Join Tracey and her friends, on a journey toward love and acceptance in a story relatable to families ages 9-99! Tracey, like any young girl, loves visiting her family- especially her Aunty Ben. But when the kids at school make fun of Ben for being a drag queen, Tracey pulls away from him. Tracey and her friends, must learn the valuable lesson of not judging a book by its cover, by choosing to learn more about Ben, rather than making fun of him.
The story of how it's coming to the US:
Chad Parsons (Artistic Director / Director) attended an international Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) conference called "On The Edge" it was here he heard Sian Ni Mhuiri speak at a symposium entitled "Gender and Sexuality in TYA". Sian was speaking about "Aunty Ben" and immediately the show gravitated towards Chad. "I was drawn to this piece because it allows a place in the family structure for the Queer community. I have many theatre students, families, and friends (myself included) who are affected by this subject matter. And unfortunately familiar with the subject matter of bullying. We still encounter it, even in our adulthood." Say's Chad. Flash forward a few "Whats Apps" & Emails later and here we are performing The American Premiere of the Irish play AUNTY BEN by Sian Ni Mhuiri. This US Debut will be in this years 2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival- boasting the first LGBTQ themed Theatre for Young Audiences production the festival has ever seen! Follow our progress on Facebook and Instagram!
WHAT WIILL MY DONATION DO?
Donations to the production will be used for space rental, production elements, and salaried for the artists telling this wonderful story. Below is a break down of the $5000:
Space rental: $1,800.00
Fringe Fees: $450.00
Salaries for ALL Actors: $1250 (5 Actors split this)
Set / Props / Costumes: $1000
Marketing (ads/posters/programs): $400.00
Please consider helping to tell this beautiful story, at a time where acceptance of people different than ourselves is of pivotal importance.
A BIG THANK YOU from the Cast and Creative Team of AUNTY BEN!
THE CAST OF "AUNTY BEN"
- Erica Imparato
- Sandra Parsons
- Meg Colahan
- Jared Rosenberg
- Paul Butta
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