The Excitement Builds!!

We start rehearsals on Monday! So excited to see how the actors and the director shape the moments in the script. Thank God it is a beautiful day out today, so I could go for a bike ride and distract myself. I keep replaying all the funny parts of the script and the songs in my head, and giggling for no apparent reason. We’ll see what the audiences have to say about this. Hopefully it will be funny to more than just me. And we do have audiences – my block of tickets from NYMF is almost used up. I am also excited because the Princeton Alumni New York City (PANYC – best acronym ever) may come as a group on Sunday the 13th! That would be amazing!

We got some good exposure in Broadwayworld.com with a very nice write up here. Wow! More excitement because this is new to me – other people (not just me) writing about my work!

I have been keeping financial track of what we’ve raised and what we’ve spent for the show (part of my responsibility as the producer), and I’ve raised a bunch of money thanks to the generosity of friends and family, but I still need to raise a bit more. As Andrew Frank put it “It’s like negotiating for a parachute on the way down.” I need to raise about $3,000 more and I will meet all my expenses.

So I am still raffling off a Bryce Harper (#Nationals) signed baseball. You can find out about the raffle, and buy tickets here. Three tickets for $10, and seven tickets for $20. The raffle ends on July 5th. There is still time. I need to connect with a bunch of baseball fans to make this work: that’s a lot of tickets I have to sell. Or, if you are not a baseball fan, you might consider making a donation to this “little show that
could” !

I do have a plan B, so any of my cast who is reading this post, don’t worry, you will be paid the agreed upon amount. I would sell a kidney on ebay if it came right down to it. Don’t worry, that is not plan B. That is plan C.

The Great Grant Rush

I’ve applied for a $5,000 design enhancement grant for my solo show, so that I can work with awesome designers, and they will have fun designing the set and lights to communicate the sterility of the way old people will be dealt with in the future. My solo show starts in 2059, in a futuristic hospice, as one old lady manages to tell her daughter one last story before she dies. The world has changed significantly between now and then, and our worship of youth, and denial of aging have grown tremendously – causing extreme separation between generations. It would be cool to get the grant and be able to communicate “we’re not in 2014 anymore” immediately through the design, right as folks take their seats and thumb through the program. Special thanks to my theatre company wwwthedqt.org for making this a remote possibility.

The statistics of grants are not in my favor. I have to probably apply for about $100,000 worth of grant possibilities to land $2 – $5K. So I’ve got a lot of grant application writing to do!

What has been your grant application experience? Is it worth it? Is it a closed loop of the same-old same-old who always get the grants, and newcomers don’t? What do you think?

First Major Setback, and Intention

I had a meeting with the Artistic Director of Theatre for the New City last week. Based on that frosty reception, and the harsh contract conditions, I did not sign. I am looking for a new theater. I don’t want to do the show at a place where on the first meeting they say “we don’t want to do your show.” Fuggetaboutit. So that took the wind out of my sails, and made me feel bad that my plan was already going awry.

Then today I had coffee with my very wise and good friend today, and he asked me what was my intention for doing the show. Through a chain of thought provoking, soul searching questions, I arrived at this: my intention for the show is to create a dialog among women regarding ageing, explore what is good about it, not just what sucks about it, and hopefully alleviate the suffering we go through as our society ignores us for the rest of our lives. We women of a certain age have to push back and say we are here, we are worth it, and we have a lot of wisdom to share. So put away your “anti-aging” treatments, and roll up your sleeves ladies! We are changing the paradigm.

Ad I saw in a shop window on Manhattan's upper west side.
Ad I saw in a shop window on Manhattan’s upper west side.

Fountain of Youth – my solo show

Oh Brave New World of Blogging! I am embarking on producing my solo show at Theatre for the New City, April 3 – 20, 2014. It’s a long ways away on the calendar, but I have so much to prepare for, and so much money to raise that I should have started yesterday. Actually, I did start last week. I am raffling off 2 sets of Wah! CDs, generously donated by Her Wahness herself (check out her music at www.wahmusic.com). Check out my efficiently organized raffle at www.thedqt.org/donate/fountain-of-youth. It ends in time for Wah!’s visit to www.IYIPrinceton.com┬áin late October. It will be so great to hear her live! It will relieve all the stress of writing grant applications, and asking people for money to finance my show. Ahhhh…. and so what about this show?

My solo show, “Fountain of Youth” is about the “real” fountain of youth that Ponce de Leon discovered way back in the 1500s, in the swamps of Florida. What if it was real? What if it worked? What if there was a curse on it though? Would you drink from it and stay eternally young? Making the same mistakes over and over, never reaching the self acceptance that comes with maturity? What do you think? Let me know.