Be A Big Mouth
I’m Bess Welden, a Portland, Maine-based actor and writer. Over the last several months I’ve been working with an incredible team of collaborators to prepare for the world premiere of my latest one-woman show, BIG MOUTH THUNDER THIGHS: A Solo Vaudeville. The creative staff includes: Jennie Hahn (director), Stacey M. Koloski (set/props), Christine Nilles (costumes), Chris Fitze (sound), Emily Kenny (lights), Alexander Adams (puppet maker), Deb Freedman (choreographer), and Emily Dixon (stage manager) Check out all of our bios at www.bigmouththunderthighs.com.
On the one hand, BIG MOUTH THUNDER THIGHS is memoir storytelling. On the other, it’s a highly-theatrical, unpredictable, and outrageously entertaining variety show featuring: roller-skating, stand-up comedy, country-western singing, flamenco dancing, a Shakespearean monologue, a Broadway style song and dance number, an Inuit folktale, original Spoken Word-style poems, and a series of five “Death-Defying Acts.” And, in the crucial role of the perfectionist arch nemesis - Skinny Bitch - a puppet like you’ve never seen before. It’s a one-woman extravaganza about hunger, appetite, fear, largeness, enoughness, loneliness, aloneness, and what it takes for us to accept ourselves. It’s deeply personal and surprisingly funny.
The show will have its first run in the debut season of the Portland Stage Studio Rep (www.portlandstage.org) this coming February and March, which will set the stage for future productions around the country.
We need to raise $5,000 to reach our overall budget of $13,000, which will cover production expenses and marketing the show to future producers. The great news is that we already have $8,000 in the bank from a grant from the Maine Arts Commission and contributions from people who have seen readings of the play and believe in its message.
With just five weeks before Opening Night, I’m turning to you to ask for contributions that will help pay for:
1) Production Expenses: fees for artistic collaborators (director/designers/stage manager); rehearsal space; props, set and costumes; materials for puppet construction
2) Marketing investments to attract future producers/presenters: video shoot of live performance; video editing; custom website creation and hosting; still photography; reproduction costs of show DVD
In exchange for your contribution, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you helped bring a brand new play to life and get a fun perk or two. More importantly, though, you will be helping people who struggle with food and their bodies to see how having the courage to tell the truth about ourselves and laugh can be the first step toward giving up the fight once and for all.
Other Ways to Help
Once you’ve made a contribution (thank you!) you can help us a few other ways:
1) Send a link to this campaign to other people you know who will resonate with the message of the show.
2) Come to the show and see how your generous contribution helped make it all come to life. Visit www.bigmouththunderthighs.com for performance dates and times and then call 207-774-0465 or order online at www.portlandstage.org.
3) Volunteer to be a House Manager/Usher and get a free ticket to the show. You’ll have to come early for a very brief training session, but a free ticket is worth it. Email us directly if you’re interested at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4) If you aren’t anywhere near Portland, Maine but want to see the show, email us at email@example.com with a contact name at your local theater/performance venue so we can reach out and say you sent us. The show is designed to travel.
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