May 14, 2010

Decisions, decisions

I'm thinking about changing the title of Anne&Me to Tulpa (or perhaps using Tulpa as an alternative title or something like Tulpa, or Anne&Me).

(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?
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.
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:

1. Find actors
2. Get a space*
3. Schedule rehearsals
4. Book performances
5. Fundraising*
6. Marketing, publicity, advertising

No sweat.

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 Space
Theatre 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.



    A couple of friends are heavily involved in this. Might be worth a look.

  2. As for the name, there's the Whitechapel board on; his DOKTOR SLEEPLESS series was the first place I encountered the concept of a tulpa, and they might be hep. Go to the Warren's Pub Table section, and if they have an open "What are you working on now?" item, talk about ANNE AND ME there.

    Kickstarter might work, but then again, might not.

  3. Sorry for the delay (I'm only just now catching up with things from the week I was graduating). Ways in which I may be able to help:

    1) Finding actors. At least, if you're looking for younger folks, I can probably get you in touch with a huge swathe of folks who are used to being involved with rough-and-tumble production of original work. If you let me know what you're looking for, I can put my feelers out for it

    2) Agreed that Kickstarter is a good way to collect a small run of funds without the obligations that Fractured Atlas puts on (which aren't all that major, btw, my company is am member). If you need an invite, I have a few I can spare.

    3) Cheap rehearsal space: I highly recommend Space On White. That is all.

  4. I'm gonna be the bitch here, and ask: Why not ask Anne Hathaway, to do the staged reading?

    It could happen.

  5. and if you want both, go classic: Anne & Me, or The Tulpa.

  6. cgeye:

    Frankly, I'm too embarrassed. Secretly, I think that'd be awesome. But someone would have to sneak it up on me.

  7. Pshaw. Just put the word out to People who know People who know People.

    Surely there's a way of pointing Miss H. to your "My God but she did try her best in ALICE" post, so she'd know you're a fangirl, but an extremely cogent, sane and respectful one.

  8. @cgeye:

    LOL! I'll consider it. :P