High School Saved our Lives
We (Collin Clay Chace and Seth Lepore) first started doing theatre together while attending an alternative high school in Providence, RI called School One. We were cast in a play called Inside Al. This script was about a man whose inner struggle with having cerebral palsy comes to a head as his inside self (played by Collin) gets completely fed up with how he presents his outside self (played by Seth) to the world.
The Reunion Minus Male Pattern Baldness
Twenty years later we started chatting about touring two new one-man shows together. We found that wed been living parallel lives on different continents (Western Mass and London respectively), sharing similar solo performance trajectories and grappling with our own spiritual quests and emotional upheavals.
Huge admirers of each other's work, we came together again to expand the boundaries of where theater can take an audience. Here's what our shows are all about:
The Rock N' Wrestle Roadshow
In Chaces one-man/multiple personality Rock N Wrestle Roadshow, what were wrestling with is mental health. Yet the funny folks involved - from a multi-racial porn stud to an heiress-turned-peace activist to an 8-year-old poet all eschew chat about diagnosis.
Instead, they skip out of the hospital crazy ward to relay their unexpected conclusions about the curveballs life has thrown them. The show celebrates those folks whove been written off as deranged and affirms them as essential voices for social change.
Following on the coat tails of his award-winning monologue Losing My Religion: Confessions of a New Age Refugee, Lepore continues with the second part of his trilogy on the underbelly of the self-help movement.
Lepore explores the rise in popularity of the happiness industry across the American landscape through the trajectory of hysterical character-driven scenes, as well as autobiographical digests of his personal struggles. Lepore uses his fecund observations of our fascinating hang-ups with happiness to expose the true cost of this ongoing pursuit.
The Bottom Line
This is much more than two solo shows playing in one evening; its a collaboration that creates room for two autonomous experiences, mirroring back to the audience the craving we all have for community, even in the midst of xenophobic obstacles.
The Double Trouble Tour Storms the Mid-West and Northeast
We got to work last February planning a 7 week tour with including stops in Boulder, Minneapolis, Chicago, NYC, Providence, Boston, Northampton and Brattleboro. Our good friend Karen Spies was enlisted to be our Business Manager as her experience as the CFO of the Boulder Fringe Festival and as a bookkeeper would be invaluable.
As of right now the tour is booked in several theaters in the Mid-West and NorthEast. All of these shows are self-produced which means we are doing all the work: booking the venue, hiring technicians, marketing the shows on a grassroots level and handling all the administrative duties. We are also generating some college gigs and other paid appearances through various arts presenters. Needless to say its a lot of work but were super excited about how its all coming together.
Where You Come In
Our project is fiscally sponsored through Fractured Atlas. That means contributions to our tour are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law (for U.S. bank account holders). We love being able to extend this benefit to our donors.
We will be asking everyone and their mother to help us achieve our goal of $10,000 for the 7 week tour. Renting the theaters, paying technical support, outsourcing some of the PR and marketing, liability insurance and transportation are a few of the many things that quickly add up.
How You Can Help Us Live the Dream (Levels of Giving)
- $250- Graphic design services for our amazing posters, postcards and programs from paperandcloud.com
- $500- Two nights of rental fees for a theater including technical assistance and box office help
- $750- Full color Program/ Poster/ Postcard printing for the entire tour
- $1000- Flyering and distribution services of posters and postcards for the entire tour
- $2500- The cost of outsourcing our PR/Marketing campaign
Check out the perks to the right and donate away. Any amount donated will be tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
Thank you in advance for your generous support.
Seth Lepore and Collin Clay Chace
The Double Trouble Tour