“Mirror Mates: A Two Faced Farce” is a new play that’s already getting buzz! And it’s not even on its feet yet! It has simply crawled once around the living room, but it’s showing spunk! (And lots of it!) Like a baby wild animal, all goofy and fabulous and fighting for its place in the world! Off the page and onto the stage!
Yes, the first ever Living Room reading of Mirror Mates went great! All of the actors were superb at bringing their roles to life and seemed to have a great time doing it. The evening was massively entertaining for everyone involved and very informative for me, the playwright… and the director, but not the DirWriterActor! [TM] Not that night.
As a playwright I needed to hear the work. So, I sat that round out; I simply listened. –And, happily, it went exceedingly well! The piece is gonna work… a little clean, a little polish …oh, it’s gonna work… and be uproarious! And they were simply speaking, (well, yelling, and screaming and crying and wailing) but sitting around in chairs. It’s got so much more to give! I can’t wait to get this baby up it up on its feet and run it around the room!
Okay, so, the plan of action is a little further below…. But, first, let me tell you a little bit more about the show:
"Mirror Mates: A Two Faced Farce” is set in two rooms, at different locations, placed side by side on stage. These rooms are surrounded by a myriad of hallways and doors which completely overlap. One of the locations is a backstage “dressing room” in the crumbling musical playhouse called “Maxie's Fabulous Dinner Theater.” And the other is an aging “Rec Room” in a home for the chronically mentally ill, called, “Mega House: A Home for the Chronically Mentally Ill.” The inhabitances of each of these places are having a particularly difficult week.
Now, to double-up on the insanity, each actor in Mirror Mates doubles-up on the roles, playing one on each side, except the guy playing, “Wiley.” Wiley works in both places. He’s the Day Shift Guy, serving up food, meds and advice to the challenging residents of Mega House, and he’s just been crowned the “Emergency Stage Manager” at Maxie’s Fabulous Dinner Theater, again… where its’ “residents” are similarly challenged.... for entirely different reasons.
What sounds truly complex turns simple, as an earnest storyline winds through this whirling world, bouncing off its spinning halves, and causing them to slowly crash into each other...at the speed of light. You’ll witness a Mega House quest for ice cream crash-land backstage at Maxie’s Fabulous Dinner Theater just in time for Opening Night!
So, here we are with a fun idea, a script showing great promise and a talented group of wonderful friends who want to play along! Collectively, we want to pick this baby up off the floor, stick it on its feet… and shove it out into traffic! And we want you to help!
Okay, here’s the Plan:
Mirror Mates is to be presented to “The Industry” (i.e.: would-be Broadway & off Broadway backers, independent producers, national and local theater companies, casting people, etc.) in Midtown Manhattan on Friday Evening, April 29th 2011 @ 8pm. Now, don’t tell them I said so, but “The Industry” is not known to arrive at a staged reading up and ready to laugh; they can be somewhat, subdued. And farce needs laughter! Lots and lots of laughter! So to help tickle those “long-day-at-the-office” funny bones this “Reading” will include as much running around and falling down as we can possibly achieve in a one night only event! (That’ll be a lot.) And, in order to get the best quality laughter, we are shamelessly inviting our friends, fans and families to witness the madness and be a part of this outrageous event! And we want you to join them! And them to join you… on Kickstarter! So we can all join in together and shove this baby in harm’s way! And pray that it scoots back out again, just in the nick of time! Because that’s what farce does best! Laughing all the way!
So, donate now, and come to Midtown Manhattan on Friday, April 29th to stake your claim on what’s bound to be a wild night of theater imbedded in a wacky event! It’s two things together! What could possibly go wrong?
Yes, April 29th is the same day as The Royal Wedding… but we’re later that evening! …and its 6 hours across the pond, darling, there’s plenty of time to fly in; you’ll make it! But, if it truly becomes impossible, then please… just send money!
And, where will that money go? I thought you’d never ask! All Kickstarter contributions will be used for rehearsal space and performance space, and scripts ‘n posters, and important props. It’ll also pay to get the word out to big time producers who might want to witness this madness for themselves! It could also help find someone who wants to back this baby on a grand scale! ~~Hello there, TheaterAngelSugarDaddy? Is that you? Speak to me, darling! …but no monkey business!
We also plan to give our composer, stage manager, and eight wonderful actors (playing 15 roles) a small stipend for their time, energy and remarkable talents. (I wish I could give them more!)
So, please, donate what you can; right now, while you're thinking about it. Then go tell your friends!
Updates will be posted here on Kickstarter, so please and follow along!
And If you want a closer look into rehearsals and such then follow the blog at: http://lionsnax.blogspot.com/
Remember! Donate at the appropriate level and we’ll save you that pair of seats! Front row seats for a bit more! But bear in mind, that though New York is huge, theaters spaces can be small and seats limited… so, secure your seats today!
Or simply support a fun show and a great happening! We’ll thank and love you for it!
Thanks for your interest! (And credit cards!)
My Best to You,
PS: To those of you who know me, and perhaps shared in the circumstances which helped spawn this madness… I thank you, I love you… and I ask you to please donate and join in the fun! Or come build a set? Or find props! Or join us on stage! If you find you’re unable to do any of these things… then please, simply spread the word! Twitter me name, me Hearties, me Facebookers! Twitter me Two Faced Farce!
Mirror Mates, by Bill Toscano, produced by LionSnax Theatricals and Colleen Brown (she's lurking behind the scenes around here someplace) – come join us, through Kickstarter!
The Mirror Mates Living Room Cast was as follows:
Wiley – Aaron Thomsen
Waldo/Wally – Jamie McGonnigal
Willy/Woo – Derek Staranowski
Maxie/Mamie – Becky Garrett
Bobby Jones/Bobbi Jones – Aaron Pratt
Rupert/Rayne – Tym Moss
Matt/Mike – Justin Misenhelder
Arianne/Alice – Joey Schaljo
Stage Directions read by – Blake Hayes
Music for final scene by – Brad Gardner
Video by Jamie Barlow
Additional Support and Special Thanks to: Coleen Brown, Jami Leigh Howard, Tiffany Lee, Marti Cummings, Lynn Sharp Spears and Patrick Wenning
- (45 days)