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An interdisciplinary play exploring the notion that we might not be able to cure the past, but we just might be able to cure ourselves.

WHAT IS DEATH OF A SALESGIRL?  

Death of Salesgirl is an otherworldly tragi-comic interdisciplinary theater piece being done in a co-production with the beautiful Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles, running October 11th to November 17th. It is a unique and exciting  funny/sad sad/funny funny/sad three character play about a "Salesgirl" breaking in new territory, literally and metaphorically, as she limps doggedly forward, despite being crippled by a strange nostalgia and a stone in her shoe. It's a play about how we might not be able to cure the past, but we just might be able to cure ourselves.   

THE FABULOUS TEAM  OF ARTISTS.... 

The piece is being directed by Matthew McCray who has recently received rave reviews for the writing and direction of his play, Eternal Thou. Ethereal and haunting video design will be done by award winning video/projection designer Adam FlemmingDan Lund, who was recently nominated for an ANNIE Award, animation's highest honor, for his work on Disney's Winnie The Pooh, will support and explode with subtle, yet startling, humor the internal state of the lead characters with spooky noir-ish animation. The Garland Award winning scenic designer Francois-Pierre Couture will be crafting the magical world of the play, designing both the lighting and the set. This is a serendipitous collaboration of unique artists who are thrilled to be creating something together that will hopefully amuse, touch, startle and inspire others to "break in new territory," whatever that may be. 

THE FUNDS WILL GO TOWARD... 

The funds being requested will go toward the materials needed for the set, props, video equipment, artists' fees, stage managers, technical assistants, load in crews, prop master, work crew to help build the set, publicity, etc. We have received a grant toward the project, but are still in need of approximately 12,000.00 to 15,000.00 more to cover the above expenses. As we hope to tour with this piece as well, the above materials will be dovetailed into the tour.  

MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE ARTISTS:  

MATTHEW McCRAY (Director):  Matthew has directed productions and workshops at Circle X, REDCAT, Center Theatre Group, Son of Semele, Moving Arts, Rogue Machine, Chapman University, CalArts, among others. Earlier this year his original play ETERNAL THOU garnered critical acclaim and KCRW said, "[McCray] distinguishes himself as one of the most plugged in theatre makers in LA."  Matthew received an LA Weekly Award in 2007 for Multi-Media/Projections for his production of Iphigenia… A Rave Fable by Caridad Svich (which garnered six noms). In 2008, he was in residence with Center Theatre Group developing his original play about agriculture, Fencerow to Fencerow. Matthew has produced over 25 plays in LA for Son of Semele Ensemble (SOSE), a theater company which he founded in 2000 and which was profiled by American Theatre in 2004 as one of the country’s top up-and-coming ensembles. In 2003 he accepted the Ovation Award for the SOSE production of Animal Farm, which he produced. As an actor he has performed on the stages of REDCAT, Disney, REPRISE!, Overtone Industries, Boston Court, Musical Theatre West, Shakespeare Orange County, SOSE, as well as on the TV shows Will & Grace, Boston Legal, The Cure(pilot), and the feature film The Commission (starring Martin Sheen, Edward Asner and Martin Landau). Matthew has served on panels at CalArts, the Los Angeles Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and LA Stage Alliance, among others. He holds a BFA from Chapman University. Member of AEA & SAG.  www.matthewmccray.com

ADAM FLEMMING (Video Designer):  Adam is a projections and scenic designer based in Los Angeles. He has collaborated with South Coast Repertory, Long Beach Opera, Pasadena Playhouse, East/West Players, Deaf West, The Theater @ Boston Court, Noise Within, Laguna Playhouse, Odyssey Theater, and Santa Barbara Theater amongst others and has had productions in New York City, San Francisco, Miami, Austin, Edinburgh, and Guadalajara. He is an artistic associate with Son of Semele and holds an MFA in design from CalArts. www.adamflemmingdesign.com 

FRANCOIS-PIERRE COUTURE (Lighting and Scenic Designer): 
Francois-Pierre moved from Montreal to UCLA to complete his Masters degree in scenic and lighting design in 2006. He was nominated for an Ovation Award for his scenic design for A Picasso at the Geffen Playhouse, received the 2010 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle for Sustained Achievement in Set Design; received a Garland Award for the scenery of The Quality of Life at the Geffen Playhouse, was nominated for Best Scenic Design for Stranger a the 2010 LA Weekly Awards. Other designs include: Scenery for Medea, Chicago Opera Theatre; Scenery/lighting/projections for Maestro and scenery for Beethoven as I knew Him at San Diego Old Globe (also a the Geffen Playhouse, Chicago Water tower, Phoenix HTC, etc.) and The Dinosaur Within (The Theatre@ Boston Court), along with his recent scenic design for The Children at The Theatre@ Boston Court as well. For complete information, please visit: http://www.fpcouture.com/ 

