Galatea is a rock musical adaptation of Ovid’s classic myth Pygmalion, which tells the chilling tale of an obsessed sculptor whose statue comes to life.
Galatea re-imagines what would happen if a statue actually came to life. Straddling this world and another, Galatea exists in a liminal place of human and god, woman and monster, child and mother.
This new work — flanked by a live band on stage — features an original rock score drawing on the aural roots of Tommy by The Who, David Bowie, and Hedwig and The Angry Inch.
Galatea echoes classic “artist as God” stories like Frankenstein, Pinocchio, and My Fair Lady, as well as modern cinematic interpretations like Ex Machina and Ruby Sparks. The show surfaces a complex dialogue around race, fate, gender, personhood, sexual violence, bodily autonomy, and what it means to create—and control—your art.
The story of Pygmalion surfaces so many rich and complicated themes from creator-as-God to the nature of power, gender, bodily autonomy, and sexual violence — it felt that the story was just begging for a modern examination of just what the hell it would mean — what would actually happen if a female statue came to life.
We've found ourselves in dark times — vulnerable communities from women and immigrants, to queer folks and POC — are under attack. In many ways it's never been more important to hold up the diverse voices and creators who are making art.
We are tremendously excited to be putting on this work from Feb 21-24 at CounterPulse in San Francisco as part of their spring season.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
We're looking for your financial support in order to finish developing this piece for presentation as part of a co-production with CounterPulse in San Francisco. The money we raise will help cover our rehearsal space, costumes, props, microphone rentals, and pay every single actor, designer, and musician a stipend for their participation in bringing this project to life.
This funding will afford us the resources to fully to develop this brand new musical adaptation into a full-fledged production as it wends its way to Broadway, (and a slew of Tony's of course.)
**P.S. If you'd like to buy tickets to the show, you can find them here!**
— A QUICK AND DIRTY AND VERY HONEST BUDGET —
We are raising $7,000 to cover half of the costs of the production. Our budget includes enough money to honor the ethics of paying every artist involved. The remaining costs (~$7,000) will be covered with ticket sales, and anything extra will go to directly to all the beautiful creatures making this project possible.
CounterPulse theater rental: $5,000
Rehearsal space: $1,200
Actors/band/creative team (approx. 15 humans): $4,650
Wireless microphone rentals: $1,400
GRAND TOTAL = $14,050
Just who is behind this wonderland of a show? So glad you asked!
Katie (playwright) and Lauren (director) met six years ago doing the San Francisco Fringe Festival together (Lauren was directing, Katie was acting) and have been creative collaborators ever since.
Katie Tandy // Playwright is a writer, actor, memoirist, and the cofounding editor of The Establishment, a news+culture publication championing the voices and stories of those that have been marginalized by mainstream media. (She is also the lead singer of the band — The Shattucks — that has written the original score for the show.)
Lauren Rosenfield // Director is a director, dramaturg, and performer. She most recently directed and dramaturged the workshop performance of Pygmalion at Musical Cafe’s Showcase at the Ashby Stage in Berkeley, California. Prior to Pygmalion, she directed a cross-cultural production of Sam Shepard’s Tongues in English in Madrid and worked as the assistant dramaturg at Cutting Ball Theatre where she dramaturged five plays during the Strindberg Cycle. Outside of the theatre she works at Acumen, creating and scaling online courses to build social impact capacity globally.
Geoff Cotter // Composer is an energy engineer by day and the lead guitarist behind The Shattucks, the writer behind many of the incredible ditties in Galatea, and general shred-master by night.
Katie Wong // Choreographer is a dancer, associate artistic director for RAWdance, and a freelance choreographer. She has been invited to present her work at the San Francisco International Arts Festival, West Wave Dance Festival, RAWdance's Concept Series, LEVYdance Salon, ODC Theater's TAKE 5, San Jose Dance Company's ChoreoProject, The CuttingBall Theater's AvantGARDARAMA, and PianoFight. She served as Resident Choreographer for PUSH Dance Company, creating 3 original works for their annual PUSHfest at ODC Theater from 2014-2016. Katie Wong met Katie and Lauren while choreographing Stalking Christopher Walken in the San Francisco Fringe Festival.
A (BRIEF) HISTORY OF GALATEA
Beginning as a graphic novel penned and photographed by Katie Tandy as part of her graduate thesis, Galatea was first performed as a workshop at the Ashby Stage last spring with Musical Cafe, a musical theatre development and education program for writers and composers in Berkeley. Three of the four original cast members (Chris // Cyrus, Alissa // Melina and Eliza // Galatea) from the original production with Musical Cafe have returned to this new, full-length evolution of the play.
About the amazing theater (and community) known as CounterPulse
CounterPulse boasts a 25-year legacy of experimental and interdisciplinary dance and performance in San Francisco. Their entire mission is radically inclusive—celebrating diversity of race, class, cultural heritage, artistic expression, ability, gender identity & sexual orientation—all aimed at building a movement of risk-taking art that shatters assumptions and builds community.
Galatea has been accepted into CounterPulse's co-production program as part of their spring season and we're honored to join a lengthy, rich, wild, wooly, and brilliant lineage of artists who've worked beneath its roof.
Risks and challenges
As with any creative endeavor — or arguably anything worthwhile at all! — there are a handful of potential risks such as ticket sales and or the success of this very funding campaign itself BUT we're going to great lengths to ensure the financial viability of this project.
We have an incredible team of humans who are all experts in their field whether its lighting, choreography, directing, or A/V technicalities and they're all doggedly dedicated to making this project shine.
We are creating marketing collateral, pitching the play to every local news outlet and spreading the good word early and swiftly to ensure every seat is filled come opening night! In addition, as there are nearly 20 people associated with the production, we feel confident that the respective creative communities we've all built -- professionally and personally -- will show up to support this project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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