Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption is a story about love. It's a story about hope amidst rancor and discourse. Its a story of bravery shared by a humble group of actors who unknowingly came together four years ago to share a simple play, but were thrust into a movement of change within a community struggling to find its voice.
We will follow the troupe and the playwright, sharing their stories and dialogues with their audiences, supporters and protesters as they continue their tour across the country in 2010. For over four years now we have been acquiring funds from audiences at each performance to continue the show's tour. Now, with over 200 hours of footage gathered from this past year, we aim to raise money to help us edit the film's story together to reach a mainstream audience. With an intention of raising a minimum of $10,000 for post production, we will not only be able to secure an editor, composer and equipment, we will also be able to begin the film festival submission process for a 2011 release.
With Terrence McNally's unequivocal support we've been reaching out to communities where hate and bigotry are much more prevalent; there is still much mis-conception and mis-representation of the LGBTQI community throughout the country, especially when it comes to the church. This show and film will help close that gap and allow those that don't already see us for who we truly are, accept us and afford us the rights we ALL deserve. It will begin a dialogue that might not have happened.
In Terrence McNally's own words:
"Their grassroots fundraising and organization over the past year has taken diligent commitment and passionate hard work. Ten years ago the bigots and the censors almost won the day. They certainly succeeded in preventing anyone from experiencing the play in a pure form. This company has, and will continue, working hard to ensure that the piece is seen by as many people as possible in this politically-charged world, where tolerance and acceptance for all individuals still lies in question. Your help will ensure the success of their endeavors. Perhaps more importantly, your help will ensure the triumph of artistry over bigotry. It is my sincere hope that the simple message of inclusive love for all people in a world of division can finally be seen in the way that I had originally intended to reach audiences 10 years ago."
Thank you for being part of this movement with us. Thank you for believing in us.
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