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Help "638" A Cuban Farce get to Hollywood Fringe!

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WHO:

Hello there! We are Elizabeth Excaliber, Edward G. Excaliber, and Katherine Paez Froehlich and we are thrilled to announce the world premiere of 638: An Uncommonly Comical Review of an Accidental Assassination Attempt on Fidel Castro at the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2024.

SYNOPSIS:

1963, Havana. At an engagement party, a father attempts to protect his family by marrying his daughter off to a high level member of the regime, but when Fidel Castro makes a surprise appearance, a series of events inadvertently lead to his death, the father must don the beard and pose as the dictator for the evening.

Throughout his life, there were 638 assassination attempts on Fidel Castro. In this farce, a fourth wall breaking narrator guides us through one fictional attempt in the spring of 1963, replete with slamming doors, slapstick schemes, miscommunications, raging hormones, and a drink switcheroo.

MEET OUR PRODUCING TEAM:

The Producing Team behind 638: An Uncommonly Comical Review of an Accidental Assassination Attempt on Fidel Castro is made up of Florida International University alumni. Reuniting to produce for the first time in Los Angeles, this trio of Caribbean-American artists endeavor to bring forth a new and unique telling of the Cuban experience in the early 1960’s.

Elizabeth Excaliber (Director / Story)
Elizabeth Excaliber is a Los Angeles-based, Miami-born Cuban-American actor and director with extensive experience in both theater and film. An avid sci-fi and fantasy nerd who also happens to love farcical comedies, Elizabeth strives to tell universal human stories in bigger than life stakes. Her professional credits include work on MTV’s Catfish:Untold Stories and Audible’s Michelle Rojas is Not Okay. Elizabeth has previously worked with On The Edge Theatre Company, 2Cents Theatre Group, Fremont Centre Theatre, Lost Girls Theater, Main Street Players, New Theatre, and Miami’s Playwright Development Program. Elizabeth holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts from Florida International University. Elizabeth is very excited to be returning to the Hollywood Fringe Festival this year.

Edward G. Excaliber (Writer / Story)
Edward G. Excaliber is a Los Angeles-based, Miami-born Puerto Rican writer, a sci-fi/fantasy video gaming nerd who blends his darkly comedic, self-deprecating voice with emotionally sincere characters, focusing on grounded, personal stories told in elevated genre worlds. The youngest of three boys, Edward’s passion for writing began at a young age, writing comic books, poems and lyrics, eventually focusing on narrative storytelling when in college, where he wrote and directed numerous stage plays. He transitioned to writing for film and television while attending the AFI Conservatory, earning an MFA in Screenwriting. Edward’s also an alum of the NBC Writers on the Verge and National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) writing programs. Edward has written episodes of Parcast’s historical lost treasure series Gone. He’s worked as a story analyst for Sony Pictures, Austin Film Festival and Coverfly. Edward’s also been selected twice for the Read Latinx Initiative, where he was paired with mentor Mike Royce. Currently, Edward’s learning to play guitar, practicing amateur archery and developing new projects.

Katherine Paez Froehlich (Producer)
Katherine Paez Froehlich is a Los Angeles-based producer and production manager with a unique set of experiences working in both themed entertainment and theatre. Katherine is committed to bringing forth new and engaging stories of the Global Majority by the Global Majority. As a first generation Cuban American, she believes that all our stories can share universal truths and can provide us with opportunities to grow together, connect, and learn from one another.
Katherine has previously worked with The Industry Opera, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, the Orlando Family Stage, City Theatre, and CalArts Center of New Performance. Katherine recently received a Master of Fine Arts in Experience Design and Production from CalArts and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from Florida International University.


WHY ARE WE FUNDRAISING:

Independently producing theatre is no easy task! We are asking for help in offsetting the costs of…
  • Theatre Venue Rental: $1,975 (5 performances)
  • Hollywood Fringe Festival Registration Fee: $300
  • Costumes and Props Budget: $925
  • Promotional Materials: $350
  • Hospitality/Concessions: $300
  • Contingency: $500
  • GoFundMe Fees (3%): $150
GRAND TOTAL: $4,500

We would be appreciative of donations in ANY denomination to help us produce this project.

In closing, every little bit helps bring this story to life. Please also consider following and sharing our Instagram @638play and sharing this GoFundMe with your friends and family to help our network of supporters grow!

Thank you!
Elizabeth, Edward, & Katherine

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Donations 

  • Jason Rodriguez
    • $25 
    • 7 hrs
  • Jonathan Rodriguez
    • $50 
    • 8 hrs
  • Minet Perez
    • $250 
    • 14 d
  • STEVEN EXCALIBER
    • $100 
    • 18 d
  • Joe Villamor
    • $250 
    • 18 d
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Fundraising team (2)

Katherine Paez Froehlich
Organizer
Raised $505 from 5 donations
Los Angeles, CA
Elizabeth Excaliber
Team member
Raised $1,275 from 13 donations
This team raised $2,025 from 17 other donations.

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