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A play that explores how Jesus' illegitimate birth may have led him to believe he was the son of a god.
A play that explores how Jesus' illegitimate birth may have led him to believe he was the son of a god.
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Son Of Man is a historical stage play that takes a radical new look at Jesus by imagining how his illegitimate birth led him to believe he was the son of a god.

Written from an atheistic perspective, it critically explores what has always been left out of the traditional Christian story and imagines the influence patriarchal and messianic religion had on the young bastard Jesus.

Although highly tragic in some parts, the play has a great deal of comedy as well and will be something of a roller coaster in emotion and revelation. 

The story has been in the making for the past three years and is now ready to be performed. The script is completed and we have a great director, a great theatre company (Travesty Theatre)  and some really great actors + crew members standing by. All that's needed is your support and the show can begin!

Here's how our costs will break down:

£1000 to hire a small London venue for a two week run.

£500 to begin to pay actors and crew members

£300 to buy costumes, set and props.

£200 to cover Kickstarter fees and taxes

£100 to pay for marketing materials

£100 for contingency plans.

Timeline  

Mid July - Receive funding and finalise casting

August - Find best theatre and begin rehearsals

September - Rehearsals and finalise set design.

October/November - Perform the play!

About Travesty Theatre

Travesty Theatre comprises a company of individuals dedicated to exploring and experimenting with art in a variety of contexts. From conception to realization we are involved in a process that challenges our deepest commitments to our limitations. We understand the stage as a safe place to explore our fantasies and traumas, as place to expose all the best and worst in humankind. To us, workshops, rehearsals and performances are opportunities to push beyond ourselves, our perceptions, our emotional blocks and to venture bravely into our potential growth.

Our productions have challenged audiences in Canada and London with the famous Dead Dolls Cabaret and the Dead Doll Dancers, as well as the radio play Babalon about the life of occultist and scientist Jack Parsons. We are now happy to be able to present this brilliant and revolutionary play which takes a humanistic look at the early life of Jesus.

Risks and challenges

One challenge will be casting. We want to assemble an almost exclusively near eastern cast. Most Jesus stories portray him as a tall blond white guy and this is obviously very far from the truth. We want our production to be as authentic as possible and this will mean finding and hiring talent from a smaller pool than most other productions.

Another thing to consider is set design. Making a convincing set that transports the audience back to 1st Century Palestine will be something of a challenge, for sure but we already have some great ideas to live up to this.

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    (US Approx: $33.57) A digital download of the performance plus a "goody bag" of relics. Including: A crucifixion nail stained with the "blood" of Jude The Galilean (Not Jesus'). A piece of the "true" cross from other 1st century messiahs (Not Jesus). An authentic bone from a (Pre-Jesus) Christ-angel evangelist. Letter of historical `authentication' provided.

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