Stretch Goal - $8,000!
This will allow us to upgrade our sound system for the performance space. No small thing, since sound and music are an enormous part of the Numb experience. Thank you to all of you who have contributed!
Numb is a collaborative theater project between Goat in the Road Productions, New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, and the Cachet Arts and Culture Program that explores the complicated history of anesthesiology. It’s a play that looks at the ecstasy and intoxication of drugs that alter human consciousness in a quest for pain-free surgery, and the often forgotten human stories that accompany advancement.
The project began with our fascination with the Pharmacy Museum. Located in the 500 block of Chartres Street in the heart of the French Quarter, the Museum was once a functioning pharmacy, and today houses many of the tools and elixirs of 19th century medicine.
Lead nipples? Yes.
Soothing salves laced with morphine? They have it.
The Museum also tells the story of medicine, pain, addiction, and embodies that New Orleans spirit in which getting well, getting high, and getting happy are all mixed up together.
As we began researching 19th century medicine, we came across fascinating stories of doctors experimenting on themselves for the advancement of science while becoming addicted to and damaged by these very same experimental drugs; and decided to make a piece of theater about it. The stories, we felt, have something to teach us about pain, the search for pain relief, and the way that us as humans approach our limitations.
We are looking for your help to make this project finally come to life. Numb has already gone through two intensive workshop periods, in January and June of 2014. It will premiere in November 2014 at a space on the corner of Independence and St. Claude Avenues, and run for 5 weeks (plenty of time for all our supporters to see it!). It will also be part of the New Orleans Fringe Festival.
What will your help do?
We have already fundraised some of the cost of this production, but we are in need of your support to bring the project home. Our biggest cost is personnel (or as we call them; folks who get s**t done). We have an incredibly dedicated group of people – actors, designers, stage managers, composers, producers – helping to make this show come to life, and we want to pay them for their time and expertise. We need to pay for costumes and sound equipment. We need to pay for programs and postcards and bullhorns and bribes for the town crier so everyone knows about the work.
And we know that you can help.
Over the last six years you have seen Goat in the Road produce a wide variety of amazing theatrical stuff; rapid fire clown theater about the Clinton Lewinsky scandal, a thriving educational program called Play/Write, an exploration of technology through the lens of Johannes Gutenberg, an original New Orleans-inspired podcast called This Sweaty City; you have watched as we stuffed ourselves into a 5x5x5 plexiglass box to tell the story of Ronald Reagan. We strive to make performance work that makes you laugh and cry at the same time (no vomiting), and we hope you can do that with us.
Risks and challenges
Theater productions always have unexpected problems – from space concerns to equipment concerns, to the ‘we have so much to do and so little time’ concerns. All of these things are the devils you live with walking into a production. However, Goat in the Road has been making and producing work for the past six years together – we have created over ten original works for the stage, many events, and a yearly youth playwriting showcase.
Additionally, Numb is a project that Goat in the Road has been researching and conceiving since summer 2013. In January of 2014 we gathered actors together to explore the material and showed it to some artist friends and colleagues for feedback. In June, 2014, we presented parts of the original script at the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum as part of a panel discussion on the nature of pain. We are dedicated to this project. And we hope that you will lend your support.
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