Anonymous Matching Donor!!

OMG! OMG! OMG!
A good friend of mine is taking a big leap of faith in me and the developmental reading of “Manuel versus the Statue of Liberty” at the NYMF – and has promised to match all new donations, up to $1,000!! I can’t believe it!! This is awesome!! Why is it awesome you may ask? Why so many exclamation points so far?

This is why it is AWESOME!:

Many generous friends and family have already donated and gotten me close to the $1,000 mark. I just did the budget estimate for the developmental reading series and it is close to $12,000 if we use all union actors (I really do believe in equal pay for equal work, and want to give talented non-union actors what they deserve. I also want to give non-talented actors what they deserve but that’s another story for another post). The reading will have a small pit band providing a fuller version of the music, plus all the actors at music stands, doing the whole script, singing and acting. No costumes, no choreography, no special effects. Just people. Like the “radio version” of the musical. This is a great step in a musical’s development – you see if the skeleton of the piece, the words and the music and the story, all hang together. If they do, then you can start to add all the beautiful ornamentation. If not, then you fix it.

Back to AWESOME – if I get new donations, this amazing anonymous donor will match it all up to $1,000. Those of you skilled in math will realize the total at the end of this will $3,000 which is about 25% of the budget for the reading. Yeah!! This could be great!

So please join the Awesomeness-fest and double your contribution! I am so grateful to all of you who are necessary pieces in this vast puzzle!

Donation link (thank you thank you thank you!)

And of course, I must leave you with a song. This is musical theatre after all.

“Fortune Favors the Brave” sung by Manuel early in the show. And indeed – fortune does favor the brave, so go out there and be brave! Support stuff you care about!

Developmental Reading at NYMF – “Manuel” is in!

statue of lib - sunsetThis has been an amazing holiday season. I got word that our musical “Manuel versus the Statue of Liberty” was a Next Link Finalist at the New York Musical Theatre Festival (www.nymf.org). I just now heard I will be working with Dramaturg Mary Kate at the NYMF, and our show is going to be part of the developmental reading series. This is fantastic! This is just what the show needs! Some gentle, expert dramaturgical guidance! We did not get a Next Link Grant, and that is ok with me. Sometimes you just have to be honest with yourself and say “I am not ready to skip a grade/step in the process.” So this is the year that “Manuel” gets catapulted into the major leagues – and us with him…we are going to create the most kick-ass, fun, patriotic, touching musical comedy about illegal immigration the world has ever seen!!! And then in July 2014, you all get to come and hear it for FREE! And I predict in July 2015 you will come and see it for cheap (tix about $25 each) in the festival, and it will knock everyone’s socks off! And people will be humming ‘my name is mother of exiles’ in the streets. Here’s the track so you can start practicing!

I am super grateful to my friends and family who have generously donated to support this show – it takes a village to put on a musical, and I live in a really generous, inspiring village. One dear childhood friend made a big donation, she really upped the ante, and that brought my total fundraising close to $1,000. Everyone who gave me money is getting thanked in the program – every single person – even my nephew who gave me a nickel.

Thank you all! Thank you thank you thank you!! (Thank you) x 108!

If you want to donate, you can do so here.

Blessings –

N.