WHAT IS BRANDOCAPOTE?
“I watched her break apart, in front of me, like a piece of porcelain.” ---Marlon Brando, about his mother, in The Duke in His Domain, by Truman Capote.
BrandoCapote is a dance theater piece inspired by a 1957 New Yorker magazine profile Truman Capote (then wildly famous) wrote about Marlon Brando (then meteorically famous). As the actor reveals to the writer a childhood fraught with abuse, BrandoCapote evolves into our own version of In Cold Blood, Capote's true crime masterwork. In BrandoCapote, like In Cold Blood, Capote puts a human face on an inhuman act, as a long-forgotten real-life murder is revealed.
BrandoCapote is directed & video designed by Reid Farrington, written by Sara Farrington and choreographed by Laura K Nicoll, lighting design by Laura Mroczowski. BrandoCapote is a co-production with The Tank, part of the 2019/2020 season, in the 98-seat proscenium, 312 W. 36th St. NYC, Oct 26th - Nov 28th, 2019.
HOW DID BRANDOCAPOTE HAPPEN?
After our last show, CasablancaBox, Reid and I wondered: “What cultural icon can we pull inside out next?” Then, on my way to work one morning, Reid texted me:
Brando is an American icon. He forever changed how actors act. He was a champion of civil rights, a great philanthropist.
I’ve always loved him. But in a few clicks, I hated him.
How could I write a piece about a man who left a wake of wreckage everywhere he went, despite having the whole world on a string?
That, then, became the challenge.
Under the guise of a friendly bio-pic, BrandoCapote uses a 1957 profile written by Truman Capote to locate toxic masculinity’s ground zero, the moment a man becomes a monster, exposing how society enables, excuses and celebrates bad behavior, especially in artists. BrandoCapote asks: can we hate the artist and love the art?
WHAT THEY'VE SAID ABOUT US:
“A brave, almost foolhardy endeavor, CasablancaBox is a noble effort.” ---Andy Webster, The New York Times.
“The best way to describe what I saw is as if Picasso imagined Casablanca." --- Jose Solis, StageBuddy
“Tyson vs. Ali is a work of historical invention—the real boxers never fought each other—that addresses the present.”---Hilton Als, The New Yorker
Because paying our team is our first priority.
Reid and I are dedicated to paying our performers, designer & stage manager for rehearsals and performances. Everything else comes next: set, costumes, technology.
To get there, we need to raise $20,000.
Every dollar you give is 100% TAX-DEDUCTIBLE as BrandoCapote is a co-production with The Tank, a not-for-profit arts organization. To find out all about The Tank, click here!
Here’s a breakdown of what we need to make BrandoCapote happen. The yellow Kickstarter slice is where YOU come in!
Thanks to artistic residencies at The Tank NYC & Art House Productions, Jersey City, we have been able to build BrandoCapote over the past 2 years.
Now we look to you to keep going! Any donation amount, no matter how large or small, helps us on the road to $20K!
OUR TEAM (aka: WHO YOU'RE SUPPORTING!)
WE LOVE OUR TEAM. We could go on and on about it.
Here they are:
PERFORMERS: Roger Casey (Brando), Akiyo Komatsu (Capote), Gabriel Hernandez (Christian), Lynn R Guerra (Dodie), Laura K Nicoll (Cheyenne/Choreographer).
DESIGNERS & MANAGEMENT: Laura Mroczkowski (Lighting), Alex West (Stage Manager), Harshal Alurkar (Assistant Director).
WHAT IS THE RISK OF BRANDOCAPOTE?
Time to get real:
My driving personal motivation compelling me to create BrandoCapote is this:
In 2018, I toppled a prominent sexual predator. You can read all about here at CNN.com.
(My claim was made under my unmarried name, Sara Asselin. It's an extraordinary story, please check it out.)
Doing this woke me up, in my late-thirties, to a devastating truth: I had been enabling toxic masculinity for decades. Me--- a progressive, political activist, artist and mother. But fear, shame and denial had kept me silent. Toxic masculinity is an insidious force.
BrandoCapote is my answer to my old self.
All this makes BrandoCapote is an enormous risk to me personally & professionally. But, in the great tradition of NYC contemporary theater making, that's exactly how it should be.
Oh yeah, bigtime.
Reid and I are fascinated with the movies, especially old Hollywood.
So, at every donation, level, you'll receive an official e-certificate (designed by me, Sara!) declaring your "Freedom From an Offensive Female Film Stereotype."
Take your pick, they're all listed there to your right!
(In fact, I had so many "Offensive Female Film Stereotypes" suggested to me by friends, I had a hard time narrowing them down. I neglected to include my least favorites: "The Girl Who Becomes Desirable Once Her Glasses Are Removed," "The Woman Who Eats Her Feelings," "The Clutching Coffee Cup Motif," "The Female Best Friends Who Spontaneously Dance in a Straight Line in The Living Room or Kitchen." Check out the ones I chose! Each stereotype's donor is credited.)
OK, THANK YOU FOR FREEING ME FROM THESE THINGS WOMEN NEVER DO IN REAL LIFE, BUT WHAT OTHER REWARDS DOES THIS CAMPAIGN OFFER?
Glad you asked:
A chance to snag tickets early, some exclusive autographed production photos by Miguel Aviles, an opening night reception invitation, a chance to be named our "Executive Producer," Oh, and THIS:
At the $1000 + giving level, we will send you a framed print of this original work, a cartoon fusion of the actor and the writer (look closely!) drawn by Lynn R Guerra, actor & artist. Lynn has generously offered her beautiful work to backers of this groundbreaking show and our team is so grateful to her for that. (Click the image for Lynn's website, her animation & illustration work is amazing.)
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
It's been said before, but it can't be said enough: We cannot do it without you!
Our gratitude is endless.
On behalf of our team, thank you so much for donating to BrandoCapote.
Risks and challenges
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