"Imagine if Indiana Jones was reworked as a musical and you might come close to Maya..." Kate Finburg (USA Today)
Let me tell you a little about me and "Maya."
Maya rivals "Les Miserables" in scope and ambition. Maya transports us back in time with mesmerizing music and story. The end of
the Mayan civilization looms as young people fall in love, ambition reigns, and
two brothers play a game of life and death.
and famine ravage the Mayan people, the King struggles with what to do. He decides to marry his only daughter
to the son of the High Priest in an attempt to please the gods by merging the
religious and political sides of the empire into one union.
There are a
couple of problems with the King’s plan.
First, the princess has fallen in love with the younger brother. Second, the throne has been promised to
the king’s nephew, who will not give up his claim to the throne without a fight.
As the drought worsens,
taking the Queen’s life, in desperation the King agrees to reinstate the
Mayan tradition of human sacrifice.
Through the luck of the draw, the brothers are pitted against one
another in a game of life and death.
Ultimately, suicide, murder
and self-sacrifice leave the civilization in ruin, but the lovers set course
for a new life together.
"Maya" has many unique features...
you to a world never before explored in theatre; unlocks some of the mysteries associated
with the ancient Mayans
and very singable songs that you will find yourself humming long after you
leave the theatre
the eye-appeal with brightly colored costumes, fantastic architecture, and an
Maya started out as a staged
reading/sing-through about 7 years ago, and after many drafts and improvements
had its London debut (Off-West End) in 2011. Two things were quite evident: 1) the music/songs were a hit—everyone
was moved and impressed at the quality of the songs; 2) the book (or story)
needed some improvements. After 3 new drafts and a test run in NYC (reading/sing-through)—we are ready to return
to return Maya to the stage.
The original performance was done in a
small theatre with a very limited budget.
You can see the show reel (13 minutes of highlights) on YouTube.
Overall this was an amazing production from A Staged Kindly (London based production company) - considering the budgetary constraints. Take a moment to experience the unique feel of this musical. Unfortunately, you will also
experience the limitations of a small production (i.e. rudimentary costumes, piano
accompaniment only, sparse sets, etc.).
“Maya, with its original storyline and beautiful
score could very well be the next big thing…
"The simplistic nature of the show was fine for
now and it was quite interesting and unique to see a musical in such an
intimate space, but I sincerely hope that it will be developed and taken to a
larger venue with a greater dimension to all the various aspects. If so, some
clever producer could make a tidy fortune on this one.” (Suite 101…Lisa
After completing new drafts and some staged readings in NYC, we have a new
and exciting version of "Maya." Songs were re-written and new songs
added! We are now ready to take this musical to the next level. You may be wondering, what exactly
is the next level? It is really a good-better-best scenario. We had a
"good" production in 2011, thanks to "A Stage Kindly" (Production Company). Now
with this new version, we are ready to move to a "better" production (
i.e. larger theatre, better costumes, sets, additional musical instruments, etc. ). See below for a more detailed description of "better". Ultimately, we hope to have a
"big" producer take Maya to an even bigger level... or "best." This
would be a much larger theatre in London or New York City...perhaps even Broadway! We want to
provide a sufficiently elaborate production to get producers and larger backers excited.
Musical Accompaniment: Add more musical
instrumentation-- instead of just piano, I would like to add a couple of
guitars, percussion, bass and perhaps even a pan flute... all to capture
the indigenous feel of the project. This requires some expertise to
assure the arrangements are beautiful and contemporary. We have an
experienced Broadway musical arranger on board, who has already committed to the project. ($8K)
Sets, Props and Costumes: We need a touch of the ancient
Maya world expressed in costuming, sets and props... we can hold down the
cost (feathers are surprisingly expensive)... but want the larger producers to get an image of the potential. ($4k)
Production Costs: We have a small but talented
and resourceful production company on deck and ready to go as soon as the
funding is secured. They will oversee this stage of the production,
secure a larger theatre and pull the production together. They will need to rent theatre space, handle all of the legal aspects, advertising, administrative costs, pay actors, etc. They will
also assure that the right "big" producers are in the theatre for showtime.
They will have a vested interest in seeing this production soar! ($13K)
Total Cost: We
have laid out an austere budget and are ready for the next steps. We can make this happen for $25K (USD). Your
sponsorship and support are tremendously appreciated. We need you to make Maya come to life!
We have hopes of bringing “Maya, the Musical” to a bigger and better production, with larger sets, costumes, more instrumentation, etc. Ultimately, our goal is to have a “big” producer take this work to the big time. In London, that would be the West End, in the US of course Broadway.
This was a hard choice--- We love NYC and the Great White Way. As it would happen, producers in London, expressed interest in “Maya” so that is where we went! However, the bottom-line is that in London, our funding will go a bit further and we can produce a reasonable production for about half the price as it would have been if it were in New York. We would love to see “Maya, the Musical” launched on Broadway, and will continue to encourage that direction. London is a great place to start!
All incentives, big and small, will only happen if our goal is met. If we do meet our goal, ship all physical merchandise directly to you, as soon as it is available. We will send you updates immediately.
YES! This would be truly incredible. Exceeding our goal would allow us to make a better show with a longer run. Kickstarter will allow as much money as is given before the deadline. This is only the beginning of our journey with this musical, we are not in pre-production yet, we are still writing and recording! We have set our goal at the low end so if we were able to exceed it, it would be a dream come true and it would allow us to get more done.
YES! Once you donate to our campaign, you may want to change your incentive reward to a different one, or increase your pledge amount. To do so, go to Kickstarter and sign in. If you go to our campaign page, the green “Back This Project” button has been replaced with a blue “Manage Your Donation” button. Click it and you can enter a new amount, or choose a new incentive.
YES! That’s a great idea. If you would like to donate to the musical but give the reward to someone as a gift, go through all the normal process of making a donation in your name. For billing purposes, this action must be in your name. After our deadline, we will send a message to you on Kickstarter. (It will be forwarded to the email address you provided) We will request things like your address from you at that time. Please reply with all the person’s information that is to receive the reward. We will make sure they are the person who receives the reward.
No. I will oversee the production and make sure others get paid (theatre, actors, directors, set designer, choreographer, musicians, etc.) At this point, for me, it is a labor of love. I do hope to one-day see some return for my efforts, when “Maya, the Musical” is transferred to a larger venue.
Associate Producer: All of the above, plus your name listed as associate producer on all programs and promotional materials. Additionally, you will receive a hand written thank you card from the creative team.