(WTF is a tulpa? Glad you asked. Check out this [Western] personal account of a tulpa.
I've also updated my description of the piece to be more - shall we say, interesting? Thus far:
Tulpa, or Anne&Me is a full-length, semi-autobiographical play that confronts the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality through pop culture, womanism, and Tibetan mysticism.
When a tulpa in the form of Anne Hathaway crawls out of your television, what do you do? What do you talk about? What hopes, fears, desires, and resentments emerge? How would you change one other?
I'm looking for an early to mid July performance (I'm thinking Thurs-Sun July 8-18), so that means June has to be full of rehearsals. That means I only have to:Tulpa, or Anne&Me explores the hidden inner life of a Black woman in order to expose how marginalization traumatizes the human psyche, thus taking the first steps toward healing it.
1. Find actors
2. Get a space*
3. Schedule rehearsals
4. Book performances
6. Marketing, publicity, advertising
Regarding space, I'm a firm believer in Peter Brook's approach to theatrical space:
I can take any empty space and call it a bare stage. A man walks across this empty space whilst someone else is watching him, and this is all that is needed for an act of theatre to be engaged. --Peter Brook, The Empty SpaceTheatre is older than lights, sound systems, and proscenium stages. It's probably older than clothes and buildings. Not to mention, there's the fact that the play's set and prop needs are next to nil, so I can take a very minimalist approach.
For fundraising, I'm thinking about seeking fiscal sponsorship from an existing group. I pretty much just need the name and a place for people to send their money without the legal and ethical complications that can result from them giving cash or something directly to me. I'm looking for something like Fractured Atlas, but with fewer requisites since this is the very beginning of the project.
I'm also a huge believer in sweat equity, so if there's something where I can do boring yet necessary work in exchange for rehearsal and/or performance time, I'm open to that too.
What's the money for? To pay actors and (perhaps) rent space without having to come out of pocket. With a small stipend of $125 for each actor plus another $500 (for things that come up), we're talking a $1,000 budget for a very DIY show.
If you're interested in helping out, no matter how small an effort, respond here and/or send me an e-mail.