Trains, planes, and actor-mobiles
Paper Plane is an adventure story, set amongst the dust bowl train tracks and barnstorming exhibitions of the Great Depression, about a young boy hopping freight trains in the American midwest.
Andrew Lynch's original music runs seamlessly from stunning melodic expressions a la Rufus Wainwright or Paul McCartney, to tight a cappella harmonies evoking Fleet Foxes or CSNY, and on to the looper-pedal density and creativity of Andrew Bird and tUnE-yArDs; co-directors Eric Powell Holm (co-inventor of The Wild Plan) and Katie Melby (3 Sticks co-founder, who will also play The Boy) create inventive and evocative theatrical landscapes, utilizing shadow puppetry, contemporary trateau technique, and an unpredictable sense of scale and perspective. Devised collaboratively with writer-collaborator and acclaimed playwright Nick Ryan, internationally-produced director/designer Ben Gansky (the other half of The Wild Plan team), and a skillful and inventive cast of performer-creators, Jonas Goslow, John Egan, and Elizabeth Stahlmann, Paper Plane promises to be the stealth hit of the springtime.
Sounds awesome, right? Well, we need your help to make it happen, Kickstarter! Becoming a backer of Paper Plane enables us to:
- Cover the costs of fabric, paint, and other supplies to build costumes, props, and set pieces
- Light the play be-au-tifully.
- Pay our artists: more than 75% of our budget goes to artist-pay. Because that's how we eat. And the more money we make through Kickstarter, the more we can offer to our artists.
Paper Plane is a new devised music-theatre piece by the acclaimed ensemble 3 Sticks premiering at One Arm Red, as part of their spring season Red Springs Eternal. The New York Times raved about 3 Sticks most recent creation, Le Gourmand, or Gluttony! at the 2011 NYC Fringe Festival, calling it a "fanciful operetta, rich in musical abundance. . . so pleasing to the palate, [it] deserves a bigger table," while previous music-theatre creations The Traveling Musicians of Brementown, The Gypsy and the General, Borderlines, Uncanny Valley, and Mythed have won numerous awards and accolades at Fringe festivals and theaters throughout the US and Canada. The company has been developed and supported by Ars Nova, Bryant Lake Bowl, the Red Eye Collaborative, the Southern Theater, and One Arm Red.
photos by Ben Gansky
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