What is the Feste Project?
In a dimly-lit, kitschy dive-bar in Hell’s Kitchen, Feste is putting on a show to tell the scandalous story of the night he left Illyria. The night of the party to end all parties. The night of the murder. The night he ran. THE FESTE PROJECT is a cabaret-play and an imagined prequel to Twelfth Night, remixing Shakespeare’s characters and text with modern verse, 90's-esque club songs, audience interaction, filthy jokes and a tonne of glitter!
Head happily buzzing I float through the crowd
Perfume and caviar forming a cloud above
I’m feeling love
For all these drunken reprobates,
My sometime mates,
These gorgeous, fabulous, degenerates
The bad and the beautiful, great and the gross
The same old players as always - well, most
‘Cos some have dropped off, decided to quit it
Replaced quick enough, though, with some new titbit
So swift we almost missed it.
As if they’d not existed.
The show explores themes such as: the importance of youth in gay culture and how our identity shifts as we start to age out of certain scenes; isolation and loneliness, particularly in the LGBT community - how even the life of the party, surrounded by friends on the dancefloor, can feel completely alone; why we choose to run instead of facing our fears; and the people who become chosen family.
We will be performing the show as a workshop presentation (as fully staged as possible) on June 13th, 9pm @ The PiT Basement, NYC. We'd love to see you there!
Listen to some of our song demos here: https://soundcloud.com/harrywaller/sets/feste-project-demos
Why do we need your money?
We were very lucky to have a week of research and development rehearsal in March through the Shakespeare Forum in NYC. That enabled us to refine the script and deepen the relationships between the characters. What we need now is a week of rehearsal to work on the staging and performance aspects.
Your donation will go towards:
* REHEARSAL SPACE
* PROFESSIONAL MUSIC PRODUCTION
* TECHNICAL SUPPORT
* ARTIST STIPENDS
* PROPS & COSTUMES
* ALL THE GLITTER...
Meet the team!
Harry Waller (Writer/Composer/Performer): Harry is an actor, musician and writer originally from the UK and now living in NYC. NYC theatre credits include: Puffs (New World Stages), Lear (The Shakespeare Forum), Boundless as the Sea (RSC @ The NYTimes). UK theatre credits include: Love's Labour's Lost, Much Ado About Nothing, Wendy & Peter Pan, The Christmas Truce (Royal Shakespeare Company & West End), The Way of the World (Sheffield Crucible, dir. Lyndsey Turner), The History Boys (UK Tour), Hobson's Choice (Sheffield Crucible), Miss Nightingale (UK Tour), Saturday Night (Arts Theatre, West End). He created the macabre cabaret duo Joe deVivre and the Circle of Friend, with actress Sophie Steer, and they played some of London's most notorious dives (including Madame Jojo's in Soho). He also once sang Happy Birthday to Prince Charles... true story. www.itsharrywaller.com
Owen Horsley (Director/Dramaturg): NYC directing credits include: All's Well That Ends Well (Stella Adler), Don Giovanni (LaMaMa), Shakespeare in a Week - Antony & Cleopatra (Bard City, residency at Classic Stage Company), Who's There? Hamlet (Bard City, residency at Classic Stage). UK directing credits include: Maydays by David Edgar (RSC), Salome by Oscar Wilde (RSC) The Famous Victories of Henry V (RSC), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Garsington Opera), Henry V (Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre) and The Picture of Dorian Gray (Watermill Theatre). More info: www.owenhorsley.com
Jonah Rosenberg (Sound Designer/Arranger): Jonah Rosenberg is a composer, musician, sound and multimedia designer based in Brooklyn who creates performances that straddle jazz and free-improvised music, electroacoustic chamber music, installation, theater, performance art and film. His work has been presented at The Dimenna Center for Classical Music, HERE, Abrons Arts Center, The Public Theater, MoMa Ps1, Theater For The New City, Happy Lucky No1, Gibney Dance and many other venues and galleries throughout the US and Canada. Recent film credits include the dance film SEASONED (LA Dance Film Festival Award) and the Documentary Half-Life of Memory. Jonah studied composition with Morton Subotnick, Arturo O'Farrill, Doug Geers and Ray Anderson.
Every little bit helps and anything that you feel you can give to our production we will be so grateful to receive. Please come and join us at the show in June and help make this production happen!
The Feste Project Team
Risks and challenges
Time constraints: because we are working within a fast approaching deadline we are aware of the pressures this puts upon us as a team. With your help, though, we can make this happen within the allotted time frame!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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