Hello Friends, Family and Supporters of Blueprint Theater Project!!! Kevin Connell and Ellen Orenstein here (Co-Founders/Artistic Directors) reaching out and hoping that all of you have managed to flourish this past year – despite so many recent trials. In these challenging times, Blueprint has continued firm in its mission and its commitment to the creation of new theatrical work. Our many current and upcoming projects include Kevin’s adaptation of Herve Guibert ‘s vivid and gruesome short novel Blindsight; our exciting and innovative new reading series, Renderings, featuring the works of several emerging playwrights; and, finally, the much anticipated symphony The Human Variations, our most immediate project and the one for which we need the funding from this campaign.
Our passion is strong; our commitment unwavering; our purses too thin! Please help us realize our goals. We need financial support. Every little bit will help.
And of course, we hope to see you in person at the unveiling of The Human Variations in its brand new, completed, form!
THANK YOU for your continued support and generosity!
The Human Variations:
The Human Variations is a theatrical symphony in four parts (Allegro, Largo, Scherzo and Rondo), which examines those moments when human beings are right next to each other and still deeply alone. In The Human Variations’ four movements, characters collide and share intimacy and closeness, while their small, seemingly innocuous everyday interactions become more and more exposed, shaping who they are and what they obsess about. The Human Variations employs a theatrical style all its own, “theality,” a new brand of theater that juxtaposes expressive movement with hyper-realistic, docu-theater techniques. Like a mixed-media canvas, theality blends the deeply personal, psychological and emotional lives of real characters (similar to those on any network reality program) with theatrical moments of scripted subtext (a reality show’s voiceovers, confessionals or video diaries). In theality, dramatically speaking, the line between naturalism and expressionism is blurred, proving an extraordinary potential for catharsis.
Allegro, Largo and Scherzo were originally produced as individual workshops in three separate site-specific locations in New York City. The full Symphony, The Human Variations, includes the premier of Rondo (the fourth and final movement), and will be performed in the lower level Red Roots Gallery at 25CPW for the month of February, 2013.
The cast includes Kyla Deichl, Molly Groome, Nick Hepsoe, Cole Johnston, Sarah King, Jillian Mason, Melissa McNerney and Zac Walker.
The production team includes Ellen Orenstein (Director), David Alex Andrejko (Playwright), Anna DeMers (Choreography), Meghan Murphy (Sound), Jamie Billings (Assistant Director) and Blueprint Theater Project Co-Founders/Artistic Directors Kevin Connell and Ellen Orenstein.
About Red Roots Gallery: Located on the lower level of 25CPW Gallery in Manhattan, Red Roots Gallery is an exhibition space created to support emerging artists by providing a platform for the exchange and outreach of new ideas and projects in the arts.
Independently, and in collaboration with partnering organizations, Red Roots features a diverse schedule of exhibitions and events (www.25CPW.org).
Location: Red Roots Gallery at 25CPW, 25 Central Park West (at 62nd Street)
Blueprint Theater Project:
Blueprint Theater Project examines adaptation in all its forms – genre, style and content – with source materials that range from the classical to the hyper-contemporary. Our goal is to create theater that rethinks, reorganizes and reconstructs to explore the process of change from one form to another. Significant in this exploration are the many perspectives and means for communication that accompany each specific art form and the ways in which various mediums elucidate storytelling. Further, our work investigates why stories get retold, sometimes decades or centuries later, in vastly different ways while still being produced for public consumption (www.BlueprintTheaterProject.org).
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