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WE ARE SO EXCITED TO BRING ACT II OF boxWINDOWdoor TO LIFE AT THE FRINGE.
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In Act I, the crazy dead director, Wilhelm von Kink decides Margaret isn't worth keeping alive. The action shifts in ACT II to Margaret's Red Shard Dream. In the dream, she encounters “Coffin Girl”, (a life-size art installation). Developed by Evelyn Stettin, Angela Grillo, and Susan Joseph (sackjo22), WINDOW takes you on an edgy journey through the underworld of dreams and imagination. Unconventional staging. filmed projections and original music create a multimedia production of unsettling power.
WHO WE ARE
For almost four years, we have been working on an innovative theatrical piece about the transformative power of dreams called "Box Window Door." We're getting ready to take the second act of this developing work to the Hollywood Fringe Festival and the annual dream conference sponsored by the International Association of Dreams in Berkeley, where we are slated as one of the highlights of the closing events! Responses to the first portion of our work performed last year included a rave review, and the honor of being recognized as "Best of Fringe," at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.
One of the elements of our show that makes it unique, evocative and interesting is "Coffin Girl," a life sized sculpture/art installation that the actors interact with and that is integral to the work. Music continues to be utilized throughout, and new original music is being created for these performances.
Your support will help us continue to build this show, build audience, and take it on the road! (We have to transport Coffin Girl, a coffin, a lamp post and other props to performances, including getting us up to Berkeley.)
WHAT WE NEED
We need $11,000 to put on these four exciting productions this June: three at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in Los Angeles on June 14 and 17 and one at the International Association for the Study of Dreams in Berkeley on June 26.
All contributions are tax-deductible!
THE PLAY, BACKGROUND
WINDOW, ACT II, is a turning point for Margaret, the protagonist. As a child of Holocaust survivors, Margaret has no separation from her mother, no life of her own. When her mother dies, she loses her own existence and tries to kill herself. BOX, Act I, begins during Margaret’s resuscitation from her attempted suicide. In that liminal state, an otherworldly film crew appears to direct a dream to aid in Margaret’s recovery. The film's director, Wilhelm von Kink (Billy), has to be convinced that dreams and Margaret are worthy subjects for real art. The Director is not convinced, and Margaret is led to the coffin. Kink doesn't realize that by sending her to the coffin, he sets Margaret off on her journey to the underworld. She enacts “The Red Shard” dream and encounters "Coffin Girl", the disowned parts of herself. If Margaret can re-claim these parts of her soul’s identity, she has a chance for a life she really wants to live.
why does Margaret's journey matter?
Dreams and theatre have a lot in common - both are ephemeral. And both have the power to transform. If something is truly felt, even for a moment, it can spark life. Margaret's journey is everyone's journey who has ever felt boxed into an existence that doesn't feel like truly living. Margaret's journey is everyone's journey who has ever felt like their truth is too dangerous to speak. Margaret's journey is everyone's journey who has ever felt like they can't even name what is true for them. We believe that art is true alchemy -- it has the power to change words and images into life-giving substance.
Our mission statement:
BWD is both a creative process and innovative, multi-media theatre that connects dreams with creative expression and performance. We believe that:
* making connection to our dreams shapes how we love and live
* making connection with unloved aspects of ourselves brings us healing
* making connection to our interior, imaginal world can bring us healing
WHAT YOU GET
A chance to be part of a something that says connecting to dreams is important. That the imagination and creative expression matters. AND...
We’ve got some exciting perks for you on this campaign. We’re bringing back those popular little books from the first BWD for our Ground Breaking contributors. Susan Joseph’s amazing original music is once again, a special feature of the BWD production. She’s created new songs for Act II that we know you’ll love. Showerheads get to hear it anytime! We think you’ll love them at the $300 level. Angela Grillo’s insightful tarot readings are a transformative gift to anyone who contributes at the $500 level, as is Evelyn Stettin’s dreamwork at the $1000 level.
Evelyn Stettin began the project as a result of painful experience as a painter who couldn’t paint, a writer who couldn’t write, a singer who couldn’t sing and a dancer who couldn’t dance. Years of work, including the exploration of many artistic, therapeutic and healing mediums, led her to developing Box, Window, Door with Susan Joseph and Angela Grillo. She is currently in her third year of training with Robert Bosnak and Jill Fischer as an Embodied Imagination Coach, working on a book about the BWD process of working with dreams for creative, personal and professional projects, studying Continuum Movement with Emile Conrad and voice with Saul Kotzubei and Beth Gudenrath.
Angela Grillo is a producer, director, actor, and yoga teacher. With a background in Acting from CalArts and dream work,Angela is inspired by how human emotions and thoughts affect our physical well-being and energy. Collaborating on BOX, WINDOW, DOOR has been instrumental for her spiritual and creative growth, personally and professionally.
Susan Joseph aka SackJo22 is a singer/songwriter/music curator. An active
recording artist who collaborates with artists and producers worldwide, she is also the co-creator of sonic installations in art galleries in Norway and San Diego. Susan’s transformative soundscapes have been used for film, theater and art. Susan’s approach to her creative endeavors has been transformed through the process of working on BWD where she has experienced how the inspiration found in discovering the message of dream material infuses her work with rich, resonant imagery.
This is our third year putting on successful productions of BWD. Last year, we got a rave review in The Tolucan Times (“To Dream Perchance to Awaken, March 9, 2011) and placed in the “Best of Fringe” category with only two performances!
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP
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producer, actor, writer, dreamworker