About the Show:
Blood & Water is a tragicomedy that combines magical realism with folk-rock music. The ensemble portrays over twenty characters living in a small New England town, including a family navigating the complicated landscape of illness and death. Treading the waters of despair, two moms and two daughters cling tightly to the love & laughter that connect them – blood related or not.
Please, pass it along this campaign to those in your circle who might like to support the development of original theatre and LGBT stories. And of course, any contribution you can make is sincerely appreciated!
A musical fairytale:
Fairy tales allow us to confront serious subjects in ways that are lighthearted and fun. They captivate us with fantasy and magic, letting us unpack the deeper truths from a safe distance once the spectacle is through.
Blood & Water uses elements of magical realism, folk music, and myth to tell the story of an unconventional family processing tragedy. We paint real pictures of the struggles that come with a cancer diagnosis, and insist that within such despair we must find the silliness and fun that make life worth living.
How YOUR SUPPORT can help:
So far we’ve had two table readings of this enchanting piece, and revisions are still coming as we begin rehearsals for this production. We have been lucky to have a significant amount of rehearsal space donated by both NYU Tisch and The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, but there is still a lot of rehearsal time unaccounted for. We are so excited to make this project the best it can be, but we need you!
The contributions you make on this page will go towards:
- Space: This includes renting the Kraine Theater for our three show weekend and reserving the rest of our rehearsal space.
- Materials: Building sets, designing costumes, recording our music, and all the other small necessities that crop up along the way...
- Artist Compensation: It's incredible to have such talented performers lending their talents and setting aside time in their busy lives for this piece. We'd like to pay them!
Here’s a more precise breakdown:
- Kickstarter Campaign Fees - 7%
- Space Rental - 35.5%
- Production Costs - 24.5%
- Artist Compensation - 33%
Any amount you can contribute will be greatly appreciated! We can’t wait to get this project on it’s feet, and we promise to keep you updated as we move through our process. THANK YOU!
Meet our creative team!
Francesca Hansen-DiBello - Producing Playwright, Composer, Performer (ARABELLA)
Francesca is an actor, singer, composer, and playwright based in Brooklyn, NY. This is not Francesca's first time writing a play, but it is her first time since the third grade when she single-handedly wrote, produced, and directed Pearl and the Circus - the harrowing tale of a child's trip to the circus gone awry... Francesca received her BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. www.francescarina.com
Maya Hana Evans - Producing Director
Since earning her BFA from NYU Tisch, Maya has worked as a director & teaching artist in New York, Chicago, and Phoenix. NYC Credits: The Butterfly's Day (Producing Director), Kingdom of the Clouds (Producing Director/Performer), In Fields Where They Lay, The Improbable Fall, Rise, & Fall of John Law, The Young Folk (The Dreamscape Theatre). Regional/Youth Credits: Side Show (Porchlight Music Theatre), The Sound of Music, Narnia (Windy City Music Theater), Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Disney's High School Musical (White Plains Performing Arts Center), Bring It On (Art House). She also assisted with production design for PUFFS or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic currently running Off-Broadway at New World Stages. Maya can often be found on Tumblr, reblogging paint-mix videos and Harry Potter fan-fiction. Shame is lame! mayahanaevans.com
Patrick Harnett-Marshall - Stage Manager
Patrick is a NYC-based stage manager and dramaturg. Projects include: In the Copse of the Dog King (The Silent Barn), La déroute (New Georges), Hookin' or Daughters of Jerusalem (Dixon Place), You Heard It Here (Hudson Guild) and Icons/Idols (The New Ohio). He is a recent graduate of Bennington College where he directed María Irene Fornés, did dramaturgy for Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, and translated Lope de Vega. He gives much love and thanks to the Blood & Water team.
Singer Joy - Music Direction & Arrangements
Singer, 23, is a musician, philosopher, theatre-maker, and polytheist - not necessarily all in that order. Her concert works have been performed by the Sage City Symphony, the Ithaca College Women's Works Ensemble, and the Bennington Children’s Chorus. Lately her academic and performance focus is on the use of theatre as a mystical structure or of mystical structures as theatre. In February, she produced a workshop production of her original musical In the Copse of the Dog-King - a ritual of love and death - at the Silent Barn in Brooklyn. She is currently working on an essay comparing eight-part divisions of the soul in faiths and cultures throughout history.
Robin Johnson - Choreographer, Performer (CHORUS)
Robin Johnson is thrilled to be bringing this gorgeous story to life with such a brave and talented group of artists. Since earning her BFA from NYU Tisch (New Studio on Broadway), Robin has worked on indie films, web series, classical theater, new plays, immersive theater, improv and sketch comedy (phew!). Although she's done a bit of everything, Robin's first passion is dance, and she is lucky to call herself a company member at Blue Muse Dance Co and PopUP Theatrics. She's also the recipient of a NY Innovative Theater Award for her work in the movement theater piece "The Window: 4 ALICE" (dir. Ana Margineanu). She'd like to thank her friends and family for putting up with her, the Blood & Water team for inspiring her, and YOU for supporting new theater! RobinJohnsonActress.com
Kelley Shih - Lighting Designer
Kelley is a NYC based lighting designer and programmer for theatre, live events, music, and fashion. Recent design work includes: The Blast (AmandaPlusJames), Capriccio (Apotheosis Opera), Nearly Sighted (BAAD!), Detroit (Pigeonholed), La Fancuilla del West (Apotheosis Opera), Pin* and the Blue Fairy (Dixon Place), Hedda Gabler (Ophelia Theater Group), and Malefactions (Cradle Theatre Company). NYU Alum. kelleyshih.com
Julio Saenz - Costume and Set Design
Julio received his BFA from NYU Tisch School of The Arts. He has appeared in numerous web series and short films. He has also done commercial work for Samsung and BMW. Although his credits are primarily as an actor, Julio is really excited to be part of this project as a designer. With a wealth of experience in interior design and home contracting, he is excited to be collaborating with such a wonderful team to make the visuals of this piece spectacular!
Risks and challenges
This is a big project - both in the subject matter and onstage physicality. Already we are learning to adapt our dreams to fit the space, but this is a challenge that we are excited to face. Our thinking is that the more hoops we have to jump through, the more clearly focused the final production will be!
If you contribute to our project, you will be helping to launch a movement -
one that we hope will continue into the future. Please, support the development of new work, womyn-centric art, and fairytales!
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