About this project
WHY I'M ASKING FOR HELP:
I'm so proud that my show was accepted to the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival, one of the most prestigious theater festivals in the U.S. I am humbled by this opportunity and want to make a real splash in the Big Apple! Yes, "Fortunate Daughter" is a solo show, but it takes an entire team of people and supporters to make the show happen. This is my first time performing outside of the state, let alone the Bay Area! This show is 100% an independent theater production and your support will ensure our NYC premiere will be a complete success!
WHERE DOES YOUR CONTRIBUTION GO?
Production costs, production costs, production costs! The money from my Kickstarter campaign will go toward the cost of making the show HAPPEN, including:
- Stipends and fees for the House Manager, Stage Manager, Lighting Programmer / Board Operator, Director, Venue Manager, and Graphic Designer.
- Festival registration fees, theater rental for shows and rehearsal, liability insurance.
- Printing costs for programs, postcards, and posters.
- Advertising, publicity, and promotion costs.
- Travel, lodging, and food expenses.
WHAT I'VE DONE TO RAISE FUNDS AND MINIMIZE COSTS:
I am doing everything I can to make this happen as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible! I'm crashing on my friends' couches for 2/3 of my trip. I've sold my hair for $950! I've asked my family for donations. I found a private donor who will match up to $2000 of all Kickstarter gifts of $100 or more. I've subletted my SF apartment for the month of August. I found grant money to cover my roundtrip airfare. I'm working hard to earn your trust, respect, and contribution to my artwork.
FORTUNATE DAUGHTER. The secret to keeping your family happy is ... keeping your other family secret. A one-dyke show about the difference between coming out and coming home.
Thao's Vietnamese family wants her to marry -- a man. Her other family -- her Queer activist friends, coworkers, and community -- wants her to come out. She doesn't want to do either! The pressure builds from both sides and she's forced to make a decision.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT MY WORK:
“Nguyen's versatility is remarkable, and she's very, very funny.” - Daily Californian
“Nguyen is multi-faceted. Her tale is beautifully drawn.” - SF Theater Blog
“With a finely-crafted story arc, Nguyen's performance is as moving as it is hilarious.” - Culture Shot
"My favorite part of Nguyen's work is the character complexity. So often in performance art, a character exists only to serve a purpose in the script. Thao's characters are fully human." - Kimberly Dark, Solo performer, poet, and 2 time winner of Curve Magazine's 'Top Ten Performances of the Year'
"Thao P. Nguyen is a force to be reckoned with. She is smart and funnyand her solo show is a ride worth taking. And, did I mention, she isreally smart and really funny?!" - Bill Bowers, Played 'Zazu' in the Broadway production of The Lion King
"Thao artfully weaves together powerful personal stories and nuancedunderstandings of critical theory in a show that is deeply moving andincredibly funny." - Dr. Amy Kilgard, Professor of Performance and Communication Studies atSan Francisco State University
THAO P. NGUYEN has been writing and performing solo shows since she joined the Solo Performance Workshop in 2007. She has been featured as a closing act at the San Francisco Theater Festival for three years running (2011, 2010, 2009). She debuted her full-length one-woman show, "Fortunate Daughter" at Stage Werx Underground Theatre in San Francisco in November 2011. The show is directed by Martha Rynberg and W. Kamau Bell. Rynberg is a solo theater director, the instructor of the Solo Performance Workshop, and the writer and performer of "Lady Parts." Bell, who is debuting his first television series "Totally Biased" in August 2012 on FX, awarded Nguyen with the coveted "W. Kamau Bell Solo Performance Black Belt," a distinction which to this date has been awarded only four times.
Nguyen has produced such successful shows as "ATYPICAL: Stories from the anomalous Asian American," "DIS-ORIENTED: A trio of Middle Eastern and Asian American women", "A Mother's Day Special: See Mom, I Didn't Forget!", "Best Feeding" by Martha Rynberg, "City Solo" at Off-Market Theater, and "Words First" at CounterPULSE.
Nguyen is holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of California at Berkeley, a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Brown University. She is currently an instructor of public speaking at San Francisco State University. She also is the Performing Arts Coordinator for the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center of San Francisco. (More at www.ThaoSolo.com)
MARTHA RYNBERG is the director of "Fortunate Daughter." The multifaceted and multi-talented Martha Rynberg directs, teaches, and performs solo performance. (She's kind whole-hog about it.) She is an instructor and director of the Solo Performance Workshop. She is currently writing an evolving, revolving collection of pieces that are formatted together differently for each show, “Lady Parts.” It explores the dark and hilarious corners of inheritance, parenting and internalized misogyny. Really, it’s funny. (More at soloperformanceworkshop.org)
ORIGINAL DIRECTOR BIO:
W. KAMAU BELL is the original director of "Fortunate Daughter." Bell will star in his own late night comedy series, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, coming to the FX Network August 2012, with executive producer Chris Rock. He is one of the fastest rising socio-political comics in the United States. Kamau is best known for his critically acclaimed solo show The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour, which was a Time Out NY critic’s pick in the 2010 NY Comedy Festival and a comedy pick in The Guardian during his 2011 run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. (More at www.wkamaubell.com)
NICOLE MAXALI is a solo performer, producer, actor, and comic. Under the tutelage of acclaimed comic/solo performer, W. Kamau Bell, Nicole Maxali wrote and performed her very first one-woman show, Identification Please, in 2008. Identification Please, directed by Allan Manalo & produced by Bindlestiff Studio, played a three week run at The Thick House in April 2009 and was selected as part of the 2009 Kearney Street Workshop’s festival, APATURE. With the help of W. Kamau Bell (SF Solo Performance Workshop Series) and under the direction of Paul Stein (Comedy Central Stage, Hollywood), Nicole just finished her two week run in November of her first full length one woman show, "Forgetting the Details". Funded by Theatre Bay Area and the Zellerbach Family Foundation, "Forgetting the Details" premiered at Bindlestiff Studio in San Francisco with sold out shows and standing ovations. (More at www.nicolemaxali.com)
DATES OF UPCOMING NEW YORK CITY SHOWS:
- Sun Aug 12 @ 9:15pm
- Sun Aug 19 @ Noon
- Tue Aug 21 @ 6pm
- Fri Aug 24 @ 9pm
- Sat Aug 25 @ 7pm
DATES OF UPCOMING SAN FRANCISCO SHOWS:
- Sat Oct 6 @ 8pm
- Sat Oct 13 @ 8pm
- Sat Oct 20 @ 8pm
- Sat Oct 27 @ 8pm
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