I had a revelation as a kid: Halloween… a day when I was actually encouraged to put on a mask and run around the neighborhood at night screaming like a little maniac. Then I was given candy.
Really, what could be better?…way too much fun for one day of the year.
My life’s path became expanding upon Halloween. I planned my costume months in advance.
I memorized Dick Smith’s “Do It Yourself Monster Makeup” book. I started playing character parts in plays and musicals in school, and eventually managed to get myself to NYC to attend acting school. From acting to puppetry (acting through an object) and working on a lot of other projects, I find myself poised to bring it all together. I have returned full circle to Halloween…
All Hallows Eve…no candy required.
PLEASE JOIN US AS WE HAUNT THE HOUSE AT THE CONNELLY
Theatrical runs in NYC are costly, but it's time that we share our haunted house with the world. With only 3 months to go and 16 shows for our puppets withstand, we are raising funds for: sets, costumes, rehearsal space, performers compensation for rehearsal, the theater, advertising...you get the picture...
We hope that you can help us get to the incredible Connelly Theater and that we see you there! (https://www.connellytheater.org/)
Eve and Evan are twins roped into yet another desperately dull Halloween by their parents. Managing to break free, they maraud, pumpkin-smash and toilet-paper, inadvertently crossing the thin line between worlds on this night of all nights. They enter a house and meet a demoness who has been lying in wait for just such a pair. A harrowing cat-and-mouse game ensues with the stakes being nothing less than their immortal souls. All Hallows Eve is a tale wrapped up in horror, comedy, and blood… and definitely not for young children.
All Hallows Eve began as a twenty-minute Guest Artist Project for the 2013 National Puppetry Conference at The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. A lot of hard work later, the first version of the entire piece came together during a two-week residency, also at The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, in February 2018 for three performances.
This October production at the Connelly Theater will be its first presentation in New York City.
MARTIN P. ROBINSON (Producer, writer, director) is a professional puppeteer since 1975 and has worked with some of the most interesting companies in his travels. He learned his craft performing marionettes with Bil Baird and toured the country with Nicolo Marionettes. He has been a featured performer on Sesame Street since 1981, learning at the right hand (literally) of the greats including Jim Henson, Frank Oz, and Jerry Nelson. He designed, built, coordinated and performed in the Nickelodeon show “Allegra’s Window,” performed the “Cat in the Hat” in “Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss,” and spent five seasons on the British satire “Spitting Image.” He performed in five Muppet related feature films including animatronics for “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”.
Martin is best known for his work on the original 1982 production of “Little Shop of Horrors” and the Broadway revival in 2003 in which he designed, coordinated construction and performed the carnivorous plant Audrey II. He created the signature frog for Susan Stroman and Stephen Sondheim’s production of Nathan Lane’s “Frogs” at Lincoln Center. He also created and directed puppets for three productions at Carnegie Hall.
He has been on staff at the National Puppetry Conference for over two decades where he produced his first full-length production, “Jackstraws in a Wind Tunnel,” as well as a cracked musical parody “Pigeon Holed,” and a pivotal scene from “All Hallows Eve.” He also wrote and directed two dark-themed puppet films as an instructor, one of which, “The Bottlestopper Project: Tales from the Dutch Tavern,” is currently on tour with Heather Henson’s Puppets on Film Series. As a member of the Conference’s staff, he conceived and implemented the “Puppet Anarchy” course.
Martin has also been a master teacher for Sesame Street International helping cast and train puppeteers in co-productions around the world. For more information visit: www.MartinPRobinson.com.
PAUL RUDOLPH (Composer): Paul Rudolph is a composer, arranger, instrument builder, and vocal music director/recordist for “Sesame Street”, where he received Emmy nominations for Music Direction in 2009 and 2013. He attended the University of Illinois for an M.S. in Music Composition. Paul’s passion for music composition melds into the “found-object” instrument realm, where he designs/builds musical oddities from industrial materials such as saw blades, artillery shells, and motorcycle gears. These instruments are a key element of the music in his percussion performance art group GLANK, and some were featured in excerpts of Martin Robinson’s Halloween Project at the O’Neill Puppetry Conference in 2013. PaulRudolphMusic.com
JENNIFER BARNHART (The Witch) was an original cast member of Avenue Q on Broadway. Other favorite stage roles include Lady Macbeth, General, Veronica in God of Carnage and the Angel in Angels in America. TV credits include Sesame Street, Julie’s Greenroom, Between the Lions, Law & Order: SVU and House of Cards.
TYLER BUNCH (Pumpky) has been working as a professional performer based in NYC for the last 25 years (living in CT since 2000.) His career has seen him in regional theater, off-Broadway, the small screen, the silver screen and now digital screens as a puppeteer, actor/singer, and voice artist (search for him on IMDB). You can binge Mr. Bunch’s most recent work on Netflix as Hugo in Julie’s Greenroom and on Amazon Prime as Stosh in The Tick.
