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A physical representation of ‘collaborative process’ brought to life by a group of people and an anthropomorphic coat rack.
A physical representation of ‘collaborative process’ brought to life by a group of people and an anthropomorphic coat rack.
85 backers pledged $4,502 to help bring this project to life.

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Hey there! We reached our first goal but we're not done yet!

ALL DONATIONS we receive from this moment on will go directly towards ALL THE ARTISTS involved in this production! 

This brings OUR TOTAL GOAL to $5,000!

We can do this (with your help)!
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THE PLAY

Strange Animals and Plastic Figures is an original play that takes the audience through the creative process and beyond. Our setting is the theatre itself and our task is to create an entire world from scratch as a means to explore the ways in which we create our own lives. We are people on stage doing a play and we are particularly interested in the forces that bond people together and drive people apart. 

attraction - commonality - faith
attraction - commonality - faith

Join us for this full length scripted play that at times may feel like part devised theatre, part theatre of the absurd, part movement mediation, part comedic adventure into the unknown and even a part realism, as you watch this ensemble piece where no one leads and everyone is left behind.

Thanks to the New York Theater Festival Winterfest 2018, we will be having our World Premiere at The Hudson Guild Theater in Manhattan! Check out our page on their Festival Website

http://newyorktheaterfestival.com/strange-animals-and-plastic-figures/ 

Show Dates: Feb 13th @ 6:15pm, Feb 17th @ 8:30pm, Feb 18th @ 1:00 pm

You can purchase tickets through the following link!

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3194653

THE WORK

Follow us on Instagram! @thestrangeanimals

 We began with a week-long WORKSHOP 

Final Workshop - Opening Image
Final Workshop - Opening Image

“The first draft is the child’s draft, where you let it all pour out and then let it romp all over the place, knowing that no one is going to see it and that you can shape it later. You just let this childlike part of you channel whatever voices and visions come through and onto the page.” — ANNE LAMOTT IN BIRD BY BIRD

Anne Lamott believes in the power of a "shitty first draft" and so do we! Our goal for the workshop was to translate this writing technique to working with the ideas of a play for the first time. With reckless abandon and complete ownership, we explored concepts like groupmind, inventing full-scale imaginary worlds, and how the heck a 6-person coat rack functions as a character in this play!

AND NOW, with a newly refined play, we are getting back into the rehearsal room to get this bad boy on its' feet!

THE TEAM

First Read Through!
First Read Through!

The Actors

The following actors will be playing characters that share their own name:

John Zoitos as John
Flora McGill as Flora
Philip Portolano as Phil
Zennie Trieu as Zennie and Bryant Jager as Bryant

The following actors will join creative forces and mold their craft into a single character named Coat Rack:

Miles Butler
Nora Kennedy
Moira McAuliffe
Quinn Jackson
and Sara Kohler

We also have a Design Team that includes:

Fiamma Piacentini, Sebastian Gutierrez, Meghan Odell, Keely Odell, Allegra Herman and Nicole Leon Elvir

Risks and challenges

We have taken one huge blindfolded leap into uncharted theatrical territory and we are determined to keep going deeper. We are inspired by theatre that challenges us, that takes a definitive stand, that goes their own way, and we are in the midst of adding to this narrative.

We have discovered some wonderful gems in our workshop process that are just dying to be set free in future rehearsals with your help. We are relying on you, our supporters, our backers, our family, friends, our mentors, our fellow artists, our future audience to provide us with the precious gift of space and time to put something beautiful into this world.

We believe in the theatre and we are determined to continue pushing the art form forward.

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    BE STRANGE! BE ODD!

    Donate $11 dollars because it's an odd number and we have a large cast of 11 odd people!

    We will give you a huge THANK YOU all over your social media for your generous support!

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    Transform into a Written Word!

    Donate $25 dollars and we will transform your physical body, mind, and spirit into a series of letters that spells out YOUR NAME and we will write this name IN OUR PROGRAM!

    You will be fully realized in our program as a backer who helped us bring our work to life :)

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    Quick! Name a Strange Animal!

    Donate $45 and we will create a physical representation of any Strange Animal of your choosing and personally send you the video!

    Whether you choose a Pink Fairy Armadillo, a Dumbo Octopus, or a Silicon Valley Programmer, we will say YES to your idea and bring it to LIFE!
    (We also encourage and accept entirely made up creatures)

    AND we will also include your name in our program!

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    A Piece of the Show in YOUR hands

    Donate $150 and you will receive all previous rewards as well as an original artwork created by our fellow artist, Keely Odell!
    (She created our Poster Design for the show)

    Keely will choose one moment from the play while we are rehearsing and then she will transform that live image into a sketch that will then be framed, signed, and sent to you through the mail!
    Or you can pick it up after the performance you attend!

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    Say Yes: Collaborative Process

    Donate $350 and you will become one of our premium backers with your own special thank you in our program.

    Now for THE REAL PRIZE: You and a guest (or a few guests) will be warmly welcomed to one of our rehearsals from start to finish that will end with us performing a never-before-seen completely improvised version of the show in 20 minutes or less just for you! Can we do it? You will be the only one to find out!

    Our play raises questions about the creative process, the collaborative process, how groups come together to achieve incredible feats, and the forces that drive people apart. What better way to show our appreciation than to offer you the chance to be a part of our process?

    We will share our experience in the rehearsal room so far and answer any questions you may have about how our experimental work has gone from a single idea to a fully realized theatrical production.

    And of course, you will receive all other rewards as well :)

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