We are a group of seven. We've got a playwright, a director, a producer, three actors, and a playwright's brother who helps in all ways possible. For the past couple of months we have been working on this little play called Scottish Sperm written by our very own Jacqueline McLaren.
We've had readings through New York City, fundraisers, beer blasts, numerous amount of rehearsals, and we are about to put our New York run of the show at Pace University in downtown Manhattan. After this is all said and done, we will head over to Edinburgh, Scotland to participate in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the entire month of August.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every year for three weeks in August. Our show will be one of literally thousands. We will be performing a total of 20 times at The Space @ Jury's Inn.
Jacqueline McLaren (Playwright) is a playwright known for her irreverent, cutting humor and ear for dialogue. Scottish Sperm will be Ms. McLaren's first production at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Ms. McLaren's previous play How to Build a Bomb won the Olga and Paul Menn Foundation Award. How to Build a Bomb was also selected for PACE University's New Works Festival in Manhattan in 2010. Two of Ms. McLaren's plays were chosen for the University Theater's New Plays Festivals in Chicago. Ms. McLaren is a writer on Tu Nite con Lorenzo Parro, on NBC/Telemundo, that network's first bilingual talk show. Ms. McLaren is a graduate of the University of Chicago. She taught at several public schools in the notoriously rough South Side of Chicago throughout her four years.
Grant Kretchik (director) holds an MFA in Acting from the New School University, and is the head of Pace University's BFA Acting Program. He has appeared as an actor Off Broadway and regionally. Film/TV: Law and Order, Guiding Light, As The World Turns, Man on the Moon, and When Harry Tries to Marry (which Kretchik also helped produce). He has worked as both an actor and director at La Mama etc., and been accepted into the Stage Directors Choreographers Society's 2010/2011 Observership Season. This past October Kretchik assisted on the first Broadway National Tour of Next to Normal, directed by Michael Grief. In September 2011, he will be directing The Parade by Tennessee Williams at the Tennessee Williams International Theater Festival in Provincetown, MA. www.grantkretchik.com
Rebecca Cunningham (Producer) - Rebecca is recent graduate of Pace University in New York City with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Directing. Directing credits include: The Vagina Monologues, Out in the Open: Stories of Queer Oppression and Empowerment, Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, Uncommon Women and Others, How to Build a Bomb, Freshwater, romance, and With the Lights Out. AD credits: Sign Me, Who is Dan Schiller?, Gin Joint, The Beggar's Opera, and Glory of Living.
Megan Channell (Sarah) recently appeared in Spleen Theatre Company's inaugural production of Bound at New York Theatre Workshop. Theatre credits include work at Theater for the New City, The Abingdon Theatre, Manhattan Repertory, Curan Repertory, and Phare Play Productions. Film/TV: Sarina's Song, All My Children. She is a graduate of Emory University.
Dylan Lamb (Robert) is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and the recipient of the Chair's Award of Excellence in Dramatic Writing. He has worked for Warner Brothers Television as part of their Creative Lab and apprenticed at the Guthrie Theater in his hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota. New York Theater: Demon Dreams (Gene Frankel), Glengarry Glen Ross (Cooper Union), John Faustus And The Overclocked Death Drive (Magic Futurebox), Ivanov (Tank Theater). Writing: Alligator Summer (New York Fringe), There Is No Isabelle (Minnesota Fringe), Rebirth of a Little Beauty (3LD), A Man Of My Word (NYU Festival of New Works).
Samantha Steinmetz (Emma) Recent credits include The Remarkable Rooming House of Mme. Le Monde (La Mama), Uncommon Women and Others, The Little Dog Laughed, The Bald Soprano, The House of Bernarda Alba, The Zoo Story, The Vagina Monologues, School, and A Piece of My Heart. Samantha moved from Kansas to New York in 2009 to study at BFA Acting at Pace University. She also trains with Ken Schatz in New York and is a recent graduate of the Circle in the Square Summer Conservatory. www.samanthasteinmetz.com
Apparently, theatre costs a lot of money and there isn't a whole lot of it circulating around. We've got to pay for things like venues, food for the actors, advertising, props, plane tickets, living expenses, and the list goes on.
If we don't raise enough money, there is a chance we won't all make it to Scotland. And for this show to work in it's entirety and to fullest potential, it is ESSENTIAL that we all make it there.
The most important thing to know is that the group of has been working extremely hard to get this incredible piece to international audiences. It is a chance to show our art to people who would never see it otherwise, and for many of us, to finally begin our careers in theatre.
What We Need & What You Get
Our ultimate goal is $5,000. In the time allotted we realize this might be an overreach but the show is incredibly important to us all and we have done everything and anything to make sure we can make Scottish Sperm succeed. After all, it is "the strongest".
Okay so here is the breakdown.
$750 - airfare which will make sure that we all get there.
$1,000 - venue
100-200 pounds - for food for each cast member every week.
Anything extra goes to advertising, perishable props, shipping props from NY to Scotland, petty cash, and anything else we run into along the way.
As said previously, with the help of Tilicoultry Media, we've been raising money through staged readings at places like Ars Nova and TJ Byrnes Bar and Restaurant where we received generous donations from Scottish Sperm Bank Donors. We've had beer blasts in Williamsburg, Brooklyn where we raised hundreds of dollars from college students throughout NYC. We're also raising money through our New York run at Pace University, 7/21-7/23.
But it is still not enough!
No matter what, this show will go up in Scotland in August. We would just like all 7 of us to be there in order for it everything to run smoothly.
All new Scottish Sperm Bank donors will be added to our Generous Contributors list in our program.
$1-$5 - A virtual high-five!
$5-$75 - You will receive a special thank you on your Facebook wall or email from one of the Scottish Sperm cast members!
$100 - Receive a personalized video from all of us to you!
$200-$500 - A personalized video as well as an autographed Scottish program from the entire cast and team.
$1,000 or more - Personalized video, autographed Scottish program, and a wonderful Scottish souvenir personally picked out just for you.
Even $1 helps us in a great way!
NOTE: None of us are getting paid for this! Our payment has been the fortunate experience of being able to go to Scotland and participate in the Fringe.
Other Ways You Can Help
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Big thanks to all past, present, and future Scottish Sperm Bank Donors!