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A solo show about a skeptic who discovers a real life superpower, featuring live readings with members from the audience.
A solo show about a skeptic who discovers a real life superpower, featuring live readings with members from the audience.
76 backers pledged $8,063 to help bring this project to life.

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We made it to our goal (Yay!!) But we're still raising money to film the play with three cameras and proper sound. An additional $2.5k will get us there. So please consider!

The Play

An empath is someone who feels the emotions of others. 

This play, EMPATH, is the story of how I discovered I was an empath and learned how to use this real life superpower to help others navigate their lives. Mindfully, I allow people's emotions into my body and share with them what I'm experiencing. This helps people acknowledge their feelings and remember who they really are.  

In the play,  which tracks the last ten years of my life, I start out rational, skeptical, even cynical (with an MBA no less). But I have a series of experiences that point to a stranger, deeper and richer world that I simply can't explain. Along the way, I have adventures with psychics, Ayahuasca and Burning Man. And I perform readings with members from the audience, where we don't know what's going to happen.

The show is about following your gifts, wherever they lead. I want the audience to feel that whatever you're carrying inside you, there's a place for it. This play is also a call for a world that gentler and more loving,  a world where we prioritize our deepest needs. It's a world where magic is real.

The Production 

In April, my amazing director Catie Davis and I mounted three workshop performances of EMPATH. Check out the pics. It was a big success. We sold out all three shows. And the feedback we got was overwhelmingly positive. We also learned where the show could stand to improve. A few sections weren't clear. There were spots that needed tightening. And I'm still getting my bearings as a performer. We're taking all this into account.

Orietta, the artistic director of Theaterlab, loves the show. It fits Theaterlab's aesthetic of pushing the bounds of theater. Last time, we rented the space; this time, they are partners with us, producing the show and splitting ticket sales. We're working with their dramaturg Jolene to improve the script and teaming up with their PR firm to get the word out. It's going to be a knockout on all fronts.

There are 8 performances: November 29, 30, December 1, 2, 6, 7, 8 and 9. Get your tickets here (before they sell out?!).

We Need Support

Can I tell you how hard it is to ask for money? Oh my God. It's soooo hard. I'm nervous even as I type these words. But we need it. It's for:

  • Stipend for the Director (Catie!) and Performer (me!)
  • Lighting and Sound Designer and Stage Manager
  • Lighting Rental and Props
  • Video Design
  • PR Team (Kamila!) 
  • Graphic design and marketing materials 

Assuming we sell a reasonable number of tickets, $8,000 is the minimum to cover the above. If we don't get there, we muscle forward on credit cards and prayers. 

If we raise more than $10k, we'll hire a professional film crew to make a beautiful video using three cameras. We're filming the show no matter what, but with the additional money, we'll make it sweeeeeet.

About the Empath

I've been honing my ability to do "this thing" for three years. I started with one-on-one sessions, graduated to live performances, and have performed everywhere from shipping containers in Times Square to South by Southwest to a rooftop in Brooklyn for a community of Chasidic Jews. Before I went down this path, I was directing documentaries and commercials for big brands like Sprint. Oddly, I have an MBA. If you want to hear my whole story, this podcast is great

Check out my latest reel here:

I've been doing readings in public for a little over a year now. They look like this: 

And check out this article in the Guardian that talks all about empaths and has a great picture of me lazing on grass:

My website's here: www.empath.nyc. Poke around.

About the Director

Catie Davis is a NYC based director and a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Recent directing credits include The Boys I Loved in Catholic School (Duplex Cabaret), Empath (TheaterLab), and Charlotte’s Web (Theatreworks USA Nat’l Tour). Catie regularly directs for NYU’S musical theater program, the New Studio on Broadway, most recently Tuck Everlasting. Associate/assistant credits include Joan of Arc (The Public Theater), Measure for Measure (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival) and The Robber Bridegroom (Roundabout Theatre Company). She is currently the associate director of the Broadway-bound musical adaptation of Beetlejuice. Lincoln Center Directors Lab alum, MTC Directing Fellow, and proud member of SDC. Check out her website at www.catie-davis.com.

Risks and challenges

The play is happening no matter what. What we're afraid of is failing to deliver on all the elements that make it bigger, especially the sound design and video work we envision. The less we raise, the barer the production.

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    The Video of the Play

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    2 x VIP Seats To Show Of Your Choice

    We're going to block out the absolute best pair of seats in the house for you, put a reserve sign on them, and guide you right to them when you arrive. Just tell us which date. If you're not in NYC, maybe you want to give this gift to a New Yorker you know? (Plus the rewards above.)

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    Thirty Minute Session with the Empath

    You get thirty minutes with the Empath. Meet through Skype. Want a reading? Want to work through any particular issue? Want to develop your own superpower? You can also transfer this to whomever you wish as a gift. Xmas anyone? (Plus everything at the $500 level.)

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    Sixty Minute Session with the Empath

    You get sixty minutes with the Empath. In person in NYC or LA and Skype anywhere else. Want a reading? Want to work through any particular issue? Want to develop your own superpower? You can also transfer this to whomever you wish as a gift. Xmas anyone? (Plus everything at the $500 level.)

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    Filmed Session with Empath

    Spend a whole afternoon with the Empath. Let's start the afternoon with a reading. And let's film and edit this reading professionally so you have it forever. This is available in person within two hours of NYC, LA or SF. If you're elsewhere, you're welcome to meet me in one of these cities. (Plus everything at the $500 level.)

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    A Private Show with Empath

    I come to you, wherever you are in the USA, and I do a private show for you and your friends. I give readings to whomever is there. We schedule this for January or February. For a feeling of what this is like, check out: https://bit.ly/2OykTDJ. You'll also receive a separate, two hour, one-on-one session with me. (Plus everything at the $500 level.)

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