What is a kumrad?
We are! And so are you... "kumrad" = "comrade" in e.e. cummings speak, and we like to think of ourselves as comrades working together to bring this play to life. Over the past three years, it's been developed through numerous workshops, including a much-anticipated reading with Sans A Productions last year. The audience response to this beautiful, intimate play has been overwhelming. Now, kumrads won't is ready for it's world premiere...
...but we need your help to make it happen.
We're raising money to finance a full production at the New York International Fringe Festival, which features 200 plays and an audience of 75,000. It's an honor to be included in the festival, and we're thrilled! Each of us is only working for a minimal stipend, however, with the majority of our funds going to production costs and administrative fees. It's going to take a lot of support from our fellow kumrads.
Who we are
Our production team has a long history of friendship and theater-making that began at the University of Evansville, but life has split us between New York and Chicago. We're delighted to have been brought back together by this brilliant script and our passion for developing new plays.
Playwright: Christina Watkins
Director and Producer: Kristin McCarthy Parker
Associate Producer: Nick Abeel
Marketing and Media Director: Taylor Bailey
See our full bios on the kumrads won't website.
What is it about?
"There are many effects of hating one’s self, but the one that I find the most fascinating and have observed again and again is the way in which it acts as a force that doesn’t allow us to let the caring of others enter our worlds."
-Christina Watkins, playwright (Read more here)
kumrads won’t is the story of a young woman, Ponce, and a middle-aged veteran, Walter, finally exploring an ongoing flirtation begun at the diner where they both work. They lead unremarkable lives in an unremarkable city, each lonely and damaged in their own way. Despite the flaws and obstacles between them, however, they strive for a connection. Late one winter night, Ponce braves a snowstorm to meet Walter at his apartment, and the evening quickly becomes much more intimate and complicated than either of them bargained for. Over shared whiskey, cigarettes, and--yes--e.e. cummings, they show us what can happen when two people, who are by all accounts “wrong” for each other, try to come together. It is funny and heartbreaking and utterly human.
What goes into our budget?
A lot! Funding a play is not as DIY as it sounds. Here's a general idea of what we'll need...
- Space Rentals
- Production: set, props, costumes, trucking
- Administrative fees: registration and insurace
- Stipends: 7 production, 2 actors
- Travel from Chicago-->NYC
And more! If we don't reach our goal, we'll have to cut back on stipends and marketing materials. If we exceed our goal, however, we'll be able to more fairly compensate our team AND increase our marketing and audience reach, bringing this play to even more people!
What's in it for me?
1) Our undying love and devotion. 2) We'll keep you up-to-date with photos and videos from our cast and creative team, in addition to blogging about the play and our production process. 3) With a minimum $20 donation, we'll send you an e.e. cummings poem with original artwork by Jeremy Jacob Schlangen. Here's a look at some of his other creations...
...Need we say more?
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