Indie Art: Not Your Undergrad Production of “The Maids”

A friend of mine’s been working on her own adaptation of The Papin Sisters story, better known as the sisters in Jean Genet’s The Maids who [spoiler alert] end up killing their mistress.

But this looks to be an entirely different production…….I’ve seen Naomi’s past work, and admire her imagination, story-telling and ensemble work. As an added bonus, all the ticket sales go directly to her actors and team, some of whom have been workingon this show since January.

Here’s a taste:

Our New (Acro)Door from Diavolo: Architecture in Motion

As you may have notice in our pictures and videos over the last couple days, we have a new door!  But not just any door, this one comes to us courtesy ofDiavolo: Architecture in Motion and is fully equipped to handle the acrobatics and high-flying skills of our ensemble!

though some people still tend to doze off on from time to time…

But in the end, we just end up hanging out.

All in all, our ensemble and production team have been working tirelessly to get ready for our opening night.  So, if you are in the L.A. area, and haven’t got your tickets yet – seating is very limited!

Tickets are available here: http://holdmetight.bpt.me

And if you have a moment to help spread the word, shares, tweets, and emails are greatly appreciated as we push through the last couple days of our fundraiser.Cheers!

Hold Me Tight ensemble

Visit the ‘‘Hold Me Tight’ an MFA Thesis Project’ campaign.

#FundingFriday : Madness, God & Lemonheads

It’s a big, bright time in fund-raising & crowd-funding.

As always, today brings a new edition of The Crowd Crowd on Turnstyle News. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS or on iTunes. Join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #TheCrowdCrowd.

You can also sneak a peek LIVE every Thursday 5:15-6pmPT.

Every week on The Crowd Crowd, we choose our Latte Fund picks: campaigns we think deserve your $5. I take suggestions in comments or via @CindyMarieJ . Here’s my pick for this week:

TheatreFactory Studio-The Madwoman Of Chaillot

Learn how to pop an ick (I’m serious, whatever that is) & help an indie company with fresh voices bring their vision to life.

Then, of course there is:

Operation LemonHeadMeter

I am a Contributor to Bitter Lemons, and their conversation opening, standards breaking, standards creating, and passion for the local independent theatre scene have done so much for our community in the past five years. For the first time, they ask for your monetary assistance. Everyone writes and edits for free, and no two people put in more time than Enci and Colin.

Let the voices of the audiences actively assist audience development for intimate theatre!

Last but not at all least is not a crowd-funding campaign, and a very worthy cause:

silence no one with websitegoogleplusPlaywright Steve Julian (you may recognize his voice from early morning KPCC) launched an incredibly ambitious project that begins with What Kind of God? which opens Sept. 14th.

Steve and his producing partner Robert Keasler fronted their own funds and credit to produce a show that gives voice to the silenced, tackling such difficult and thought-provoking topics as abuse of power, sexual abuse, coming out as a teen, being gay and Catholic, and body image.

Full Disclosure: I’m Outreach Director for this play, the first in a trilogy under the banner Silence No One. I do not take projects like this onto my plate lightly; their mission means a lot to me. Steve plans for the second play to tackle silencing rape victims in the military.

Watch the videos (first is below) and see some of our great incentives to give. The most important, as always, is to give voice to those who are silenced by people with power over them. Steve does not mean for this play to be a condemnation of the Catholic Church by any stretch; merely a conversation starter, a place for people to feel open to discussing what may have happened to them or their friends.

Ask questions at #WhatGodPlay and follow our efforts through these social media channels: Follow us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitterfollow-us-on-youtube

Most importantly, please see the play and support the silenced.

#FundingFriday : Squatch Watchers & Storytellers

Here are some of my picks for #FindingFriday ! Check their campaigns out and let me know if you donate.

Just for fun: Squatch Watchers. I am not sure how to explain this without ruining it. Just watch.

