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A woman steps into a man's experience of love through today's male singer-songwriters. Empathy+Great Music=Transformational Theater!

The show

His Heart is hard to categorize or talk about in soundbites, because it operates on several different levels.  On one level, it's just fantastic music - songs by some of today's most affecting male singer-songwriters.  There are songs by Eddie Vedder, Ben Folds, Dan Wilson, Sting and more.  On another level, there is the fact that the songs are being delivered by a woman, and how that changes the way the songs are performed and received.  On one level, the show tells a story of one particular man and his experience of love, heartbreak, recovery, and true love.  On another level, the show is about a woman sharing her perspective on that experience from an empathetic point of view.

How it happened

It was over a year ago, after having long left professional theater and performing what I thought would be my last public performance for a very long time (a little cabaret called "On My Way").  

On My Way (Photo by Takako Harkness)
On My Way (Photo by Takako Harkness)

My intention was to turn my attention to school and my new career path.  But there was a "chocolate in my peanut butter, peanut butter in my chocolate" thing happening, where what I was exploring in my studies and how I was listening to music were working on me in such a way that a new idea was forming, and I just couldn't let it go.  

So Eric (my husband) and I brainstormed every song that might fit the bill together.

Eric and Me
Eric and Me

Then I put together a songlist that suited my voice, created a story arc, and said what I wanted to say.  Then I called the incomparable Sean Harkness, and we started working on the arrangements.  

Sean Harkness (Photo by Takako Harkness)
Sean Harkness (Photo by Takako Harkness)

It was all incredibly organic and seemed to have a life force of its own.  After about 6 months of development, we performed the show in February, and the feedback was overwhelming.  You'll see some of that feedback in the video above.  This is a show with the potential to change the way men and woman understand each other, and to bring us closer together.

His Heart, Sound Check (Photo by Takako Harkness)
His Heart, Sound Check (Photo by Takako Harkness)

Why a Kickstarter?

And so it emerged that His Heart deserved a life beyond its first two performances.  There is so much deeper to go with the material, and there are so many more people that need to see it.  And proper recordings need to be made.  Therefore a venue needs to be secured, a technician hired, the recording equipment rented.  I need to be able to fairly take care of Sean for rehearsals and performances.  And I would like to put some funds into some real advertising for the show.  It's not an enormous expense, but beyond my grad school student capabilities.  And that's where you come in.   

His Heart, Performance (Photo by Takako Harkness)
His Heart, Performance (Photo by Takako Harkness)
His Heart, Performance (Photo by Takako Harkness)
His Heart, Performance (Photo by Takako Harkness)

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    A CD of the show! Consider this your pre-order! We can't make the recordings happen without this help!

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    A DVD! You not only get to hear Sean Harkness, but watch him in action! (Or, if you're more inclined, the red dress in action!) It'll either be our best night of footage, or a compilation of the best from the various performances.

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    A CD, a DVD, a mention in the show, and a credit on the recordings! Official "big wig" status! You know you want it!

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