BTW we are partnered with Fractured Atlas, and many donors have sent checks directly to F.S.
That total is not reflected in the IndieGoGo total seen on this page. This project has raised over $20,000 so far. (Just a thought. We're having fun!)
Academy Award-winner, Tony Award and Emmy Award-winner Tony Walton really says it best in this 10-minute video. (Gen describes the project really well, too!) This is so very cool. Twenty years. For the past 20 years, an entire generation, one fiercely independent artist has been a part of New York City in the most extraordinary way. His name is David Ippolito, but he is known to hundreds of thousands of people across the country and around the world as "That Guitar Man from Central Park". Part singer/songwriter, part storyteller, part social-commentator, part playwright, part stand-up comedian, part humanist and activist... David has become famous for his simple catch phrase, "It's just us" and his ability to turn a large crowd of strangers into a group of friends. Now, we want to produce a workshop for an eventual move to a Broadway stage.
The time feels exactly right for this project. And if you become a part of it, you will be part of a growing creative circle of people who really care which includes Tony & Gen Walton as well as Sid Bernstein (The music promoter who brought The Beatles to America), Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Dean Love and countless others in every walk of life who want to see David's music and message of Love, reason, commonality and Peace reach a much wider audience.
The piece we envision will look and feel differently and much more "theatrical" than the concert footage here at this site. It will follow David through his experiences as a native New Yorker, a childhood in a blue-collar town on Long Island, his crash-and-burn existence during his "sex, drugs & rock n roll" years of alcohol and drugs in Greenwich Village, his recovery, and his remarkable new life and journey as "That Guitar Man from Central Park". It's a thought-provoking, eye-opening and uplifting musical story. The songs and stories allow the audience to laugh at the pinball machine of culture in which we live today, to reflect on the common hopes and fears we all share, to find relief from much of the insanity of the past 10 years in America, and to see the world through the eyes of an unapologetic... "Possibility Junkie".
When you donate real money to a project like this, you instantly become a very real part of something worthwhile in a very real way part of something that will make this world a very, very, very... very slightly better place! (Which beats the alternative!) That's got to instantly feel good. You can walk around quietly smiling the smile of one of "the good guys".
And besides, when you help... you can get some cool stuff! AND you can write your donation off your taxes! That's gotta feel good!
What We Need & What You GetHere's the plan! This is about creating a "workshop"... a production which will be the first step on a journey to the Broadway stage. It is also known as a "backers' audition", to be attended by producers and investors so that the serious money can be found for a Broadway run. For this workshop to happen, a theater has to be rented for a 2 or 3 night run, rehearsal halls must be rented, the musicians, stage manager, lighting and sound engineers and artists need to be paid, even minimally, for their work and their time.
The workshop will be produced in New York City. Depending on the level of your support, you may get to attend the show as a VIP guest. And when (when, not "if") when the show opens on Broadway, all of our early supporters will be remembered!
Other Ways You Can Help
If you're "old school" just make out a check to:
Fractured Atlas (And write "David Ippolito" on the memo line)
Then mail it to:
360 East 72nd Street
Suite A 1108
New York, NY 10021
Like everything else David has done over the years, this project will largely depend on YOU, and be a "grassroots", word-of-mouth movement among beautiful yet ordinary people. So the day you become a part of this Creative Circle of friends, you can pass the word around and urge more of your friends to become a part of a really cool thing. (It'll give you something to talk and smile about over lunch!)
Send the Indie GoGo link to all your friends and family across the country and around the world, and visit David's official website every day for updates and progress reports. You'll also be asked to make suggestions about the content and music along the way.