A mysterious Stranger tells the musical Founder’s Tale of how a lovesick HR rep, a married couple, and a seagull transform their poetry, air-dropped trash, and a corporate overlord into the world’s next perfect place: The anti-city of Unville Brazil!
Jack and Jill live on a landfill in what was Jacksonville. Their job and life is to sort the trash airdropped in from the rest of the world by Rototill, the megacorporation that has turned America's downfall into the world's premier financial model. The couple used to have aspirations and dreams of changing the world, but now they are literally stuck in the muck. Until Jill has a dream that is. A dream of a future civilization without waste, where the sky is blue and a where you don't need a Geiger counter to test your food before you eat it. With the unintentional "help" of a faceless poem pen pal HR Rep and her seagull friends, Jill embarks on escaping Rototill and founding the perfect anti-city of Unville Brazil....
How We're Doing It:
We had a very successful workshop reading on Unville Brazil back in December (where the photos in the video come from), where Pat was able to see the show on its feet so he could go back and make re-writes. The crowd response was overwhelmingly positive, and now we putting it up for real!
We are mounting this ambitious production June 1st-11th, 2011, and being in New York City, costs are high. Our total budget is currently $7,000 for a show that will run for two weeks, and for a young company in only our 4th year of existence, that's a tall order. $4,000 of that is just for the performance space itself, not including rehearsal time. In addition, we need to build a set, construct puppets, print postcards, and hire musicians.
As the themes in the show include environmental sustainability, we are trying to go as "Green" as possible in our production process! We plan to make the set almost entirely out of recycled materials (discarded construction materials, re-used plastic grocery bags, washed out soda bottles and cans, etc), we're going to make copies on recycled paper, we're going to try to partner with local Green businesses to cross promote our messages, and we are going to reach out to local schools to spread the messages in our show to young audiences so they can grow up aware of dangers of excess waste. If you're looking to support a Green cause, we've got you covered!
Up until now, we have done productions by the skin of our teeth, with company members placing their own personal savings on the line in order to see these projects accomplished. We have been lucky and blessed enough to work with actors what believe in the projects enough to forsake compensation for their own efforts. But with your help, we can also finally start to pay our artists for at least some of the time they will be committing to this project. We believe artists should be compensated for their craft, and your support will help us move toward encouraging young artists to continue the pursuit of their dreams.
Where Does Your Contribution Go?
Every little bit helps, believe us. A theatrical production has countless tiny elements (and costs) that come together to make what you see as an audience. Even a $1 donation would cover the cost of a sock for one of our puppets. $5 would cover the cost of tape and glue to make a fake landfill pile out of recycled grocery bags for our set. $15 could cover the cost of a rehearsal for one hour. $100 would pay one of our artists for over 100 hours of work. Yes, that comes out to a $1/hour wage, but trust us, we've worked for less if the project is something we care about, and this one definitely is!
We're very proud of our creativity in saving money where we can, but we still need help of generous supporters like you.
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