About this project
A TALE TOLD BY AN IDIOT IS UP AND RUNNING!! The clock is ticking - we have only a couple more days to ensure that we can pay our actors, camera op, and theater landlord. Pledge now!
The reviews are in, and they are incredible:
“The action unfolds behind a scrim and is lit entirely with pin-lights…for the entire play, we see only faces, and shifting eyes, and shadows creeping across scrims and walls. In some scenes we just see two daggers, barely illuminated, and little more…the effect is mesmerizing.”
-Steven Leigh Morris, LA Weekly, GO!-rating
Read the full review: http://bit.ly/btLojM
“This particular telling is more than smart—and completely gripping. Psittacus Productions makes us realize why this is a tale that will always demand an audience.”
-Jennie Webb, Backstage, Critic's Pick!
Read the full review: http://bit.ly/cp19XS
Buy a ticket here: https://sonofsemele.secure.force.com/ticket
Watch the webstream here: http://ubroadcast.com/channel/psittacusco
LA-based Psittacus Productions has already streamed its show, "A TALE TOLD BY AN IDIOT," live on line to an audience nationwide, and has built an online community.
We have a big, exciting new plan for the extension of our show this July, 2010.
In June, at the Hollywood Fringe, we streamed the show live on the Internet with a stationary webcam mounted on the stage left wall. For the extension, with your help, we will push that concept much further, and offer our online audience a one-of-a-kind experience.
Our show is performed by actors wearing all black, and lit exclusively with flashlights. In this way, they can become invisible, and we are able to achieve some pretty stunning visual effects by controlling where the audiences' eyes go. People walk through walls, float and vanish, and we can rotate the perspective on whole scenes.
For our extension in July, we will also dress a camera operator in black, and put them on-stage among the actors. The operator will be completely invisible to the live audience, and will afford our internet audience the opportunity to go ON STAGE, FOLLOWING THE ACTORS, LIVE DURING THE SHOW!!
We are all familiar with the idea of a single camera recording a stage picture from the back of the auditorium. We are also all familiar with the idea of multiple cameras recording a stage piece from the front of the action in the style of a sitcom. Due to the aesthetic of our show, we can do something that these broadcasts can't - something brand new...actually place a camera op INSIDE the action without affecting the experience of seeing the show live.
Since our inception (in February of this year!) it has been our goal to integrate new technologies - social networking, streaming video, Web 2.0 - directly into our work. The fact that we have the chance to do it THIS JULY blows our minds...and we hope you find it as exciting as we do.
Here's what the money goes to:
$1700 to get our actors and stage manager back on contract for the run;
$1200 to guarantee our part of the cost share with the host theater;
$500 for sundry items around the theater (gaff tape, gels, clamps, things that go unexpectedly wrong);
$800 fee for the camera man and necessary equipment for the stream;
$800 for administrative costs (PR, marketing, postage, printing...and things that go unexpectedly wrong!)
That's just $5000 to take an amazing piece of theater, and bring it to the next level. Nobody has tried this before - join us in becoming theatrical pioneers!!!
Additionally, we will be offering free performances and Shakespeare workshops for inner-city students participating in the LA County Arts Commission Internship Program. We will also take them behind the scenes to see how the internet component works - perhaps this fusion of the ancient art of theater and social networking will create the theater audiences of the future.
ABOUT THE SHOW:
"FIVE STARS!! An interesting twist on MacBeth. The very minimal lighting, evoking
candlelight in a dark basement, was provided by flashlights largely held by the actors
themselves in an effective variation of the classic 'ghost stories around a campfire' effect.
And chilling ghost stories these are with excerpts from the blood soaked Shakespeare
play illuminating the lesser known failed terrorist act at the start of the 17th century....
Having another way to consider the classic text is always welcome — especially when
it seems that we’re in an age of people being so willing to take lives without thinking of
the negative consequences."
-Scott Haller, hollywoodfringe.org
Time is of the essence: we go back into rehearsals ON MONDAY, JULY 5th!!! And remember, as a nonprofit, your pledge to Psittacus Productions is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Come on, Kickstarter community, let's make some magic.
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