I’ve mentioned Storyteller Antonio Sacre before, and here he is asking for the public to help fund free multicultural experiences for the children of LA. You really have to see it:

More cool projects mentioned during The Latte Fund portion of  The CrowdCrowd podcast (listen via RSSor on iTunes or watch below)

Follow Noah Nelson on Twitter (@noahjnelson)

Send your crowd-funding campaigns in the comments or via @CindyMarieJ

Funding Friday: Single Serving

Funding Fridays

Single Servings, the web series

single servingsSingle Servings is a web series about that awkward “in between” time where you aren’t really a kid anymore, but you can’t quite call yourself an adult yet either. You don’t have your dream job, or your dream house, or your dream relationship, but youthink you’re getting there. Maybe. The series follows Margo, as she attempts to find a date in under six weeks to her best friend and roommate, Renee’s wedding, while at the same time trying to cope with the idea that life moves forward, and the inevitability that we must all grow up.
And Us…
Christina Benedetto(Creator, Producer, Margo) is a New York based writer, producer, and actress. After graduating with a degree in theatre from UCLA, Christina immediately relocated to The Big Apple, immersing herself in both the theatre and music scene. She has been producing her own one-woman show since she was 16, and in 2010 both wrote and produced a show for the United States USO. Single Servings, her latest project, will be unique in that it is her first venture into the realm of film; and she could not be more excited.
Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota and currently based in Brooklyn, New York, Jessica Rose McVay(Executive Producer, Series Director) is a director, choreographer, and producer committed to bringing classical and American classics alive for the modern audience. She graduated from UCLA’s school of Theater Film and Television with a degree in Theater Arts with a concentration in Directing and a minor in Asian Humanities. Recently credits include Sonnet 94(New York Shakespeare Exchange Sonnet Project), Romeo and Juliet(Taganrog Drama Theatre, Taganrog, Russia) Second AD and Dramaturg Gore Vidal’s The Best Man(Broadway, Dir. Michael Wilson). Her newest venture is into film in the form of a six episode web series called Single Servings.
Leah Bezozo(Co-producer, Renee) is a singer/actress based in New York City, and originally from New Jersey. She studied at UCLA’s School of Theater Film and Television. She’s most noted for the role of Kennedy in HBO’s hit series The Sopranos. Her most recent ventures include Metropolis TV in the Netherlands and the web series Single Servings.

Funding Fridays Fringe Edition 2: Gracie & Rose

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Live Broadcast

Funding Friday: Fringe Edition!

ringe freaks

Host: Cindy Marie Jenkins

Guests: Anastasia Coon & Che’Rae Adams of Gracie & Rose*

Have questions about crowd-funding, fund-raising or the Fringe? Ask in the comments below or tweet to @CindyMarieJ

Want to be a guest on Funding Friday? Put your link in the comments with a Friday you’re available. Watch more Funding Fridays.

Gracie & Rose | a solo play with multiple characters from Anastasia Coon on Vimeo.

Gracie and Rose love off the grid and live off the land in 1950's Wyoming – where wild horses run free and appearances are deceiving. Gracie lives as George so she and Rose can be together. Is true love in the body worth the cost of living a lie in the world?

Are you a Citizen of Natrona County, a Straight Shooter, or a a Grand Marshall? Find out here –
http://igg.me/at/GracieNRose

Meet Gracie, Rose, George and Pig at the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2013
http://hff13.org/1372

Keep in touch with the whole gang
https://www.facebook.com/GracieAndRoseASoloShow


*Full Disclosure: I’m working with Gracie and Rose as Social Media Outreach Consultant, thanks to a Quick Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation. -CMJ

Passion doesn’t pay the bills

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Thanks to a grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation, I’m consulting for an exciting new Fringe show Gracie and Rose. Today we launched our IndieGogo campaign!

Check out the video and campaign details. Every dollar and share helps make this show of an even higher quality than if presented on passion and credit cards alone.

Funding Friday Fringe Edition!

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Friday May 3

5:30pmPT/8:30pmET

Live Broadcast

Funding Friday: Fringe Edition!

ringe freaks

Guests include: Fund-raising Consultant Michael Kass

Lily Mercer & Allie Costa: Before a Fall

Danielle Ozymandias: The Other F Word

Matthew Hill: Jason ❤ Medea, a fresh look at an ancient love story

Have questions about crowd-funding, fund-raising or the Fringe? Ask in the comments below or tweet to @CindyMarieJ