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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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