This month showed me that one flourishes when their personal and financial affairs are in order. The month prior, I had taken a hiatus from my creative projects to work out some personal and financial situations. This turned out to be a sound investment, resulting in an incredibly productive June.
My month began with production meetings with my collaborators Chris Erlendson and Kelly Catlin for our all-rhyming scored play, MAGIC?. These meetings were intense organizing and planning sessions.
Such planning was informed by similar content of industry events hosted by the Commercial Theater Institute (CTI) and Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU), two exceptional organizations that offer resources to theater creators and producers. We attended two such events. A 1-day course on “Small Productions,” which focused both on how to successfully produce small scale productions as well as how to use such productions to scale up a show. And, “Writer Producer Speed Date” where writers make elevator pitches to big time producers, speed dating style, in response to which producers provide improvement feedback. Such resources are vital in our development of MAGIC?
Using these insights, Chris, Kelly and I revisited our MAGIC? concept and target audience. We’re now more confident that our show has potential to be successful in an Off-Broadway venue. We plan to accomplish this by producing a small production of MAGIC? around November. This production would be used as a showcase for the Off-Broadway industry, giving us material to pitch to producers and investors.
This steep goal of an Off-Broadway debut is based partly on our estimation that MAGIC? is a work of high quality, with a clear message for a reachable target audience. Another factor for this goal is the intelligence and motivation of my collaborators Christopher and Kelly. They are among the most intelligent and determined people I know. That, along with their strong work ethic and artistic abilities, make them ideal partners for this collaboration.
Our next step of a small production, however, cannot take place without help. We need family and friends to help us with this developmental production in November. We’ve therefore launched a fundraiser campaign on Indiegogo, where contributions go directly to the funding of our November production. We’re also hosting a gala for those who donate $50 (tickets need to be purchased separately). I ask you to kindly consider donating to this cause – an investment both in a playwright and his themes.
Also, here is the latest description of MAGIC?:
Politics and magic collide in an all rhyming underscored play about magic. In a world where people rely on potions and flying brooms, chaos ensues when magicians begin losing their powers. Unable to uncover the true cause of this phenomenon, the government resorts to saving its own image with a plot to scapegoat two traveling street performers. Facing arrest, the street performers must decide whether to flee as fugitives or expose the government’s amorality.
MAGIC? explores how a thirst for power leads to a lack of transparency and accountability in government. This show deals with some of the darkest problems we face today as a wholesome, family-friendly style.
MAGIC?’s live music conveys magic beyond the ability of words. Originally written for classical flute, the score is being revised for strings.
So there’s my June. I’m amazed at how productive and focused this past month has been. I owe it to the motivated people in my life and their inspiration, the guidance of those more experienced, and my friends. I’m also grateful for the step back I took last month to focus on personal and financial situations.