About the Project
Since early 2010 I’ve been performing and continually developing an original one-man show called CHOP.
CHOP concerns a man at a loss of what to do with himself, profoundly isolated from the busy, happy, productive people in the city around him. Through a chance encounter with a mysterious tattooed woman, he is introduced to what might be his true calling - a unique subculture of amputation fetishists.
It’s a dark comedy.
After staged readings in Seattle (Outsider’s Inn Collective) in 2008 and New York City (Cry Havoc Theatre) in 2009, I felt confident about the piece. It was time to mount a production.
I worked with a great director and friend based in Brooklyn, Andy Merkel, to initially put the show together. It premiered at Addison Water Tower Theatre’s 2010 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival. Since then I’ve taken the piece to a bunch of different places. I’ve made a lot of new friends, had a chance to continually tweak the show, and I've played it in front of a wide variety of audiences.
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What's the Goal here?
I recently received word that CHOP was accepted into the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival (or FringeNYC, for short). I’m incredibly excited about this! FringeNYC is the largest multi-arts festival in North America. Over 1000 shows apply each year and only around 200 are selected.
I’ve presented at FringeNYC before (3 times in the last decade) so I know the ins and outs. I also know, very clearly, that FringeNYC is expensive! Not expensive in the buying-a-new-car or paying-for-a-college-education sense, but it is way more costly than any three theatre projects I do in a given year.
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This is where you come in.
I need your help getting the cast (me) and crew (two other folks) to New York as well as the props, set pieces, and costumes. Then there’s marketing and production costs, airfare, festival fees and on and on.
With my little theatre, Audacity, I’m accustomed to stretching every dollar until it is microscopically thin, so your contribution will go a long, long way. Seriously. We are used to spinning straw into gold around here.
In case you are new to Kickstarter, here's how it works... "Every Kickstarter project must be fully funded before its time expires or no money changes hands." This fundraising project will not happen unless we reach the $1,600 goal. Remember, in the olden days, folks used to sponsor artists. They were called Patrons. Like the Medici family who supported Leonardo da Vinci. Now in the contemporary world, with Kickstarter, you can be a Medici. You can be a Patron for me. And I’ll be filled with joy and gratitude for your help.
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Okay. Awesome! What’s in it for us?
Glad you asked! I have come up with a slew of gifts and incentives as my way of saying thank you for your generosity and support. These include being listed in the program, autographed copies of my first collection of plays or comics, a t-shirt I designed with an owl on it, maybe a signed print of my illustration series Circus POTUS and potentially even me coming over to your house and cooking grilled cheese sandwiches while I regal you with mighty tales! There's something wonderful to be had for contributing at every level.
So… pledge a few bucks, get something neat AND live with the satisfaction that you're helping an up-and-coming artist from a scrappy little theatre company leave his mark on one of the biggest and most prestigious theatre festivals in the world! Not bad for approximately fifteen seconds of effort!
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But, I have some questions…
Where do I sign up?
Just push that little green button on the right that says “Back This Project” then pick out what level you wanna contribute and what reward you wanna claim.
Are you going to do this now every time you’ve got a project?
No. This particular project is an exception to my usual low-budget/fast-moving tactics of art creation. I’m a big supporter of Kickstarter and in this instance I need the help.
Where can I find out more information about CHOP?
I've created an "official" website for CHOP. Check it out HERE.
What about this so-called Audacity Theatre Lab?
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