SPILL: a play and art installation about the BP oil disaster

From one of the creators of THE LARAMIE PROJECT comes a new play inspired by the 2010 British Petroleum (BP) oil spill. Help us fund the WORLD PREMIERE.
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Leigh Fondakowski
Theater
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
United States
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HELP US FUND THE WORLD PREMIERE OF SPILL

SPILL is a multimedia play inspired by the 2010 British Petroleum (BP) oil spill, the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history. The project is the co-creation of playwright/director Leigh Fondakowski (The Laramie Project, The People's Temple, Laramie: Ten Years Later) and visual artist Reeva Wortel and is based on interviews, photographs, and court documents collected in the aftermath of the spill. 

THE WORLD PREMIERE

The world premiere of SPILL will take place at Swine Palace in Baton Rouge, LA, March 12-30, 2014. Our theater company, The Study Group, has agreed to co-produce this world premiere event and we need your help.

AN URGENT NEED: In order for this production to happen, we have to raise $25,000 by January 15, 2014. 

THE PROJECT

SPILL tells the dramatic story of the 2010 explosion on board the oil rig Deepwater Horizon, and the devastating impact of the 87-day spill on the coastal communities and marine life of Louisiana.

Within months of the disaster, the artists began speaking with a broad array of Louisiana citizens, including fishermen, political figures, cleanup workers, scientists, oil industry workers, and the families of those lost in the explosion. As they collected over 200 hours of stories and interviews, Wortel painted portraits of each interviewee. The play will premiere in conjunction with an art installation of these portraits.

SPILL explores the rich culture of Louisiana and the resilient nature of its inhabitants in the face of natural destruction and tragedy. Expressing the fundamental story of man versus nature, at the core of SPILL is the question: What is the true human and environmental cost of oil?

The artists are dedicated to premiering the play and installation in Louisiana, in the place where the interview material was drawn. The BP oil disaster was one of the most significant events of our generation and SPILL captures the true legacy of this crisis in the voices of the people who lived it.

THE ARTISTS

Leigh Fondakowski was the Head Writer of The Laramie Project and has been a member of Tectonic Theater Project since 1995. She is an Emmy nominated co-screenwriter for the adaptation of The Laramie Project for HBO.

Reeva Wortel is an interdisciplinary artist who creates portrait-based projects that combine interview, social commentary, performance and large-scale installation. Wortel has been the recipient of several grants as a muralist, choreographer and installation artist.

Kelli Simpkins is an actor and dramaturg and a proud member of The Study Group. She is an artistic associate of About Face Theater. She is a company member of Tectonic Theater Project and one of the original creator / performers of The Laramie Project (Off-Broadway, Denver Center, Berkeley Rep, LaJolla Playhouse, and the movie adaptation of the play to HBO). 

ABOUT THE STUDY GROUP

Co-founded by Leigh Fondakowski and Reeva Wortel, The Study Group is a production company dedicated to exploring the relationship of theater, performance, and real life events. We investigate pivotal moments in human history through in-depth research, interviews, and theatrical exploration. Study Group members have participated in the creation of I Think I Like GirlsThe Laramie Project, Laramie: Ten Years Later, The People's Temple, Casa Cushman, Gerda's Lieutenant, Yaghistan, Gray, and SPILL. We believe that artists play a unique role in telling the important stories of our time. 

ABOUT SWINE PALACE

Founded in 1992, Swine Palace operates with a dual mission to provide South Louisiana with high-quality, professional productions of classical and contemporary theatre with an emphasis on plays exploring issues of social equity while also serving as a training ground for students in Louisiana State University’s M.F.A. Professional Actor and Technical/Design Training Programs.

WHERE WILL YOUR MONEY GO?

Every dollar will be used to pay production expenses: sets, lights, costumes, sound, projections, art installation materials, actors, director, and designers. We will also pay transportation costs for our interviewees who live far away to attend opening night.


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  • $5USD
    Acknowledgement

    We will put your name in the printed program for the world premiere under the heading: INDIEGOGO COMMUNITY OF SUPPORTERS.

    10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $10USD
    Portrait Postcard

    The above reward PLUS: we will send you a postcard with an image of one of the portraits of our interviewees.

    18 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $25USD
    Portrait Postcards: Set of 3

    The above rewards PLUS: a set of 3 postcards, each with an image of a portrait of one our interviewees.

    31 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $50USD
    A 5 x 7 Portrait Print

    All of the above rewards PLUS: a 5 x 7 print of a portrait of one of our interviewees, signed by the artists.

    24 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
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    $75USD
    An 8 x 11 Portrait Print

    All of the above rewards, PLUS: an 8 x 11 print of a portrait of one of our interviewees, signed by the artists.

    5 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $100USD
    Professional Coaching

    SPILL's Emmy-nominated playwright and director Leigh Fondakowski will provide a 90-minute professional coaching session. Designed for actors, playwrights or directors. Also available as a gift.

    7 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $150USD
    Professional Writing Feedback

    SPILL's emmy nominated playwright and director Leigh Fondakowski will read your play or screenplay and give you notes and critical feedback.

    5 out of 7 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $250USD
    An Original Painted Portrait

    Visual artist Reeva Wortel will paint a 5 x 7 original portrait of a person of your choosing. Also available as a gift.

    1 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $500USD
    Professional Acting Coaching

    Performer Kelli Simpkins will provide 3 hours of acting coaching or a professional consultation. Ms. Simpkins was a lead performer in the stage play the Laramie Project as well as the Emmy Nominated HBO film of the same name. Also available as a gift.

    1 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $1,000USD
    A 24 x 36 Original Portrait

    Visual artist Reeva Wortel will paint a 24 x 36 original portrait of the person of your choosing. Also available as a gift.

    1 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $1,200USD
    Private Writing Coaching

    SPILL's Emmy-nominated playwright and director Leigh Fondakowski will provide private writing coaching for six months. A total of 15 3-hour sessions. Also available as a gift.

    1 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $2,500USD
    Set of 3 Perks of Your Choice

    3 perks of your choosing from the above list, as well as featured recognition in all print materials related to this and future productions of SPILL. Also available as a gift.

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    Estimated delivery: May 2014
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