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Five actors. One character. Lots and lots of makeup (and masks). Help us bring Scott T. Barsotti's FACING ANGELA to life.
Five actors. One character. Lots and lots of makeup (and masks). Help us bring Scott T. Barsotti's FACING ANGELA to life.
89 backers pledged $3,655 to help bring this project to life.

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This season, The Ruckus has focused our productions this year on the work of Scott T. Barsotti.  In March, we joined with Tympanic Theatre to produce Scott's play Brewed. It was great! Next up is his play Facing Angela, directed by Kyra Lewandowski. To tell the story of Angela's physical transformation, we need to give five talented women new faces–and to do that, we need your help.

The Play

Angela has lost her face. Acquiring a new face alters more than skin and tissue, cutting into Angela's relationship with her husband, Wes, and mutating her sense of self. As Angela (re)constructs, (re)invents, and (re)defines her identity, Wes ceases to recognize the woman he loves, and doubts whether he really knows himself either. This (re)imagining of Barsotti's 2003 play, explored over the course of the season with the cast and company, will delve deep into how we recognize ourselves and those we go to bed with, and the collateral damage of transformative change.

Facing Angela will run at the lovely Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago, IL. Previews begin June 27, opening night is June 29, and performances occur through July 28. Click here for more information, and here to buy tickets.

What We Need

(re)Facing Angela continues our investment in the astounding work of Scott T. Barsotti.  When we began working on Facing Angela, it was a beautiful little two-person play about self-image and relationships. As we began to explore the play with Scott, however, it transformed, becoming a story of identity and intimacy. One character is now played by five women, who allow us to delve into both her physical and emotional transformations. 

Our five Angelas (and her one husband, Wes), are the heart of the play, but they'll need help to complete their transformations. We've got a team of three amazing artists working together to build the masks, prosthetics, and makeup design. We need to compensate cast and designers alike for their incredible work, and beyond that, we need to set them up to succeed. Supplies for the incredible illusions they hope to create won't come cheap–and that's where you come in.

Three of our Angelas with makeup-and-mask designer Sarah Scanlon
Three of our Angelas with makeup-and-mask designer Sarah Scanlon

Your donations will help us to pay these amazing artists, and to provide them with the costly supplies they need to make the magic happen. It'll also go toward stage blood - we need quite a lot of that, too!

All photos by Gerard Van Halsema. Thanks, Gerard!

UPDATE: We're open! And we're Jeff recommended! Help us produce this amazing show, won't you please? We'll be ever-so grateful.

Risks and challenges

The great thing about working with remarkable artists is that they're great problem-solvers. Scott's written a complex, elegant, frightening piece of theatre, and we've got some pretty ambitious ideas for how to bring it to life. The process of creation is a complicated one, but as we experiment with the effects (face-tearing, anyone?), any road blocks we encounter will prompt new discoveries.

Beyond the creativity of the artists we work with, we've got another safety net: our people. We've a tight-knit group, and over the last four years, we've become a tight-knit, well-oiled theatre-making machine. Setbacks happen, difficulties arise, but when you've got a team ready to leap into action, anything is solvable.

Thanks for your time and support. Game On.

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    You'll get a personalized, deliciously unsettling thank you card from our Angelas, as well as thanks on our various web platforms.

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    We're almost to the finish line, so let's sweeten the pot - literally. At this level, you get an order of lemon bars, brownies, or toffee pecan bars straight from the oven of our own Elise Mayfield. And trust us, this girl can really bake. You'll also get a hearty 'thanks!' on our various web platforms.

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    You deserve a creepy, personalized thank-you haiku to be displayed in the lobby for ANGELA, as well as thanks on our various web platforms.

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    Want a new face? Don't take the ANGELA route and get surgery. We'll just send you a mask instead!

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    Want a sneak peak? We will send you a taste of the beautiful writing of Scott T. Barsotti, as well as thanks on our various web-places and a haiku in the lobby.

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    A thank you isn't enough, so you will get two free tickets to the performance of your choosing. You're also welcome to join our closing night shindig. Oh, and we'll still thank you on all of the things.

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    A lucky few supporters will receive a make-over from Florida Devereaux: not for the faint of heart. She'll probably make you a little refreshment, too. Oh, and we'll still thank you on all of the things and give you two tickets to a performance. (Note: makeovers in Chicago only.)

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    Trouble sleeping? We can't have that! A company troubadour will serenade you to sleep on a ukelele or meowsic. Oh, and we'll still thank you on all of the things and give you some tickets to opening. (Note: serenades in Chicago only.)

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    Free admission to next season's Brawl Ball, and an honored place in the Prom court. Oh, and we'll still thank you on all of the things.

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    You're so sweet, we can't even handle it. We need to feed you. At this level, we will make you a meal for two! Oh, and we'll still thank you on all of the things and give you two tickets to a performance. (Note: meal in Chicago only.)

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    You are one of our favorite people, so we want to see you all the time! We will give you two free tickets to every Ruckus event next year, snag you a spot on the Brawl Ball Prom court, and send you a copy of the Facing Angela production draft, signed by the playwright and company. Oh, and we'll still thank you on all of the things.

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    Sweden has the Nobel Prize, Hockey has the Stanley Cup, and now the Ruckus will have the "Your Name Here" Award. It's about LEGACY, people. We'll name a weekend of Angela performances in your honor, give you two free tickets to every Ruckus event next year, snag you a spot on the Brawl Ball Prom court, and thank you--profusely--on all of the things.

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