EXCITING NEWS! We are excited to announce that we reached our Kickstarter goal of $20,000 and are on our way to bringing the new production of THE MAR VISTA to the Pershing Square Signature Center.
And here's more exciting news: In celebration of our success, we have just learned that the production will receive a double match of $5000 from a Private Foundation if we can raise another $2500 on Kickstarter by December 18th. That's a total of an additional $7500 towards THE MAR VISTA. This will go towards items such as: upgrading our budget for the design for the show (lighting, set, costumes) and it will help to increase the fee for our actors, who have been working so hard on this production for nearly four years. Please help us reach $22,500 by December 18th so we can qualify for this amazing gift!
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Who Am I?
Hi. My name is Yehuda Hyman. I'm the Artistic Director of Mystical Feet Company - a Brooklyn-based theater ensemble making new work. I am excited to tell you that after 4 years of intensive downtown development, our show, THE MAR VISTA: In Search of My Mother's Love Life is moving uptown. We begin performances at the Pershing Square Signature Center on March 5, 2019!
Countless enthusiastic audience members who have watched The Mar Vista grow over the last four years have said, "This is a show that MUST be seen live by a larger audience." Our upcoming run at The Signature Center in midtown Manhattan is the opportunity to make that happen - BUT - We Need You!
Who Are You?
Maybe you know me personally or know one of our producing team or artists? Maybe you're one of the incredibly generous people who've already supported the development of The Mar Vista over the past 4 years and want to help us reach our next destination? Or maybe you're a theater or dance lover hearing about our show for the first time?
Whoever you are, we need you. In order to give our show the production it needs to shine, we must raise $20,000 in the next thirty-five days.
Thanks to the support of our fiscal sponsor, New York Live Arts (a non-profit, tax exempt organization), your contribution is fully deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Will you join us by making your tax-deductible contribution to The Mar Vista?
What's The Mar Vista?
Mar Vista is the name of the West Los Angeles neighborhood I grew up in. The Spanish words translate into English as "view of the sea." The Sea, in this case, is my mother: beautiful, unpredictable, determined to wrap her arms around me and pull me backwards in time into the untold story of her life. Sara was an indefatigable Russian-Jewish woman who escaped the Bolshevik Revolution in 1918 migrating to mysterious Istanbul. In the 1930s, she met the man who became her forbidden lover and changed her life. After WWII, she sailed for America and in Cincinnati, Ohio she met a lovestruck Polish/Jewish refugee - my father, Charlie, a tailor. This mismatched couple drove to Hollywood in the 1950s to start a new life and that's where I was born. The Mar Vista is a saga of my mother's romances, my father's shattered past and endurance and the unbreakable bond between a gay American son and his immigrant parents.
How The Show Got Made
I spent ten years trying to find a way to bring my mother's story to life then, in 2014, working on my thesis project for my MFA at Sarah Lawrence College I found the form: a union of dance and words. I received a Fellowship to LABA - a Laboratory for Jewish Culture at the 14th Street Y. LABA (led by Artistic Director, Ronit Muszkatblit) nurtured and supported work on the play for the next three years. The Museum for Jewish Heritage and Jewish Plays Project agreed to partner with LABA, creating further vital development opportunities which culminated in a fully produced, limited run of the show in December 2016 at the 14th Street Y.
The audiences responded with tears and laughter. The following August, out of the blue, I received an email from Barbara Nagel, who said she had seen the show, was still thinking about it, and wanted to discuss plans for its future. Barbara (a non-profit lawyer and dance devotee) and her friend and colleague, Rosanne Braun, a documentary film producer (PBS) teamed up with award-winning Creative Producer Allison Bressi to bring The Mar Vista back for a second, larger run. A group of people passionate about the show — our Producers Circle — came together to begin raising the funds we need for the production at the Pershing Square Signature Center on 42nd Street. With their help, we are well on our way!
But we need your help to get to the finish line.
THE ACTORS: I am so insanely lucky to have found the special artists who bring The Mar Vista to life: Amanda Schussel, a gifted dancer/actor plays my mother from age 5 to age 92 with warmth, grace, humor and mystery. Ron Kagan brings intensity, heart and humor to his portrayal of my father. Ryan Daniel Pater completely inhabits the role of my mother's secret lover. New to The Mar Vista is Jacob Perkins. Jacob will play many eccentric characters as well the 8-year-old me!
THE DESIGNERS: Ezra Bloom is our Sound Designer and has composed haunting original music for the show. Ezra also appears onstage playing guitar and dancing with us. Amy Page (Costume Designer) Amy, a dancer herself, has designed exquisite costumes. Joining our Design Team for this new production are Lewis Folden, Set Designer and Zach Blane, Lighting Designer.
What will your tax-deductible contribution go towards?
This move, from the 14th Street Y to the Pershing Square Signature Center in midtown, is only 40 city blocks — but it's a huge leap of faith for us. The total budget for the show is $110,000 – we've raised 75% of that so far. With your help, we will surely get to our goal. Your generous contribution will go towards rental of the theater, rehearsal studio rental (expensive in NYC!), as well as towards costumes, sets, lighting equipment and music. It will go towards paying the salary of our actors and designers who've worked so long on this labor of love. Finally, your contribution will go towards marketing, publicity and administrative costs.
Any contribution you can give, whether it's $2500 or $25 is crucial to getting us to our goal and all contributions will be gratefully received by our entire team with heartfelt thanks.
Plus, see our Rewards column to the right to entice you in your donating!
And — please— keep in mind that with Kickstarter, it’s all or nothing: if we do not reach our goal within the 35-day timeframe, WE GET NOTHING.
The great American playwright Tennessee Williams wrote, "Make voyages. Attempt them. There's nothing else."
The Mar Vista is my voyage across decades and continents to journey directly into the turbulent vortex of a son's complex relationship with the mysteries of his mother's romantic life.
I thank you in advance for being a crucial partner in this voyage by making your tax-deductible contribution to THE MAR VISTA: In Search of My Mother's Love Life.
How You Can Help
1. Back the Project: Kickstarter is all or nothing – if we don't make our goal, we get nothing.
2. Spread the Word: Even if you can't donate, sharing the link with your family and friends does a world of difference in getting more people to contribute.
3. Follow Us Online: Be sure to check out our Facebook account for more information including behind the scenes photos, clips, and anecdotes!
4. Connect With Us: If you have any questions (or would like to contact us for press), send us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Risks and challenges
The Mar Vista is a project close to the heart of all involved in it. We have been working for the past five years to craft this work and deliver it to you, our public. The 2019 run at the Pershing Square Signature Center will be the culmination of this work. Moving uptown is an act of faith for us but with your help, we are confident we can get there.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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