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By Rich Silverman
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About

One of the most legendary “bad movies” of all time, Robot Monster is the infamous 1953 cult classic about a lumbering space gorilla dispatched from planet Ro-Man to destroy the human race. Completely flummoxed by a 10-year old boy and a headstrong female scientist, the space ape’s growing self awareness and spiralling anxiety lead to wrack and ruin.

Filled with drama, action, romance and pathos, Robot Monster has all the ingredients of a traditional book musical. With 16 original songs, my musical adaptation has everything fans of the film will expect, along unexpected complexity in its exploration of themes like feminism, environmental ruin, man’s instinct for violence and the ways in which our own minds become our own worst enemy.

Yes, my name is Rich Silverman, but I am neither rich nor made of silver. I’m a humble copywriter from Chicago who now works in digital advertising in Los Angeles, which means I have an immense trunk of unsold screenplays and a couple unfinished novels somewhere.

Since I was a kid, I’ve been addicted to the “Great American songbook” – songs by Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, the Gershwins, and many other brilliant men and women who defined Broadway’s classic era. I’ve now spent almost two years putting my own musical together: writing songs, refining the book, negotiating the rights to the film, and now, assembling a superlative team to produce the show at the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival.

Meet some of the amazing men and women helping to bring my dream to life:

Production Team

Derek Long: Director
Resident artist with Panndora Productions in Long Beach. He is also currently directing the world premiere of In Kings and Fools at The Garage Theatre, Long Beach. More info at dereklong.net.

Pam Paulson: Assistant Director
Pamela is frequently seen on stage in Long Beach as an actress in numerous stage productions. She was recently cast in a short film project that's just begun shooting.

Paul Frederick: Arranger & Music Producer
Los Angeles-based Paul Frederick is a composer, third generation saxophone/clarinet player, and prominent bandleader who regularly performs with his band, Big Lucky.

Brandon Baruch: Lighting Design
Lighting designer specializing in experimental theater, opera, and dance. Brandon is also a playwright, and his original works Me Love Me and NO HOMO have been staged in Los Angeles and New York. www.brandonbaruch.com

Corwin Evans: Video Design
Often at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in the audio department, his commitment to innovation and education has lead him, as a teaching artist, to various companies.

Madeleine Dahm: Choreography
Madeleine is an internationally recognized theater and dance artist with over twenty years of experience in performance, theater directing, and choreography.

Cast

Jamie Miller: “Alice”
Jamie is an award-winning actress and filmmaker. She plays Faith Parker in upcoming movie "Hacker" starring Haylie Duff. You can see her in "Turbulence" now airing on Lifetime Movie Network. Connect @jamiethemiller.

Marcus Chavez: “Ro-Man XJ2”
The man in the suit has appeared in numerous commercials and films. He also appeared in two episodes of "Dawson's Creek" on television.

Don Margolin: “The Professor”
Multi-talented character actor with a wide body of commercial, feature and musical theater work.

Val Peterson: “Mother”
Versatile singer specializing in traditional standards. Performs regularly with her band, Big Lucky.

Dana De Ruyck: “Johnny”
Actress, comedienne, producer and all-around dynamo, Dana is a also a member of the Sacred Fools Theater company.

Stephanie Thomas: “Carla”
Gifted singer, actress, dancer and costumer Stephanie is no stranger to playing six year old girls.

Andrew Villarreal: “Roy”
Triple threat Andrew has numerous musical theater credits, including a stunt playing Frankenfurter in a recent production of "Rocky Horror Picture Show."

Robot Monster the Musical opens on June 4 at the 100-seat Sacred Fools Theater in Hollywood. Not a fan production, the show has the blessing of the film’s copyright owner, who has been gracious enough to grant me a license to bring this work to the stage. However, I am on my own financially and… wonder of wonders… producing original theater is tremendously expensive.

Check out what Gregory Moffett, the original Johnny, has to say about the project!

Great Guidance, however, feels differently: 

 

At first, I thought I would finance this myself for around $7,000 and break even with ticket sales. But soon, reality reared its ugly head as it always does. The cost went up $10,000, and then to $12,000. From there, it was light speed to $17,000 and warp factor one to $20,000 and beyond.

Ticket sales will barely cover even a quarter of this budget, and my extremely talented actors are practically working for free. While I’m comfortable spending my retirement fund to realize my dream, I’d love to have some funds to pay my cast… and maybe shore up some of the rapidly increasing anxiety that’s widening the bald spot on the back of my dome. Yep… I have a lot in common with space gorilla Ro-Man XJ2: anxiety, confusion and the ever-present need for approval, but hey… don’t we all?

If you’re one of the millions of fans of Robot Monster, B movies, Ed Wood, science fiction, classic Broadway or just want to support an underdog, I would love your support for this project.

And even if you can't support Ro-Man financially, you can still help! Reach out to your friends and family about this Kickstarter. You can also post about us on social media.

Click here to Tweet about Ro-Man. Click here to post on Facebook.

You can also follow our official Facebook page here and Rich’s Twitter here.

The fate of the world is resting on our shoulders, so help us spread the word! Will we stop the gorillas from planet Ro-Man from conquering our planet, or will we band together to fight back against this hairy menace?

The future is in our hands. Stay tuned...

Risks and challenges

You never know. Ro-Man might win this time.

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