True False Theatre Presents The 2013 Main Stage:
A SLEEPING HOUND TO WAKE
written by Daria Tavana
directed by Dmitry Troyanovsky
One dysfunctional Southern family struggles to reunite despite a checkered history of violence, drug abuse, and psychosis. When patriarch Richard finally arrives at Bourbon Street, a strange pimp reveals the secret that could keep this father from his kin forever. A Sleeping Hound to Wake combines dark humor, suspense, and sheer grit to examine the ways in which desire and impulse define human relationships.
Performance Information: Check back soon for more info on dates, tickets, and the creative team!
TRUE FALSE THEATRE is an experimental performing arts company that has expanded rapidly since its creation in April 2011. We invent magical, dangerous theatrical experiences aimed at engaging audiences of all backgrounds. Our work exposes and examines the ways in which desire and impulse define human relationships, taking inspiration from the intimate sites in which we perform.
Our Mission: TFT is a group of artists dedicated to creating high-quality dramatic theatre that challenges the imagination and inspires a more conscious and compassionate community. Our goal is to probe modern value systems through entertaining productions of both new and classic socially relevant plays, which uphold a commitment to exciting and empowering New York City.
TFT fosters a partnership with Katie’s Art Project, a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring the joy of art to in-patient wards in Pediatric Hematology Oncology units. We’ve also teamed up with Shaklee, the number one natural nutrition company in the U.S. Our goal with both of these organizations stems from our passion for promoting healthy living and creative fulfillment.
About Our Guest Director: Dmitry Troyanovsky’s directing credits include Melissa Cooper's Antigone Now, Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal, Euripides' The Bacchae, Vassily Sigarev’s Plasticine, Alexander Ostrovsky’s The Forest, Nikolai Erdman’s The Suicide, Frank Wedekind’s Spring Awakening, and Dürrenmatt’s The Visit. He led workshops and developed new theatrical material at institutions such as Baryshnikov Arts Center, American Repertory Theatre Institute, 92Y, The Lee Strasberg Institute, SoHo Rep Summer Camp, St. Petersburg State University (Russia), Fisher Arts Center at Bard College, and Brown University. In addition to theatre, he has created installation and performance art projects such as Herzstuck at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University. Dmitry has taught at New York University's Tisch School for the Arts, Bard College, and Marymount Manhattan College. He is an MFA graduate of the American Repertory Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University and Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia.
How We Reach Our Audience
In 2011, our debut production of two new plays (Firework For Real and Bedspread) at The Producers Club sold out every night. We launched the Official TFT Blog and continue to communicate with our valued supporters via Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. The Polygraph Tests, a residency program for emerging writers, hosted free public readings on Jan. 21 and 28 at COLLAB. underSTUDY is a yearlong ensemble-building experiment allowing actors the challenge of reinventing Shakespeare’s Hamlet without the pressure or politics of a production. We are currently collaborating on a four-week advertising campaign with CBSNewYork.com and waiting to hear from the Puffin Foundation with regard to receiving a significant grant.
Our marketing and publicity teams have established an increasing fan base using social media, and we continue to promote our main stage at all company-sponsored events. We’ve also recently decided to produce a monthly newsletter while continuing to build both our mailing and donor lists. The ideal audience for A Sleeping Hound To Wake would be between the ages of 18-35, a demographic adamantly in love with tales of crime and destructive relationships. Some of the most beloved works among this age group are in a similar vein to Sleeping Hound including Pulp Fiction and the award-winning television series Breaking Bad. Our target audience knows there is an incredibly captivating magic that comes with watching someone fleetingly grasp at a sliver of hope only to slowly self-destruct in the process. This is not a "feel-good" kind of production, which means that funding it is going to be quite difficult. A play about a desperate drug dealer sheds light on a corner of the country that some theatre organizations would rather leave unseen.
YOU Can Help
We need to raise $11,00 by July 4th to cover venue fees and all other costs necessary to mount this production. We raised thousands of dollars from private donors and pay-to-enter events last year and plan to increase our fundraising efforts in 2012. When you donate to TFT, every penny gets us closer to meeting our increasing demands.
Your donation directly affects the success of our final product, which will be a truly unique experience for all who attend. In addition to our undying gratitude for being a contributor to our campaign, we have created a list of perks that come with each donation (check them out at the top of this page)! And if you can't spare the change via Internet, check back with us soon for video updates with information about fundraising events and other ways to interact with True False Theatre.
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Team on This Campaign:
True False Theatre (Daria Tavana)
Co-Founder & Artistic Director
Director of Operations
Donor Relations Manager
Co-Founder & Artistic Director
Social Media Manager