About this project
Update: HUMBLED BY YOUR GENEROSITY
First and foremost, Live Action Theatre would like to thank everyone who has backed our project so far. We are humbled, honored and downright flabbergasted at the generosity of our friends, colleagues, family, fellow action fans and complete strangers. We are also thankful for all the people who have shared our project with others as well as those who have simply taken the time to laugh at our shenanigans.
Because of all the generosity our project has received, we are blessed with the opportunity to look toward a goal we had only dreamed of being possible. “The Continuing Adventures of John Blade, Super Spy” has a team of hilarious, talented, and hard-working actors and designers who are all currently donating their incredible talents.
If we reach:
Live Action Theatre will be able to pay every member of our John Blade team, actors AND designers, a modest stipend!
This is a goal that would mean an immeasurable amount to us (Kyle, Chris and Amie) at L.A.T. because the John Blade team have committed to caring about "The Continuing Adventures of John Blade, Super Spy" with as much devotion and excitement as we have. We would love to compensate them in any way we can to show our appreciation.
Thank You So Much,
Live Action Theatre
What is "The Continuing Adventures of John Blade, Super Spy?"
The Continuing Adventures of John Blade, Super Spy is an off-beat, funny, action-adventure comedy written by DC playwright Kyle Encinas. The script takes well-known tropes and archetypes and twists them in such a way to make a completely surprising adventure that you’ll never see coming.
It features intrigue, romance, unlikely friendships and a giant IT guy who wants nothing but cake. There’s also fights of every shape and size - swordfights, knife fights, two on one, three on one, two on two, ninja fights and the most compelling of all, fights of the heart.
(Disclaimer: the show may or may not feature fights of the heart.)
Who is working on this high octane action adventure?
This team is made up of theatrical professionals many of whom have been training together with one of the nation’s most prolific stage combat organizations, the Society of American Fight Directors.
Kyle Encinas, Playwright, Associate Producer, Co-Artistic Director of Live Action Theatre, SAFD recognized Actor-Combatant.
Chris Niebling, Producer, Director, Co-Artistic Director of LAT, SAFD recognized Advanced Actor-Combatant.
Amie Root, Production Manager of LAT, SAFD recognized Advanced Actor-Combatant.
Craig Lawrence as John Blade Super Spy, SAFD Certified Teacher.
Jenny Male as Jenny, SAFD Certified Teacher.
Robb Hunter as Baltus, SAFD Certified Teacher.
Mallory Shear as Mimi, Unarmed and Firearms training with the SAFD.
Christian Sullivan as Jeff, Single sword, Rapier and Dagger, Quarterstaff, Knife, Unarmed, and Broadsword training with the SAFD.
Lex Davis as Troy, Fight Directors Canada recognized Advanced Actor Combatant, SAFD recognized Actor Combatant.
Carl Brandt Long as Professor Tantamount, SAFD recognized Advanced Actor Combatant.
and our ninja ensemble
Megan Reichelt, SAFD recognized in Broadsword, Singlesword, Sword and Shield
Sara Hodges, SAFD recognized Actor Combatant
David Van Tassell, Muay Thai and Hapkido.
Live Action Theatre is also trying to showcase the work of local area fight directors by providing them a platform on which they can stage the craziest, most creative, innovative and theatrically spectacular fights they can imagine and hopefully the DC area has ever seen. John Blade, Super-Spy will feature the work of fight directors Robb Hunter, Craig Lawrence, Jenny Male, and Amie Root.
Collectively this team brings over one hundred YEARS of stage combat experience to the table. Who better to stage possibly the most adrenaline packed production of this year’s Capital Fringe Festival?
John Blade, Super Spy will also feature the work of equally awesome and badass local and non-local designers:
Joshua Dick, Lighting Designer
Elizabeth Ennis, Costume Designer
Pam Weiner, Props Designer
Stowe Nelson, Sound Designer
You can keep up with Live Action Theatre on our website, Facebook page or twitter!
This production is presented as a part of the 2013 Capital Fringe Festival, a program of the Washington, DC non-profit Capital Fringe.
Risks and challenges
Like any play, John Blade requires love, support and rehearsal time to truly develop. Unlike most shows that have only one or two fights in need of hours of rehearsal, John Blade’s script calls for at least FIFTEEN moments of choreographed violence. Not only will we need more rehearsal time to stage and execute these fights safely, but we will need larger more specialized rehearsal space. Your support will help us defer the cost of rehearsal space so we can rent venues that will allow us to fully realize the action, to the scale we desire, in a manner that is safe for our actors.
Additionally, our Super Spy action adventure play has some theatrically spectacular moments written in that, in our hopes and dreams, have a higher production value than our new theatre company founders' bank accounts can afford. We have budgeted out for the bare essentials in weapons rentals, set and costumes. However, in keeping with our mission, there are grander scale theatrical devices we would love the opportunity to tackle.
Finally, Live Action Theatre has a slew of artists donating their incredible talents and time to make “The Continuing Adventures of John Blade, Super Spy” not simply happen, but become something truly marvelous. We, as Live Action Theatre, would love to compensate these extraordinary professionals for their work. Our challenge is we have to get the show on its feet first. Our hope is that we raise enough money to give back to all the wonderfully creative artists that have supported us.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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