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The Lisps are a band. They wrote a sci-fi Civil War musical. They are trying to put it up in Louisville and New York. It's the best musical ever.

Ok, so we are a band called The Lisps. We write songs, we play shows, argue, laugh at each other, make records, and tour, BUT GUESS WHAT? We also wrote a frickin' MUSICAL!! For more than two years, we have been developing FUTURITY, a Science Fiction, Civil War music-theater work which examines the simultaneous human drive towards both destruction and creation, the malleability of the past and the future, and the feverish pace of technological innovation. It's about a Civil War soldier, a brilliant scientist, and the quest to invent a machine (a steam-powered artificial intelligence to be exact) that can create peace.

photo by Paul O'Reilly

We are taking FUTURITY on the road to Louisville, Kentucky in April to participate in Motherlodge, an on-going arts exchange between Louisville KY and New York. Two weeks later we are performing it again at HERE Arts in New York City. We are trying to raise money to:

1.Get us to Louisville i.e. gas money
2. Feed us in Louisville i.e. Peanut Butter and Jelly
3. Costume us i.e make us look good
4. Help us put up the production: props, lights, sound, stamps, parking, postcards, rehearsal space, and on and on.
5. And last but not least help us pay our musicians, singers, director, stage manager, and creative team who are putting in tons of hours to get this show off the ground.

We are trying to create a piece of artwork that takes a tremendous amount of labor and resources, and that doesn't quite fit in any of the pre-existing templates of musical-theater, or typical rock band behavior. Help us breathe life into a piece of performance that is truly original, weird, relevant, and joyful.

Anything you can give would be AMAZING!

Here are some amazing things important people said about FUTURITY:
“Extraordinarily ambitious, engaging, and uplifting live music experience; a celebration of the sheer power of imagination and creativity that – through the meta-narrative of a grunt soldier writing a science-fiction masterpiece - can’t help but pull its own curtain back on the imaginative scope and vision of the show’s creators.” - Ear Farm

“Melodramatic, witty, inventive & downright intoxicating. I was not fully prepared for the sheer genius that is FUTURITY.” - The Music Slut

“A rebellion of sincerity in the sea of cold-shouldered, indie irony.” - Paper Magazine

Here is some more information about FUTURITY: www.futuritythemusical.com

photo by Kellam Clark, Neon by Gandalf Gavan

FUTURITY at The Zipper Factory



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    You will just feel cool knowing that you have contributed to the best musical ever.

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    You get a vinyl Lisps sticker, designed and illustrated by Sammy Tunis, singer of the Lisps

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    You get a Lisps sticker plus a Copy of The Lisps CD, "Country Doctor Museum."

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    All of the above, plus Sammy will say something really nice about you on our Facebook page.

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    You get all of the above, plus a hand-sewn FUTURITY Libretto (edition of 200)

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    You get all of the above (sticker, CD, Libretto) PLUS a hand-screened Lisps or FUTURITY Canvas tote bag

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    All of the above, PLUS a hand screened Lisps or FUTURITY T-Shirt

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    You get all of the above plus Sammy's mom, poet, teacher, amazing Person Extraordinaire, Diane Tunis, will hand write you a poem, laminate it, and send it to you - all you have to do is tell her a little bit about yourself!

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    All of the above plus you will get your name or company in the FUTURITY program, a link on the futurity website, and Sammy will send you an awesome postcard.

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    3 backers Limited (2 left of 5)

    Diane Tunis will write you a poem, Lisps CD, Sticker, plus you get two tickets to FUTURITY at HERE Arts in New York April 15 or 16!

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    2 backers Limited (3 left of 5)

    Sammy will send you 1 personalized postcard every 2 weeks for 3 months PLUS Cesar and Sammy will make you a personalized youtube video based on a subject of your choosing: We can sing a song that you like, recite your favorite poem, do an interpretive dance, act out your favorite scene from a movie, etc.

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    Sammy and César will come to your house and perform a rare duo Lisps concert in your bedroom (or a room of your choosing) for you and your friends. Must be within a 3 hour drive of New York City.

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    The Lisps will come to your house and cook you dinner, change into fancy clothes, light some candles and have a romantic meal with you. Must be within a 3 hour drive from New York City.

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    César will write a personalized song about you, or a subject of your choosing and record it for you. You will be the only person in the world, besides César, in possession of this song.

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    The cast of FUTURITY will come to your house and do the whole friggin show for you and your friends and family (must be with in a three hour drive of New York City)

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