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Blurring the boundaries of emotion and reason to create experiential theatre.

Washington, DC Theater
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WHO WE ARE

The Paperwork:  Avalanche Theatre Company aims to create and share an intimate, communal experience that encourages introspection, discussion, and catharsis.

We push ourselves to blur the boundaries between audience and performer through creating a safe space that encourages emotional and artistic risk.

The Humans:  Keegan Cassady, Elizabeth Hansen and Jon Jon Johnson are the three Company Directors. Mary Myers rounds out the troupe with her catching enthusiasm.

THE PROJECT - WHAT IS LIVING WITHOUT...

…Dying – A Bid to Save the World

This March, Avalanche Theatre will host playwright Erin Marie Bregman for a week long, intensive workshop.

In a world where there is no death, Adam and Evelyn are determined to discover its mysteries, Emma is convinced she can retrieve her brother from the underworld, and Ida is stuck bereaving her lost other.  What else can one expect when Death is persuaded to take an unspecified, lengthy vacation? 

Come see humanity's struggle to deal with death (and their song about oranges) during the public reading on Monday, April 1st.

…the Divine – Apotheosis

Apotheosis (n): glorification of something to the level of the divine.

This summer, Avalanche Theatre will take their first foray into devised theatre by exploring the glorification of eroticism, brutality, addiction, ecstasy, and depression.

What happens when an individual deifies the overwhelming?  Do they become ensnared within these new, all-powerful experiences or find freedom and enlightenment through their struggle?  Ten multidisciplinary artists will explore these states of being while blurring the boundaries between traditional and collaborative theatre.

If you're lucky, they may even invite you to join them.

…Humanity – The Immortal Jellyfish

The Immortal Jellyfish turns to science to reexamine ancient mythology. This short, original play takes the Gilgamesh myth, mixes it with Darwinism and throws them in the face of human relationships.

Will and Tara sell genetic modification to the rich and famous. When Will meets and befriends Kid, jealousies erupt and irreversible transgressions are made.  An ill-fated event sends Will spiraling into madness, turning science from a business into an all-consuming quest to live forever.  As Tara tries to desperately save her partner, Kid is transformed into something both more and less than human, but at what cost?

GOALS

Our short term goal is simple - fund our project through Kickstarter and thereby produce our first official season.  Since Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing platform, we set our deadline to the smallest amount of money needed.  Our actual goal will be to reach $10,000.

Here is where the money will be going:

A Bid to Save the World will require $1000 (over half going to the artists).

Apotheosis will require $4,000 (over half going to the artists).

The Immortal Jellyfish will require $4,000 (over half going to the artists).

Have you noticed the pattern?  50% - 75% of all the money collected will be going directly to the artists that work with us. We know that if it weren't for the artists we could not create our art. 

The rest will be going towards rental spaces, Fringe fees and marketing (postcards, posters, etc).  Our goal is to operate on as bare bones of a budget as possible.

PRODUCTION HISTORY

Crave (Capital Fringe 2011):  DCist said "The four performers (Elizabeth Hansen, Christopher Herring, Joey Long and Mary Myers) under Jon Jon Johnson's direction are all devoted to the material and completely believable... all five deserve total praise for maintaining the balance between fearlessness and self-control."

Despertar (Capital Fringe 2012): DCTheatreScene said “Through the metaphor of tango, we see each couple explore the often blurred boundary between love and hate, passion and aggression, dream and dance”, and called it a “novel concept and heroic cast.”

TALK TO US!

Website: http://www.avalanchetheatre.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Avalanche-Theatre-Company/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/as_subtle_as

Risks and challenges

As with most other artistic endeavors, the biggest risk to this project is not getting the funding we need. Whether we make the funds through Kickstarter or on our own over the next three years, these plays will get done. It's simply up to you when they happen.

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