one step closer to creating a culture in which women are sexually empowered. I believe this is a fundamental missing piece in our fight for gender equality.
At Hollywood Fringe Festival, the audience response to the show was overwhelming. One woman said she felt so empowered by it, she walked home by herself. Several men, young and old, told me they had learned what they considered to be an important lesson, and were surprised to find they actually enjoyed themselves in the process. It's reactions like these that make me want every woman and every man on the planet to see this show.
And that is why, with your help, in 2018, The Pleasure Project will go on WORLD TOUR!
Paying our amazing Stage Manager
This indispensable team member is involved with everything from poster design to running the show to editing the video you just watched. For all her hard work, she deserves some compensation.
Marketing & Publicity
If we're going to travel across the world to put on this show, we need to make sure people come to see it! Your donations will help pay for printing flyers and posters, ads in the Fringe printed and online guides, as well as a publicist so we can be sure to get those precious butts in seats!
Yes, that's right, we have to rent the venue spaces where we will mount the show. Thanks to your support we won't have to perform on the street!
Flights to Australia and Scotland
First thing's first: we have to get there. Your support will help pay for expensive plane tickets.
It's not going to be fancy, but we need to sleep somewhere, most likely in some friendly local's spare room.
Registration Fees, Insurance, Music Rights, Visas
These are the not-sexy (but absolutely necessary) things your support will help pay for.
Ava Bogle - Writer/Performer
Ava Bogle is a writer, filmmaker, comedian, and sex blogger at DiaryofaSluttyFeminist.com. As a comedian, she has appeared at The Comedy Store, The Viper Room, and Flappers, where she likes to talk about sex and feminism. Her most recent short film MERYL FUCKIN STREEP had its World Premiere at Lady Filmmakers Festival where it won Best Experimental Film, and then went on to screen at Mill Valley Film Festival. www.avabogle.com
Rachel Avery - Director
Rachel Avery is an award-winning director. Her work at the New York Musical Theater Festival garnered notice in the Huffington Post’s list of top 20 shows for 2011 in NYC. Last year, she directed the pilot Wake Up America! and her short film Jet Lag premiered at The California Women’s Film Festival. www.rachelavery.com
Michelle Hanzelova - Producer/Stage Manager
Michelle Hanzelova has worked at Edinburgh Fringe Festival four years in a row (most recently with The Blind Date Project: www.theblinddateproject.com). In Los Angeles, she has stage managed Kim Davis’ Smoke at Rogue Machine Theatre (Hollywood Fringe 2016) and Sheila Callaghan’s We Are Not These Hands (Hollywood Fringe 2017). She graduated top of her class from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh with a BA in Film and Media, and has worked for Slovak National Television.
Pledge $25+ and get this exclusive pin!
Everybody loves pins! Imagine how jealous your friends will be when you show up rocking these fabulous quotes from the show on your favorite denim jacket or backpack!
Pledge $75+ and add this amazing tee!
With President Pussygrabber still on the loose, fortify yourself with this exclusive The Pleasure Project T-shirt! (*style may differ slightly from pictured*)
Pledge $150+ and add a personalized photo of your favorite alien character!
Are you a Shell, a Claire, a Paula, a Jean, or a Froot Loop? With your donation you will also receive an exclusive production photo with a personalized message from your favorite alien lady!
Pledge $250+ and add this exclusive show poster!
Nothing like a big alien butt on your wall to start a conversation! Together with your pin, shirt, tickets and Donor status, it is the ultimate Fan Package!
Pledge even more and get an exclusive Dinner with the Creative Team, a Performance just for you, or even a Presenting Sponsor credit!
Check out our rewards to the right for more info and thank you in advance for your generous pledge!
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Risks and challenges
Packing a show into a suitcase and mounting it abroad is a huge challenge that requires a giant leap of faith. But we believe so strongly in this project and its message that we are excited to leap into the unknown, to overcome the obstacles, and with your help, make a truly unique, exciting and inspiring piece of theatre that is worth the effort and investment.
Unforeseen costs, such as music rights and insurance we didn't know we needed, are inevitable when trying to mount a show of this scale in another country. Things will come up that we simply didn't budget for. But having a foundation from which to work makes it so much easier when surprise expenses crop up.
The money we raise with your support will help hugely in overcoming many of the obstacles in bringing a show to the fringe. Once we have venues booked and paid for, posters printed, costumes packed, there is nothing left but to fully commit to this next stage in the journey of The Pleasure Project, a journey that we hope to continue for years to come.
At the end of the day, the risks are worth it for the reward of creating a project that has a lasting and positive impact on the lives of our audience, and hopefully even the culture at large. With everything that's happening in the world right now, we believe that a joyful piece of theatre that celebrates the empowerment of women is exactly what we should be investing in. We hope you agree!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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