About this project
RINGMASTER is an original play written by playwright/actor/musician, Turhan Caylak.
RINGMASTER has already been accepted into the 2013 NYC Frigid Festival (yay!) with performances on the following dates:
Wednesday February 20th, Saturday February 23rd, Monday February 25th, Wednesday February 27th & Saturday March 2nd.
Getting accepted into the Frigid Festival was GREAT news! Putting together a terrific ensemble cast and finding an awesome director were amazing as well... But, that is only half the battle!
We have created this KickStarter page to ask for your help! The money that we will raise from this KickStarter would be used to pay for many of our productions costs including... renting the theatre, renting rehearsal space, set design, light design, props & costumes.
As you can see, producing a successful show has many, many costs! This is why we need your help! Please check out our list of awesome backer rewards, and know that if you donate to our project, you will have our deepest gratitude. Thank you for your time, thank you for your support... We look forward to seeing you at the show! With love & most sincerity, Turhan Caylak, Adam Knight, Dani Baum, David Woodrow, Brett Jeffry, Govind Kumar & Sarah Rathbun.
ABOUT OUR PLAYWRIGHT, DIRECTOR & PRODUCER...
About our playwright, Turhan Caylak: Turhan Caylak is a writer, actor, and musician living in the Big Apple for 15 years, hailing from Maryland and North Carolina. He's a graduate from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and is ecstatic that his play, Ringmaster, is hitting The Kraine Theatre stage this February 20th-March 2nd in the New York Frigid Theatre Festival.
He wrote Ringmaster when he moved to Manhattan 15 years ago, but never tried to produce it, however, after dusting the script off from his bookshelf a few months ago, he figured now's a good time as any.
"It's been a dream of mine to have my work produced, whether I'm writing a script and acting in it, or composing a song and performing it. After selling a screenplay in Hollywood last year, I decided to take control and produce my work on my time. Ringmaster means so much to me, as do all my scripts, but this is one of my firsts and reflects a time in my life growing up in the mountains of western North Carolina. Now, it's all happening. But, to help with this great artistic endeavor, I'm respectfully asking for your support."
About our director, Adam Knight: Adam Knight has directed premieres by Lucy Alibar, Bekah Brunstetter, Matt Dellapina, Michele Lowe, David Lee Nelson, Mat Smart, and Thomas Ward, among otherters, at venues such as P.S.122, Poetry Project, HERE, The Tank, E.S.T., and Cherry Lane Theatre. Recent credits: Binge (Slant Theatre Project), Polaroid Stories (Strasberg Institute), Exit Carolyn (Drilling Company), No No No Yes (Ars Nova) and The Elephant in My Closet (Kraine and Water Tower Theatre). Regional: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Warehouse Theatre, Millbrook Playhouse, Edinburgh Fringe, Festival St.-Ambroise (Montreal). Associate/Assistant credits: Signature Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Williamstown. Adam is also the co-founder of Slant Theatre Project in NYC. He completed his undergrad at The University of Evansville.
About our producer, Dani Baum: Dani Baum is a native New Yorker who graduated from Hunter College Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Theatre & Creative Writing. She has studied with many incredible teachers, including, Alan Langdon, Susan Batson & Larry Moss. Dani has worked professionally in Film, Television, Commercials & the Theatre. Theatre credits include; The Children's Hour (Martha,) Women of Manhattan (Billie,) Something Outrageous (Fifi,) The Queens of France (Madame Pugeot,) and Why I am a Bachelor (Director.) Film credits include; Afterschool (Cannes Film Festival,) Don Peyote, We Are New York, Consent, Rain Today, The Killing Joke, Everyman, Mirror Shutter, Best Year Ever & Latchkey Kid. Dani is the founder of A3: Actresses As Allies, a strong and growing alliance between talented, dedicated & generous actresses based in New York City. A3 was set up for members to support, encourage & celebrate each other's goal & successes while providing a safe environment to create & nurture new projects & work. Dani is also a proud co-founding member of BearTrap Productions, a production company dedicated to producing short sketch comedy videos for the web. Dani is currently writing a screenplay inspired by the beautiful life & times of Janis Joplin & is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA.
Risks and challenges
"Our production obstacles derive from what any script demands regarding set, lights, props, and/or, in this day and age, multimedia. Of course, as the writer of Ringmaster, I would love to fully realize what my dream-like set piece would be, however, as part of a festival, we have to shrink that vision to more of a minimalist approach. However, the pluses have are an explosive script, a talented director, a vibrant and appealing cast, a 99 seat theatre in the most dazzling city on the planet, and the respected support of the New York Frigid Theatre Festival.
As a collective, we have to understand that this is the platform we've been offered as artists, and there is such a rich, ground roots majesty to that. So far, we've tackled some setbacks. We've had two cast members have to opt out on production due to other jobs and well, that's just life. So, we had auditions and racked up some new talent. Other obstacles we foresee having to tackle could be the transportation of set pieces, the garnering of time for rehearsal space, and going the extra mile in whatever it takes for production value at such a low budget. We have to forge ahead, deflecting the problems that come our way into making those same issues work to our advantage. We're not going to have everything we desire to make Ringmaster the Broadway masterpiece we think it can be, however, it can be the best production it's supposed to be for its premiere at The Kraine Theater this February with your love, support, and, of course, donations. The bottom line: productions need funding, and without it, the script will just remain on the table with some nice poetry imprinted on its pages. So, we look to our families, friends, colleagues, and even the kindness of strangers for that support," Turhan Caylak.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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