CREDITS: Fundraising video directed by Brianne Mueller and edited by Phil Kegley.
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WHAT IS TULPA, OR ANNE&ME?
Tulpa, or Anne&Me is what happens when two fledgling theatre artist-activists ask, "What better way for us to find a better way to talk about race than to put on a play about it?"
Shawn (playwright, founder of Crossroads Theatre Project) and Sara (director) are thrilled to present Tulpa, or Anne&Me at the 2011 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity this June.
Part whimsical fantasy, part realist drama, part gothic horror, Tulpa, or Anne&Me tells the story of a lonely artist whose world gets turned upside down when Anne Hathaway crawls out of her TV. As their friendship blossoms, they examine how race impacts their lives as women, as friends, and as human beings. What unfolds is an intimate portrait of a most unusual relationship that explores Blackness, Whiteness, queerness, and womanhood.
With the help of two outspoken guardian angels of Blackness, our heroine strives to give her truth a voice as she uncovers feelings, dreams, and memories she's kept hidden - even from herself - that impact her ability to create real intimacy with her strange companion. At the same time, Anne struggles to navigate her role in that process so she can be a true friend and confidant. Together they seek to connect across racial barriers in order to find out who they can really be to one another.
WHY WE'RE DOING ITWe're super excited to work on Tulpa, or Anne&Me because it combines two things we care a lot about: theatre and social justice. It's a true DIY project and a real labor of love. We're starting from scratch - with nothing but our hearts and minds - to make theatre that means something to everyone who experiences it. People think about race but don't always know how to talk about it. Tulpa, or Anne&Me gives people a way to start doing that by showing them how race affects real people.
Our work will benefit the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond, a grassroots organization committed to undoing racism. We love the People's Institute because they don't do "diversity training." They challenge the habits and perceptions that affect how we treat each other - which is exactly what Tulpa, or Anne&Me can do if we get your support.
THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY OF TULPA, OR ANNE&METulpa, or Anne&Me began as a mental exercise that tried to imagine new ways to talk about race. What began as snippets of dialogue evolved into a story that soon became a full-length play. The first draft led to a reading at the Cell Theatre's Blackboard Play Reading series, followed by 2 staged readings at WOW Cafe Theater. A brief encounter with Anne Hathaway and a staged reading later, Tulpa, or Anne&Me has made its way to the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?Your contribution will go toward production expenses for the workshop production of Tulpa, or Anne&Me at the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity this June. This includes things like:
- rehearsal space
- festival fees
- tech costs
- compensation for cast and crew
- marketing, publicity, and advertising
Every little bit helps! We appreciate whatever you can give because we're not a high-profile arts institution. We're just a couple of newbies who are in it for the love of it. Your generosity and support REALLY help.
It's going to be awesome! All because of you!
If we meet our goal, we're going to celebrate, and we're definitely inviting you to come with us!
Thank you so much!
Other ways you can support Tulpa, or Anne&Me
Spread the word! Tell people about Tulpa, or Anne&Me on your website, at your business, in your community, or to anyone you know!
Show off your skills! Volunteer your time and expertise to assist in marketing, web or graphic design, production, or photography/videography! You'll definitely get credit for your work.
Share your stuff! Make an in-kind donation. Space for rehearsals and fundraising events, printing for scripts and programs, costumes, props, and other production needs are a BIG help.