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Explore the mysteries of romance & the search for true love in five one-act American plays from our West Indian community theater group!
Explore the mysteries of romance & the search for true love in five one-act American plays from our West Indian community theater group!
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Flat Tire Productions presents "LOVE BITES"

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"Love Bites"

We have been looking forward to this project for a long time.  

Reading through potential scripts (2016)
Reading through potential scripts (2016)

We wanted to stage a show through which we could introduce new directors, 

"Love Bites" directors are veteran Flat Tire actors Alisha & Radha
"Love Bites" directors are veteran Flat Tire actors Alisha & Radha

... recruit and integrate new talent,

FTP Auditions (2/18/2017)
FTP Auditions (2/18/2017)

... and give our actors a chance to stretch their acting muscles beyond the West Indian sketch comedy that Flat Tire is popularly known for.

Buttahflap Comedy Tour
Buttahflap Comedy Tour

"Love Bites" is the perfect vehicle to service all these goals.  Our target performance dates are June 10th & 11th, 2017, and rehearsals are well underway, 

First day of rehearsal (2/26/2017)
First day of rehearsal (2/26/2017)

... with our cast members already showing a flair for high drama:

Director said, "Be dramatic."  Nailed it! (3/19/2017)
Director said, "Be dramatic." Nailed it! (3/19/2017)

Needless to say, we're super excited to be working on new material and to make our long overdue return to the theater!

"Love Bites" cast (03/26/2017)
"Love Bites" cast (03/26/2017)

Why a Kickstarter?

There are so many expenses in producing plays and, even though the cast and crew are unpaid volunteers, most "must-haves" require payment even before the first ticket is sold. The purpose of this campaign is to help us get the seed money to fund this production.

Maybe should have ordered fewer snacks ... Kickstarter to the rescue!
Maybe should have ordered fewer snacks ... Kickstarter to the rescue!

Plus, every contribution helps keep ticket prices affordable so entire families can attend a live theatre event for about the same cost as going to the movies!  (Even less if you get your ticket rewards here ::wink,wink::!)

Why is this project important?

Your support doesn't just help us stage a show; it helps our greater community. Because as fantastic as it is that we have an Aziz Ansari and a Mindy Kaling to rep for Americans-of-South-Asian-descent-without-accents (huge fans BTW), Indo-Caribbean Americans hardly have any visibility at all.  It's part of Flat Tire's mission to change that - by further diversifying the mainstream concept of what an American is.  

Scene from "Auntie Betty's Trials at the Food Court"
Scene from "Auntie Betty's Trials at the Food Court"

Design of the show

Pre-production
Pre-production

Rather than writing our own original work - which would have extended our production timeline - we opted to chose from existing works by American playwrights that would speak to all audiences.  And what theme is more universal and better suited for springtime than LOVE? Here are the short plays we're preparing - our "Love Bites" if you will:

  • "Check, Please" by Jonathan Rand
  • "Controlling Interest" by Wayne Rawley
  • "Miss You" by David Auburn
  • "Post-Its (Notes on a Marriage)" by Paul Dooley & Winnie Holzman
  • "Surprise" by Mark Harvey Levine

Our target showdates are June 10th and June 11th - so mark your calendar because we'd LOVE to see you there!

About us

FLAT TIRE PRODUCTIONS is dedicated to creating quality entertainment while giving the West Indian diaspora opportunities to have its voice heard through theater, film and video. The group is comprised of talented individuals from NYC’s vibrant Indo-Caribbean community. Since its inception in 2004, FLAT TIRE has produced three festival-recognized feature films and eleven stage plays, launched www.TheTVSho.com (a forum for funny videos and sitcoms like the popular "Liberty Avenue Singles" series), and created the phenomenal "Buttahflap: Fresh-Baked West Indian Comedy" live sketch comedy show which toured for two years. 

Visit us on youtube.com/FlatTireVideos for samples of our work, and follow us on social media for real-time updates!

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

We've been working on video projects and life (engagements & weddings & babies, oh my!) but it's been almost two years since we've produced a stageshow - and we miss it! So we started planning a project that would re-invigorate all the parts of the Flat Tire engine and give us a kick-start (#seewhatwedidthere). That's why we decided to select a number of one-act plays (instead of one full-length play) - so we could involve multiple Directors, start training new Assistant Directors and Stage Crew, have enough parts for our regular Actors while incorporating new talent, and get our Writers and Designers working on fresh material for marketing and promotions.

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