“I can see half of my heart, and it is out, and it is walking around…”
In an act of theatrical rethinking inspired by The Seagull, writer/director Tina Satter and her Half Straddle collaborators create an unexpected, moving, and slyly hilarious new work about performing, failure, and making something with people you could love … just like Chekhov wanted.
“Full to the brim with killer talent … Satter's Half Straddle company is launching a particularly coordinated goal-line drive to a new feminist form.” --Time Out New York
Now in their fifth year of production, Half Straddle has their greatest opportunity to date -- a commission to show their new work Seagull (Thinking of you) at the New Ohio as part of PS122's prestigious COIL Festival, an annual event featuring some of the best of new theater being made.
Your help will support the artists involved -- and help us make this weird and beautiful show, performed by a compelling and heartbreaking group of performers.
This young company has garnered much attention over the last few years, particularly because they render worlds never-before-quite-seen, full of singularly crafted language and sense of feeling.
The COIL premiere is a huge step up for the company in terms of opportunity and exposure -- but also requires a much larger increase in our own fundraising to make the development and performance of this show even possible.
"If you think deconstructionist, experimental theater must be dry and dreary, then Half Straddle has a surprise for you." -- The New York Times
About Seagull (Thinking of you)
Seagull (Thinking of you) works with, against, and beneath Chekhov’s Seagull. Satter draws from varying Seagull translations, Chekhov’s letters, quasi-biographical facts from early productions of the play in Russia, and Chekhov’s perverse sense of comedy to consider anew what makes the human heart really beat and why we ever try to say something out loud.
The piece is written for and draws upon the performers in the piece --
Jess Barbagallo, Eliza Bent, Becca Blackwell, Emily Emily Davis, Julia Sirna-Frest, and Susie Sokol -- as the oddly resonant counterpoints and matches to Chekhov’s Seagull characters.
Chris Giarmo is composing an original score inspired by contemporary Russian folk-metal.
Lights by Zack Tinkelman
Set by Andreea Mincic
Costumes by Enver Chakartash
Stage Management by Randi Rivera
Production Management by Liz Nielsen
Assistant Direction by Chip Rodgers
The show was presented in early work-in-progress stages at Prelude 11 and developed during residences at MASS MoCA (upcoming Dec. 2012), the New Museum, and Abrons Art Center.
What We Need
We are asking for your help to raise $7,000 to pay the fees of the performers and designers in the rehearsal and development periods leading up to the January premiere.
• $3,500 for performer fees
• $1,500 in travel fees
• $2,000 in designer fees
We’re very lucky to have the opportunity to develop the work in an upcoming tech residency at MASS MoCA in December 2012.
The residency includes access to their theater and tech and rooms to stay in -- but we need to cover the travel costs and performer/designer fees for our team during the time we are there -- in addition to pay for our November rehearsal period in Brooklyn.
This is invaluable development time for this project -- and it’s very important to us to fairly compensate the incredible artists who work on our shows -- all of who have day jobs and take on other projects in order to make the money they need to survive.
Thank you, thank you for any amount you are able to give!
About Half Straddle
Half Straddle was founded in 2008 when incoming Brooklyn College grad students Satter and Half Straddle regular Jess Barbagallo began meeting in a church basement to develop a piece about a melancholic werewolf tentatively titled "The Four Obstructions." Over the course of the year, with the addition of performers Julia Sirna-Frest and Eliza Bent, composer Chris Giarmo, and lighting designer Zack Tinkelman, this project became known as The Knockout Blow. Several performances followed, cardboard icebergs fell over, sequined costumes collapsed, and enduring collaborations emerged with additional performers Erin Markey and Emily Emily Davis. Now in their fifth year, Half Straddle has garnered more and more attention for their work – from their critically acclaimed, full-length shows, to the incredible artists and performers they work with, to recent side projects including their rap song and video.
Help this young company continue to grow and make vital, different and special work – and, moreover pay the artists involved as fairly as possible in an extremely tough time for artists and projects to receive funding and support.
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