SleepOver Kickstart ACT TWO:
Good news. Bad news!
Thanks to the wonderful support of over 30 friends and "investors," we have reached our initial goal of $3,000 towards the production of SleepOver at The Cherry Lane Theater in August. The bad news is that we are only halfway to our total cost for the production, and therefore still need to raise more money—to pay actors, director, stage management, etc.
It would be wonderful if those of you have not invested yet please consider doing so.
We are only at the end of the proverbial "ACT ONE."
SleepOver began in the winter of 2009, my freshman year in high school. As part of my time as an intern at New York Theater Workshop, I saw a production at the Vineyard Theater that affected me greatly. In it a teenage character sings a song lamenting her teenage life. The song was rife with “likes” and “whatevers,” a diluted, over-simplified representation of teenage life (the production was still dope though). I realized that my generation has yet to be well represented on stage, at least not in a capacity that I perceived to be accurate. That night I got home and began to write a series of conversations between modern teenagers, mundane but true to how we speak and feel.
In my sophomore year, I had the honor of being a part of Stephen Sondheim’s Young Playwrights program where I was presented with the daunting task of writing a full-length play. SleepOver began to take shape. Now, over three years and a million drafts later, it’s almost done. Almost. We are now seeking support from friends to fund a full Off Broadway production of the play.
My goal in writing this play was to portray my peers, modern teenagers, in our own words. I wanted to present us as we see ourselves, adults confined in the bodies of children with complicated emotional battles. I wanted to explore how teens relate to adults and how race can affect and shape friendships.
All of your favorite “teen issues” will be there including heartbreak, sex, and substance abuse. What our entire amazing production team and I hope to create is something new and dynamic that makes your jaw drop.
Much to my surprise and delight, SleepOver has been accepted into the 2012 FringeNYC Theater Festival. At 17, I am the youngest playwright in the festival. The play will open at The Cherry Lane Theater, a terrific Off Broadway theater on August 12th.
I have been lucky enough to connect with superhuman Dann Fink, a Fringe veteran, who will direct the play. We have a fabulous, professional cast. All we need is you.
Investing in SleepOver means a lot more to us than simply helping pay for our rehearsal space. You’ll be putting your faith in us, encouraging us to succeed, and that is truly invaluable.
As you may know, Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing proposition. Either we raise $3,000 or we get nothing. (Of course once we reach this goal, we can keep going.) We actually need more than the stated amount; there is really no limit to investing.
Please consider an investment in SleepOver. There are nifty rewards that you will get for your participation. And of course, I hope to see you at The Cherry Lane Theater in August!
—Max W. Friedlich
16 year-old Matt and his mom live in Park Slope. When Theo, an acquaintance from school, shows up out of the blue to crash for a night everything changes. Power, race and friendship clash. And no one sleeps at this sleepover...
SleepOver by Max W. Friedlich
Director: Dann Fink
Set Design: Stephen Dobay
Performances at the Cherry Lane Theater:
SUN 8/12 @ 9:00
FRI 8/17 @ 2:00
TUE 8/21 @ 8:30
WED 8/22 @ 7:00
SAT 8/25 @ 5:30
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