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Art is a Battlefield / YEAR OF THE MONKEY

$4,830 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 97 people in 3 months
Created April 27, 2019
art is a battlefield.



mara thomas wrote some dialogue. caitlin wells spitballed. olivia cucinotta led the charge. lauren dortch-crozier brought blood moon oil.  allison altman stuffed her fist down her throat. dawn l. troupe read the future. kimberlee walker roused the rabble. and jaz astwood held down the mother-effing fort.

oh, and adam lindquist, willie gambucci, & joe d'emilio are evil geniuses (and by evil we mean feminist).

and that, folks, was how YEAR OF THE MONKEY was born...


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PLOT SYNOPSIS


forged in the fires of misogynistic bullshit, this partly scripted, partly devised play follows a squad of badass warriors who go ape on the patriarchy, green beret-style, in the depths of the jungle. it centers on ritual, intuition, nature power, feminine rage, and modern warfare, and digs into how we unknowingly replicate the same abuses in our struggles to dismantle the master's house.

inspired by: Audre Lorde's Sister Outsider, The Spell of the Sensuous, Women Who Run With the Wolves, The Woman in the Shaman’s Body, The Things They Carried, If I Die in a Combat Zone: Box Me Up and Ship Me Home, Michael Herr's Dispatches, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Psychomagic; Apocalypse Now, Platoon, Full Metal Jacket; Jungian archetypes, ancient mythology... among many, many other things.


DELTA BOYS THEATER COMPANY

to us this whole top-down, "jump cuz i said jump" way of making art is garbage, so we take our time in delta boys to get to know one another in order to start from a place of genuine trust. as a non-hierarchical crew, we're all involved in all the decisions; we duke it out in mindful, compassionate (if at times heated) conversations; we share the work and our personal investment in the show while respecting each contributor's area of expertise. it means we can do just about anything creatively because there's a foundation of trust from which to play. if you're at all familiar with quaker decision-making, the delta boys m.o. is pretty dang quakerly. we aren't a "show up, get yer shit done, get that paycheck & bounce" kinda crew. if we're not invested in one another, how the heck are we gonna do good work together?


WHERE YOU COME IN

this spirit of equity and collaboration oozes through every step of our process. which means we have no money cuz we don't believe in capitalism (abundance > scarcity). that being said, we do want to get cool (prop) guns, rent psychedelic nightmare lights, and pay our co-creators for their (literal) blood, sweat, and tears. your generosity will fund realistic weaponry, military fatigues & dog tags, explosive horrorshow firefights, manhattan rehearsal space rentals (#yikes) and stipends for these courageous professionals.


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PRODUCTION INFO


YEAR OF THE MONKEY is presented by the tank and delta boys, and will go up june 13-22 at 7pm in the tank's 56-seat black box at 312 w. 36th street in manhattan.

but this is just the beginning. the goal is to produce YEAR OF THE MONKEY in durham, north carolina, with the performers who first inspired it, and continue to develop it in the experimental downtown scene in new york over the next couple of years.


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THANK YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!
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Friends! Mara here, chiming in to say HOW INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL WE ARE for your support! The show opens in a mere NINE DAYS. Let's lift up Caitlin, the cast and crew as they push through what is often a difficult passage in the process, when everything feels so soon and yet so far away at the same time.

From my perch in Durham, I am working on gathering info to send you your PERKS! Awwww yeah! Please follow the link to this Google Doc to enter your mailing address.

https://forms.gle/Nw3kRjb4AdY1guBi6

This document is ONLY viewable by Caitlin and me and ONLY for the purposes of sending thank yous.

And now I'll turn it over to Shocking Blue for the music cue! I listened to this song during the writing process and whaddya know, it serves the story here, too.

LOVE!
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Y'ALL!! WE'VE HIT $1000! IN 3 FREAKING DAYS!!!! YOU'RE AMAZING!!!

words cannot express how grateful we are. seriously. this means so dang much. thank you thank you thank you. thank you.

XOXO to the moon & back.
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y'all, my mother is very worried that folks will think that we've raised only this money in 18 days...

i am here to assure you that while we set up this campaign during our developmental residency at the end of april, we only finished it, published it, and shared it for the first time yesterday.

have no fear. we've only just begun.
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Y'ALL ARE THE FREAKIN' BEST!!

$425 in a matter of hours? hellz yez.

thank you for starting this gofundme off right. you're giving us hope on a day when that feels close to impossible.

THANK YOU

xo
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