The Short Version
Come to Jester'Z Theater on Saturday, Sept 1st at 4PM to see a new play! Tickets a suggested donation of $12, available now thru Kickstarter and at the door!
[gooseplay] is the latest play by Yichao. In it, a boy is turning 10 -- and no one's come to his birthday party. His dad is out of town for work, his friends are at a cooler kid's party -- even his mean older sister is away at soccer camp. Through the play, the boy goes on a journey through time and space, memories and dreams, through hunting trips and supernovas, grapefruit and geese, as he searches for the point of getting older.
After writing the play and initial development with the Core Company at Orchard Project in Hunter, NY this summer, we're proud to present a script-in-hand production of the play at Jester'Z Theater, located at 7117 McDowell Rd in Scottsdale, AZ on Sept 1st at 4PM. The reading features EJ Dohring, Jon Gentry and Harrison Redmond.
Last summer, we produced a showcase of 3 plays in progress at the Jester'Z, titled "Boys are Dumb, Girls are Mean." From the funds raised through that performance, we were able to submit for a variety of contests and theaters and even produce one of the new plays, hide/seek, at CalArts. That play went on to win a 2nd place award from the Kennedy Center American Colleges Festival. Yichao's plays has also been semi-finalists for the O'Neill Theater's National Playwriting Conference and Phoenix Theatre's Hormel New Works Festival this past year, all thanks to your previous support!
We're very excited to grow from what we achieved last year, and are hoping to bring this play to a variety of exciting venues: the Edinburgh Fringe in Scotland, NYC Fringe Jr, and Hollywood Fringe just to name a few.
This staged reading serves as the first step in the development of this play throughout the course of this coming year. We are looking at a production at CalArts in the Coffeehouse Theater, and to submit the play to competitions, festivals, and theaters across the US and around the world.
Step one is raising the funds to cover the staged reading at Jester'Z. Audience feedback at this early stage is crucial to the development of the play, and the early support at this stage will help us build the momentum we need.
As a reach goal, once we have covered the costs of the AZ reading, funds will go towards design budgets for several very exciting design elements in the show for our fall production at CalArts. After that, funds will help offset the cost of submission fees to festivals.
If we manage to raise enough to cover all of THAT, we'll be looking to raise the funds needed to bring our creative staff to the various festivals we apply for.
Although those goals are fairly lofty though. Right now, it all starts with this initial staged reading!
Raising kids takes a village--and so does growing a play from page to stage! As a thank you for your support, we wanna give you some cool thank yous. From tickets to the show, to posters, to monologues (?), to naming the main character in the play (!), check out the rewards incentives for them all!
How do I reserve/get my tickets?
After you donate, drop me an email at myichao (at) gmail (dot) com to let me know the number of seats you'd like to reserve!
I'm not in AZ. How can I still see the show?
If you donate any amount, you will get the option to receive a link to a private YouTube recording of the entire show once the production is over. Again, let me know via email!
Wait, one of the rewards is a personalized monologue? Wha?
Yup! If you're an actor, you know finding good audition monologues can be a pain in the butt. If you like, I'll write you a monologue tailored just for you. Email me for more info, but here's basically how it works: you provide ingredients, I stir 'em together and cook you up a monologue. Delicious! Tell me:
1) something you've always wanted to do / be / play onstage
2) what you feel your strengths are as an actor
3) what you'd like the monologue to accomplish
4) any specific notes (requested length, dramatic/comedic, etc.)
Monologue recipe will be customized to taste and satisfaction!
...and that last one. You'll let someone else name your main character? Really?
Yep! I am admittedly terrible at naming characters (and plays). If you support the entire cost of our reading, you get naming rights for the boy! (Within reason, of course. I'm not naming him Hitler. Or Justin Bieber.)
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