The Serious Theatre Collective has recently written the following plays:
A) an original rock musical about sexual fetishism
B) a puppetry-and-burlesque musical reavealing the truth about urban myths and legends
C) a sketch comedy show featuring a motivational fur ownership speaker and a Guamanian doctor with a tumor tree
D) a raucous and insubordinate comedy about aliens, zombies and other hilarities of the end-times
E) all of the above.
If you selected "E," there are two things that should have become quickly self-evident: first, that you are a genius; and second, that the Serious Theatre Collective does not do what one would call “traditional theatre.”
WHY WE'RE AWESOME
Serious Theatre Collective/STC (www.theserioustheatrecollective.com) is a group of people whose mission is to make original, high-quality, affordable theater that is accessible, remarkably entertaining, surprising and fun. We do not balk at the opportunity to creatively stage dystopian shadow-orgies full of awkward sexual deviance. We are not afraid to write skits with mad dentists who use anger instead of Novocain. And you’ve never found a group of creatives more excited about finding the humor in zombie viruses, Biblical frog-pocalypses, and alien invasions.
WHAT WE'RE WORKING ON NOW
The Apocalypse of John is our latest play. John Darrian, a junior-level advertising associate terrified of everything, is charged with saving the world from aliens, zombies, and Satan himself in a hilarious comedy about the tragic end of all life on Earth. Written collaboratively by Serious Theatre Collective, The Apocalypse of John is an absurd look at coming to terms with your worst fears.
In November 2011, STC held a small, informal staged reading of The Apocalypse of John in a Lower East Side bar to a great deal of enthusiastic feedback. We have since revisited the material, and we would love to fully stage it as part of the FringeNYC 2012 Festival. Not only is the Fringe Festival a remarkable artistic celebration that would be a priceless opportunity for our team, but quite selfishly, participation in the lauded Fringe would expand our reach, help further legitimize our resume and collateral materials, and give us the chance to test our rare brand of comedy on an unknown audience alongside our small but faithful fan base.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
We have the script, the actors, the puppets, and the chutzpah… but we still need the cash. Your donations will go toward providing travel and lodging for 12 (8 actors, 3 band members and the director), renting rehearsal and performance space, securing festival application fees, reimbursing production expenses, providing props and costumes, and other related expenditures. STC has budgeted and estimated that raising $2000 by 5/21/12 will fully fund a performance in the Philadelphia and New York Fringe Festivals.
WHAT WE WILL GIVE YOU IN RETURN
We have a detailed breakdown of ten sponsor levels, ranging from the opening levels of $1 and $10 sponsors—who will receive personalized thanks in the program at both the PA or NYC Fringe productions, status updates on the project with exclusive behind-the-scenes photos, acknowledgement of support in promotional materials, recognition in the theatre lobby, and permanent recognition on the company website—to mid-level sponsors who receive two (2) complimentary tickets to a performance of the show, a signed limited edition 8 x 10 production photo, a signed copy of the script, invitations to writers’ meetings and special rehearsals, and hand-drawn pictures and personalized songs from the cast and crew—up to Silver and Gold Level sponsors with sixteen total prizes, including a $100 bar tab, an invitation to the cast party, and a multi-course dinner made, served, and hosted by the STC.
Through this kickstarter and beyond, our aim is to support the creation and development of original work, both in process (ours a fully collaborative weekly writing and revision, a la Exquisite Corpse) and in product (as with The Apocalypse of John). We hope with this production, we can help people understand that although we at STC are unbelievably strange, we are also somehow wickedly intelligent. And if we can make you snort root beer out of your noses laughing at our jokes while we prove this… then rock and roll.
- (60 days)