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Nawyecka Productions Inc.
P.O. Box 1593
Studio City, CA 91604
Margaret Fielding's entire adult life has been spent in a wheelchair. She can barely move a muscle. But that doesn't stop her from throwing the lives of a half-dozen people into the air and twirling them like saucers in a circus act. "Verdigris" can be defined as corrosion, but it also glows with beauty. Verdigris -- a word you may not know. A story you'll never forget.
Verdigris will run March 13 through April 19, 2015 at Theatre West in Los Angeles as part of their 2014-2015 season. Jim Beaver will be in the cast. More Info Here
Verdigris was first staged as a workshop production by Theatre West in April, 1985, with a limited run of nine performances, produced by Mary Lou Belli, directed by Mark Travis, with Anne Haney playing Margaret. Though minimally publicized, the play gathered considerable attention and acclaim, winning five Los Angeles Dramalogue Critics Awards (including the Playwriting Award) and a Los Angeles Weekly Award. The play was subsequently chosen by the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, for its New American Play workshop, and was performed there July 21, 1985, with Maureen Stapleton in the leading role.
- WINNER - Los Angeles Dramalogue Critics Award for Playwrighting
- FINALIST - Actors Theatre of Louisville Great American Play Contest
Most of the money we're raising with Kickstarter will be used for Pre-Production expenses -- that is, all the money spent up to opening night. A small portion will be used to pay some of the Running Expenses (which include Theatre Rental, Playwright Residuals, Stage Manager Fees, Actor Salary, Costume Cleaning, etc.). The rest of the Running Expenses will be paid by Box Office receipts.
(Playwright, Performing the Role of "Jockey")
Jim is best known for his leading roles on the TV series Deadwood, Supernatural and Justified. He has written several plays, and TV episodes for shows such as Vietnam War Story, Tour of Duty, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and was nominated for a CableAce Award for an episode of the latter. He has also penned a biography of actor John Garfield as well as his best-selling memoir, Life's That Way. Other roles include a veteran opposite Bruce Willis in Norman Jewison's production In Country, Mark Harmon's chain-smoking detective partner Earl Gaddis on Reasonable Doubts, Edward Asner's dim-witted mechanic assistant Leland on Thunder Alley, and two seasons on 3rd Rock from the Sun as French Stewart's sullen bar-owner boss Happy Doug, Jim will soon be seen in the Guillermo del Toro film Crimson Peak.
Mark’s television directing credits include The Facts of Life, Family Ties, Hillers, Capitol and the Emmy Award-winning PBS dramatic special, Blind Tom: The Thomas Bethune Story. In 1998 he directed the pilot for LifeStories. In 1990 he completed his first film, Going Under, for Warner Bros., starring Bill Pullman and Ned Beatty. In 2001 he wrote and directed The Baritones (parody of The Sopranos) as well as the short documentary, Earlet. Mark is the author of the Number-One Best Seller (L.A. Times), The Director's Journey: the Creative Collaboration between Directors, Writers and Actors. His second book on directing, Directing Feature Films (published in April of 2002) is currently used as required text in film schools worldwide. His third book, The Film Director's Bag of Tricks: Get What You Want from Writers and Actors was published in 2011. Mark directed the plays Under Milk Wood, The Lion in Winter, Morning's At Seven, A Little Night Music and the original production of Verdigris for Theatre West in Los Angeles.
For eight years Charlie served as the Artistic Director for the critically acclaimed Chestnuts Theatre Program at Theatre West, producing the LA Premiere of Requiem for a Heavyweight, The Lion in Winter with Jim Beaver, Waiting in the Wings with Betty Garrett, and directing an Ovation nominated (Best Play - Large Theatre 2010-2011) production of Waiting For Lefty. Also at Theatre West Charlie directed Beau Bridges in Acting - The First Six Lessons and produced Lee Meriwether in The Women of Spoon River. He also produced Falling Upward with Pat Harrington in association with Ray Bradbury's Pandemonium Theatre Company. Charlie's original play The Junto was produced at The Road Theatre. His play Trumpets and Table-Tipping was staged by Theatre 40. Recently Charlie published his serialized Sherlock Holmes e-novel The Clairvoyant Murders. Most recently Charlie's play Against The Wall was an LA Time Critic's Pick, Charlie recently co-wrote, directed, and designed all the magic for The Spirits of Walpurgisnacht, part of 2014's Wicked Lit in Pasadena.
Jill Jones produced The Petrified Forest, The Women, On The Razzle, Something for the Boys, Let’s Face it, Panama Hattie, and By Jupiter for Theatre West. She was the Associate Producer for the El Portal Theatre and Actors Alley (Los Angeles).
