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A cabaret about my experiences in hookup culture, with storytelling, stand-up, and an all queer four-piece band. - Stretch Goal: $5200!
A cabaret about my experiences in hookup culture, with storytelling, stand-up, and an all queer four-piece band. - Stretch Goal: $5200!
130 backers pledged $5,540 to help bring this project to life.

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** UPDATE ** SUPER STRETCH GOAL!  $5200!

You guys are so amazing! We PASSED our stretch goal which will go towards paying the artists and paying me for my work. 

And now we’re dreaming even bigger because of you! We’re hoping to reach $5200 by Sunday at 11:00pm, that can go towards TOURING the show to another city! We never thought this would be possible, but thanks to everyone’s amazing support, we are dreaming big! 

Thank you for everything, and please help us keep striving! 

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Hi everybody!

I’m thrilled to present my first ever full length show about my experiences in hookup culture, premiering this May 11-13 at Velocity Dance Center.

hooked up explores everything from intimacy to toxic masculinity to why gyms are awful and always will be. Set against the bewildering backdrop of dating in Seattle, it will be an intimate evening of entirely true stories and songs, featuring an all queer four-piece band! With music ranging from rockabilly to alternative to 2000s pop, follow Peter through a whirlwind of misguided determination to answer the question: what are we left with when the illusions dissolve?

hooked up first premiered as part of the 2016 Northwest New Works festival at On the Boards. The show took an entirely different form then, using life-size cardboard puppets and a more traditional linear play structure to tell the stories. Widely praised by audiences, it was a great start in exploring the world of the show! 

This will be the show's world premiere as a cabaret, with band members Stephen Anunson (trombone), Jake Lindsay (electric guitar), Jonathan Shue (drums), and Christopher Jones (piano).

The creative team includes: Danial Hellman (costumes), Reiko Huffman (set), Amber Parker (lighting), Maggie Rogers (dramaturg), among others!

Jake, Christopher, & Stephen
Jake, Christopher, & Stephen

the opportunity 

hooked up is my first full-length show as a writer, producer, and performer. It is also my first experience developing music with my own band - something of a return to my roots, having grown up performing in musicals.

It’s very exciting for me to produce this work at Velocity Dance Center, one of my main artistic homes here in Seattle.

Tickets are now on sale!

your support

I received a GAP grant from Artist Trust that is going towards the venue deposit for Velocity and renting rehearsal space. But it doesn’t begin to cover helping the artists involved, or the remaining production costs! 

I am looking to raise $3000 (with a stretch goal of $4500). Your support will go directly towards supporting the amazing artists involved in the piece: Christopher, Jake, Jonathan, Stephen, Danial, Reiko, Amber, and Maggie, among others!

Christopher Jones is a Seattle based pianist and composer working primarily in local queer performing arts. Inspired by the notion that punk is dead, their work interprets iconic 20th century motifs for a hopelessly nostalgic audience. christopherjonespiano.com

Jake Lindsay has been a studio musician and touring performer for four bands and/or artists affiliated with Seattle-headquartered Barsuk Records. Jake has also done theater work over the years for Seattle's On the Boards, and he/e/they currently releases music and performs an interactive, multimedia cyborg show under the satirical pseudonym, Jake Laundry.

Jonathan Shue is an actor, musician, and producer. Regional theatre credits include San Jose Rep, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Island Stage Left and many others, as well as developing and new works. Most recently, he helmed the music for SEARCHERS, part rock concert, part play, with The Basement Company.

Stephen Anunson is a Seattle based musician, filmmaker and teacher. He has performed trombone with the Can Can's Nightmare Before Christmas, Cherdonna Shinatra's Kissing Like Babies and many other small ensembles and studio recordings. Stephen recently wrote, produced and directed his first feature film, The Boy Who Lived Before, and has produced and/or directed a number of film projects. stephenanunson.com

Danial Hellman is a Seattle costume designer whose clients include Cherdonna Shinatra, Kitten N Lou, BenDeLaCreme, Lily Verlaine, and many others. Additionally, he has a line of men's underwear under the label Danial Webster. dwdesignonline.com

Reiko Huffman is a Seattle based freelance scenic designer and painter. She is currently the Associate Venue Manager and Technical Director at West of Lenin and Scenic Charge Artist for Washington Ensemble Theatre. Reiko continues to design and paint for theatre companies such as New Century Theatre company, Freehold, Theater Schmeater, and more! reikonyhuffman.weebly.com

Amber Lynne Parker is a freelance lighting designer based in Seattle, an east-coast transplant, and an avid fan of bringing new works to life. She is thrilled to be involved in this project, and is thankful for the opportunity to collaborate with such a great team. amberlights.net

Maggie Rogers is a director and dramaturg who proudly hails from Louisville, KY. She is the Literary Manager and resident dramaturg at Washington Ensemble Theatre, a company member of The Horse in Motion, and the company dramaturg for Cherdonna's company, Donna.

With your donation, you can help support these artists and their work!

Risks and challenges

This is my first ever Kickstarter as a creative, and feels like a leap into the arms of my community. I’m definitely coming out of a mindset of scarcity consciousness - realizing not only the tremendous support I have of friends and colleagues, but the worth of telling my own personal and queer stories.

Your support to help make this work happen truly means the world to me.

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