Having written and produced a light, satirical musical at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in the summer of 2014 (WikiMusical), in 2016 I found myself returning to similar themes about technology and truth, but this time in a more serious straight play. After three years of writing and rewriting (and even more rewriting!), I'm ready to put the play out into the world.
In the not-so-distant future, the world has reached a tipping point. Technology and progress, once the beacons of civilization, have brought us to the brink of disaster. Our leaders, our teachers, our parents have failed us. Now a new regime will need to light the way forward and dream it all up again: the children.
Round Went the Wheel opens in a waiting room, fitting for a play about the nature of time. How can we look to the past to help shape the future? How long do we wait before we take action? When I started writing this play, I couldn’t have predicted that the future I imagine—one where kids take control of our politics and policies because adults have failed them—would seem to play itself out on a national level in the wake of the tragedy in Parkland, Florida. While my piece is not about gun violence, it IS about how we move forward after a tragedy—and about the possibility of rewriting our narrative as human beings.
I couldn't be more excited to be producing this show as part of the 2019 Broadway Bound Theatre Festival! Now in its third year, BBTF puts playwrights center stage, providing the framework and tools necessary for producing a play off-Broadway.
This year, the festival has moved to its beautiful new home on Theatre Row, and all performances will be housed in the 88-seat Lion Theatre on 42nd Street. The festival runs July 30th-August 25th. Round Went the Wheel will have three performances: Tuesday, August 13th, at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 14th, at 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, August 17th, at 5:00 p.m.
This will be a fully staged production with a cast of eight. The show runs 90 minutes with no intermission.
To take the show from the page to the stage, I need YOUR help! While BBTF provides an incredible platform from which to launch the show, the play is being self-produced; putting on a fully staged production in New York City, even for only 3-4 performances, is incredibly expensive. All funds raised through Kickstarter will go directly toward paying the creative team and the cast, or toward renting rehearsal space, printing programs, building sets, etc. Thank you in advance for anything that you can contribute--it means the world to me!
Risks and challenges
While any theatrical production has its risks and challenges, I am committed to putting on the highest quality show possible and creating a powerful evening of theater, one just as engaging as anything that you might see on a Broadway stage. Because I am producing the piece as a part of a reputable theatre festival, you can be confident that the show will go on!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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