American Classics, Served Fresh
Bob Dylan? Check. Allen Ginsberg? Check. David Mamet, Flannery O’Connor, The Ronettes, Charles Schulz, Rod Serling, Strunk & White, August Wilson, & Warren Zevon? Check - all down the line.
In two years and twenty-seven unique productions, First Person Singular has presented the American voice at its most compelling and essential. Character plus language equals voice, and it’s our mission to provide a routine reckoning with the glorious and terrifying noise this nation has made.
We serve the voices that define us. And now it’s time to speak for ourselves.
On December 3rd, 2012, First Person Singular will present it’s first program of original material: Hear Me Now: Cell Phone Monologues. We’re going to take the unsolicited public theater you witness on a daily basis, and put it in a proper context.
We’re calling on the strongest writer-performers of the Bay Area to demonstrate what this relatively new form of exhibitionism can inadvertently, and entertainingly, reveal.
Trevor Allen, playwright and solo theater performer (49 Miles; The Creature; Working for the Mouse)
Kim Addonizio, poet & novelist (Jimmy & Rita; Lucifer at the Starlite; Tell Me)
Alicia Dattner, comedian & solo theater writer-performer (Eat, Pray, Laugh; The Punchline; The Oy of Sex)
Marga Gomez, comedian (HBO; Showtime) & solo theater writer-performer (Long Island Iced Latina; Marga Gomez is Pretty, Witty & Gay; Not Getting Any Younger)
Christopher Kuckenbaker, actor & playwright (The Burroughs and Kookie Show)
Eddie Muller, writer (The Distance; Grindhouse; Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir), founder of The Film Noir Foundation and The Noir City Film Festival
April Sinclair, novelist (I Left My Back Door Open; Coffee Will Make You Black; Ain't Gonna Be the Same Fool Twice)
Note: IanShoales (Merle Kessler), writer, humorist (NPR's All Things Considered; Morning Edition; ABC's Nightline), & founding member of Duck's Breath Mystery Theater, was part of our original lineup, but he is recuperating from a recent traffic mishap. We wish him a speedy recovery.
How You Can Help
Our costs for the production are more than twice what ticket revenue can cover. This is a one-night-only performance, and we’re asking a host of top talent to both write and perform original material for it. We’re also commissioning a series of ringtone-based musical interstitials from pianist Joshua Raoul Brody. We have a stage manager and co-director whom we’d like to offer more than dinner. In addition, we have printing costs for posters, programs, and scripts. But ninety percent of your contributions will help pay artists.
We want our first original program to stand with the work that has come before it. So, we’re going for broke.
This campaign goes live on Thanksgiving (our favorite holiday) for a twelve-day funding blitz. Our goal is modest, and tailored to this production, but the future of the series would greatly benefit from contributions above our stated goal.
If you're unable to contribute, you can also help us by spreading the word about this campaign via Facebook, Twitter, or email. And it would mean the world to us if you bought a ticket to the show:
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First Person Singular
Please visit us at www.1stpersonsingular.com
Premiered in August 2010, First Person Singular is a dramatic reading series "that means to redefine not only the literary event but the literary as such" --Greil Marcus, The Believer. Bringing dynamic performers to timeless material in original programs, the series places special emphasis on the richness, variety, and vitality of the American voice. From August Wilson to Warren Zevon, from a 60's girl-group song recital to an all-female reading of Glengarry Glen Ross, First Person Singular showcases the best of our culture in unique and unexpected ways. The series has been presented by Pegasus Books, The Museum of the African Diaspora, The Shotgun Players, and Litquake. First Person Singular was recently honored with an Outstanding Event Award from the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association, and a Best of the East Bay award from The East Bay Express: "Best Remixed Literary Event."