Whammy! goes to NYC
HotCity Theatre of St. Louis, and creator/director Chuck Harper, are damn happy to tell you that we are taking our orginal dance/theatre production of "Whammy! The Seven Secrets to a Sane Self" to the New York International Fringe Theatre Festival. Chosen from over 800 applicants, "Whammy!" will be performed at the CSV Flamboyan Theatre on Manhattan's Lower East Side from August 15-24.
We are an ensemble of St. Louis-based theatre artists who are eager to show this unique and provocative production (premiered at HotCity in 2011) in our nation's theatre capital. Your donation will provide transportation and housing for the cast and crew of eight during the fourteen days that they will be on the road and performing. Performing in New York will be a dream come true for the Whammy! gang and we can't thank you enough for helping us to achieve this dream.
What We Need (and what you get!)
Although HotCity will be providing invaluable production and financial assistance (including rehearsal space, benefit performance venue, and marketing/staffing support) this project falls outside of our annual operating budgets and we need help to make it happen. We are raising a total of $9,000 for this event and our goal is raise $6,000 through Indiegogo (ie. you!). The remainder of the budget will come from benefit performances and state grants. Our needs are simple:
- $2,500 for transportation (vehicle rental, fuel, etc.)
- $4,000 for lodging (ten nights for eight people in NYC)
- $2,500 for miscellaneous production costs (insurance, NYC personel, etc.)
HotCity Theatre will be providing the support we need to remount and produce the show including the following:
- Rehearsal Space for the remount
- Venue and staffing for benefit performances in St. Louis
- Staffing and support for Columbus, Ohio benefit performance
- Marketing and Publicity for the remount
- Festival registration fees
Your donations will go directly to the travel and lodging needs of the cast and crew. And should we surpass our goal? We can start per diem stipends for the cast and crew!
We have a list of unique and Whammy!-appropriate perks on the page that we hope will give you that little extra nudge to do a donation-click. They are all an expression of a very, very thankful group of theatre artists. This is your chance at a limited-edition Whammy! doodle by our scenic artist Mikey Butane Thomas. Or a dvd of the NYC production along with special features of the cast and crew around the city and backstage. Whatever you can donate will be greatly appreciated by team Whammy!
The Impact (ours and yours!)
As you already know if you have watched the video above (and for heaven's sake, please watch it if you haven't!) we feel that this is an entertaining and important piece of theatre that we are thrilled to be sharing with a wider audience. We would like to think that, in our own quirky way, we are contributing to a saner society. And your donation means that you are doing the same.
The artists involved in this project have a proven record of succesful national and international projects of this nature. Chuck Harper (creator/director) has had his work produced in the US from Los Angeles to Chicago (but not yet NYC!) and in Europe in France, Germany and the Czech Republic. He has received local, state and national grants including the NEA's ArtsLink International Partners grant. Mikey Butane Thomas has seen his dances and movement activities performed around the US and in Taipei and Toronto as well. This project will be a milestone for all the artists on team Whammy! as we bring our newest, and craziest, project to the biggest stage of all.
You Love Us But Times are Tight?
If you are unable to donate at this time, we still love you, and we still need your help. Here's what you can do:
- Tell your friends and family to check us out and make a donation. (Really, you can kind of claim credit for these funds)
- If you live in St. Louis or Columbus, tell your friends and family to check out our website and to make a reservation for the benefit performance parties
- If you live in New York, come see the show! More info to follow on performance dates.