About this project
The Next Arena and California Performing Arts Centre present
A Comedy by Owen Hammer
February 16 - March 10, 2013
The Next Arena is proud to present the third incarnation of their critically acclaimed multimedia comedy, Von Bach.
This time around, the play is being co-produced by the prestigious Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena, where tickets are normally $25 each. The FCT has allowed us to sell only 100 tickets at the slashed rate of $15 via Kickstarter. These $15 tickets have been made available until noon on Feb 17 and are only for to our loyal fans via this page. Don't miss out on this monster deal!
As an added bonus we have offered a few pledge levels that include not only tickets, but some TNA swag like t-shirts, mugs, and the official 2013 Von Bach poster signed by our current cast! Those of you who cannot attend the show are welcome to simply donate via this page to receive name recognition in our program as well as any gifts included in your support level. If you missed out on the 2012 TNA fundraising drive, this is the perfect time to show your support for The Next Arena and its artistic endeavors (thanks!)!
Through your support and enthusiasm, we hope to raise $2000 of our $5000 budget. These pre-sale tickets and donations will help cover crew costs, sets, costumes, and props, as well as other production needs for the show. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for any level of support you can give. Note: if we do not reach our goal, we will not receive any of the pledges -- so please spread the word!
About the Play: Frankenstein’s monster? Low on charge. Dracula? Toothless. The Mummy? Dried up. The most terrifying undead being to walk among the living is the one and only VON BACH!
Baron Heinrich Von Bach was the nineteenth century mad scientist resurrected from the dead by his own ungodly invention. At least that’s the story Hollywood told when they got hold of the gothic romance novel written by Elsa Jaeger. For a hundred years, they’ve made as many films based on the bloody life and undeath of Von Bach. Today, Worldwide Studios has hired screenwriter Minna McPheeters to make the true story of Von Bach, an epic saga of love and loss.
Suddenly, in the middle of production, the real Von Bach returns once more from the dead and he is going to teach the cast and crew the real meaning of “development hell.” This Valentine’s Day, true love won’t die, and neither will . . . VON BACH!
The cast includes Lori Anne Edwards, Jonathan Howard, Maia Peters, JR Reed, Summer Stevens, Matt Taylor, and David Wilcox.
Owen Hammer is the playwright. He’s written a number of one-acts for the Next Arena, web series for Jim Belushi and Todd Gallina, short films, TV pilots, animation, and he also has a thriving career as a visual effects artist, having worked on such films as “Quantum of Solace,” “Piranha 3D” and “Green Lantern.”
Scott Rognlien directs. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Performance Studies program, he is the Artistic and Managing Director of The Next Arena. With TNA, he directed “No Exit,” “We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!,” and “The Angry Guy in the Pink Hat,” and adapted for the stage Nabokov’s “Invitation to a Beheading.” He has also directed shows in Chicago, Oregon and England.
Lighting design: Kate Leahy. Sound design: Matt Richter. Set design: Kurtis Bedford. Filmed segment directors: Rognlien, Hammer, and Craig Kuehne.
The Fremont Centre Theatre was once a funeral home, making it the perfect venue for this frightfully funny play.
Don’t be scared. It’s only a comedy. You’ll die laughing! Bwahahahahahaha!!!!!
Risks and challenges
Greetings to my allies in Spanish Columbia . . .
This is Freiherr Drossel Tannenberg corresponding via trans-Atlantic telegraph from the Fatherland to put your fears to rest. We are proud Teutonic stock, and we can overcome any "risks and challenges."
If the unholy Von Bach emerges, we are prepared to fend off any kind of attack. My men are warned not to stare directly into his eyes, lest we become a thrall. If we are in weapons range, we know better than to cripple, or rely on what have traditional become known as killing blows, as how can you kill that which is already dead? We will remove the head, burn the heart, read the holy words and throw his eyeballs into the Danube at sunset. This is how a slayer of ghouls "tackles" a "setback" when "faced with challenges."
So give, give, give . . . confident that Tannenberg and his clan are not intimidated by the unholy fiend!
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