About this project
My one-man show Wing-Man is about my quest for love via social media, all without one word spoken. I’m a “modern clown,” a plain-clothes silent physical comedian, and Wing-Man is a live, interactive and modern take on Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times. Using the latest social media technology, Wing-Man shows us how to talk less, and lust more.
so that I can build Wing-Man's “Clown Cloud”—a live and interactive social media platform for the show's story and stage convention. This technology component makes up the stage world of the show, and is crucial to developing and truly realizing this show.
We were recently selected for as a 2014 resident company at ‘City Tech,’ the New York City College of Technology, Entertainment Technology division. Performances are already scheduled for March 26-29, 2014 at 8 p.m. and we can't wait to have you with us! We plan on leveraging this amazing opportunity to build and present our new Wing-Man "Clown Cloud" – but we can’t do it without your help.
The $15,000 we're hoping to raise will allow our knockout creative production design team (see FAQ) to really develop and plan Wing-Man’s "Clown Cloud" production elements: an original score, incredible lighting and stage design, and one-of-a-kind innovative animation projection. Wing-Man's digital stage world will be brought to life through a number of new stage technologies: a modular and portable giant projection screen, digital projection mapping and -- spoiler alert! -- my 3D puppet avatar. This basic budget is, in essence, our essential budget: it would provide us the funds for the materials needed for all these design technologies, for our Wing-Man creative team to maximize our 2014 City Tech residency.
Wing-Man has already done some amazing creative residencies this year, appeared at some new leading international theater festivals, some of which include The Yard, Rochester Fringe Festival and United Solo Theatre Festival Europe. At the United Solo Theatre Festival at 42nd Street Theatre Row, the largest one-person theater festival of its kind in the world, Wing-Man won the award for BEST ONE-MAN SHOW.
From strangers on the street to friends backstage at Avenue Q and Mama Mia!, Broadway wants Wing-Man and we have that proof on video! Follow along with our exclusive backer videos, as the kissing booth makes its rounds to Times Square, backstage on Broadway, and beyond! If you’re really sweet on us, stop by to give us a smooch and meet me in person!
So pucker up for performance, donate, share us with your friends, and help us become a Kickstarter staff pick!
As we mentioned, we're trying to raise $15,000 with this campaign as our essential project budget to make this Wing-Man show a reality. However, if we can exceed our goal we'll be able to take some important next steps in making the show fully amazing:
If we can reach $18,000......we'll be able to create a new Kissing Booth Suitcase designed by professional stage, film and prop designer Stephen Marsh!
If we can reach $23,000...
...we'll be able to make a quick change bubble wrap suit!
Spectacle magazine says that I represent “the next level of clowning” and Dance magazine says I'm "...On par with greats like Buster Keaton and Bill Irwin." Speaking of, take a look at the support Bill Irwin gives this campaign and me, and also that of Barry Lubin and my colleagues in the PBS special below.
To thank you for donating money molecules to Wing-Man’s virtual Clown Cloud, we have a bunch of amazing prizes lined up—from limited edition Wing-Man pins to kiss-friendly lip balm to admission to our awesome KISS-Starter Countdown Party at the Big Apple Circus tent on Sunday December 1st!
Remember: when you make a donation at ANY amount, you’ll get exclusive backer access to a new video each week (6 in total!) of my Wing-Man Kissing Booth adventures in Times Square. Tune in as I ask NYC to pucker up for performance! Stop by on November 7th and November 25th, and you might end up being one of my featured guests! Where will I be, you ask? I'll be bringing the kissing booth to two SUPER SECRET LOCATIONS in NYC - join our mailing list and follow us on facebook to get the location the morning of! In addition to being kissing-booth famous, you'll get to meet me and help build the buzz for Wing-Man.
Then, help us close out this campaign with our KISS-Starter Countdown Party! We'll be celebrating in the Big Apple Circus Tent at Lincoln Center (Damarush Park 62nd, between Broadway and Amsterdam). Join us for food and drink, intimate performances from a host of amazing clowns, and of course, a live countdown to our Clown Cloud total! 2 tickets come with donations $100 and over!
