closing in now

We’ve been working on the promotional materials for Tallgrass, after a brief shifting of the ranks, and it’s been illuminating in a way that might have served the project even more if it had been done earlier. I had a conversation earlier this past weekend with Taylor Marsh, our new publicity point-person,with regard to the question of how to reduce Tallgrass to a blurb which would be effective, intriguing, provocative, significant.

prayer goes straight up. judgment comes straight down.”

I don’t have what we settled on in front of me, but it came down to something that the cast and I discussed when the question of betrayal came up. One of the definitions we found most potent for betrayal was: an act undertaken in the belief that the strength of your needs and desires outweigh your obligations and responsibilities re: the trust and well-being of others (in particular loved ones). This play, then, seems more and more to be about the question of weighing selfish pursuits against the beliefs and obligations you hold with regard to your friends, your family, your lover(s)… and about the potential for violence in a person who declares their needs, their desires, to be the first and foremost priority. Moreover, it’s about what the unabashed pursuit of those things can do to a community and to a world, and to the self. The rawness. The tornado-like destruction.

The first draft of our new poster is included here. The specific information isn’t on it yet but obviously we’ll flood the blog and facebook and twitter with it as soon as it’s finalized.

Also, briefly, because I haven’t had the chance yet, it’s worth noting that we made our fundraiser goal!!!! The indiegogo closed out at $3105, more than enough to earn our discounted fee for indiegogo.com. As promised, here are the first ten of our 67 fabulous funders. Keep an eye out for thank you videos, which Mike Wesolowski will be handling and processing soon!

THANK YOU Theresa Serrian and Ryan Meyer, co-ADs of Roaring Company!

THANK YOU Wendy Phinny, best almost-aunt ever!

THANK YOU Karen Goodloe, and for the dessert wine too!

THANK YOU Nathan Werner, who might as well have coined the term “cuz”!

THANK YOU Noel! Good dog!

THANK YOU Edgar McKewen-Moreno, and Kendrick Lamar by association!

THANK YOU Michael Kharfen, director and pal!

THANK YOU Hannah Ford, who i always hope will turn out to be at parties!

THANK YOU Ruth Werner, I still have your Antonin Artaud from the family reunion!

per usual
jake

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