Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Fundraising for Hollywood Fringe!

One of the biggest hurdles that all artists face is that of funding - it's no surprise nor secret that it is difficult to raise money for the arts, and even more difficult for those who choose to produce it themselves. When creating a piece of theatre, there are the costs of costumes, sets, and props. There is theatre and rehearsal space to rent or find, rights to purchase, programs to print, and much more.

Arts festivals, like the Hollywood Fringe, are incredible opportunities for artists like us to meet like-minded creators, show our work, foster community, and reach out to wider audiences than we'd be able to create on our own. We're pooling our own resources and getting creative, cooking up some fun fundraising ideas, and we are also looking to ask you - our community - for your support.

You can donate directly and safely to Lonesome No More through Pay Pal, and every single donation is a huge help! Every donor will be listed in our program and receive a special thank you gift from the entire company. There are several different levels we've set up, with some examples about what goal your donation could help us reach:


Patron ($0-$49)
$10 Could provide us with 20 postcards to be able to advertise our show around Los Angeles (of which we need 1,000!)
$25 Could create 100 promotional Spring Awakening buttons with our logo and show info.

Benefactor ($50-$149)
$50 Could provide the costumes for two of our adult characters.
$100 Could pay for one week of our rental fees for rehearsal space!

Sponsor ($150-$399)
$150 Could pay our incredible mask designer, Lori Petermann for her mask-making materials.
$300 Could pay for ALL of the promotional materials needed to get the word out and fill our houses!

Associate Producer ($400-$999)
$400 Could pay for the rights needed to have the permission to use this wonderful play.
$850 Could pay for all of our rehearsal rental time plus the cost of box office personnel.

Executive Producer ($1,000+)
$1,050 Could pay the theatre rental fees for ALL of our performances at The Complex Theatres (The Ruby Theatre) during the Fringe.

Thank you so much for reading! Your support - whether monetary or not - truly does mean the world to every member of this company, and we are already so grateful for what we've seen so far. We can't wait until June to show you what we have created.

Friday, April 22, 2011

The Company: CAST of CHARACTERS

Officially introducing the amazing-gorgeous-talented FULL CAST of Spring Awakening...

Wendla Bergmann..............................................................................Jennifer Allcott

Martha Bessel/Mrs. Gabor/Prof. Killaflye...................................Amara Gyulai

Thea/Mrs. Bergmann/ Prof. Blodgett................................................Lizzie Fabie

Melchior Gabor.........................................................................................Patrick Riley

Moritz Stiefel..............................................................................................Mikie Beatty

Hansy Rilow/Mr. Gabor/Mr. Stiefel/Prof. Fitztongue ..............Dan Beckner

Ernst Robel/Fetch/Rev. Bleekhead/Dr. Seltzer.........................Matt Sheperd

Ilse/Headmaster Hart-Payne............................................................Ariana Hodes

The Masked Man.............................................................................Meghan McCauley


Full bios and photos to come soon!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Process: MASK MAKING PART 2!

                                                              
Check out these amazing new renederings of the mask designs for the adult characters from our brilliant designer Lori Petermann!!! Every mask design says something about what each adult wants, how they use their authority, and how they have decided to present themselves to the world, while still appearing fairly realistic and human so as to avoid any scapegoating or mockery. Lori is already beginning to sculpt the clay so look for more image updates soon!

Click the link below for CLOSE-UPS of each design!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Spring Awakening & The Hollywood Fringe Festival

You've seen this term thrown around a bit on the blog, but are you wondering what exactly is the Hollywood Fringe Festival?

Don't you worry.

The Hollywood Fringe Festival is an annual festival for the emerging arts. It is dedicated to providing support and performance and visibility opportunities for artists from all disciplines - theatre, dance, music, visual arts, circus, variety, you name it - and it all happens within an 11-day period in a square mile of Hollywood. This year's festival is June 16-26, with six days of preview performances happening June 9-14.

The Hollywood Fringe is an unjuried, uncurated arts festival that attracted over 180 participant groups last year from near and abroad and sold over 17,000 tickets.

Fringe festivals happen all over the world. The original and namesake festival is the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which began in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1947 during an arts festival dedicated to enriching post-WWII cultural life. Several small theater companies arrived uninvited and set up performances on the "fringe" of the larger festival, taking advantage of the large crowds arriving for the other festival and showing off their work. The tradition continues now, and Edinburgh Festival Fringe is now the largest arts festival in the world.


Lonesome No More! is extremely excited and proud to be a part of the 2011 Hollywood Fringe Festival. You can - and should - check out our project page on the Fringe site (snapshot above). You can read more information about us and browse all of the other awesome projects coming this summer.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Process: MASK MAKING!


We are extremely excited about our recent design collaboration with our friend and fellow director/ designer extraordinaire Lori Petermann.  Lori has designed and constructed masks for productions all around the globe with the world-renowned Theatre Mitu, as well as for her own shows at UCSD, in NY, and abroad.  We are huge fans of Lori's work and we are absolutely honored and thrilled that she has jumped on board to create the masks for our very own production of Spring Awakening!  Since most cast members are playing multiple roles, young and old alike, we are utilizing masks for the adult characters to illustrate the fact that they have already chosen the identity that they are going to present to the world. This past weekend Lori took over our kitchen, threw some plaster on our cast members' faces (meticulously and with the utmost expertise of course), and started makin' some MAGIC.  It was a super fun and messy day and we can't wait to see the finished product! 


 Make sure to click the link below for more pictures of the amazing and crazy mess on our Facebook page! We will keep you posted with pictures and updates along the way.


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Process: First Read-Through!

Jennifer, Matt, Ariana, Fabie, and Amara (cast bios to come soon!)

We had our first read-through of the enitre show last night with (almost) the entire cast and it was a truly inspiring experience. It was so exciting to finally be sitting in a room with everyone and hearing it out loud!  We have some incredibly talented actors involved and we feel so lucky to be able to work on this beautiful play with such passionate and dedicated people.


Mikie, Meghan, and Patrick


Click below for more photos!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Inspiration: Henry Darger



Foreboding and innocent, the art of Henry Darger illuminates a world where the differences between children and adults are magnified and chaotic. His work is at once violent and joyful, dark and comical. This duality is something we feel to be extremely important and authentic in Spring Awakening. Frank Wedekind created a world where knowledge and ignorance are equally deadly, and we believe Darger's work hauntingly and hilariously exemplifies that.




Click below if you want to see more!