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Inspired by Bas Jan Ader's, "In Search of the Miraculous"; including, monsters, being lost at sea, kings, falling, narcolepsy and song.
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"Yeh', I've Been Searchin'..."

is a new play by Lisa Rafaela Clair  who is this summer's Artist in Residence at The University Settlement House.

The play will premiere at the Performance Project , at The University Settlement House, July 25-27th, http://www.universitysettlement.org/us/programs/arts/AIR/

This new play is inspired by the final work of Dutch Artist, Bas Jan Ader, who in 1975 went "In Search of the Miraculous". He built a 13 ft. sail boat and attempted to sail across the ocean. He was lost at sea, never to be found. This play is a meditation on those who have disappeared and the people who continue to believe they may one day re-appear. It calls into question the search for the miraculous with in us all and attempts to re-write history just a bit in order to ask "What if a miracle was found?". 

As part of her residency Lisa will incorporate a community chorus of senoir citizens singing original Sea Shantys. She will ask Settlement community members at various stages of life to creatively reflect on miracles, the ones they may have experienced and the ones they may be waiting for. The collected reflections, stories and imagery will be used in Clair's production.

The play will also employ a group of professional actors, singers, designers and composers to work along side the Settlement House community members. 

Risks and challenges

The greatest challenge of creating this play is to piece together the immense talents of the artists involved. Often the efforts of theater artists creating in NYC are rewarded with prestige and applause but very little in the way of monetary compensation. It is my hope to fund the project's production needs while honoring the many hours each artist is devoting to the project.
While we are extremely lucky to have the support of a residency at The University Settlement House for the initial creation of this play. But the feat of transforming something from the imagination to a shared experience between artist and audience is no easy task.
Every penny donated through this fundraising campaign helps lift the status of the play from the imagination to the story being told on stage.

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    A Special Thanks in our program, a personalized electronic Sea Shanty, two batches of homemade cookies by Lisa, two complimentary tickets to our show "Yeh' Ive Been Searchin'..." and undying love, gratitude and hugs from all cast and crew members.

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