DAN LUND (Animation Artist):  Dan was recently nominated for an ANNIE Award for his animation on Disney's Winnie The Pooh. Dan Lund has been an animator at Disney since 1989 and has worked on everything from Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Lion King, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tarzan and the Princess and the Frog. He has also contributed to "outside Disney" films such as The Simpsons' Movie and The Peanuts . Dan keeps very active in the independent live action world most notably with his documentary work. Through his directing he has introduced us to Mama D who throws a party for the homeless, Wannabe, Just A Boy And Her Dream taking us on a wild ride with L.A.'s leading drag queen traffic instructor and into the world of the singing dancing dead with Death Becomes Them...The Musical with which he won "Best Director" at the New York International Film Festival. His latest documentary work garnered him the certificate of merit from ASEFA-Hollywood at the ANNIE Awards for his live action/animation documentary Dream On Silly Dreamer. This film chronicled the decision that Disney made to close down its traditional animation division and stop the art of drawing.  He continues trying to meld awesome live theater pieces that inspire him with animation in order to get these gems out to a larger audience.  Check out Dan looking sharp and sassy on the Red Carpet...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqEueXaKVt8

PATRICIA SCANLON (Playwright/Actor):  Patricia is a 2012 recipient of an ARC grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation. She was mostly recently seen in a singing cameo in HBO's Cinema Verite' and on stage at the Odyssey Theater in Los Angeles in Justin Tanner's Procreation, along with appearing in Tanner's acclaimed web series Ave 43. Scanlon has garnered rave reviews and an enormous following, in New York and Los Angeles, for her character Hildy Hildy and her episodic play of the same title. The theater serial and Hildy Hildy plays have not only attracted a huge number of fans, but a number of talented co-stars…John C. Reilly, Laurie Metcalf, Jane Lynch, Kevin Corrigan, Elizabeth Berridge, Joanna Cassidy, Tim Maculan, John Fleck, Damian Young, Martin Donovan, Kate Flannery, Siobhan Falon Hogan, Blue Man Group, Chris Wells, Juan Fernandez, Brian Benson/aka Cousin Wonderlette, Lauren Campedelli, Dorie Barton, Tad Cougenhour, Tim Blake Nelson, Mink Stole and others. Hildy Hildy has also received the support of fans Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner who presented a full length play about Hildy Hildy and her dysfunctional family, Three Feet Under, written by Hugh Palmer, directed by Taylor Negron and staged at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles. Scanlon's play, What Is This Everything?, is published in Best Women Playwrights edited by Smith and Kraus, as well being excerpted in their anthology of Best Monologues For Men. Scanlon has performed her solo work, most notably ANOTHER CUP OF COFFEE and THE AGE OF DOOM, at numerous venues, including New York's Public Theater, Lincoln Center and Dixon Place, Los Angeles' Theatre/Theater and was a standout performer at the inaugural Lucille Ball Festival. Scanlon worked frequently with the Watermark Theater in New York and is grateful to have to collaborated on three pieces with the uniquely talented director Nela Wagman. Ben Brantley raved..." And Patricia Scanlon, as a cripplingly high-strung femme fatale, provides one of the season's comic high points...” in David Edlestein's Blaming Mom, directed by Nela Wagman, artistic director of the esteemed Watermark Theater. She also had two other acclaimed collaborations with Wagman and Watermark, both directed by Wagman, Waiting At The Water's Edge, by Lucinda Coxon and for Scanlon's solo play, Just Beneath. Film Credits include… Haiku Tunnel, Anderson's Magnolia, Man On The Moon, Dead Broke (for which she received critical acclaim for her “breakout performance” with co-stars Paul Sorvino, John Glover, Justin Theroux, Jill Hennessy and Tony Roberts), Hal Hartely’s, Flirt and Amateur, Dead Funny and others. Scanlon is also a member of the esteemed Ensemble Studio Theatre. Here is a fun clip from the animated Hildy Hildy in The Moth, written by Scanlon and animated by Dan Lund. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JphapYE2sRM   Hildy Hildy: The Animated Series appears on http://www.strike.tv/search/hildy+hildy 

BOOTLEG THEATER (Co-Producer):  Bootleg is a space for Art. Bootleg is a 1930's Warehouse and a home for Los Angeles artists who work in theater, music, dance and film. Bootleg provides artistic support and production resources to help these artists create original and daring interdisciplinary work. Combining art forms creates work that is surprising, unexpected, exciting and reflective of life in Los Angeles, a city where the boundaries are elastic, and not bound by tradition. Bootleg offers Los Angeles a celebration of itself. http://www.bootlegtheater.org/

FLYER PHOTO CREDIT: 

"Girl With Suitcase And Umbrella At Field"

 © Vladimir Nikulin | Dreamstime.com

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