Once upon a time...Back in 2008 I (Lena Cigleris) wrote the play, 13 Fat Girls and a Dead Cat, in response to a few things:
1. I had just seen a movie where the main characters were a beautiful, toned and impeccably made-up woman and an overweight, unattractive underachiever man (But wait - he was funny! So that makes it okay). Of course these two characters fall madly in love. What bothered me was not their romance, but the fact that it never would have happened if their genders were reversed. So, I wrote a play about a man married to a “perfect,” woman… though he secretly desires "fat girls."
2. I love to make horror hilarious. This play is gross. This play has appalling and reprehensible adult themes. This play is like a funny episode of Law and Order: SVU.
3. I feel there should be better roles – and more of them – for women. And, as a playwright I try to write good roles for all sexes.
In 2009 I produced two workshop performances of 13 Fat Girls and a Dead Cat at The Producers Club in New York City. Both nights sold out. I loved it. The final product was great, and the actors – many of whom we plan to use again – added so much more to the show than I ever expected. And now we get to do it again. In December 2011 the show was accepted into the Roy Arias Studios and Theaters Spring Festival which runs April 2-15, with a minimum of three performances. But since this is a bigger venue and a more polished production, I’m going to need help covering the expenses of props, set, costumes, marketing, technical staff and the participation fee. And I would also really, really, really like to pay my actors this time. They are the ones that will bring my show to life and they deserve compensation.
Any assistance is appreciated. I cannot convey what a wonderful experience it is to see your work come to life with the collaboration of so many wonderful and talented people.
Your Help Will...
Allow us to do a better show. Which is what the actors, the director, the crew and the audience deserve. The script is good; we want to do it justice.
To pay the festival fees (nonrefundable deposit): $350
To pay the actors: approximately $900
To buy props (and fake blood!): approximately $300
To make a set, buy a couch & store it: approximately $500
To clothe the actors: approximately $500
To publicize the show: approximately $350
To get an awesome Stage Manager & other crew: approximately $450
To cast & audition for the show: approximately $50
Through some already kind and generous offers, it looks like the majority of our rehearsal space will be free. And we want to make clear that while this is part of the Roy Arias Studios & Theater's Spring Festival, they are only presenting, not producing this show.
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