Lesbian Love Octagon runs June 5th – 29th in NYC.
We need your help to make this happen!
Lesbian Love Octagon: a musical comedy about dyke drama
Book and Lyrics by Kim Kressal
Music and Additional Lyrics by Will Larche
EVERYONE who donates in these last days will also get the following:
- An invite to a special celebratory Google Hangout with LLO writers and producers.
- Digital downloads of TWO additional tracks from the show.
- And a page of the score autographed to you personally by Kim and Will.
For over ten years Will and I have been working together to write Lesbian Love Octagon: a musical comedy about dyke drama -- the story of Sue, a heartbroken dyke, and her bevy of exes. What began as journaling about my own dyke drama, turned to lyrics and storytelling and everything evolved and got better when Will began adding music. This June we finally bring a month long run of the musical to New York City. After a sold-out limited run in 2010 we are teaming up with HT Presents and Wreckio Ensemble to mount the show again, this time for a larger audience, with the goal of moving the show off or on Broadway.
Melissa Diaz as Darla and Susan O'Dea as Sue in the 2010 production of Lesbian Love Octagon
Lez Do It Now
Lesbian Love Octagon is indeed a love letter to the lesbian community, but it also crosses boundaries of sexuality, breaks down walls of intolerance, and offers up a truly universal love story. It is both accessible and entertaining while remaining authentically queer. This last point is so important to us; it is why we have taken our time and it is also why we are here now asking for your help. We believe queer stories deserve to be told. We believe that culturally, audiences are ready to engage with queer characters. We believe THIS is the time for a lesbian musical on Broadway! Our June run brings us one step closer to that goal; it gives us an opportunity to share the show with producers, investors, and artistic directors, but most important it gives us the chance to share it with audiences.
Cause Dyke Drama
Your support goes directly towards the production expenses of our June 2013 run. The bulk of your contributions will go toward paying the cast and crew for their time and talent. The remaining funds will go toward costumes, props, and scenery. We’ve been very careful to keep expenses low; recycling previously used costumes, borrowing from friends, seeking out in-kind donations, and creating our set out of milk crates. Our $12,500 goal is only a portion of our overall production budget, but it will be a huge help. If we are able to surpass our fundraising goal we will use the additional funds to pay for advertising, which will help introduce a broader audience to our show and build hype we need to push the show forward. If we don’t reach our goal on Indiegogo we will remain committed to finding the funding and presenting Lesbian Love Octagon in June.
Tit for Tat
We have put together awesome perks -- from musical tracks to tote bags -- to thank you for your support. Keep giving and you’ll receive original sheet music, costume sketches, authentic late 90s lesbian memorabilia, free tickets, your very own performance of the show, and even a GUEST STAR ROLE! Check out all the perks on the side of your screen and please share share share; tell your femme knitting circle, your softball team, that lesbian in the accounting department at work. Help spread the word and follow our updates and you could receive extra perks.
The 2010 Cast of Lesbian Love Octagon performing "Ordinary Day at the Wimmin's Bookstore."
8 more reasons to give to the Octagon
1. You are bringing queer stories into the spotlight in a genre where they have been ignored.
2. Your support shows others that regardless of sexuality a story of love, identity, and friendship is one we can all relate to.
3. You trust the critics who say that Lesbian Love Octagon is “a leap-to-your feet standing ovation show” Go Magazine, “well-written, smartly directed and wonderfully performed” Theatre Is Easy, and “one of sharpest, most entertaining and frankly, most accessible theater productions that I have ever seen.” After Ellen
4. Your contributions are tax-deductible to the full-extent permitted by law and you love a tax-deduction.
5. You recognize the tremendous impact queer visibility plays in promoting equality and raising self-esteem for LGBTQ people. You also believe that the more TV, Film, and Theatre represent the full landscape of experiences the closer we are to ending intolerance and bullying in our society.
6. You think it’s a load of bull when producers tell us lesbians don’t see theatre or that only lesbians would see this show because a. you’re a lesbian and you see theatre b. you’d see more theatre if more theatre represented you c. you’re not queer, but you’re also not closed minded, after all you saw Wicked and you’re not a witch.
7. You listened to songs from the show on our website lesbianthemusical.com and they made you laugh or cry or sing along or call your ex and demand your Ani Difranco t-shirt back.
8. You are Rosie, Ellen, or Wanda Sykes.
I’m broke but…
We know that not everyone who wants to help us can afford to donate, but everyone can help. Use the Indiegogo share tools and help spread the word about the show and the campaign. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @lesbianmusical, check us out on Youtube, join our mailing list, tell your friends, and comment here. Your support in anyway is deeply appreciated!
xo Kim and Will
More about Lesbian Love Octagon: a musical comedy about dyke drama
Lesbian Love Octagon runs June 5th – 29th at The Kraine Theatre, 85 East 4th Street, NYC.
Set in the late 90s on the Lower East Side of New York City, Lesbian Love Octagon follows the journey of Sue, a less than butch dyke with a broken heart, as she tries to cope with losing her girlfriend to her ex-girlfriend. When Sue’s friends (a bevy of ex-girlfriends and ex-girlfriends' ex-girlfriends) come rushing to her aid, they try to convince Sue that the answer to happiness exists in polyamory, pomade, and online personals. A riotous look at a righteous time in lesbian history, Lesbian Love Octagon is a musical for anyone who has ever loved wimmin's bookstores, tofu or cats.
To hear ACTUAL songs from the show, please visit our website.
More about our Indiegogo video
Our Indiegogo video features an original song “Come on Queers” which we created specifically for our Indiegogo campaign and which does not appear in Lesbian Love Octagon. “Come On Queers” was sung by Kelly Lockwood and Lindsay Naas with Shannon Amiry, Katie Britton and Lauren Sapienza. It was recorded and music produced by Tara Dawn Grieco. It was filmed and edited by Viri Lieberman and features Kelly Lockwood, Lindsay Naas, Felicia Blum, Drae Campbell, Mimi Ferraro, Tracie Franklin, Heidi Grumelot, Taylor Oldner and Lauren Sapienza. Costumes donated by Sideshow Clothing Co., Hudson NY. Additional costumes rented from Odd Twin, Brooklyn, NY.
photos by liz liguori