What would it be like if you got to choose the life you would be born into? San Francisco playwright Erin Bregman begins with this question in her play THAT IT ALL MAKES PERFECT, performed at the A.C.T. Costume Shop in San Francisco from Thursday, March 30th though Saturday, April 1st.
Focusing on life’s simple and often overlooked moments, the play follows a single soul as she “moves from her first breath to her last, while trying to hold onto the beauty and power of life's seemingly mundane and easily forgotten daily mementos.” Co-directed by Susannah Martin and Michelle Talgarow and produced by Maddie Gaw and 6NewPlays, this production will feature new music by San Francisco composer Matt Boehler (SFMC ’17) and includes a live chamber ensemble (flute, clarinet, french horn, and violin) that is integrated into all parts of the show.
Theater critic Alan Katz has praised the playwright for avoiding “gift-wrapping morals for ready consumption.” Like all of Bregman’s work, THAT IT ALL MAKES PERFECT forces the audience to draw their own conclusions and to stay active participants as they glean meaning from the diverse and intricate elements of the production. The result is a highly profound night of theater, despite the seemingly commonplace and routine nature of the “daily moments” conjured by the players in this unique play. The central question contemplated by the playwright--and the “soul” attempting to discover the best way to be human, can be put simply: “Without memory, what remains of your life after you’ve lived it?”
"Erin's work always crackles with energy. In this play she finds sneaky ways to tackle life's biggest questions, with playful language, curious form and head spinning theatricality. I can't wait to see this one come to life." —Jonathan Spector, Artistic Director, Just Theater
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WHY THIS PLAY RIGHT NOW
(A note from Erin)
Chris, Andrea, Eugene, Barry, Brian and I started a conversation more than three years ago that would eventually become 6NewPlays. From the very beginning, I had planned on doing a different play: This is Not a Torture or an Engine. That play led me to the Playwrights Foundation, The Lark, Just Theater, and some of my favorite theater-makers in the Bay Area and beyond. It's a crazy piece that's almost impossible to understand on the page (it's written out like a score), and awesome to hear out loud. I will always love that play. But when I re-read it in December in preparation for my Spring 2017 production slot, I realized I had to do a different one. Here's why:
December, 2016 was hard. The election. The Ghost Ship fire. By the end of the year, the thing I cared the most about artistically was to try making the most beautiful thing I could possibly make. And then share it with people. If we get this production right, that's exactly what THAT IT ALL MAKES PERFECT has the potential to be. Not because it paints a beautiful imaginary world that none of us actually live in, but because it tries to find deep beauty in the ordinary events that make up the majority of our days every single day.
That is my goal with this project: To make one of the most beautiful things you have ever seen. I don't know yet if it will work, but I hope you'll join me in helping us try.
WHY WE NEED THIS CAMPAIGN
THAT IT ALL MAKES PERFECT will be 6NewPlays’ third outing, following Chris Chen’s site-specific living room play Home Invasion and Andrea Hart’s dark is a different beast.
Our Kickstarter goal reflects just half of our overall $20,000 project budget, over 80% of which will go towards paying the best stipend we can to the project’s creative team of 19 artists. With a barebones design, and almost all of our rehearsal and performance space donated, we’re counting on the generosity of YOU, our community, to help us mount our most ambitious project yet.
Through the generosity of A.C.T.'s Space Sharing Initiative, this production will be presented for 4 performances at A.C.T.'s Costume Shop Theater from March 30th - April 1st, 2017. There's a lot we could say about why we think this show will be great, but the team of artists who have signed on for this project speaks for itself.
The Creative Team
- Erin Bregman - Playwright
- Susannah Martin - Co-Director
- Michelle Talgarow - Co-Director
- Matt Boehler - Composer/Music Director
- Andrew Packard - Lighting Designer
- Devon LaBelle - Props Designer
- Megan La Fleur - Costume Designer
- Shannon Stockwell - Stage Manager
- Maddie Gaw - Producer
- Lori Shantzis - Publicity
- Sam Jackson
- Nicolina Logan
- Sarah Moser*
- Marilet Martinez*
- Raja Orr
- Timothy Redmond*
- Wiley Strasser
- Stev Täal
- Elizabeth Talbert
*Denotes member of Actors' Equity Association
6NewPlays was inspired by 13P (one of the nation’s first playwright-producing organizations), and works to put the production process in the hands of the playwright. Each 6NewPlays show is formally inventive, produced on a small budget, and San Francisco Bay Area themed. All performances are public, and low-cost. The group is:
- Christopher Chen (Play #1: Home Invasion)
- Andrea L. Hart (Play #2: dark is a different beast)
- Erin Bregman (Play #3: THAT IT ALL MAKES PERFECT)
- Eugene Chan (Play #4: Madame Ho)
- Barry Eitell (Play #5: Champagne)
- Brian Thorstenson (Play #6: City on the Hill 1.0)
ALL ABOUT THE BUDGET
If you're curious where the rest of the $20,000 budget will come from, or where it's all going to go, here's a complete breakdown of the project budget:
Risks and challenges
Any new creative endeavor presents its own challenges, but our team of collaborators has so much experience producing inventive, accessible, and affordable theatre, that we're confident we will successfully bring this unique play to life.
Our biggest challenge will be meeting our budget, which is the biggest budget 6NewPlays has taken on for a project yet. But with your help, we're pretty certain that we'll get there.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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