(Sid Branca in rehearsal for Little Ivory Fingers)
(a draft sketch of the poster design by Alesandra Bellos)
Little Ivory Fingers began under the guidance of Chloe Johnston and Rachel Claff in their Neo-Futurist Adaptation class. It was initially inspired by Italo Calvino’s collection of Italian Folktales, especially the “Handless Maiden” tale archetype, but has traveled far from its source material. The language and images of folktale are intertwined with stories of my own family and personal experiences. Intricate monologues are combined with physical trials and musical performances to explore ideas of place, family, sexuality, and identity, seen through the lens of an Italian American upbringing, catastrophic foreign travels, and evolving relationships. The piece has been workshopped with the Neo-Futurists and the Dean's Men, and a version of the piece will be performed at the Abbie Hoffman Festival in August.
I've been invited to bring this show to this year's Chicago Fringe Festival. This is a very, very exciting opportunity that I would love to take advantage of. By donating to this Kickstarter campaign, you can make that happen. The 2011 Chicago Fringe Festival takes place September 1-11 in Pilsen. See http://www.chicagofringe.org/ for more information.
Funding will go towards production costs, including: the $250-$450 cost of use of the space/participation in the Festival (depending on the length of the run), the minimal set pieces, the props budget, and, ideally, compensation for a stage manager and designer.
The funding goal is set rather low, because I care more about making this show happen than having nice, fancy things. Note, however, that you can keep donating once the goal is met, and every little bit will make a difference in the quality of the performance.
It means a great deal to me that you've chosen to support my project with your time and money. This is what art is about: friends, and the Internet, and making the dream happen.
- (22 days)