My name is David Robinson. I wrote The Lost Boy, a play, about love, loss, and reaching back in time as the only way to move forward. I am asking for your help to stage this play because bringing this story to life has become an essential project in my life’s work.
The Lost Boy is a true story that begins on a family ranch near Sacramento, California in 1885, with the death of a ten year-old son named Johnny. After his death, his mother Isabelle was ordered to burn all Johnny’s possessions, every scrap of evidence that he had existed. Instead, in secret, Isabelle packed a small trunk to prove that her son had lived. And then, she plastered it into the wall of the family ranch house. 100 years later, Johnny’s great-grandnephew Tom McKenzie, struggling with the reality of his own mortality and the difficulty of keeping the ranch intact, discovered the trunk in the wall. The story of The Lost Boy was born.
Tom was my mentor - an actor, director, and producer of plays, and a great teacher and friend. He was a master of story and not only taught me about art and story, but like all great teachers, he taught me larger lessons of my self and what makes great work.
I loved Tom and always felt lucky to know him. So when he asked me to help him tell this story, of course I agreed; and I intended to write a one-man play for him to perform. Unfortunately, while in workshop for the play, Tom’s health collapsed. We shelved the production and Tom never recovered.
Before he died, Tom asked me, “What would you put in your box? Not just proof that you existed, but what would capture the essence of who you were on this earth?” That’s the question at the heart of this play. The Lost Boy has never let me go.
Like Tom, for the last thirty years, I have been a director, writer, and teacher. I have mostly worked independently but also have been the artistic director of Dimensions Theatre Project and the general manager of The Seattle Shakespeare Company. Of all the work I have done, this project may be the single most important project of all because it so clearly brings into focus just why a story matters.
Now, years later, I have re-written The Lost Boy for two actors, have collaborated with the wonderful band Mom’s Chili Boys who’ve composed original music for the production, and have arranged a venue: the DeMarcus Brown Theatre (University of the Pacific) has tossed its hat in the ring with us as co-producer, allowing us to use its great space for our production.
I need some help to get the job on its feet and on the stage: we need $3,400 to get us to opening night. Like any theatrical endeavor, we could use some extra cash ($5,000 would even be better, so please be generous!), but we can get it done for $3,400.
Please help us get this great project on to the stage.
Nuts & Bolts
- I'll perform the play with composer/performer Kerri Sherwood. Check out her music on iTunes or see her site: www.kerrisherwood.com
- Mom's Chili Boys are: Jim Marsh, Anthony Kolafa (the tune on the video was written by Anthony. It's titled "That's What.") , & Sam Venable. They are amazing musicians and you can find them at www.momschiliboys.com
- We'll perform in February, 2015, at The DeMarcus Brown Theatre on the campus of The University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. I want to do the first production at this theatre because Tom's great mentor (and father-in-law) was DeMarcus Brown. He learned about the theatre from DeMarcus and I received all of that artistic wisdom through Tom. This piece is about legacy on all levels!
Risks and challenges
Rather than risks I want to address perseverance. Our greatest obstacle was Tom's passing. We transcended that and, as I wrote earlier, this play will not let me (us) go. Our first Kickstarter failed and, as always, great information, opportunity, and learning came through that process. With the generous donation of the space by UOP, we've found another path forward. Our only obstacle now is funding and we will, one way or another, bring this project to its feet.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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