It's true. I can't believe it myself. Pinch pinch. Ow.
I have had this play I've shopped around here in Iowa and outside, that I tried to mount last summer, on the 25th anniversary of the day my mother left this earth. I guess I was hoping I would still have a chance to make her proud. Logistics became too much of a barrier.
UPDATE! We could have backing to get us there! Never shrink back from asking when you believe with all of your heart. Someone I knew a little, who was cofounder of one of the RocketHub sites, came from the tradition of producing. I emailed him to ask his advice -- very little time + huge, huge, huge opportunity = what would you do?
He emailed me with copy to several of his producer friends and they are trying to fund us!
We had a local cast, including Alan Morphew
Alan was going to play an out of work chef, the Harrisons from Marathon were going to rock as two of the stars. We had a guy from central Iowa named Bykker who was going to play the rugby coach/narcotics anonymous sponsor. And we were going to have the end of the play -- the part after the applause where usually the audience leaves -- be this great thing that would benefit others in the community.
That didn't work out, so we need to get to New York.
Manhattan Rep is a little theater on the fourth or sixth floor of this building in Times Square. On the first floor of the building next door is a porn shop. We won't go in there.
You go up to where the theater is and it's not that big. I don't know that it's even as fancy as Spencer Community Theatre was before their big renovation.
The directors, the husband and wife team of Ken and Jen, put on festivals all the time.
They've attracted Meryl Streep.
They aren't eager to drop names like Meg Ryan or Harrison Ford, nor will they brag that directors and producers of Tony Award winning plays stop by to see what's new at Manhattan Rep. It's not every night an a-lister comes.
But they will send the invitations, and at times they are accepted.
Here's the scoop:
Manhattan Rep has invited "The Feast of Jovi Bono" to the Stagecraft Festival December 16-20.
Goal #1 -- $300 for our deposit. This is just to let them know we're serious. This $300 is refundable -- it's to protect the theater against damage from hooligan casts and crew, and guarantee some house receipts whether or not we earn a following.
We are quite serious, we will respect their space, and I already have friends on the eastern seaboard who say they if we bring it they will come.
But we need a patron of the arts - or a number of partners who believe Clay County and this Lakes region can make impact in New York City.
Tech Rehearsal Date and Time:
Monday Dec. 16
8:30 pm to 11 pm
Dress Rehearsal Date and Time:
Tuesday Dec. 17
8:30 pm to 11 pm
Performance Dates and Times:
Wednesday December 18 at 9 pm
Thursday December 19 at 9 pm
Friday December 20 at 9 pm
More performances are possible if you are selling well.
I'm not a total stranger to New York Theater.
Actually I am a total stranger to New York Theater and will remain so until about a month from now. My show goes up December 16-20. Or I am very, very sad at Christmas. But we won't think that way.
I have directors and producers on my LinkedIn, including a staffer at the American Theater Wing -- the nice folks who put on that little show called the Tony Awards.
Suddenly the world gets a little bigger. This little play I've been trying to put on in Clay County, that has faced budget crises and logistical nightmares could appear in front of people who could give it a budget and a place on an off-Broadway stage.
Or Broadway, but that's too much to think about.
Are we an arts and cultural center or not?
This place does not always nurture its artists.
In some of those cases there are two sides to the story.
When it does support the crucial arts community, it really goes all out. I hope this can be one of those times. Not just for me, though I feel an accomplishment like this should not be wasted because it did not get the push it needed to succeed.
Not only that, but something bigger is at work. They rejected this play for this very festival before over the table element (we really do need a table that can expand -- it makes the story!) 3 months ago. Then all of a sudden 2 plays drop out of the festival and in the last two months they bought two expanding banquet tables for no apparent reason?
Right. This is meant to happen, but we cannot just sit around and wait. This is supposed to happen. Will you be a part of it? Will you have an adventure with me?
Can we get this production to New York?