THE BASIC PLEA:
Let’s not mince words, let’s lay our cards on the table and shoot straight from the holster, with plain spoken bullet-like words: We are asking for cashmoney to put up a show called THE ISRAELI PALESTINIAN CONFLICT: A ROMANTIC COMEDY at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, UK.
You pledge money, if we get it by July 19, you get charged. The good news is, the more you give, the more you’re rewarded with questionably necessary fun stuff!
ABOUT THE SHOW:
As one might suspect, the show is a two person musical that tracks the Mid-East conflict back to a one-night stand between Israel and Palestine at the Geneva Convention in 1948 (a convention that’s best known for horny delegates and rampantly dirty hookups). The newly formed country and the aspiring territory totally had sex, then Israel didn't call, then Palestine went aggro, then Israel totally had a spat with Palestine's friends and then some land was occupied ... But somewhere in the middle of all the chaos, in the middle of all the wars and embarrassing run-ins, rebound relationships and pint-after-pint of ice cream therapy, Palestine and Israel may just have found love. And that’s what the show is.
A note to Arabs: The show is totally balanced. And a note to Jews: The show is totally balanced. A note to all: The show is totally funny… and internationally sensitive.
WHO WE ARE & WHY WE FUND-RAISE
In regular life you can count on death and taxes, in comedy life, you can count on self-produced shows being super expensive. And this show… well, it’s going to be extra super expensive because it will be at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in fabulous and sunny Scotland! The Edinburgh Fringe is basically the world’s foremost opportunity to showcase your writing, acting, and singing chops. You know the deal with those Scots, make ‘em laugh or get haggis thrown in your face. I take on this challenge!
We need 5G’s – that’s $5,000 for those of you who are uncomfortable with numbers slang. The way kickstarter works is, you pledge the money, if we don’t get $5,000 worth of pledges by July 15, no one gets charged. If we do, all of your small sums get charged through Amazon. Then we run away to Mexico. KIDDING! Then we put up the show in August.
The show was written by myself (Negin Farsad - Iranian Muslim) and Alex Zalben (Jew) with music and some lyrics by Gaby Alter (Jew). It will be performed/produced by me and the inimitable Mike Mosallam (Arab Muslim). We’re trying to raise money for airfare, lodging, registration and publicity fees, and maybe something to eat once. For example, airfare is about $1100 per person, the rest of the numbers are equally heinous. The kicker is, as per the terms of the Fringe, there are no ticket sales. So we won’t earn anything – except the love and adoration of audiences and maybe the love and evil control of some really powerful person named Lex who owns all of American entertainment.
Will you help Team IP Conflict raise these funds? As the Executive Beggars of this production, Mike and I will not only be grateful, but remember, we’ll offer you stuff! Look to the right and you’ll see a bunch of rewards listed next to price points – talk about incentives, right?!
It would be awesome to have you on board. I’d be so excited if we met our fundraising goal that my organs might leap out of my mouth! In a good way!
Loves and internationally sexy diplomacy,
Negin & Mike
- (60 days)