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A blind date gone awry leads two women on an unexpected, but beautiful journey in this award-winning short play.
A blind date gone awry leads two women on an unexpected, but beautiful journey in this award-winning short play.
59 backers pledged $3,770 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATE: We've confirmed that the excellent Deb Wunner will be opening with her one-act performance of "YES", directed by Jay Stull - hurrah!

Commencing by Jane Shepard

Thur, January 26th @ 7:30 p.m

Fri, January 27th @ 7:30 p.m.

Sat. January 28th @ 7:30 p.m.

at The Red Room

85 E. 4th St (between 2nd Ave + Bowery)

Directed by Christina Roussos

With Elizabeth Lazan and Sofia Regan

While at The William Esper Studio, we've been inspired by actors and artists taking risks and living moment to moment on stage, and we've decided to apply this same philosophy to our lives here in this city. So, we took the jump and after graduation set up a production company - we want to make art and we want to tell good stories!

What better way to celebrate the premiere production of our company than with a piece named COMMENCING; an award-winning short play by NYC-based playwright Jane Shepard: A simple, funny, truthful story told by two women on a blind date (or at least one of them thinks so). Mutually appalled, yet appallingly intrigued, these two women find common ground in the search for love and identity.

Funds raised here on Kickstarter will go towards the performance venue in a 38 seat-er black box theater, insurance for the space, actors and crew, transportation, royalties, publicity, rehearsal rentals, poster/brochure printing, stipend for director and stage manager, and basic props and set design. 

We're very excited to continue this wonderful exploration and creative process in the few weeks before we commence!

Sofia & Liz

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    NYC Cupcake Tour! Our very own Sofia Regan takes you and date on a four-stop cupcake tour around New York City. Great for you or as a unique visitor gift! PLUS two tickets to the play for a second date. **includes cupcakes/taxis/glasses of milk for two guests, please let us know of allergies in advance <3

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