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A reckoning of bad behavior. A portrait of two American icons. Coming to The Tank NYC this Fall.
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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: 

The original texts!
The original texts!

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.

"...a deity, yes; but, more than that, really just a young man sitting on top of a pile of candy."---Capote's final assessment of the world's most famous actor, 1957. Read the whole profile here.
"...a deity, yes; but, more than that, really just a young man sitting on top of a pile of candy."---Capote's final assessment of the world's most famous actor, 1957. Read the whole profile here.

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?  

Our source material: The Brandos, Capotes, Hollywood, Noh, In Cold Blood, The Duke in His Domain, & much more...
Our source material: The Brandos, Capotes, Hollywood, Noh, In Cold Blood, The Duke in His Domain, & much more...

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?  

Performers Laura K Nicoll & Roger Casey in BrandoCapote, in workshop @ Art House, Jersey City. Photo: Miguel Aviles.
Performers Laura K Nicoll & Roger Casey in BrandoCapote, in workshop @ Art House, Jersey City. Photo: Miguel Aviles.

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

The husband & wife team! Sara Farrington & Reid Farrington - click here for an interview!
The husband & wife team! Sara Farrington & Reid Farrington - click here for an interview!

WHY KICKSTARTER?

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! 

Why we need YOUR help!
Why we need YOUR help!

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!)

Our wonderful artistic team!
Our wonderful artistic team!

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.)

This is why I'm making this. (Click image to read)
This is why I'm making this. (Click image to read)

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.

From BrandoCapote in workshop @ Art House Jersey City. Photo: Miguel Aviles
From BrandoCapote in workshop @ Art House Jersey City. Photo: Miguel Aviles

REWARDS...?

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."

Which Offensive Female Film Stereotype Would You Like Freedom From?
Which Offensive Female Film Stereotype Would You Like Freedom From?

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: 

"BrandoCapote" by Lynn R Guerra
"BrandoCapote" by Lynn R Guerra

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.

Performers Gabriel Hernandez & Roger Casey in BrandoCapote, in workshop @ Art House, JC. Photo: Miguel Aviles
Performers Gabriel Hernandez & Roger Casey in BrandoCapote, in workshop @ Art House, JC. Photo: Miguel Aviles

Risks and challenges

***Please see the WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF BRANDOCAPOTE? section of our narrative! Please scroll up...***

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    Freedom from a Female Film Stereotype:

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    **An official e-certificate verifying your freedom from "The Non-Genius Wife of a Genius in a Biopic Blindly Supporting His Genius."

    **A Facebook & Instagram shout out (written with love & affection by me, Sara Farrington.)

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    **An e-certificate verifying your freedom from "Women Who Definitely Do Not Want To Kiss The Guy But When They Are Finally Forced To, Realize They Actually Really Like It."

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