LORDS AND MASTERS GIVE ME LEAVE /BEFORE THEY LAY ME DOWN /TO FIGHT FOR SOMETHING I BELIEVE /AND NOT JUST FOR THE CROWN
— “Let Me Be a Man,” Act Two, Scene Four
Seven years ago, I had an idea. As a major history nerd, I knew that I wanted to write a story about the French Revolution. What form that would be in—novel, screenplay, a skit at a family reunion—I didn’t yet know. Originally the story revolved around a rather lackluster character named Edourd Pinet, who falls in with the revolutionaries only to discover that A) most of them are crazy and B) one of them is the famous Marquis de Lafayette, the very man whose army Pinet deserted years earlier during the American Revolution.
Two important things changed this: I began to research the life of Lafayette. And I started recording song lyrics and tunes as they popped into my head. The result--years of research and dedication, combing through letters and diaries, translating original documents from French, and composing songs in the shower or Walmart (where I didn't always sing quietly). All of this in an effort to bring to life one of the most remarkable men in human history.
Lafayette follows the return of the American Revolutionary hero Gilbert de Lafayette to France. Anxious to enact similar reforms in his native country, Lafayette soon finds himself spearheading a revolution that threatens the established aristocracy. But as events devolve into bloody anarchy and his own popularity dangerously wanes, Lafayette must choose between his political goals and the safety of his family.
The play also addresses little-known events in Lafayette's life, such as his affair with Madame de Simiane, the execution of his wife's family, and his illegal imprisonment in the Austrian fortress of Olmütz.
Essentially, two things need to happen before a playwright can start hunting for a producer who can get their show onstage: a table reading, and an album. This Kickstarter is meant to fund the creation of a full album which can then be shared with producers, theatres, and early fans (you!).
- The Table Reading. This is a bare-bones production of the play, without costumes, props, or staged movement. Some dedicated actors read aloud from the script, with a narrator filling in the details. This always the playwright(s) to get feedback from the audience and cast, which then help to polish and perfect the play. A Public Reading of Lafayette has been scheduled for June 8, 2018 at Brigham Young University-Idaho.
- The Album. In the case of musicals, potential producers don't just want to read the script--they want to hear the musical numbers. Musical Festivals and theatres often require musical to be submitted with a sample album. Our goal is to submit this play to the New York Musical Festival in the Fall of 2018. But to do that, we need an album. That's where you come in.
If you are here, it's because you are AWESOME. And awesome people need awesome swag! (Each reward tier includes ALL previous rewards.)
Pledge $5+ Social Media Shout-out
Pledge $8+ First Song MP3 (as soon as it's available!)
Pledge $25+ Full Script + Exclusive Storyboard
Pledge $35+ Full Album
Pledge $40+ Behind-the-Scenes Sketchbook
Pledge $50+ Lafayette Fan Drawing
Pledge $100+ Invitation-Only Q&A Session
Pledge $125+ Director's Edition Script
Pledge $200+ Storyboard Character
If we are able to blow our goal out of the water, more rewards will be added! (T-shirts, signed posters, baby unicorns*...)
*subject to availability
Risks and challenges
Like all Kickstarter projects, it's all or nothing. This project will only happen and rewards will ONLY be sent out if we reach the full goal.
Since creative ventures can face unexpected drawbacks, it may take additional time to compose the music. If that should be the case, the music will be sent out to purchasers as early as possible.
- (30 days)