so! since july's cabaret, i've spent time cutting the script (down by 10 pages, thank you!) and making it friendlier for scene transitions. we're actively looking at designers, we have audition space reserved- december 15, 16 & 18, and i am so excited about these auditions!! they will be in midtown,they will be exhausting, and they will be FUN. we have folks who have volunteered to the audition monitor, and the readers, which is lovely, and a huge help. we also have our performance dates. :) we open mid-february, mark your calendars!
it is already mid-july(!!!) and we are two days away from our next cabaret. our indiegogo campaign is doing decently, we have...24 days left and need about 5k more! we have a publicist, leads on a stage manager, and right now we are emailing theaters for their availability! keep your fingers crossed and we'll keep you posted-
Thursday, June 7th, a bunch of actors and friends gathered around a table on the upper west side, along with our director, to do a table reading. We were well-fed and watered, and we achieved our goal: to hear the play. We got great photos and video, and now we're meeting with the director this week to discuss production dates, budget (ugh) and our now live (!) indiegogo campaign! We've got an upcoming cabaret July 20th at the famous Duplex in the west village. Stay tuned!
Well, a couple of things have happened and are happening as we move through May. We (Morgan, my co-producer and I ) had a production meeting with our director a few weeks ago. We've pushed the play back by 2months. See, while I don't have to worry about how to create a set for the world of the play, or how to costume something which moves so quickly it is almost cinematic, I do have to find the people who WILL be responsible for this. Morgan and I are starting to reach out to designers, asking them to look at the script and tell us how they would do it. Is the set it naturalistic? Representative? Yeah...so not my bag. We're shooting the pitch video for indiegogo on Monday, and last night I finally began the rewrites needed for a main character. The inspiration to start these changes has been frighteningly elusive till just this past week. A good thing it finally sparked as the director has asked for an informal reading so that he may hear the play in its entirety. Though I wrote the lead role for myself, I will be sitting this reading out because I, too, need to hear the script aloud. It was fun, picking out my 'Mara.' Morgan and I are also choosing a date for the next cabaret which folks have been pressing for. Hey, if there's a demand, it'd be silly for us not to meet it. More later.
After getting sick the day after the cabaret and sleeping on and off for the last week, we've got a production meeting with the director (who had never seen me act before and finally did at the cabaret. his comment? 'i'm so relieved!') which we're very excited about. We're muddling our way through creating an indiegogo campaign and have to make a 'pitch video' to sell ourselves and the play itself. Am reading up on how to do this in the most effective way! Beginning to research publicists, for not having one would be a grave error on our parts (thanks for the info, alex!). And every time I think I should take a nap, I realize there's more to be done. Like take pictures of the gray shirt and black shirt and post them to sell on this site. Oh, set up a paypal account. I need chocolate.
Welcome to our countdown to production blog! Join me and my crew as we work our tails off to mount a full production of an original play. Next up: a fundraising cabaret at the world famous 'Don't Tell Mama' cabaret in New York City. Morgan and I have got out singers, our accompanist, and all we need now is an audience. Rehearsal for the cabaret is tomorrow night, and I'm working, so it's up to Morgan to be the team mom. Letting go will be good for me. Good practice. Gulp.
After three staged readings, an attempt to get into the New York International Fringe Fest (waitlisted), and hours of corresponding with poets around the world to get permission to use their works in my play, we are well on our way to the world premiere of 'Greasemonkey!' The crew has changed over the last three years, but the core group is still there. I found an executive producer and a co-producer, to my relief and delight. We've filmed videos for this, we've fed cast and crew, we've schlepped camera and sound equipment all over the city, we've gone through countless boxes of donuts, and lots of wine. We blew a breaker in a bar, been recognized on trains (crazy!) hours after being spotted filming on location, and plainly, we've had a ball. Now we're getting close. This Thursday we're having our second fundraiser after a ridiculously successful first one, where Morgan and I guest-bartended at Deacon Brodie's on West 46th St. in the theater district. This time? A cabaret at Don't Tell Mama, also on West 46th St!
Morgan and I pound the New York City pavement in search for a venue for our cabaret, stopping for a pint between zipping to midtown west, midotwn east, lower east...turns out the solution was right under our noses...