SO WHAT THE HECK IS PARTY IN THE USA?
DAVID MCGEE: I'm not sure.
JOSHUA WILLIAM GELB: Well, I'll tell you.
DM:If you must.
JWG: Awesome. So. This July, I'm going to be returning to the always awesome Incubator Arts Project (the former Ontological) with a new, totally trippy comedy by this brilliant writer to my left --
DM: I'm on your right, dude. Wait, no, you're on my right. Meaning I'm... on... WHERE AM I?
JWG: -- a trippy comedy about dropping acid, baking strudel, and saving the world from financial ruin. The play is called PARTY IN THE USA and it's based on some exceptionally trippy experiences I had while temping for Deutsche Bank in the fall of 2008.
DM: Fall of 2008, eh? I seem to remember something important happening then.
JWG: Something like, say, the complete collapse of the world economy?
DM: Oh, right, that. I was thinking of these really delicious pancakes I had.
DM: THEY WERE REALLY DELICIOUS. FULL OF BLUEBERRIES AND HOPE.
JWG: Anyway, if you go to our absurdly bonkers website you can read all about how this guy (pointing to himself) dropped acid and broke into the Plaza Hotel the very week that Lehmann Brothers collapsed.
DM: What a weird synchronicity of events. Could be a great premise for a madcap theatrical romp.
JWG: Like the drug-induced collapse of a guy's mental stability as a metaphor for the collapse of the American economy?
JWG: So. Taking the audience into the mind of a full-blown acid trip, PARTY IN THE USA is going to be this explosive theatrical sensory overload! Dancing! Video projections! Free beer!
DM: OW I just spilled Bud Light Lime in my left eye.
DM: What were we talking about?
JWG: Bloody marys! (To the waitress) Can we get another round of bloody marys?
DM: No! The Indiegogo Campaign!
JWG: Oh, right! The Indiegogo Campaign! We've roped together a fantastic team of actors, designers and other theater makers and are pretty much convinced that this is going to be just the most super-fun-crazy thing we've ever created. But we need your help!
DM: Tell them about the Bud Light Lime. Don't tell them I spilled it in my left eye.
JWG: Yes, Bud Light Lime -- you know, the taste of 2008? -- Bud Light Lime has actually agreed to sponsor us! Which means there will be free beer for everyone when you come to see the show!
DM: So we've got the beer covered!
JWG: Right! We've got the beer covered. There will be beer. Plenty of beer. But theater is expensive, after all (THANKS A LOT, OBAMA) and while the beer is as good as provided for by the fine people at Anheuser Busch, there is still a lot more to take into consideration.
DM: Stipends for performers and our production team!
JWG: Rehearsal space.
DM: Which is stupidly expensive.
JWG: Transportation. Design costs. Insurance.
DM: Money to make those really cool coasters you've been talking about.
JWG: Because postcards have gotten sort of played out.
DM: Plus you can use them as projectile weapons.
JWG: Lighting Rentals.
DM: PYEW PYEW PYEW
JWG: Stop throwing coasters at me.
JWG: And dumplings. Remember how many dumplings you wrote into the script? That now we have to buy every single night?
DM: I know a great dumpling place.
JWG: I could use a dumpling right now.
DM: You are a dumpling right now.
JWG: YOU ARE.
DM: Wait! No! The Indiegogo Campaign!
JWG: Right! Yes! The Indiegogo Campaign! -- So, we've got a fair amount of the budget already raised.
DM: We do?
JWG: About half.
JWG: Yes, half. Sort of. I mean, hypothetically. In reality, a donor has promised something of a match donation to us if we can raise 4,500 through crowdfunding.
DM: Oh. So when we say we have half of the budget raised, that's sort of wishful thinking.
DM: SORT OF LIKE THE WORLD ECONOMY AM I RIGHT?
JWG: So [turning to face the computer screen] this is where YOU come in.
DM: All you good people of the internet, with your philanthropic urges and tendencies, and deep, deep pocketbooks.
JWG: Looking for the right outlet through which to fulfill your most generous desires.
DM: Well look no further.
JWG: No further, I say!
DM: Help make PARTY IN THE USA possible.
JWG: 20 bucks, 30 bucks...
DM: Whatever you can give.
JWG: 5 million bucks.
DM: A buck fifty.
JWG: ONE BILLION DOLLARS.
DM: A buck fifty one. A buck fifty two, even.
JWG: A lifetime supply of dumplings.
DM: Twelve Canadian dollars. Whatever it is, we'd love your help! So give what you can, and then, come July, get yourself to the Incubator to see the supremely trippy work you've supported.
JWG: And when you see the show you can drink all the Bud Light Lime you want!
JWG: Where are those bloody marys?
DM: I DRANK THEM. I DRANK THEM UP.
JWG: OK BYE.