Dear Sci-Fi Fans --
We are in the final hours of our Kickstarter Campaign! And we are SO CLOSE to hitting our fundraising goal! Please help us out!
I feel like the luckiest producer on the planet. The material is fantastic. The cast and directors are stellar (see list below).The design team is incredible.And now we’ve been offered an opportunity to make this cutting edge, truly innovative festival into a reality.
We believe that the growth potential for Sci-Fest is unlimited. But as every arts organization has told us, “The first one is always the hardest.” Can you help us make this happen?
We want to remind everyone that all donations of any size count! Please help us spread the word via personal, contacts, fan sites and social media. It takes a village. Thank you for continuing to support brave ideas and the artists who create them.Help now at www.kickstarter.com/projects/sci-fest/sci-fest or via our ever-evolving website: www.sci-fest.com THANK YOU.
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Hello Science Fiction Lovers --
My name is David Dean Bottrell and I'm an actor and writer here in Los Angeles. You might have seen me playing various psychopaths or nutcases on TV shows like BOSTON LEGAL, MAD MEN, JUSTIFIED or TRUE BLOOD.
Along with my producing partners, Lee Costello and Michael Blaha, I’m pleased to announce the arrival of SCI-FEST: The 1st Annual Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival. The festival (which is the first of its kind) will consist of two rotating evenings of short sci-fi plays (sort of like mini “Twilight Zone” episodes).
Other than the iconic Ray Bradbury, few writers have ever experimented with presenting compelling science fiction stories on stage, so we’re excited to be spearheading this completely unique festival. We’re also happy to be presenting it here in Los Angeles -- a city that has played a major role in the development and expansion of the genre.
On January 17, 2014, we will launch our Kickstarter campaign for Sci-Fest. The money raised will allow us to produce a beautifully realized, visually compelling festival of terrific new work featuring many well-known actors from some of your favorite Sci-Fi franchises. The following actors and directors have already committed to be a part of the festival:
- DAN CASTELLANETA (“The Simpsons”) is directing “A-LI-EN THE FAMILY”
- TIM RUSS (“Star Trek: Voyager) has accepted the role of “General Lackluster” in “A-LI-EN THE FAMILY”
- DAVID BLUE (series regular on "Stargate: Universe") has accepted the role of “David” in “Forwarding Address”
- Tony-Winner, L. SCOTT CALDWELL (“Lost”) has accepted the role of “She” in “THE WIFE’S STORY.”
- DEAN HAGLUND (“The X-Files”) has accepted the role of “Applegate” in “KALEIDOSCOPE”
- DAVID H. LAWRENCE, XVII (“Heroes”) has accepted the role of “The Announcer” in “A-LI-EN THE FAMILY”
- JACK KENNY (Showrunner “Warehouse 13”) is directing “Forwarding Address”
- MADISON McLAUGHLIN (recurring on “Supernatural) has accepted the role of “The Messenger”) in “Forwarding Address”
- PHILIPPE MORA (“The Howling II & III”) will be directing "The Wife's Story."
Among the original one-act plays will be the first-ever stage adaptation of Sci-Fi legend, Ursula K. Le Guin's classic tale of transformation, “The Wife’s Story.” In addition, we’ll be presenting a compelling new revival of Ray Bradbury’s chilling one-act play “Kaleidoscope.”
Now, all we need is the money to pay for things like the theatre, the sets, lights, costumes and props, with maybe a little left over to pay the actors, the directors, the designers and the stage hands for their efforts.
Here’s where you come in! Please click on the “donate” tab. Any amount (large or small) is both welcome and deeply appreciated. And please check out the many cool rewards that come along with being a donor. Any assistance you can give us spreading the word on social media would be deeply appreciated! Our hashtag is #SciFionStage.
With your help the first-ever Sci-Fest will arrive in Los Angeles in May, 2014. Please make plans to join us. And THANK YOU FOR DONATING!
SCI-FEST: The 1st Annual Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival, May 2014
A-LI-EN THE FAMILY by Michael Bernard. A pair of star-crossed lovers (from different planets) create havoc in a small town in this hilarious “live” radio play. Directed by Dan Castellaneta (“The Simpsons”)
FOR THE LIVING by Chie-Hoon Lee. A young woman awakens after a terrible accident to discover she’s not quite the person she was before. Directed by Rob Hollocks (“The Watcher”)
FORWARDING ADDRESS by John-Paul Nickel. Four friends receive a disturbing message from an even more disturbing messenger. Directed by Jack Kenny (“Warehouse 13”)
FREEDOM OF SPEECH by Adam Esquenazi Douglas. A political prisoner and his automated captor struggle for ultimate control. Directed by Jon Kroll (“Amanda & the Alien”)
Festival Centerpiece: 50 years before “Gravity,” there was…KALEIDOSCOPE. Sci-Fest presents an innovative revival of Ray Bradbury’s visionary and timeless classic. Seven astronauts’ routine mission turns deadly when their craft is destroyed, leaving them adrift in space. A terrifying, poignant masterpiece by one of the Grand Masters of Sci-Fi. Directed by Pat Towne (Frank Zappa’s “Joe’s Garage”)
THE RINGER by Minnesota Plates. The survivors of an alien invasion strike a horrifying bargain to stay alive. Directed by Jim Fall (“Trick”)
SMOOTH LANDINGS by Soren Kisiel. An office meeting is called to determine what direction the company should take now that the entire world has been destroyed. Directed by Jane Morris (“Behind the Candelabra”)
TELL ME WHO YOU SEE by Scott T. Barsotti. A young widow finds that her grief has opened a portal through which something resembling her dead husband is trying to return. Directed by Jeff Liu (“Yellowface”)
THE WIFE’S STORY by Ursula K. Le Guin. A distrustful wife follows her mate into the woods only to discover a far darker secret than she ever imagined. Directed by Philippe Mora (“The Howling II & III”)
HELP MAKE THIS AMAZING FESTIVAL A REALITY BY DONATING TODAY More info at:www.Sci-Fest.comThank you!
Sci-Fest Advisory Board: René Auberjonois, Actor, “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”, Dean Haglund, Actor, “The X-Files”, Jack Kenny, Exec. Producer, “Warehouse 13”, Eddie McClintock, Actor, “Warehouse 13”,Philippe Mora, Film Director, “Communion,” “The Howling II & III”, Nichelle Nichols, Actor & Icon, “Star Trek”, Jaime Paglia, Series Creator, “Eureka”, Mitch Peleggi, Actor, “The X-Files, Allison Scagliotti, Actor, “Warehouse 13”, Mark Stern, Independent Producer, Jason Weisberger, Publisher, Boing Boing, Wil Wheaton, Actor, Icon, “Star Trek: TNG”, Adrienne Wilkinson, Actor, "Xena, Warrior Princess."
Risks and challenges
I'm really excited to be working with two such experienced producing partners. Lee Costello has a long resume full of directing and producing credits from both New York and Los Angeles. Michael Blaha, who is both an entertainment attorney and an enthusiastic theatre producer, has taken many innovative shows from Los Angeles across the pond to the famed Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. In addition to Lee and Mike, the festival already has a highly experienced crew of playwrights, directors and designers who are all tremendously excited to see where this festival will take us. With such a remarkably talented team in place, we're confident that we can handle all the challenges that lie ahead. With your kind help, look for Sci-Fest to arrive in Los Angeles in May of 2014!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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