Risks and challenges
We know that all of us on Wing-Man's amazing creative production team has a tremendous amount work ahead of us if we want to fully seize this opportunity at the New York City College of Technology residency.
One of our reviewers in the Rochester CITY newspaper, exclaimed that, "[Wing-Man is] a hilarious, episodic exploration of love, dating, and social media" -- but noted that "...with such a heavy emphasis on the social-media aspect of the show, I found myself wishing that the projected visual display was a little more polished." (Adam Lubitow,The Rochester CITY newspaper)
Our residency at City Tech is providing us an opportunity to build a seamless social media world production, but we know that there's still a ways to go. We'll need to provide materials for Wing-Man's Clown Cloud, software and designs, projection programming and most of all precious design creative time for the March 26-29, 2014 shows. The rehearsal period to install and rehearse the show with the new social media apps, projection designs, modular in-and-out drawer scenery is two and a half weeks: we need to make this production work in time for the performances!
However, if this Kickstarter is successful, we know that we'll have the support behind us to fully realize these goals. We have an amazing team gathered (see the FAQ for more details!) and can't wait to get to work!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The Next Little Big Thing Productions is a theatrical production company formed by producer Michael Bongar whose company BONGARBIZ has successfully produced special events and live corporate entertainment for the past 30 years. Michael Bongar is joined by his wife Tina Volz-Bongar in producing an Off-Broadway production of Wing-Man in 2015.
The Next Little Big Thing Productions’ (NLBT Productions) mission is to take circus artists, circus performance and storytelling to the professional theatrical stage. This company’s New York City production debut was with Mark Gindick’s How To Be a Man at the Grove Street Playhouse and on the high seas for Holland America cruises with H2O. Next, NLBT Productions produced Mark Gindick’s silent, original one-man show Wing-Man, which won Best One-Man Show at the United Solo Theatre Festival on 42nd Street in 2011. In addition, NLBT Productions is working on a stage theatrical production with Circus artists Keith Nelson, Stephanie Monseu and musician and clown Peter Bufano of the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus.
Michael Bongar is a former Ringling Brothers Clown College graduate, graduating with contemporary Penn Jillete of Penn & Teller and going on to teach at Clown College “The Business of Show.” Michael Bongar’s company has successfully taken circus artists and translated them for the little screen for Late Show with David Letterman, serving as a live talent consultant for the past 10 years. His company developed and produced corporate productions with David Shiner, star of Fool Moon, Seussical and the recent Old Hats with Bill Irwin. Michael Bongar also serves as a casting consultant for Cirque du Soleil productions around the world.
WEST HYLER (Director)
first discovered his passion for the drama and diversity of theater at his performing arts high school in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree in directing from the University of California at San Diego. On Broadway, he was associate director for How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Jersey Boys, which he staged in venues around the world. West’s NY directing work includes Primary Stages, Ars Nova, York Theater Company, HERE Arts Center, and New York Musical Theater Festival. Regional work includes Actors Theater of Louisville, The Colony Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, The Guthrie Theater, The Old Globe, Great River Shakespeare Festival, and Mythmakers Theater Company. He was Artistic Director of Magic Carpet Children’s Theater and Mythmaker Productions. West wrote The Chechnya Play, which won a new play award from the Actors Theater of Louisville in 2001 and was developed into We Declare You a Terrorist for the Summer Play Festival at the Public Theater. He wrote and directed the short film “A Jake and a Tom” which premiered at the Hollywood International Family Film Festival and was screened at film festivals globally. West’s latest venture is as director of the Big Apple Circus 2012 show, Legendarium. From West: “The common theme in work I am drawn to is a synthesis between the disciplines of theater, circus and concert. I believe the audience should have the opportunity to participate in the theatrical experience and be a part of events they cannot believe they are seeing live.”
