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About

We are happy to announce three opportunities to show our work nationally and internationally in 2015 and invite you to be an integral part of building Monk Parrots' future!

Monk Parrots create multidisciplinary theatre pieces ranging from experimental plays to contemporary opera.  Our work thrives off the diversity of merging professional artists with community members and bridging all types to create meaningful experiences that form uncommon unions.  Our recent production of Bum Phillips All-American Opera was hailed by New York audiences and praised by the press (http://bumphillipsopera.com/press).  It supported over 45 artists, designers, and technicians.

Monk Parrots is founded on the belief that people change the world and that art changes people.  Change is the topic of our next production, the world premiere of Welcome to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which will open in 2015 at 59E59 Theaters in New York.  Set on an oil company’s residential camp in Dhahran and based on actual interviews, the play explores change as experienced by expats living in a foreign country.  Plans for this new work include text by Luke Leonard, original music by Peter Stopschinski (composer Bum Phillips Opera) inspired by Saudi Pop and lyrics by Katie Pearl (PearlDamour.com).

The second production in 2015 supports our mission to foster collaboration through international exchange.  We have been invited to the summer ACT Festival in Bilbao, Spain, where we will present, Here I Go, a play that hitches the emotional gamut of classic, country music with a romanticized depiction of Lynette, a cowgirl in her 60s contemplating suicide.  Here I Go premiered in 2012 at 59E59 Theaters in New York and at the 2012 La MaMa Spoleto Open in Italy.  Reviewers wrote that Here I Go “lives up to the promise...a soundtrack for heartbreak...very engaging..." - T&B On the Aisle, and that it is “a brilliantly conceived and executed performance work” - Theatre Reviews Ltd.

Last but not least, we are laying the foundation for the long-awaited Texas premiere of Bum Phillips All-American Opera.  The world premiere ran from March 12-30, 2014 at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club and drew notable attendees, such as, Bum Phillips’ son, Wade Phillips, former Houston Oilers, Dan Pastorini and Lawrence Harris, NFL Films, comedian/writer Colin Quinn, and Broadway star, Michael Cerveris.

We aim to bring Bum Phillips to Houston by September 2015 for a ONE-NIGHT-ONLY benefit performance in support of Bum Phillips Charities.  Here are three great reasons why next year makes this event so special:

1. 2015 marks the 40th Anniversary of the start of Bum's tenure as head coach of the Houston Oilers.

2. September 29 is Bum Phillips birthday.  The opera is a perfect tribute to celebrate Bum's life and legacy.

3. Former NFL quarterback, Dan Pastorini, wants to combine the opera with a Houston Oilers/Luv Ya Blue reunion as a fundraiser for Bum Phillips Charities.

Guarantee your seats now by grabbing two tickets as an early bird perk.  Your tax-deductible gift will help support the production costs for bringing the show to Houston.  Your donation is the fuel needed to get this project started.

We are relying a great deal on the support from individual donors. Donations raised via Kickstarter are crucial to building confidence in other funding sources, such as, grants and corporate sponsors.  Please join the team!

In addition to our production goals, we aspire to design an outreach program for seniors and a quarterly meal inspired by a dear friend’s “Sunday roasts”, which will serve as a cultivation event for Monk Parrots.

2015 depends on you!  Patrons and artists are the backbone of our work.  You are our family.  We cannot do this without our community.

We chose Kickstarter because this is an all or nothing campaign.  If we do not reach the minimum goal, we cannot move forward with our plans for next year.  Please note that your credit card will NOT be charged at the time that you make a pledge.  Your card will only be charged if we reach the minimum fundraising goal.  There is no obligation if we are not successfully funded.

The deadline to support MP:2015 is Sunday, June 29, 2014, 11:59PM.

In Bum’s famous words after the Houston Oilers 1979 Championship Game loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, “One year ago we knocked on the door. This year we beat on the door. Next year, we’re going to kick the S.O.B. in.”  Help us kick down the door in 2015!

