Three years ago, on a blustery weekend on the Washington coast, several friends sat around talking about dating stories. One story got the most laughs and caused the most conversation and thus The Hat was born.
Admit it, everyone has a story about a date that went bad. Some of those stories make it to advice columns like The Bitter Single Guy. The stories are funny, weirder than real life, and clear heroes and villains. Some of these stories inspired the totally made-up, 100% fictitious, events in The Hat.
The Hat has stories about dates gone bad, but there are no clear heroes or villains. Just guys trying to make a connection. Sometimes they succeed. Sometimes they fail. Miserably.
Roy Antonio Arauz will be directing an awesome cast: Adam Minton plays Kevin who is looking for love; Charles Waxberg plays the witty Gordon, Jeff Church plays Peter in his mid-life crisis, Eric Olson plays the dashing Markus, Clayton Michael plays the loyal Andrew, and Buddy Todd plays Travis as well as one half of several bad dates. The all-star, all-female design team includes regular collaborators Kim Rosin for set design, Zanna Paulson in lights and Dana Amronin for sound; and the fantastic Natasha Gier takes the costuming reigns. Our Stage Manager will be the amazing David Rodriguez-Jenkins. Additionally, this event will be co-produced by Gay City Health Project.
We are thrilled to bring this fun tale to you in April of 2016 at Calamus Auditorium on Seattle's Capitol Hill.
Risks and challenges
Producing new work is very exciting. This is the first step in what could be a long road. And it’s also very risky. There is no preconceived notion on what the show is about. How to entice people to attend? The show needs an audience to grow, develop and mature. Thus the risk is our challenge: get the show produced, get people to see it.
To produce The Hat, aside from our time, expenses include: performance venue rental, rehearsal space rental, costumes, sets, properties, sound design, actor stipends, and last but definitely not least, advertising. Advertising includes posters, cards, website, newspaper and online ads. Is your head spinning yet? All this adds up, and it’s why we would love your support.
We are committed to being fiscally responsible when producing the play. Our collaboration with Gay City Health Project has helped us reduce venue rental fees, and we only put on stage what is necessary. Our budget is kept small yet still making sure the play packs a punch. We are being frugal without being cheap.
What your contribution helps us pay:
$10 – 1 hour of rehearsal space
$25 – costume budget for one actor
$50 – printing of postcards
$75 – printing of posters
$125 – poster distribution
$150 – print advertising
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