About this project
What is the project?
The TomKat Project is a biting, thought-provoking satire about the three-way marriage of Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and Scientology and our collective obsession with celebrity.
Based on actual interviews, (and completely imagined scenes), seven actors portray 54 characters, including Oprah Winfrey, David Miscavige, Matt Lauer, Scarlet Johansson, Josh Hartnett, Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone, Cruise/Wagner Partner Paula Wagner, Steven Spielberg, Nicole Kidman and Suri, chronicling the celebrity Scientology saga.
Where will my generous contributions go?
Our production budget is very small. There is no set. Just seven actors, dressed in black, each one toting a prop box and three signs that read "this dialogue is verbatim." Every actor and our stalwart director have donated their time and their wardrobe. The biggest expense is getting us to you and renting a theater where we can perform. Here's what we need to raise money for in a nutshell:
- Theater Rental
- Sound/Light Operator
- Ground Transportation
So we're asking you, our faithful fans, to participate. Every dollar we raise goes directly to production costs and every contribution makes a difference. We really, really appreciate your support.
We hope as many of you as possible will be able to see the LA debut in November. Accolades aside, it's a good story, one of those where you might learn something, besides we wanna make you laugh.
When can we see it?
If we reach our goal, we aim to be in Hollywood November 13th - November 16th for four very special performances. If not, well then I guess you'll have to wait for the reunion tour or the debut of David! The Miscavige Musical in 2015.
We fly to Hollywood!
Who's in it?
The success of the show would not be possible without the talented cast, some Chicago’s brightest improvisers and comedians: Walt Delaney, Julie Dahlinger, Allison Yolo, Brianna Baker, Micah Sterenberg, Kevin Knickerbocker and Brandon Ogborn, playing himself as narrator.
Writer Brandon Ogborn
Director Elly Green
Producer Dein Sofley
Composer John Ahern
Artwork Jacob Sanders
Risks and challenges
When The Tomkat Project started we just wanted to make a few of our friends laugh. Our success has come from the generosity of community, the dedication of the cast and crew and by word of mouth. We operate as a collective. The writer, producer, director, and cast all agreed that after production costs in Chicago, the revenue from ticket sales would go into a pickle jar to save for our New York debut at the Fringe Festival instead of anyone taking pay or profit. We’re all equally invested. Lucky for us we had friends and family to keep us off the streets and fed, the run in NY was a success and we broke even. We set our sights in good faith because we believe in the what we all created and well, we're having a blast.
It was always the dream to end the show where the TomKat story actually began, in Los Angeles - the center of celebrity culture. One of our biggest challenges we have face is coordinating the schedules of our brilliant and busy cast. We were presented with a small window in November when we could all travel to LA and perform the show. We've already overcome numerous obstacles to get this far, and we hope, with your help, we can overcome the current challenge of funding the LA production to share this story with you and yours.
We really appreciate all of your love and support.
Lastly, some important diddy's:
· VIP tickets are location specific (Los Angeles). Travel, lodging and transportation are NOT included. If only we could, we would.
- Coffee/lunch dates in LA or Chicago with Brandon and any cast member will be determined based on their availability as well as your schedule.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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