Giving feels good.  Please consider making a contribution.  All donations to Monk Parrots, Inc. 501(c)(3) not-for-profit theatre company are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.  After we reach the minimum fundraising goal, we will email you a letter acknowledging your gift to be used for tax purposes.

Thank you for your continued support!

Sincerely yours,

Luke Leonard and Joey LePage
Co-Producing Artistic Directors

P.S. We will be adding images of the PERKS to our website: http://www.monkparrots.org

Risks and challenges

Welcome to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia offers the least risk. The venue at 59E59 Theaters will be secured for a three-week run in 2015 after we reach the minimum fundraising goal. Luke Leonard will be conducting research and interviewing former Saudi Aramco employees in the coming months. A portion of the minimum fundraising goal will cover the theater deposit.

We have an official endorsement letter from the ACT Festival inviting us to present Here I Go next year. Here I Go was produced to critical acclaim and it is a part of our repertoire. It is minimal in design and easy to tour. The ACT Festival will provide accommodations, meals, and marketing. We are applying for travel grants. The only risk we foresee with the ACT Festival in Spain is if they are no longer able to include us next year due to unforeseen budget cuts.

Bum Phillips requires the most financial support. We are working with former NFL quarterback Dan Pastorini and his network to spread the word and cover budget items, but we are relying a great deal on the support from individual donors. Donations raised via Kickstarter are crucial to building confidence in other funding sources. Please join our team by making a pledge.

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    All of the above plus a Vimeo password to view selected scenes from the world premiere of the Bum Phillips Opera, presented in the Ellen Stewart Theatre at La MaMa in New York on Sunday, March 16, 2014, and recorded and edited by CultureHub.

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    All of the above plus a limited edition postcard created by Luke Leonard from the opera, The Difficulty of Crossing a Field, directed by Luke in Austin, Texas in 2010. Signed and numbered with handwritten thank you on verso.

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    All of the above (excluding spiral bound copy of Here I Go) plus a DVD of Monk Parrots' "Here I Go" recorded May 2012 at 59E59 Theaters. Three camera recording in high definition using Canon 7d and Canon 5d DSLR cameras.

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    All of the above (excluding spiral bound copy of Here I Go) plus a Bum Phillips autographed Wilson F1100 Official NFL Game Football signed by Coach Phillips at the age of 89 in support of the Bum Phillips Opera.

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    "Pies," four sculptures by artist Allee Ilardi featured in the Bum Phillips Opera. Plus all of the above excluding football and spiral bound copy of Here I Go.

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    “The Time it Takes,” Paraffin wax sculpture by Luke Leonard, approx. 20" x 11" x 6-1/2". Plus all of the above excluding football, spiral bound copy of Here I Go, pies, and Here I Go pigment print.

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    Exclusive, fine art, pigment print of "Here I Go" (2011 workshop production). Printed by Laumont Photographics, 20"x24", Epson Cold Press 330gsm paper, framed & signed on recto & verso. Plus all of the above excluding football, spiral bound copy of Here I Go, wax sculpture, and pies.

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    "Dinner with Dan!"--Enjoy a five star meal in Houston with the one and only, Dan Pastorini! Dan is one of the nicest, most genuine guys you will ever meet and his stories will keep you in stitches. Includes an autographed copy of Dan's book, "Taking Flak, My Life in the Fast Lane", plus all of the above excluding: football, spiral bound copy of Here I Go, wax sculpture, pies, and Here I Go pigment print. (Travel to Houston, Texas not included)

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    “Bum’s bench”, specially designed for the Bum Phillips Opera. Original concept design by Luke Leonard and designed by Marie Yokoyama. Red oak, two-way mirrored Plexiglas, LED, dimensions: 6' x 3'1/2" x 1'6". Plus all of the above excluding football, spiral bound copy of Here I Go, wax sculpture, pies, and Here I Go pigment print.

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