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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, June 30 2019 3:59 AM UTC +00:00.

About

The Dark Side of Love is the title of Art of Warr Productions' 2019-2020 season, which tackles themes of unrequited love, infidelity, and revenge. It features three plays: Stupid Fucking Bird by Aaron Posner, Pizza Man by Darlene Craviotto, and Arden of Feversham by Anonymous.  The plays are dark, funny, and powerful, and range from classical to modern-day.   

THE STORY: An aspiring young director rampages against the art created by his mother’s generation. A nubile young actress wrestles with an aging Hollywood star for the affections of a renowned novelist. And everyone discovers just how disappointing love, art, and growing up can be. 

An irreverent, contemporary, and very funny remix of Chekhov’s The Seagull, STUPID FUCKING BIRD will tickle, tantalize, and incite you to consider how art, love, and revolution fuel your own pursuit of happiness. 

THE STORY: Julie Rodgers has had a bad day. Her boss made a pass at her that she rejected, so she got a pink slip with her check. Meanwhile, her roommate's boyfriend has gone back to his wife, so Alice has turned to food to forget. Julie suggests another way to vent their man-caused frustrations: they should pick a guy, any guy... and take advantage of him.  

Men have been doing it for years; why can't a woman try it? Enter a pizza delivery man who agrees to come in and share a beer with them. The evening gets crazier, wilder, angrier, and very, very funny. 

THE STORY: Based closely on accounts of an actual crime committed in the small English village of Faversham, in Kent, in the mid-sixteenth century. The play begins with Arden confiding to his friend Franklin that he suspects his wife Alice of having an affair with Mosby, a former tailor who aspires to upper-class status.  

When Arden and Franklin go to London on business, Alice conspires with Mosby to murder Arden so that they may be free to pursue their love. After a series of failed attempts on Arden’s life, the would-be murderers gather in Arden’s house for a last desperate attempt, bringing a thrilling conclusion to this compelling mix of comedy and tragedy. 

BLAKE MERRIMAN: I was first introduced to Stupid Fucking Bird back in 2016 in a scene study class with Larry Moss where I worked on two scenes from the play. I've always felt a strong connection to Anton Chekhov's classic play The Seagull, and Stupid Fucking Bird is a thrilling and mischievous twist on the original.  

KATHERINE ADAMY: Reading Pizza Man for the first time was a breath of fresh air. I fell in love with Craviotto's writing and the two lead females driving the play. When I met Josh Warr, I was inspired by his drive and passion and realized there was nothing stopping me from doing the work I love. I am so excited to be taking on this challenge with him and Art of Warr Productions.   

JOSHUA WARR: I have always wanted to do something unique and innovative with a classical text, when I came across Arden, I knew it was the project I'd been looking for. I'm excited to bring what is quite possibly a lost play of Shakespeare to life using a blend of the mediums of theatre and film and a female driven crew.  

Joshua Warr (Director) -Brilliant Traces (WorkShop Theatre), Orion (Theatre Row/Studio Theatre), Lady Gay: All of Me (Feinstein's/54 Below), The Blue Djinn (The Wild Project), An Infinite Ache (Access Theatre), Tape (Abingdon Theatre/Dorothy Strelsin). Film: Haywire. Joshua was Associate Artistic Director and Director-in-Residence of Ruddy Productions from 2015 - 2018. He is the founder and Executive Director of Art of Warr Productions.   

Eric Scherer (Producer) - Director and Producer of events and performances across the US, including An Avengers Line (Co-Lyricist, Rainbow Sun Productions), Harry-oke: A Hogwarts Cabaret (Co-lyricist, Actors Reaching Out), and Thomas & The Big Celebration (Choreographer, Actors Reaching Out). Podcast: Beyond The Lens (Producer, Co-host). Web Series: Converse-ations, Confusion & Delay, Wanna Play?, Twinventures, Face Your Fears (Rainbow Sun Productions). Founder and President of Actors Reaching Out. Co-creator of Rainbow Sun Productions.  

Grace Merriman (Producer) is a NYC-based Producer, Writer and Actress. She is a current Creative Producing Concentrate at the Columbia University School of the Arts Graduate Film Program. She just recently wrapped production on three independent short films: ‘Acceptance’ [as Writer/Director], ‘Between Two Fires’ [as Co-Producer], and ‘The Coronation’ [as Lead Producer]. Her previous work has premiered at the New York Shorts International Film Festival and the Nassau Film Festival. She is the Producing Artistic Director of Equal Truth Productions.

 PRODUCING TEAM - (Top: left to right) James Legris, Ellen Ghidina (Bottom: left to right) Zachary Sherry, Joseph B. Strickland, Marc Winski 

Blake Merriman (CONRAD - Stupid Fucking Bird)NYC Theatre: Cindi Lou Johnson's Brilliant Traces (WorkShop Theatre), Matthew McLachlan’s ORION (Theater Row) and Anthony P. Pennino’s A Thousand Deaths (FringeNYC). Film: Drinking Games, The Graduates. TV: HBO's Crashing. Blake trained at Northwestern University, the School at Steppenwolf, and the Maggie Flanigan studio. 

Alexandra Riley Morton (MASH - Stupid Fucking Bird) - NYC Theatre: Drug Dealer's Daughter (AlphaNYC Theatre) Film: Toe to Toe, Left Behind. New Media: Host of @MyDateMyStory, @ThisLifeHappens, and CourageousMoments on Instagram and Youtube. Alex received a BA in English Literature and Language with a minor in Music from The University of Maryland in College Park, and studied acting at The Barrow Group.  

Kate Adamy (ALICE- Pizza Man) - Kate is excited to be making her NYC Theater debut. Previous Credits: Film: An Interruption New Media: Tone Deaf. Kate trained at Tulane University and recently finished the 2 year Professional Actor Training Program at the Maggie Flanigan studio.

Karl Kopczynski (Eddie - Pizza Man) - Pizza Man is Karl’s NYC theatre debut! Before this production, Karl was studying acting at the Maggie Flanagan Studio. Karl has a BA from Harvard University, which has nothing to do with acting, but he likes to mention it as much as possible.

Dayne Doyle (FRANKLIN- Arden of Faversham) NYC theatre credits include Defiantly Fabulous (48th St.Studios), Terroir and The Puberty Play (Jimmy's No. 43/ESPA). Film: MAERE (Iago), The Soup (Dwayne), Circle (Ben), Traveling Crops (Christopher). Dayne trained at Penn State University, The Shakespeare Forum, and the Einhorn School of Performing Arts.



This 2019-2020 season of shows is our biggest creative undertaking TO DATE. There are so many talented professionals working on this project, and they can't work for free. We have to pay for their art and amazing work, and we simply can not do that without your support. 

Our budget is BIG: Rent, Design, Rights, Press, Casting, Actors... it takes a village, and we have never needed your help more than we do right now...  When we think about dreams coming true... this is it! Producing these brilliant plays that are dark, yet funny, have compelling messages, and whose characters take you on the most insane rides.

I hope you’ll help us by pledging your support and help us spread the word by sharing this campaign with your friends!

www.ArtOfWarrProductions.com 

Risks and challenges

Producing theatre in New York is challenging, expensive and not for the faint of heart. A million little things can and will go wrong along the way, and if you don’t know how to handle each of those little things, the success of your production is at risk…

However! This production team knows what they are doing. They have (combined) over 40 years of theatrical production experience and have never had a show fail, no matter how big or how small. We are confident that, with your support, we can do something truly special with this season of shows!

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