My name is Dominique Morisseau and I am an emerging playwright living in New York City! This year has been amazing for me. I had the honor to develop my work with the Public's Emerging Writer's Group (http://www.publictheater.org/content/view/154/) and the Lark Play Development Center's Playwrights' Workshop (http://www.larktheatre.org/),and I have grown so much as an artist, learned so much about myself, and cultivated my craft. I've walked away more confident in my artistry as a dramatist. I am so thankful for the opportunities I've had to continue to develop my work in these recent years, but now I'm ready to get out there!
My new play SUNSET BABYis being produced by the Gate Theatre in London, UK September 19 - October 20, 2012. SUNSET BABY is about a former black revolutionary Kenyatta Shakur and the relationship with his estranged daughter Nina. The play explores the gaps between generations, movements, and the effect that absent fathers have on their young daughters. That dynamic is so rarely examined on the stage: we usually talk about the effect it has on young black boys, but what about our girls?
When former Kenyatta reaches out to Nina shortly after her mother’s passing, he has high hopes of reuniting and burying the wounds of the past. What he finds instead is a vengeful daughter who embodies everything contrary to the movement he fought in. If Kenyatta truly wants to reconcile the past, he must first conquer his most challenging revolution of all--- fatherhood.
I am over the moon that SUNSET BABY (www.sunsetbaby.com) will be getting its world premiere in London, but I need your help in concquering a major obstacle. Unfortunately, due to recent cutbacks in the UK's government funding for the arts, the theatre will not be able to fund me so that I may participate in the full rehearsal process for my play (starting August 13th through opening, September 13th).
As a playwright working on a world premiere, it is integral that I am present. I want to be a dramturgical source for the actors in terms of the US history interwoven in the piece, the specific language of East New York and the general world of the play. I think it would benefit both the the actors and director, as we work together to bring the work to life as authentically as possible.
I am in need of $5,500 of funding for accommodations, transportation, and a food allowance. The impact that it would have on my life as an emerging playwright is inmeasurable. The rehearsal process of a new work is a fragile and exciting one and I want to be there for every second. I would learn how to be a "working writer" and not just an "emerging writer."
Most importantly, a bridge is being built across the ocean that unites the US and UK theatre worlds in an inextricable bond. This is not only for me, but a way to continue the dialogue that political theatres on both sides of the pond are having not only with each other, but with the world!
Be part of the bridge!
- For those who give $25 of support, you will received a special shout out on facebook and twitter
- For those who give $50 of support, you will receive a signed poster from the London production
- For those who give $75 of support, you will receive a signed copy of the London production manuscript
- And for those who contribute a whopping $100 of support, you will receive a signed copy of the play script, published by Oberon
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can't contribute, there are other ways you can help!
- If your're in the New York area, please come and attend the reading May 21, 2012 @ 7pm of SUNSET BABY in the Lark Play Development Center's Playwright's Workshop Play Festival. Reserve your seat here (http://boxoffice.printtixusa.com/lark/eventcalendar)
- If you're in the New York City area, attend a private fundraiser on May 19, 2012 at @ 8pm WHERE: Rock & Rose -- E. 53rd St. btwn 1st and 2nd Avenues (6, E, M trains to 53rd St., walk one avenue over)
- Share my campaign on facebook and twitter!
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