HALEY JENKINS (Eve) is excited to put her puppets down and pick up a trick-or-treat bag for All Hallow’s Eve! Fav credits include: Sesame Street, SNL, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Pee-wee Herman Show (Original B’way Cast), Last Week Tonight, John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean, and The Center for Puppetry Art’s Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer. Her best Halloween costume was herself as Roomba-Cat.
SPENCER LOTT (Evan) is a maker, writer, and puppeteer based in Brooklyn. His puppetry credits include A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (starring Tom Hanks), Sesame Street, and more. His original play Blossom (“vivid”, “lovely, aching scenes…” – Village Voice) premiered at Dixon Place in 2016. Lott is currently a resident artist at HERE Arts, collaborating with visual artist Maiko Kikuchi. He is the Associate Artistic Director of Trusty Sidekick Theater Company (NYC). www.misterlott.com
ANNIE EVANS (Producer, Dramaturg): Her television work includes: Sesame Street (PBS, 13 Emmy Awards, Aurora Award), Oswald the Octopus(Nickelodeon), Once Upon a Tree (PBS, Discovery), Big Bag (Cartoon Network), Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss (Nickelodeon), Out of the Box(Disney Channel), Jojo’s Circus (Disney Channel), Pinky Dinky Doo (Noggin), Pocoyo (Granada TV) P. King Duckling (Little Airplane Productions) and currently Pinkalicious (WGBH). She was the story editor for Sisumpur(Bangladesh Sesame Street), Galli Galli Sim Sim (India Sesame Street) and Jalan Sesama (Indonesian Sesame Street). She has written and story edited Sesame Street stage musicals for Sesame Street Live, Sesame Place, SeaWorld, Busch Garden, Beaches, Universal Studios, and for touring companies in Germany, the Netherlands, China, Australia, and Singapore. Other plays have been produced at such theatres as Actors Theatre of Louisville, Manhattan Class Company, New York Stage and Film Company, Circle Repertory Company and The Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, among others. Her play Ghost Stories is published by Samuel French and has been produced around the world. Funny Girls Coping with Boys and She Speaks, collections of one-act plays, are available online and three of her monologues are published in Heinemann Press anthologies. Her piece Sleepwalking was turned into a radio play and performed on WPLR in New York. She received a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts and two fellowships to the MacDowell Colony. For many years, Annie was the Literary Manager and produced a year-round reading series for New York Stage and Film Company. She has taught at Gotham Writers Workshop, The National Puppetry Conference and internationally for Sesame Street in Mexico, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, South Africa and Northern Ireland. She has also been a consultant for UNICEF teaching children’s television writing to producers and writers in India. Annie is a graduate of Brown University. www.Funnygirlscopingwithboys.com, www.Annieevans.com.
JEAN MARIE KEEVINS (Producer) is a producer, puppet artist, and writer. She is the lead producer for NY Times “Critic’s Picks,” The Flatiron Hex and the Executive Producer for Heather Henson & Ty Defoe’s Crane. She writes original works with her collaborators for Little Shadow Productions. Some of the groups that she’s worked with include Puppet Heap, The Muppets, “The Daily Show,” “Funny or Die” and Avenue Q. LittleShadowProductions.com
The Majority of our budget is going to theater rental costs, as well as talent and creative team costs. Of course, if we raise more, we can do more, which would be amazing for both our creative team AND our audience.
Start on October. Performance dates to come.
- $5 - Right Back At Ya: One of our cast members will send you good vibes for 5 whole minutes. This about all of the good that can happen in that time!
- $10 - You're a Perfect 10!: We will post compliments about you on our social media accounts! (But not in a creepy way...)
- $85 - You Rang the Bell: Get 2 advance tickets to any show after opening night!
- $150 - Show Your Spirit: Get 2 advanced tickets to any show after opening night & an "All Hallows Eve" t-shirt
- $200 - A Brew with the Crew: Have a cup of gourmet roast with one of our team members at our favorite coffee place in the East Village.
- $500 - Collect This: We'll send you a Limited Edition "Little Shop of Horrors" design print.
- $2,000 - You're a Producer Baby!: ...or an Associate Producer on this showcase. This reward gives you 6 tickets to any show, including opening night, a backstage tour and an Associate Producing Credit.
*Please know that any contribution through Kickstarter is NOT tax deductible. That said, it's VERY welcome. THANK YOU!
Very special thanks to the organizations that have believed in us from the start.
Additional thanks to Pam Arciero, Bob Marty, Josh Luxenberg and Catherine Carney.
Production Photos by Richard Termine with additional photos by Paul Rudolph and Jean Marie Keevins.
Risks and challenges
Because of the unique way that we are utilizing the space, we must limit audience size. Therefor, raising funds now is an essential part of mounting this production.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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