Damaged Furniture: The Dysfunctional Comedy Bound for NYC!
After a 6-month, critically acclaimed Los Angeles run, we want to bring this crazy nutbag family to Off Broadway for love and laughter!
Have you ever been involved in something that impacted your life in such a way that you just knew deep inside... that it was your calling?
Well, It happened to us... all of us! After an incredible 6 month sold out run at The AMAZING Whitefire Theatre, in L.A., run by Bryan Rasmussen, our Director, Jim Fall (Trick, The Lizzy McGuire movie), myself and our 5 cast members, Alex Skuby (Santa Clarita Diet, King of Queens, The Fosters), Mo Collins (Fear The Walking Dead, MADtv, Lady Dynamite), Robbie Mangiardi, Peggy Maltby Etra (Seinfeld, Groundlings), Jessica Pohly (Goliath, Groundlings) and Drew Droege became a family and we kept extending and extending the show. So many people came up to us and said, “this is so great! You need to be on Broadway!” and that's meant the world to us as it's always been our dream to.
When a shocking furniture accident claims the life of his Uncle Max, LA actor Doug Elling (Alex Skuby) must work in his family business in Brooklyn to be confronted with not only his dysfunctional family, but what lead him to become an actor in the first place.
"DAMAGED FURNITURE is a "therapeutic comedy" very loosely based on my own Father who had a furniture business in Brooklyn. The play touches upon some other very serious subject matters that many of us can likely relate to: dysfunction, family issues, alcoholism, cancer, grievance, love, acceptance and also... how to cope (as Mo mentioned so brilliantly above in our video). We even received a 100% Critic rating on better-lemons.com"- Howard (Howie)
HEY MOMS AND DAUGHTERS, ever experience something like THIS?
Irene (Peggy Maltby Etra) confronts her therapist daughter, Gina (Jessica Pohly).
Doug (Alex Skuby) struggles to connect with his Dad (Robbie Mangiardi), but while they both talk, they don't hear each other.
Doug (Alex Skuby) and his sister, Gina (Jessica Pohly) get into an argument about stealing coffee from a hotel room that leads to comedic disaster.
We are planning on a minimum of a one month run (with one month of rehearsals) with the hopes of extending, as we did in L.A. This is the same formula we used before at The Whitefire, but certain things will be different in NYC and call for (much) more funding for things like:
1) Fly the cast, director, playwright/producer to and from New York; provide 2 months housing, per diem and transportation.
2) Secure a suitable Off-Broadway Theater for 4 weeks of performances in mid 2019.
3) Establish a rehearsal space for 4 weeks of rehearsal.
4) Hire experienced theater professionals including lighting design, set design, sound design, video projection, costumes, hair and makeup, stage managers, backstage crew and all the essential personnel necessary to put on a successful production worthy of theater savvy New York audiences.
We have a very important message to share and feel that it will somehow unite us all in ways. There's enough chaos everywhere as we know and it's quite overwhelming at times... but with us, our door's always open.
Come join our lil dysfunctional family, won't you? And please, whatever you do... just don't forget to TAKE THE COFFEE (and the mug and other goodies, too)!
"Doug" (Alex Skuby) and his sister, "Gina" (Jessica Pohly) get into an argument about stealing coffee from a hotel room that leads to comedic disaster.
We'll be having a VOTE for our Official LIMITED EDITION DAMAGED FURNITURE CREW T-SHIRT on our Facebook page! Please stay tuned for more info. Thank you!!!
We just wanted to THANK YOU all for taking the time out of your busy schedules to check out our Kickstarter Campaign. Remember, every little bit helps, whether it’s five dollars or A LOT of dollars. Also, please be sure to help us SPREAD THE WORD. Please tell your friends, tell your enemies, tell your dentist, tell your dentist’s veterinarian, even tell your weird aunt or uncle that no one invites to family get togethers any more. You’ll be helping our dream come to fruition, helping to keep our cast together and continue on... and ultimately, you'll be making a very big difference. Thank you.
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We know that crowdfunding, in general, has changed a bit over the past few years but truly love and believe in our family, our message and this platform.
*Our tangible prizes will be shipped out to each and every one of you (as long as you've inputted your info in time, of course), within 3 months maximum. Our personalized prizes from the cast, Howie, in less time, and we'll be keeping you updated every step of the way.
*Our cast are working actors and may procure unforeseen television or film work. We would have understudies for each role should this happen. We are aiming for the Summer of 2019.
*ADD ONS- are separate prizes that can be added to your existing bundle or as is. You may order multiple ADD ONS and the amount will be logged in at the end of our campaign run. Once the campaign has ended, you will receive a survey asking you which ADD ON(S) you'd like and the info will be synced in automatically.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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