When a loner dies, it is the job of the city to go through her things.
Clarabelle B. Jones was one of those solitary souls. Her legacy is now in the hands of the two city administrators assessing the things she left behind. Cindy and her new hire, Miles, don their hazmat suits and begin the work of making meaning out of Clarabelle’s life--and their own.
Do we linger in the places we inhabit after we’re gone? After all, we are what we own. Right?
WHO IS THE CREATIVE TEAM?
Anna Fox (Playwright) likes turning sad moments into funny ones, eavesdropping on unsuspecting strangers, and anything involving avocados.
Caitlin McCarthy (Producer/Production Designer/Graphics) is a renaissance woman who runs on collaboration, innovation, and tacos.
Carter Caldwell (Producer/Actor) likes plays, roots for underdogs, and has always wanted to meet Tony Hawk.
Chandler Smith (Associate Producer) likes theatre (of all kinds), friends (of a specific kind), and thinks there is no problem a cup of coffee can't solve.
Lila Rachel Becker (Director) creates highly theatrical plays that engage with contemporary power structures, and is fueled by spicy food.
Nick Reid (Marketing and PR Associate) lives in New York City and works in digital marketing for commercial theatre.
...plus, two actresses we’re casting as we speak!
Our team is made up of theatremakers based all over the country who are dedicated to new work. We’re coming together in June to produce CLARABELLE, 86 in New York City. We are driven to create stories centered around characters that rarely get elevated to the stage.
WHEN AND WHERE CAN I SEE THE SHOW?
Cloud City. Brooklyn, NY. June 9-18.
WHERE WILL MY MONEY GO?
Great question! Your support goes toward:
- The set. CLARABELLE, 86 demands an intricate set that morphs and changes over the course of the play. Clarabelle’s apartment serves as its own unique character in the story, and we’re really excited to tackle the challenge of bringing a hoarder’s apartment to the stage.
- Rehearsal space. It’s important to rehearse the play in a space whose dimensions match the venue, so that we can fully explore staging (plus we’re tired of getting kicked out of Starbucks.)
- Marketing. We want to make sure that we can share this story with as wide an audience as possible. We’re keeping ticket prices low so that CLARABELLE, 86 remains affordable, but we’ve still got to spread the word! It’s like that age-old saying: “If a play falls in the middle of the forest, but no one knew it was happening, then you wasted a lot of money on rehearsal space.”
- Hazmat suits, dust masks, and a dress: We were going to call this bullet point “costumes,” but this is really all we need.
- Compensating everyone involved in CLARABELLE, 86. We believe people always deserve to be paid for their work. Always.
HEY, WHAT ABOUT THE VENUE?
We are incredibly fortunate to have found Cloud City, a space in Brooklyn run by other young theatre artists committed to elevating each other's work. They are allowing us to keep our venue budget low so we can focus on the work itself.
Risks and challenges
HOW ARE YOU GOING TO MOUNT A FULL PRODUCTION WITH SUCH A SMALL BUDGET?
We are indeed working with a lean budget, but we’re scrappy! We are confident we can make something marvelous with the resources available to us. We will draw on our creative ingenuity as we hunt for costumes, set pieces, and other materials necessary to make this show spectacular.
THERE ARE SO MANY GREAT ORGANIZATIONS AND PROJECTS THAT NEED FUNDING RIGHT NOW. WHY SHOULD I SUPPORT CLARABELLE, 86?
There are many different ways to create the America and the world we wish to live in. We fiercely believe that stories have a profound role to play in building that world. Theatre has a unique ability to expand perspectives and create empathy. We believe that, at its best, theatre is like a one-on-one conversation with a trusted friend.
CLARABELLE, 86 gives voice to characters that are rarely brought to life onstage and asks complex questions without offering simple answers. It’s a comedy, too! We believe in the power of communal self-reflection that comes as the laughter wanes. And, ultimately, it sure is fun.
By supporting CLARABELLE, 86, you are not only helping to bring this project to life, but also boosting the careers of young artists. We are starting a long journey full of work that is innovative, empathetic, and challenging.
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