In September 2005, the receding ice sheet revealed an island off the east coast of Greenland. Two years later a New York Times article about the discovery inspired Canadian playwright Nicolas Billon to write a play that re-imagines the story within the framework of the discoverer's family, themselves set adrift after a devastating loss. Two years after that, Greenland premieres at the 2009 Toronto SummerWorks festival and wins both the Outstanding Production and the Audience Choice awards. Dustin Olson, Co-Artistic Producer of The Bridge Theatre Company in New York, caught one of Greenland's final SummerWorks performances and snuck back in to the small space at Theatre Passe-Muraille, post-show, in the hopes of meeting Mr. Billon. It was then and there that Greenland's journey to New York began.
The Bridge presented a New York workshop of Greenland in 2010 that featured Broadway veterans Eryn Murman and Susan Louise O'Connor. The play continued its development with a workshop at Toronto's Tarragon Theatre in January of this year. Three months later, Greenland was accepted to the 15th Annual New York International Fringe festival (FringeNYC), which runs August 12-29. Hopefully, this is where you come in.
Greenland's FringeNYC run, directed by Ravi Jain, will mark the Bridge Theatre Company's second consecutive entry into the continent's biggest theatre festival, following last year's critically-acclaimed run of Kate Hewlett's The Swearing Jar. As with last year's run, the Bridge hopes to again import an all-Canadian creative team to build on our success from last year.
In order to do so, we need your support to subsidize the cost of travel, marketing, and rehearsals in both Canada and the US. Our overall Fringe budget sits at $10,110. Half of that has been covered through in-kind donations and box-office revenue from our 2010 Fringe production, which sets our Kickstarter fundraising goal at $5,055.
The Bridge is a not-for-profit organization and the only performing arts organization in New York City dedicated exclusively to Canadian playwrights. To help us premiere this wonderful new Canadian play on the New york stage, we humbly ask for your help.
Our rewards for this project showcase the amazing work of our artist-in-residence Jonathan Bartlett (featured below), who has created the art for all of our major initiatives this year, including our workshops of Matthew MacKenzie's SIA as well as Daniel Karasik's The Innocents, in addition to our FringeNYC premiere of Greenland.
Donors north of the border have a chance to stop in on one of Greenland's Toronto rehearsals, as well as a dinner with the playwright and director. Locally, our Kickstarter supporters have the opportunity to see their generosity fulfilled in person, with tickets and reserved seats to Greenland, as well as invitations to our FringeNYC opening party, available by pledging today!
For more information on the Bridge and its FringeNYC run of Nicolas Billon's Greenland, please visit www.thebridgetheatrecompany.com.
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