Arden directed the recent critically acclaimed Theatre West production of The Women. As an actress at Theatre West she won acclaim as Nancy in Edward Albee’s Seascape, and Archie in Noel Coward’s Waiting in the Wings, playing opposite Betty Garrett. She received the Lilian Nesburn Award from the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild for her play, Grandma Good, and was a semi-finalist for the Jane Chambers Award with her play Baby Dreams. Baby Dreams was published in Theatre Communications Guild Magazine. Her play Little Rhonda is part of the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theatre Archives at the Los Angeles Central Library. Her work appears in two anthologies: Scenes For Women By Women and Even More Monologues For Women By Women – Tori Haring Smith/Heinemann Press.
Jeff has been designing award-winning sets for over 20 years, and considers himself primarily a storyteller, whether he is designing, directing, or writing. A few of his other designs at Theatre West include: Seascape, Gaslight, Falling Upward, The Lion in Winter, Dancing at Lughnasa, Requiem for a Heavyweight, Waiting in the Wings, and most recently, A Short Stay At Carranor. Jeff is also a writer and director, and one of the creators of Wicked Lit, which takes new adaptations of classic horror stories and stages them in alternative venues, including a mausoleum and cemetery. Jeff is also involved in Production Design, Sculpting and EFX work for the film industry, having worked on Planet of the Apes, Con-Air, Armageddon, Flubber, and Universal Studios’ Back to the Future ride.
The production team already has a track record of success. Aside from their individual projects lead actor Jim Beaver, director Mark Travis, producer Charlie Mount, and set designer Jeff G. Rack last all collaborated together at Theatre West on a critically acclaimed production of The Lion in Winter (trailer below).
They did it once, they can do it again!
Reviews from The Lion in Winter
"TERRIFIC PERFORMANCES" ~ Los Angeles Times
"A PIECE OF THEATRE THAT IS REALLY QUITE EXTRAORDINARY. UNFORGETTABLE. THE PERFORMANCES ARE ASTOUNDING." ~ MetroLA
"A SKILLED CAST AND A VISIONARY DIRECTOR" ~ BackStage West
"A POWERFULLY EXCITING AND RIVETING THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE, RICH WITH MASTERFUL PERFORMERS" ~ The Tolucan Times
"SHOT THROUGH WITH SAVAGE WIT, THE RESULT IS A RESOUNDINGLY POWERFUL PRODUCTION THAT SHOULD NOT BE MISSED. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED." ~ Entertainment Today
"THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT JAMES GOLDMAN'S THE LION IN WINTER IS AN IMPRESSIVE PRESENTATION THAT EXPLORES THE CONCEPTS OF GREED, POWER AND TREASON, WITH EXCELLENT ACTING AND ABLE DIRECTION BY MARK TRAVIS" ~ ReviewPlays.com
Theatre West is an internationally acclaimed non profit arts organization in Hollywood, California. Established in 1962, Theatre West is the oldest continunally running theatre company in Los Angeles. Their productions have toured both sides of the Atlantic, including the Edinburgh and Dublin Festivals, New York City, Atlanta, South Carolina, Seattle, San Francisco, and throughout California. Over the years Theatre West’s plays have transferred to Broadway (Spoon River Anthology, Aesop in Central Park) and to feature films (A Bronx Tale, Faithful). Some of Hollywood’s brightest lights have made Theatre West their artistic home, including Jack Nicholson, Sally Field, Earl Holliman, Robert Blake, Chazz Palminteri, Betty Garrett, Lee Meriwether, Richard Dreyfuss, Carroll O’Connor, Harold Gould, Beau Bridges, Martin Landau, Bridget Hanley and Philip Abbott. More info.
Risks and challenges
Verdigris already has a green light to open and has production dates set (March 13 through April 19, 2015) as part of the Theatre West 2014-2015 Season.
Pre-production money must be raised to build sets, print posters, run advertising, mail postcards, build the set, hire designers, pay actors, create costumes, etc.
Everyone associated with the production has staged countless shows in Los Angeles and around the world, and all are members of Theatre West and are well acquainted with the company. This particular team (Mark Travis, Charlie Mount, Jim Beaver, Jeff Rack) previously collaborated on a very successful and critically acclaimed production of The Lion in Winter, and have each worked on a great number of other successful projects. (See bios above)
With this experienced, professional production staff we are confident that we will stage an exciting piece of theatre and raise the funds necessary to fulfill this Kickstarter campaign in plenty of time for our opening in March 2015. The show WILL go on!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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