About Don, Pat & Tom
Hi! We are Don, Pat & Tom, an all-female theatre collective based in New York City and named after our founding members' fathers. We tell original stories and make our own work. This summer, we are premiering our inaugural production, leaves, at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival at Greenside Studios with a New York preview at 59E59 Theaters' East to Edinburgh.
Don, Pat & Tom is comprised of Alex Highsmith, Amanda Lea Mason, Eryn O'Sullivan, Kate Bancroft, Naomi Lindh, and Elizabeth May.
A brand new play with original music, unique puppetry and a bit of magic, leaves tells the story of three women grappling with their own myths. Mot, Rue, and Niamh live in “Outside Time,” where there is no death - only leaving. Friends and family come and go, messages appear in various shapes, the poetry of Walt Whitman lives and breathes, yet things stay perfectly, monotonously the same. When a family crisis rocks the three women, they must band together to step outside of what they know, to a place inside time, where their ideas about the world must shift.
leaves is directed by Elizabeth May and co-written/performed by founding members Alex Highsmith, Amanda Lea Mason, and Eryn O'Sullivan with production design by Kate Bancroft and production management by Naomi Lindh.
leaves is our first production as a company! The show was born out of love and a need to tell women's stories. What began as a search for a three person, all-female play turned into developing a theater company focused on new, original work with a basis in personal mythology.
In August of 2018, our fledgling company flew to Edinburgh, Scotland - the site of the annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the largest of its kind in the world. We worked our little buns off all year to save for what was to be an educational journey; our goal was simply to check. it. out.
Our eyes glimmered at the prospect of bringing our own work to an international stage. But we were ignorant in the ways of this mysterious foreign beast. What would we take? How would we get it there? Was this really possible?
All we knew for sure was that we needed to get our hands dirty. So, on our own dime, we took a working-pleasure tour to Scotland- seeing as many shows as we could and learning so much our heads came real close to exploding for all the joy and art. This was where we wanted to introduce our new company to the world. Ed Fringe was perfect for us.
Now, armed with information and buckets of ecstatic memories, our second journey to Scotland is underway. This time, we’re bringing a show of our own. And we're doing it right.
What is the Edinburgh Fringe?
The Edinburgh International Fringe Festival is a theatre festival in Scotland that runs throughout the month of August. It is the largest of its kind with performers, theatre companies, and tourists alike flocking to Edinburgh from all over the world. There are hundreds of shows every hour of every day, the streets are filled with music, food and performers, and it seems as if the entirety of the UK and surrounding area shows up to partake.
A silent disco, 200 deep, skips down a main drag in Edinburgh during lunch time.
What drew us to the Edinburgh Fringe specifically is that it is renowned for catapulting the careers of theatre artists on an international stage. Cool actors who've gotten their start at the Fringe include Steve Coogan, Trevor Noah, Tilda Swinton, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. We are over the moon to be included and to partner with Greenside Studios for our performances. They have created an incredible following and nurtured a sterling reputation with the festival over their 14 years in existence.
Meet the Team
Alex Highsmith (co-writer, performer) Alex Highsmith was raised in Utah and has been doing theatre since she was 8 (her first gig was singing the national anthem at a local high school karate tournament). She has performed regionally all over the country, doing both classical and contemporary work for companies such as the Intiman in Seattle and Pipeline in NYC. She has two amazing sisters, a beautiful mother, and a badass boyfriend that keep her cool.
Amanda Lea Mason (co-writer, performer) Amanda is a Brooklyn based theatre artist. Some favorite projects include Elephant Man (Broadway, West End), Hot Fun in the Wintertime (Cherry Lane) and several iterations/workshops of Where it Feels by Kaitlin Schuster. She enjoys working with children, dogs, and Mexican food whenever possible.
Eryn O'Sullivan (co-writer, performer) Eryn Siobhan O’Sullivan grew up in the South in an Irish-American family and went to school in Boston with her fellow DPT members. Since graduating, she has lived in LA, Brooklyn, Georgia again, Brooklyn again, Asheville, NC, and Brooklyn (hopefully for a minute.) She is an actor and voiceover artist and she loves lots of cool stuff like hiking and cooking and music and animals and yoga - basically anything you could blog about.
Elizabeth May (director) Elizabeth May (EMay)is a theatre maker and musician based in Brooklyn. Original works include, psycho-rock cabaret, Zodiac Math, Vengeful Moon: a song cycle of love and revenge, and folk musical Old Souls. Favorite performing credits include The Edge of Glory for Lady Gaga and Google Chrome, Stop the Virgens at St. Ann’s Warehouse, The Rocky Horror Show at The Strand Theatre. She delights in teaching new drag queens how to apply makeup and casual conversations about esoteric wisdom. Her band is called Pollens. Follow them on their website, pollens.band. See more at elizabethmay.com.
Kate Bancroft (production designer) Kate Bancroft is a visual artist and stand-up comic based in New York. For more information and pictures of Kate's work please visit www.kate-bancroft.com or Instagram @katebancroft_
Naomi Lindh (production manager) Naomi is a Brooklyn based actor and theatre artist. She spent several years working and performing in the Chicago storefront theatre scene where she co-directed/produced multiple productions of MixTape (Od Theatre/Oracle Theatre). She will make her regional debut this summer with Shakespeare on the Sound. Learn more at www.naomilindh.com.
Now, you might ask, what does all this cost? Here are some examples.
Airfare to Edinburgh for our 6 member artistic team
A $600 donation buys one roundtrip ticket
Food & Accommodations
$40 will feed one of our artists for a day
Set, Props, Costumes
$10 pays for 3 puppets
$100 pays our director for one week of rehearsal
Rehearsal & Performance Space in NYC and Edinburgh
$150 pays for 1/3 of performances at 59E59 East to Edinburgh
$85 purchases 1,000 flyers to pass out to festival goers
Festival Registration & Insurance
$375 covers festival registration for Edinburgh Fringe
We are so excited to share this story with you! Thank you for your generosity and for supporting women in the arts.
Please visit our website www.donpatandtom.com for ticket information and to learn more about us.
Risks and challenges
Going to the Fringe Festival is certainly a challenge in and of itself- travel logistics, actor insurance, and the actual play production are the main aspects of this project we must meet and overcome. However, we have already:
-arranged travel plans
-put insurance in place
-written the play
-hired a director and designer
-secured a venue and lodging in New York City and in Edinburgh
-begun to develop marketing materials
The biggest risk we run now is not meeting our goal, which would hinder us from paying for plans we've already put in place. Additionally, we would have trouble finding and securing rehearsal space and paying our director- two things which could keep us from successfully rehearsing the play.
We are confident we will get to Edinburgh with your help! Thank you!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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