ANNE DAVISON (Dramaturg)
is a New York-based freelance dramaturg. In addition to Mark Gindick’s “Wing-Man,” current projects include a new musical adaptation of “Love’s Labour’s Lost” by Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman, a dance piece inspired by “Othello” and Jose Limon’s “The Moor’s Pavane” entitled “Mo(or)town/Redux” by choreographer Doug Elkins, and a trilogy of plays by the artist John Ranson Phillips. Past projects include Timbers’ and Friedman’s “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” (Public Theater and Broadway), Elkins’ “Fraulein Maria” (Joe’s Pub, Lincoln Center, and subsequent North American tour to venues in 17 cities including Jacob’s Pillow, American Dance Festival, and Hartford Stage), Jane Comfort and Company’s “Beauty” (Jacob’s Pillow, LaMama), “Heddatron” by Elizabeth Meriwether and directed by Alex Timbers, and “Boozy” written and directed by Alex Timbers. She was a mentor and script evaluator for the 2012 National Music Theater Conference at The O’Neill Center and is an artistic associate of Obie-award winning theater company Les Freres Corbusier. Davison has an MFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from Yale School of Drama.
JASON H. THOMPSON (Projection Designer)
has worked on over 50 Productions as a Projection Designer around the world. His credits include the Broadway musical Baby It’s You!, Venice at the Public Theatre, Remember Me and international touring show with Parsons Dance Company, Cage Songbooks a 45 minute selection of Cage Compositions performed at Carnegie Hall, SF Symphony, and New World Symphony in Miami, Crescent City Opera a new experimental opera directed by Yuval Sharon, Bad Apples a new musical about Abu Ghraib, The Great Immensity an exploratory theatrical experience based on interviews by the Civilians about Global Warming, and currently he’s designing projections for Val Kilmer’s one-man show Citizen Twain. He has designed the video for Stars on Ice for the last six years, and has worked with the Scott Hamilton Cares Foundation for the last two years. As a video engineer, Jason was the Head Video Engineer for a multi-million dollar fundraising campaign for Stanford University called Leading Matters. 4K resolution content was projected on 60’ curved walls surrounding the dining area for the event. He’s received an LA Ovation Award, Jesse Award Nomination, LADCC Nomination, and LA Weekly Theatre Award Nomination for his work. In addition to his professional career, he has taught as an adjunct professor at Cal Arts and UCLA. He is a member of USA Local 829. www.jasonhthompsondesign.com
The Public Theater: Shakespeare In The Park: Love's Labour's Lost (Music Supervisor), Here Lies Love (Music Editor). Off-Broadway: Mo(or)town (Baryshnikov Arts Center, Choreographer, Doug Elkins), Brownsville Bred (59E59). Regional: Resident Sound Designer/Composer for 10 full seasons at The Schoolhouse Theater. Produces pop/hip hop records for artists such as Metermaids, David Byrne & St. Vincent (Brass Tactics EP), Styles P. www.27sound.com
Musical Direction/Orchestration: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Broadway and the Public), Murder Ballad (MTC), Here Lies Love (The Public, MassMoCa), RobberBridegroom
(Roundabout), Love’s Labors Lost (NYSF, Public), Like Water For Chocolate(Sundance), as well as concerts/projects for Daniel Breaker. Rebecca Naomi Jones, Michael Cerveris, Liz Swados, Naked Angels, MLMB among others. Writing: Bonfire Night (Book, Music & Lyrics), Tell Me Tomorrow (Music & Lyrics), Jump Jim Crow (Music & Lyrics), Naked Radio (Music & Lyrics), Death by Vaudeville (Co-creator with Salty Brine). BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Teaches at Playwrights Horizons Theater School.www.justinlevineonline.com.
SUSAN BRANDT (Lighting Designer)
is an Assistant Professor of Production Management in Entertainment Technology department at New York City College of Technology, CUNY. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts from California State Polytechnic University Pomona. Sue Brandt is the Production Manager for the Entertainment Technology Department as well as Theatreworks; the resident theatre company at New York City College of Technology. She was the Technical Director for USDAN Performing Arts Center in the summer of 2008. She has been lighting modern dance since 1990. She was the Resident lighting designer for Rudy Perez from 2001 to 2006. She was the resident Lighting and Sound designer for Theatre USC-USA at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2000, 2001and 2005. She also has created the sound designs for LA women's Shakespeare Festival productions of "A Winter's Tale" and the "Tempest", and "Merchant of Venice." Sue was the Chair of Southern California Section of USITT from 2003 to 2008. Sue Brandt's current research has begun with preliminary research in developing a networkable and intelligent cue light system.
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