About this project
What is NEVERMORE?
It's LA's first immersive arts festival that explores the East San Fernando Valley along METRO’s Orange Line just in time for Halloween!
* Come wearing your favorite costume, check-in, get a METRO Day Pass at the community festival and depart on the METRO Orange Line for an adventure through 8 performance stops near METRO stations from Woodley Park through the Eclectic Company Theatre @ Laurel Canyon.
* Discover a world haunted by the escaped works of Edgar Allan Poe, reimagined as local stories. Each stop features a distinct story and new artist or artistic ensemble, spotlighting diverse art forms, from poetry to weaving to Virtual Reality. It's up to you to end the haunting and release Poe’s spirit in this choose-your-own-adventure theatrical scavenger hunt.
* Weave your journey through the ongoing everyday life of the community and bus riders: you'll discover the hidden treasures of the East San Fernando Valley, dine with local street vendors, and explore the visceral power of poetry and immersive performance as never before.
When is it?
October 29, 11am-5pm - you can be the first to get tickets by backing this project for $15 or more - these are specially discounted pre-sale tickets for early supporters, the price will go up!
Who are you?
We are a diverse team of LA natives and LA-based artists and producers with extensive experience dreaming and creating immersive productions.
The team is led by Producer David Mack (Artist Magnet & Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre, formerly of The Industry & Watts Village Theatre Co.) and Co-Producer/Director Brian Sonia-Wallace (RENT Poet & Melrose Poetry Bureau, Bike Odyssey LA, 2016 Artist-in-Residence for the City of Los Angeles & Amtrak resident writer). Award-winning poet Nicelle Davis (The Walled Wife, In the Circus of You) is curating the free Woodley Park literary festival that runs concurrent to the production at its central hub. Claudia Duran of Casa0101 is Production Manager.
LA Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez is confirmed as one of our guest literary artists, alongside 30 of LA's best diverse voices. Featured arts organizations at the festival include: Las Lunas Locas, Southern California Handweavers' Guild, C.I.C.L.E., USC-VR, Imaginese Free Productions, Write Bloody Press, Tia Chucha's Bookstore, Yak Press, and Melrose Poetry Bureau.
Individual performance artists include: Linda Ravenswood, Jameelah Nuriddin, Haylee Nichele, Paula Rebelo, Lesley Asistio, Rich Yap, & others.
Why do you need financial support?
Unfortunately, grants from the City of Los Angeles only cover a portion of the costs necessary to ensure a safe and successful festival, and METRO does NOT provide financial support. Your support will allow us to increase the number and diversity of amazing artists we can present at NEVERMORE and increase the number of METRO Day Passes we can provide to underserved community participants. Your help allows us to produce an event that is professional, accessible, and fun - plus, you can get poetry umbrellas!
Kickstarter is all-or-nothing, which means we have 30 days to reach and pass our $3,000 goal, or we get nothing. Every dollar helps, and we appreciate your support!
What else can I do to help?
Share this campaign with your friends by word of mouth, via email and on social media. Send us a message about what you think about NEVERMORE on the Kickstarter "Comments" page using the tab above. Be the first to know about NEVERMORE updates on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Thank you for your support, and see you soon on the haunted Valley bus ride!
Risks and challenges
Whenever you produce a festival in public near a fully operating METRO bus line among the every day life of a community there are going to be lots of risks and challenges, from passerby reactions to the work, surprising changes in METRO's bus schedule, inclement weather, access to public restrooms along the route, etc.
But within some of these challenges are some of the project's greatest rewards, like meeting and having an amazing conversation with a local passenger who you've never meet before, or seeing the city in a completely new way by observing how passersby react to and interact with the performances.
We are qualified to overcome our project's challenges because we have brought together a team of experts in immersive theatre production (Brian-Sonia Wallace, David Mack, Claudia Duran), Outreach (Diana Wyenn, LA Tourism & Convention Board), and Community Relations (Joe Cedillo, Guillermo Aviles-Rodriguez). Together, we will create a truly substantive and intimate experience in partnership with the community that participants will never forget!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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