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Turn one-man musical "Six Months for Six Weeks" into a web-miniseries! Love, relationships, gay marriage, satire, and robot dads...?
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So, what is "Six Months for Six Weeks?" 

Well, ye olde press release reads:

“Six Months for Six Weeks” is the brainchild of singer-songwriter John Coons. A semi-autobiographical one-man show built around original songs, it is an honest, funny, and heart-breaking new piece of queer theater. “Six Months” tells the story of two twenty-something men in Portland, Maine, their six-week “relationship with an expiration date” and its aftermath, set against 2009's “Question 1” same-sex marriage debate. Alternatively tender and satirical, it looks at the definitions and value we place on relationships in our changing world.

Who are you? 

I'm a 27 year old gay singer-songwriter/actor/playwright living in Seattle. I moved here a year and a half ago from Boston (but I'm a Maine boy at heart). I've sung as a soloist with the Boston Symphony POPS, Pittsburgh Symphony, Portland Symphony POPS, Rhode Island Philharmonic and performed the national anthem for the Red Sox at Fenway. I was an Emerging Artist with PORTopera for three seasons and I've shared the stage with Ben Folds, Foreigner, Amanda Palmer, and the Jane Austen Argument. 

How did you get here?

I premiered "Six Months" as a live one-man show in Seattle in June 2012, and I've since performed it twice in Boston (once at the Cloud Club), in the PortFringe 2012 festival in Portland, Maine, as a fundraiser for Washington United for Marriage, and at "Don't Tell Mama" in NYC's theater district. I was looking for a way to bring it to a larger audience and also to collaborate with other artists I like.... so I came up with the idea to turn it into a web-based miniseries. I pitched it to filmmaker extraordinaire Alex Berry (you may know him as the man behind the  series of Jinkx Monsoon documentaries, "Drag Becomes Him"), and he and I immediately began brainstorming ways to adapt it for the small screen. 

So, what's your plan from here? 

The script and musical numbers are being broken down and rewritten to better fit an episodic film format. The goal is to raise funds to create a 5 or 6 episode miniseries filmed in a variety of locales with sparkling production values and great sound editing. Bottom line, the more money we raise, the better the equipment to which we'll have access, the better the shooting locations that we can rent, the more professional the sound editing, etc. Should we go crazy viral, a live tour of "Six Months" would be in the works.

Why should we donate? 

Supporting "Six Months" is directly supporting independent musicians and filmmakers, and enabling them to tell the story of one corner of the modern gay experience. The 2009 "Question 1" gay marriage debate in Maine (the first state to pass gay marriage and have it signed into law by the Governor, only to have it overturned by a people's veto) is a very personal story to me, and I believe it deserves to be told. Donating to this project allows our story to reach a wider audience, and makes you part owner of that story as well. 

I'm broke. 

Every little bit helps! Donations as little as $2 gets you access to episodes before the general public, as well as exclusive updates from the set. Also, just getting the word out about this project is a huge help to us (especially in the early stages of this kickstarter!). Please share this project with your friends, family, and blogs you read via facebook, twitter, tumblr, and every other social network under the sun. 

Ok, shoot me your final pitch. 

"Six Months for Six Weeks" packs a punch with its unique blend of honest romance, blistering satire, and tender empathy. What other musical do you know that deals with an intense gay relationship, robot dads, the inner monologue of an anti-same sex marriage voter, and a scathing Cabaret summation of a list of ex-boyfriends? 

Vanguard Seattle recently sat down for an interview about the project: http://www.vanguardseattle.com/2013/05/01/showcase-john-coons-on-stage-and-online/

Risks and challenges

We want to deliver the best final product that we can to our fans and supporters. It will be a challenge to deliver on every front, from sound production to the best script rewrite possible, to maintaining a steady episode release schedule, but we are committed to devoting as much of our time and effort to this as humanly possible.

While the show itself has been workshopped and is polished live, the webseries format is unchartered territory for me, and I'm anxious to get a feel for the learning curve. I'm incredibly excited to be working with such talent as Alex Berry, but I know that I'll be learning a lot from this project as we go. I hope that my fans will enjoy the ride right alongside me.

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    For less than the price of a coffee, you get my everlasting gratitude and an early-bird access link to episodes before they are available to the general public.

    You'll also receive exclusive access to updates and photos from the set, and interviews with the cast and crew!

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    A digital download of the songs from "Six Months for Six Weeks." The perfect soundtrack for rocking out at the gym, or staring thoughtfully out the window, reminiscing on past relationships. Plus- early bird episode access and on-set exclusives!

    Note: songs will be made available with the release of each episode. Full album available after the final episode.

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    A copy of the "Six Months for Six Weeks" soundtrack on CD. It will look really sexy on your shelf next to your copy of Ben Folds' "Rockin the Suburbs," I promise.

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    A copy of the complete "Six Months for Six Weeks" on DVD. Watch the finished musical in one sitting! Have viewing parties! Popcorn eaten while watching the DVD tastes 35% better than watching on the web!

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    DVD/CD Soundtrack combo pack! A CD of the "Six Months" soundtrack AND the DVD of the finished musical.

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    Your name in lights! You'll be listed in the show's credits and you'll receive a signed photo (gain hipster cred for being a fan before I'm uber-famous!).

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    Now we're cooking- for $100, you get a signed copy of the script, free admission to a live performance of "Six Months for Six Weeks", your name in the credits AND a copy of the DVD, early bird episode access, digital downloads and on-set exclusives!

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    SKYPE DATE! For $250, you get everything included on the $100 level AND a 40 minute Skype Date with yours truly. We can discuss our mutual love of Indian food, music, and walks on the beach.

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    Woah now. You have the chance to have a personalized song written just for you about one of your exes? Dang. That's just cool.

    ALSO- everything from the $250 level? BAM!

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    PRODUCER LEVEL. You will be listed as a producer in the "Six Months for Six Weeks" credits and associated materials. You'll also receive free admission for 3 to a live show of "Six Months for Six Weeks," with VIP passes, and everything from the $250 level.

    Also, if you live in the greater Seattle area, I will play a gig for you of your choice. A private show of "Six Months for Six Weeks," a set of original songwriter material, background dinner music, a wedding, a funeral, a singing telegram in a tuxedo to your beloved- let's talk.

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    I BRING THE SHOW TO YOU. In addition to everything from the $500 level, I will travel anywhere in the continental US to sing a live performance of "Six Months for Six Weeks" in whatever venue you'd like. Want me to perform for you and select friends in your basement? Done. Just for you alone in your bathroom? A bit creepy, but done. A gift for a friend's birthday party? I'll throw in a classical aria for free.

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    COMPLETE SELLOUT. I will fly anywhere in the world and be a complete sellout. I will perform in a kangaroo suit at your nephew's Bar Mitzvah. I will cook you dinner wearing only a speedo. I will read you Shakespeare sonnets while feeding you grapes. Also, everything in the $500 category.

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