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
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