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A Man and Woman's egos get in the way of love. A didactic/archetypal play, in classic Greek style, that explores the nature of the ego.
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Project Summary

EgoManiac is a didactic and archetypal story, in classic Greek style, that explores the nature of the ego. Former lovers, now married to different people, come together and meet again at a crossroads in their lives. A classic Greek chorus, of three men and three women, that represent the egos of the main two characters, make up the dynamic of the storytelling. EgoManiac, written by Paul Moore, is a deeply spiritual play, searching for ways to express the mysterious, and mostly, but not altogether, intangible nature of the ego itself.

Fiscal Sponsorship and Beyond Baroque

Beyond Baroque, one of the United States’ leading independent literary/art centers, is a fiscal sponsor to EgoManiac. Established in 1968, Beyond Baroque is dedicated to expanding the public’s knowledge of poetry, literature, and art through cultural events and community interaction. Their mission is to advance the public awareness of and involvement in the literary arts. Beyond Baroque is based in Venice, CA.  A restricted fund has been established in order to support EgoManiac under the auspices of Beyond Baroque.  We are proud and honored to have their support.

The Creative Team

Paul Moore - Playwright
 

Paul Moore is an actor, playwright, and teacher. As an actor, Paul played the title role in the Getty Villa's inaugural production of 'Hippolytos’, directed by Stephen Sachs, and playing opposite of Linda Purl. The new translation by Anne Carson, was staged at the Villa's outdoor amphitheater. As a teacher, Paul underwent seven years of rigorous and private training with a spiritual teacher and Qigong master. He has taught Qigong, off and on, over the past five years and currently teaches at the Jewish community center at Plummer Park in West Hollywood. He is proficient in many forms of Qigong including Wild Goose Qigong, Immune Enhancement Qigong, The Creative Organ Cycle Qigong, The Yi Jin Jing, and many other movements, including sitting and internal meditative Qigong practices. As a teacher, Paul also wishes to research and develop his own pedagogy in training the physical craft for actors. He plans to use theories of Chinese medicine and Qigong movements to explore this interface. Paul holds an MFA in Acting from UCLA's school of Theater, Film and Television. He is a member of both SAG-AFTRA and Actor's Equity.

Jen Derwingson - Director

Jen Derwingson began directing as an undergrad at Stanford and later became the Artistic Director for Freshly Squeezed Theatre Co. in San Francisco. Credits include original productions of: The Acts, Pasko, Deacon’s War, Guilty Creatures, and Vacancy, and revivals of Our Country’s Good and Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All for You. Additional directing credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the National Art Center in Bali, Indonesia and Silver Buttons All Down Her Back for the Oxford Revue, Oxford, England. Jen is also a screenwriter and filmmaker. Her short film, Roadside Assistance, played at the Cannes Film Festival, in addition to more than twenty-five other festivals around the world, and earned numerous awards including the Student Emmy for Comedy. Her first feature (as a writer), And Soon the Darkness, starring Amber Heard, Odette Anabel and Karl Urban, was released in 2010. Jen earned an MFA at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and is a graduate of the prestigious Walt Disney Screenwriting Fellowship. She is currently developing her first feature as a director, and writing on a brand new, soon-to-be-announced SyFy Network series. She is thrilled to be collaborating with Paul on EgoManiac!

Hollywood Fringe Festival

In June this production will premiere at this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival (June 12th-29th). The Hollywood Fringe Festival in an open and uncensored open-access, community-derived event celebrating freedom of expression and collaboration in the performing arts community. Each June during the Hollywood Fringe, the arts infiltrates the Hollywood neighborhood. Fully equipped theaters, parks, clubs, churches, restaurants and other unexpected places host hundreds of productions by local, national, and international arts companies and independent performers.  

Performance Venue

EgoManiac will perform at a popular venue in the heart of West Hollywood. The ‘Other Space Theater’ at the ‘Actors Company’, is a contemporary theater with equipment to meet any technical demands, and will seat an audience of 55. The theater is located at 916 North Formosa Avenue, with the exact performance schedule yet to be determined.

The Budget

  • Fees, Insurance, & Registration - $1575
  • Stage Manager Stipend - $1000
  • Design & Video - $450
  • Team Stipends - $480
  • Tech Personnel & Tech Rehearsal - $500
  • Marketing & Publicity - $570                                                                                                                                                                       We are currently raising funds to bring this production to life.     Although we will be seeking tax-deductible funding from businesses in our local community through 'Beyond Baroque', we still need your individual help as well.  With your generous contributions we will be able to cover all Hollywood Fringe Festival costs including rental, insurance, and fees.  Other costs incurred will be rehearsal rental space, actor stipends, a stage manager fee,  casting director fee, web and social media design fees, and other marketing and publicity costs.  Give what you can today and help keep theater alive in Los Angeles.  Thank you! 

Risks and challenges

Risk:

We don't foresee many risks involved in workshopping a new play. This project is in creative development, and will be a relatively simple process to mount. The one risk involves actors dropping out of project in order to accept paid work. If actors get hired for a film or paying theatre contract, then they have every right to accept paid work under the rules of professional acting unions (SAG-AFTRA and Equity).

Response:

If an actor must leave to take paid work, we will prepare for this by having people in the cast as understudies. The use of understudies exists in nearly every professional theatrical production. We will use one man and one woman from the Chorus to understudy the lead roles. We will also have two extra actors in the rehearsal process to understudy the Chorus roles. These two actors will take part in a large part of the rehearsal process, with the understanding that they will not be performing, unless an actor needs to leave to take paid work.

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