About this project
We must raise $5500 (of our $10000 budget) to support our New Writers' Program mentorship for emerging playwrights and to cover immediate production costs for the first of many world premiere plays that this program will make possible.
LEFT-HANDED DARLING by Nikita Schoen is the first play written as part of our New Writer's Program. Your support makes this summer's performances of LEFT-HANDED DARLING possible, as well as assuring that we have the funds to continue this annual project of tutoring a new playwright and ultimately producing her world premiere in San Francisco.
Nikita Schoen's LEFT-HANDED DARLING is set in the rural 1930's American "Dust Bowl era" and centers on Calliope Darling, a young girl with a very unusual upbringing and a unique sense of beauty. Have her very unlikely parents prepared her well for the world? Calliope and the audience are transported from the macabre environment of her family's home to the surreality of a carnival sideshow, an equally bizarre court room, and more strange sights and sounds than the many many books she has read in her young life could prepare her for. With creative staging, a versatile cast, theatrical puppetry, original music, and a lot of mason jars, LEFT-HANDED DARLING will thrill you, surprise you, make you laugh and transport you back to a colorful era when Vaudeville ruled and a nickel was really worth something.
There's murder, tragedy and maybe even redemption in this twisted fantasy. In all respects a remarkable achievement and a stunning debut work for the stage that you can be proud to support!
LEFT-HANDED DARLING is also the inaugural production of Foul Play’s New Writers’ Program--a year-long mentorship program that takes a first time author “from the Page to the Stage”, culminating in a world premiere of a new work. The program looks beyond the product to the professional, focusing on the development of not the just the play, but the playwright, as their work is drafted, tested, rewritten and eventually delivered into the hands of a production team.
This is Foul Play’s legacy in the making, and that’s why it’s so important to have your help to make the New Writers’ Program live on.
PLEASE JOIN OUR CAMPAIGN TO GET THIS PRODUCTION ON ITS FEET AND CREATE A LEGACY OF NEW SAN FRANCISCO PLAYWRIGHTS.
Your contributions covers not only the basic overhead of a theatrical production (materials for set, props, costume, lighting, sound and the space), but Foul Play also prides itself on providing stipends for its cast and crew--and paying artists to produce their art. We not only have talented actors and our marvelous playwright, but we have an outstanding staff of designers and original musical score that is composed for each show. While no one is getting paid extravagantly by any means, being rewarded and acknowledge for your art means a lot. It’s both a meaningful gesture and practical help to folks who are usually creating their art in off hours while making their living in other ways.
Since the founding in 2008 by Sean Owens and Cameron Eng, Foul Play is an SF-based production company dedicated to curating insightful, innovative, and accessible theater. Their focus is on working with the kaleidoscopic, local talent to create unique and powerful theatrical events, with an economically resilient production style. Foul Play is a proud partner of the Gaiety Project, with the New Writers’ Program representing the first steps into its education curriculum. They’ve brought you the Attack of the Killer B-Movies (I & II), a rock opera Wicker Man and the runaway smash hit Stale Magnolias, which showed at the Glama-Rama Hair Salon; and they were instrumental in the creation of a new wave of touring haunted/art houses, Meet the Campbells and Nightshades.
The production team includes:
Nikita Schoen, playwright
Michelle Talgarow, director
Sean Owens, production
Cameron Eng, production, graphics
Don Seaver, original score, sound design
Peter Q. Parish, set design
Richard Board, light design
Kathryn Wood, costume design
Heather Watrous, special effects make up
Steffanos X, master carpenter
Teresa Hernandez, stage manager
Mikka Bonel, dance captain
The cast includes:
Amanda Ortmayer as Calliope
Mikl-em as Sugarchurch
Don Wood as Phillip / Marlon & Ed
Kimberly MacLean as Constance / Annie
Mikka Bonel as Venus / Ms. Goodbreed
Sean Owens as Floyd / Frances
WE MUST RAISE AT LEAST $5500 TO COVER OUR OVERHEAD, PAY OUR TEAM AND ENSURE WE CAN BRING YOU QUALITY THEATRE IN THE FUTURE.
With the monies from our BLACK TIE BIG TOP fundraiser (http://foulplaysf.com/bigtop), we are able to put forth a more modest request to our friends and supporters. We think it’s well within reach to ask 100 people for $55.
With folks like you and the Kickstarter campaign covering our overhead, then our ticket sales become the seed money for our next project.
Our production overhead includes:
1) Building materials and tools: While scavenging what resources we could, we still had to purchase and rent quality materials and equipment. Paint alone is a $200 line item.
2) Artist Stipend: Foul Play prides itself on paying its artist to produce their art. Our cast and crew are all working between their other jobs, providing hours and effort far beyond the humble, but encouraging stipend we offer. We are fortunate that they lend their considerable skills to our cause, and the least we can offer is an honorarium that provides enough to offset production inconveniences (extra travel costs, on the go meals, etc).
3) New Writers’ Program legacy: The New Writers’ Program is a year-long process that brings together many local artists to give input on the many drafts of the script. The money provides all the supplies needed for that process as well as items for the author’s media kit including head shots, business cards, portfolio and more.
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